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Just for a Day

Slowdive Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B0000076LJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Spanish Air, Celia's Dream, Catch The Breeze, Ballad Of Sister Sue, Erik's Song, Waves, Brighter, The Sadman, Primal.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded reissue of debut album... 12 Mar 2006
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Just for a Day' was Slowdive's debut album released on Creation after their three initial single/e.p. releases 'Slowdive' (1990), 'Morningrise' (1991) and 'Holding Our Breath.' As with Ride's debut LP 'nowhere' it seemed to pretty much offer an extended take on the work found on their singles - hardly an earth shattering debut it did set up the diverse directions taken on their classic second LP 'Souvlaki.'
This reissue of 'Just for a Day' is worth getting as it presents the complete picture of Slowdive's early work - the second disc including those e.p./single releases as well as a 1991 Peel Session featuring the otherwise unreleased 'Song1.' The debut single 'Slowdive/Avalyn' is excellent setting the tone for 'Morningrise' and 'Holding Our Breath' - the lead track from the latter ('Catch the Breeze') made the album, but the cover version of 'Golden Hair' and the otherwordly 'Shine' are just as great. While the LP proper didn't blow minds, it did include plenty of great songs, alongside the aforementioned 'Catch the Breeze' there are such joys as 'Brighter', 'Spanish Air', 'Erik's Song' and (classic shoegazing title alert!), 'Waves.'
While 'Just for a Day' isn't a classic album and 'Souvlaki' is the one I'd suggest first, the two-disc expanded version of it including the early releases makes it excellent value and a worthy purchase. Fans of Cocteau Twins, Galaxie 500, Low and My Bloody Valentine should find plenty here to appeal - while it certainly predicts territory explored by Explosions in the Sky, Gwei-Lo, Jeniferever, Mogwai,Radio Dept.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best slowdive album 11 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
i love slowdive and have been listening to them for nearly a year, and after not liking this album for a month or two at the beginning i would say this is their best album and is in my top5 albums. it's the ultimate album to just lie back on ur bed in the early hours of the morning and listen to, it's just so perfect and the climax of 'primal' is beyond words, great albums always end well and this is a classic example.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not their Best! 22 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is moody, and from the moment it starts it's a wall of sorrowful guitar and distant, reverb vocals... Typical of Slowdive. I love this album, but it is nothing compaired to Pygmalion, their final album, which seems to be now out of print..
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic shoegaze music 17 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is in 2 parts.The first disc is the original album,the second disk is basically the 'Blue day' extra cd given away with early copies of the following 'Souvlaki' album,relaesed a few years later around 1994(?)

Anyway,what a treat!Swirling guitars and dreamy vocals from a classic period in British rock;just between the first dance craze of the late 80's and grunge.

A rather psychedilc,swirling vibe to the whole album,which I like to listen to under golden autumn leaves after a pint and a smoke.

Dream away kids............then buy 'Loveless'or 'Isn't Anything' by My Bloody Valentine,or 'Nowhere' by Ride.

An education in a sorely underrated era of British music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shoegazing Masterstroke 12 May 2005
By Sierra Wilson - Published on
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mothership of Blissed Out Music Movement 8 Mar 2004
By M. JEFFREY MCMAHON - Published on
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swirling Vortex Of Sound 29 Aug 2006
By Matthew Comegys - Published on
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. Catch the Breeze and Shine are similar to the studio versions, although clearly lacking in production spit and polish. The notable track here is another version of Golden Hair sung by Neil Halstead instead. It gives the track an interesting change in tone.

This release, along with the 2-disc Souvlaki, provides a comprehensive view of Slowdive. Those who want to explore further may want search for the hard-to-find Pygmalion. That album has a very different approach to Slowdive's dreamy sound, and seems to be more of a Neil Halstead solo album than a band effort, but it is a more than worth edition to the Slowdive catalog.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic B-Sides! 12 Jun 2006
By The Esoteric Camel - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible 12 Jan 2006
By LHB - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who would spring for this remastered version is probably already familiar with the original album. What makes this indispensible is not so much the remastering, but the bonus disc. Slowdive's first two EP's plus the Peel Session tapes show the band at their heaviest and most blissed out. The first song "Slowdive," with it's monolithic, repeated, over-driven guitar figure, controlled feedback, wall of sound production, and the blended vocals of Rachel and Neil is by itself worth the price of admission and will probably come as a revelation to those familiar only with the lighter, gentler Slowdive of "Souvlaki" and "Pygmalion." Albatross, Golden Hair (both versions) and Avalyn I & II are just about as good. I got into a bidding war on E-bay a few months ago for the band's first three EP's and dropped out when the price got up to around $100. This is a steal, and so is the remastered "Souvlaki" with the rest of the 18 songs on another bonus disc that the band recorded that never appeared on their three full-length albums.
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