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Just for a Day

SlowdiveAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRDD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,477 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Air
2. Celia's Dream
3. Catch The Breeze
4. Ballad Of Sister Sue
5. Erik's Song
6. Waves
7. Brighter
8. The sadman
9. Primal

Editorial Reviews

'Just for a Day' (1991) is the debut studio album by British shoegaze band Slowdive. Initially, the band was lumped in with other contemporary bands in the shoegaze genre, but with tracks like, 'Celia's Dream' and, 'Erik's Song', Slowdive managed to break out of the mold. While the band didn't achieve stardom until their follow-up releases, 'Souvlaki' and 'Pygmalion', their trademark sound flanged guitars, light, airy vocals, and pop styling is still in evidence here. Peaking at #3 on the UK Indie Charts, 'Just For A Day' was just enough of a commercial success to push Slowdive into the mainstream. Copies, upon release, were bundled with a sticker, iterating the band s take on their album: 'Like a mind altering substance, without the risk.' For fans who picked up Slowdive from 'Souvlaki', it's a treat to hear their earlier music; for fans of shoegaze or indie rock, 'Just For A Day' is a great place to start exploring.

(2CD) 2010 Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of Slowdive's 1991 debut featuring a whole disc of rare B-Sides and a Peel session.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shoegazing Masterstroke May 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My Bloody Valentine's brilliant "Loveless" is easily the most famous and acclaimed shoegazer record, but this sparkling debut from Slowdive, released the same year as MBV's masterpiece, is, in many ways, every bit as moving and beautiful. It is definitely one of my 10-15 favorite records of all-time, and I still prefer it to both "Souvlaki" and "Pygmalion," Slowdive's other two (phenomenal) albums. Written entirely by guitarist/singer Neil Halstead, "Just for a Day" stays true to its title, capturing alien ephemera within its breezy, hazy musical web. Guitars wash in and out like waves, drums and bass creep slowly along, and both Halstead and Rachel Goswell intone their beautifully insightful lyrics over the wondrously droning sea of sound. Opener "Spanish Air" is my favorite song on the album, lurching slowly like a funeral march with its martial drum beat and guitar washes until being finally punctuated by one of the best ever uses of a cello in a rock song. "Waves," "Celia's Dream," and the instrumental "Erik's Song" are my other favorites, even though almost every tune on here is a highlight and a musical world unto itself. Besides its aesthetic beauty, "Just for a Day" possesses a moving, understated emotional punch, ranging from the drearily melancholic to the overflowingly redemptive. One of my friends listened to this album incessantly in the wake of his father's death, and he says it struck a chord so deep that he can no longer listen to it without being driven to tears. Powerful, resonant, and fleeting, "Just for a Day" is an astonishing listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mothership of Blissed Out Music Movement March 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the early 1990s Just for a Day became a cult following, sending out mellifluous dreamy dazed-out, blissed-out music, song after song in an album that spawned a new genre, sometimes called blissed-out, other times called naval-gazing or shoe-gazing. Perhaps the album's weakness, if any, is the long ponderous introduction to track one, which, unbelievably, plods too long in a monotonous fashion, so much so that a friend would not listen to the cd after being turned off by track one, only to love the album after I encouraged her to start the cd on track two, after which each song seques into the other with efforlessness and made her a fan. What makes Slowdive many fathoms better than new age or mood music is that Slowdive has melancholy, achingly beautiful melodies and soothing but never precious vocals. If you like this kind of thing, check out other blissed-out classic bands like Moose or the vintage Cocteau Twins album Victorialand. Even today some bands are carrying the Slowdive legacy such as Sway, Silver Screen (featured on Tonevendor Records),Titania, Beaumont, Lovejoy, and, as of five years ago, Blue Boy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swirling Vortex Of Sound August 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is undoubtably the version of this album to get. The headlining disc "Just For A Day" is an enjoyable listen and rates four stars, but is probably the least of Slowdive's releases. Still, "Spanish Air," "Catch the Breeze," and "Primal" all rank among the band's better moments. The bonus disc, featuring Slowdive's early EPs is the main reason to buy this. Here is a breakdown of those EPs:

Slowdive- Slowdive, Avalyn 1, Avalyn 2

The band first release is a little low-fi compared to their other recordings. The songwriting is not yet fully developed either. Still, these tracks create an atmosphere that no other band can make, and it's interesting to hear the band's humble beginning.

