Just Another Diamond Day (LP Miniature) Import
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The reason for all this renewed activity was the re-issue in 2000 (2004 in the US) to great acclaim of her only album, Just Another Diamond Day, which had originally crept into the shops in 1970, without fanfare or promotion. "Nobody seemed to give it a second thought when it was released", says Vashti on her website, "In fact it was not really released, it just edged its way out, blushed and shuffled off into oblivion. I abandoned it, and music, forever as I went on to travel more with horses and wagons, with children and more dogs and chickens."
However, in the intervening years it has become regarded as a cult classic, with vinyl copies passing hands among collectors for ever increasing sums.Read more ›
She herself DID go to that life after this single record...Though it is too bad she could not transcend her shyness to make more records, I must say that this album is a testament to the influence of traditional folk music on the experimental scene today. To go back to the beauteous structures allows us to move forth, deconstruct, and manipulate the essence of our musicality.
We are also reminded that the extremely short song is no less powerful and evocative.
In short, this album should be enough to lull even Mike Tyson. Simplicity has rarely been showcased like Vashti Bunyan performed it.
Given these links to Nick Drake and the gorgeous story behind the album, I was an instant sucker for its charms. Vashti's voice may at first seem detached and fey, but in time you come to love its openness and clarity. It's a voice that is beautifully open to life, nature and love, and gorgeously complimented by the sparse, crisp guitar and string arrangements.
That said, the song writing is not always fully satisfying. The songs are short, sweet and rarely develop beyond their initial mood and tone. In this way, her influence on Devendra is clear - concise, simple songs with a singular mood. I've heard Vashti compared to Joanna Newsom, but I disagree - while Joanna's songs (especially 'Sadie') are intricate and fascinating in their form, Vashti's are very straightforward, the lyrics also strikingly simple.
However, the absolute sincerity of Vashti's voice and the album's sheer prettiness mean that this simplicity is not a major problem. It's intimate and soothing - the kind of thing to listen to when you want Nick Drake's gorgeous melodies and atmosphere but without the melancholic intensity. All early-morning light and winter sunshine...
Most may have discovered it through a cell phone commercial in 2006; that would be this albums opening cut. Indeed, the sublime splash of Diamond Day introduces us to a world as provocative to us as it was to Vashti when she left the modern world for a rustic commune in 1967 until the album's recording in 1969. Throughout the album, the lyrics detail 2 years of experiences involving relationships, nature and the sudden happiness she discovered after a depressing and jaded stint through the pop market in the mid 60s. Sure, there is some world weariness sprinkled throughout and her voice can still relay a sense of despondency, but more often than not, as exemplified by songs like Come wind Come Rain, Jog Along Bess, and Where I Like to Stand, she hopes, yearns and quietly celebrates her life while the musicians move the songs in jaunty folk arrangements filled with recorders, Irish harps, mandolins and banjoes without effects or any progressive trappings popular at the time. The music is often a perfect compliment for her songs.Read more ›
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I was so surprised at this record when it came in the mail. Gatefold, wax sleeve, and high quality sound for such an amazing price. Definitely worth the purchase.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The vinyl arrived in pristine condition. Vashti Bunyan's childlike voice is soft and dreamy, like Nico if she could sing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by VioletandRye
Absolutely Brilliant! If you love folk music then you will love this album. each and every song is great which is unusual. Read morePublished on November 26, 2013 by GingerlilyBEE
I ordered this disc after hearing a few tracks on the folk rock channel on my satellite TV. Vashti Bunyan makes some very genuine music; some of the songs have an extraordinary... Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Mark L. Luce
Beautiful folk music. Feels sort of like nursery rhymes. Vashti has a very relaxing voice to listen to. One of the best hidden gems I've ever come across. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Tony
This is literally one of my favorite albums of all time. I don't know what to say about the album really, it's some of the most gorgeous but quiet and thimble folk music by a woman... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Jacob C. Andrews
Sweetheart, take a wire coat hanger and fashion the triangle part as closely to a loop as you can. Dig out an old nylon that you'll never wear again because it has a run in it. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by T. Kinnaird