Morningrise- Morningrise, She Calls, Losing Today

Both the production and the songwriting take a big step up for this EP. The leading track is a highlight and Slowdive's tidal wave of sound is in full effect.

Holding Our Breath- Catch the Breeze, Golden Hair, Shine, Albatross

This is my favorite of all Slowdive's releases (besting even Souvlaki). Catch the Breeze has one of the band's best melodies and makes for a great leading track, although you'll have to burn

another CD or program your ipod as this song appears on the first disc. Golden Hair may best Syd Barrett's recording with Rachel Goswell's etherial vocals and the truly majestic coda. This track almost imperceptibly melds into the equally large sounding Shine. Then the band plunges into darkness (although beautiful darkness) for the somewhat threatening sounding Albatross.

Peel Session 21/4/91- Catch the Breeze, Shine, Golden Hair

This is a good representation of Slowdive's ability to recreate their dense sound in a live setting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic B-Sides! June 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Put away the main disc "Just For a Day," it is the B-sides that come with this remastered edition that truly make the album worthwile. The fantastic "Slowdive" song, their namesake, is a drugged out wonder of floating guitars. "Morningrise" being another similar wonder. And "Golden Hair" reaching almost ecstatic joy, with it's grand finish after the liturgical reading of James Joyce's poem. Please do not misunderstand, the original "Just For A Day" album was alright. It has it's own highlights as well. Slowdive's trademark sound is heard in it's early stages, more bombastic and raw than their later albums. But it is in thebonus disc that comes with this edition where they truly shine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pioneering Band Beginning To Find Its Feet
Suddenly, I found myself (after listening to "Just For A Day" once through) mentally checking off a number of universal reference points associated with the genre this band... Read more
Published 21 months ago by kabalabonga
4.0 out of 5 stars Great on Vinyl
This sounds so much warmer on vinyl. The cd sounds so much harsher. It sounds as beautiful today as it did in the 90's. Dreamy sounds that don't get monotonousness. Read more
Published on May 24, 2012 by Jimmy DeLoche
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as stellar as Souvlaki, now with pristine sound
Slowdive's 'Just For a Day' sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of the great "shoegaze" albums of the late 80s/early 90s, but in my opinion it's right up there with Ride's 'Nowhere'... Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Jack Tripper
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring first album from this key shoegazing group in a...
JUST FOR A DAY was the debut LP of Slowdive, one of the major bands of the shoegazing scene. Released in 1991, it has all the hallmarks of shoegazing: flangey guitars, ethereal... Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring first album from this key shoegazing group, but...
JUST FOR A DAY was the debut LP of Slowdive, one of the major bands of the shoegazing scene. Released in 1991, it has all the hallmarks of shoegazing: flangey guitars, ethereal... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Souvlaki
This album is just more masculine and brooding than the Slowdive's seminal shoegaze favorite, Souvlaki. Read more
Published on June 4, 2010 by Carlton T. Barzon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, but nothing amazing
This album is good but not a masterpiece, unlike their later albums. Several songs are absolutely amazing, but a few songs are just standard dream pop fare and are somewhat... Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by Jing Gao
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Shoegazer
When it comes to Slowdive, fans are generally irrevocably split between giving the "Best of Artist" nod to this album or the following effort 'Souvlaki'. Read more
Published on March 27, 2007 by David Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
Although not as awe-inspiring as their second album (Souvlaki), Slowdive's debut is a wonderful piece of work of melancholy beauty, drenched in effects and reverb to create that... Read more
Published on December 12, 2006 by The 14 Amazons
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Though I had been aware of Slowdive I didn't actually order this album until recently, and I was delighted. This is some of the most gorgeous music you'll ever hear. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006 by Caleb
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