27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
I love this album. Although I am a total hippie with a HUGE love for folk music, I had never heard of Vashti until yes you guessed it, the mobile phone advert (I am somewhat ashamed to say.) This album is wonderful, whimsical, hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck raising folk at its best. It is that kind of folk which makes you feel nostalgic, it is ever-so-slightly unsettling...
Published on 9 Sep 2007 by Nicolette Laurence
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A curiosity to conjure with
What a fascinating curiosity. Lots of beautifully simple and deeply evocative songs. I've never listened to music that has conjured up so many images in my mind - in this case idyllic pastoral scenes. Some of the melodies are stunning, others are like nursery rhymes. Vashti's voice is so gentle and her lyrics so intriguing you find yourself almost leaning towards the...
Published on 6 Oct 2007 by Paul Kirkwood
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)I love this album. Although I am a total hippie with a HUGE love for folk music, I had never heard of Vashti until yes you guessed it, the mobile phone advert (I am somewhat ashamed to say.) This album is wonderful, whimsical, hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck raising folk at its best. It is that kind of folk which makes you feel nostalgic, it is ever-so-slightly unsettling acoustic and flute heaven. I would be lost without this album now. At times when I listen to it, I am almost close to tears with yearning to escape today's world and be with Vashti on her magical 60's caravan journey to the Outer Hebrides. Listen to it and you will know what I mean!
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns to a lost innocence,
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This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)I am ashamed to say that I missed Vashti Bunyan the first time around, which is surprising as I was into obscure Singer/songwriters at the end of the 60's and early 70's-Bridget St John being my favourite of all time. So I was glad to discover this album second time around! I have heard some criticism of Vashti's voice, but I find it absolutely enchanting-as delicate as the gossamer wings of a dragonfly. And that applies to her songs as well-full of poetry and a time of innocence that has sadly been lost to the world. Her voice perfectly matches the music and lyrics
that would have been ruined by the more powerful, but equally beautiful, voice of Sandy Denny and her ilke. Some of the songs are childlike, others full of deep emotion and a oneness with nature, but all are rich and colourful. I look forward to listening to some of her later recordings.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and delightful,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)My Dad was a "folky" in the early 70's (when I were a laad of 12 or 13) and he had an album by a strangely named woman ... which we would hear him listening to from time to time.
When I joined the Navy and went to sea, my Dad sent me a tape of "Diamond Day" and I have been listening to it captivated ever since (some 30 years now). I have, of late, lived in fear that this ancient audio tape would expire (like they do).
However, my daughter has latched onto the tape and seems to love the haunting tunes as much as me ... totally un-prompted by her, now, middle-aged Dad.
She found the CD on Amazon and I have bought it (and on impulse her follow up album).
I would recommend this album of simple, emotive and beautifully tuneful songs to any and everyone who is looking at this review.
Turn down the lights, sit or lay down in a comfortable seat, close your eyes and let this songstress whisk you off to a gentle place - you won't regret the time you spend wandering with her little family and their caravan.
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of "lookaftering".
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Quality,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)This ability is simply that- pure quality. It's certainly the best album I've bought for a while. I didn't buy it because of the mobile phone advert (featuring the title track), but if you like that song the rest of the album is more of the same. I've heard it described as pastoral english folk music, which seems about right to me. Even if you're not a big folk fan, I could see this album in the 'chillout' section of a music shop. It's great for unwinding after work, though it might make you fall asleep! Even though this was recorded a while back, it doesn't sound dated. In fact, it sounds very modern and fresh. Brilliant!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars melliferous !,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)Don't get carried away by the curmudgeon who described Vashti as Jackanory-esque and unbearably twee.
This in a genuine piece of late 60's/early 70's gentle hippyness and mellow vibes. Vashti isn't a Joni Mitchell or Maddy Prior in the vocal stakes. Her voice is as gentle as the rain but in its fragility,the songs of love,animals & magic are most effectively delivered.
I can almost hear the clip clop of the cart horse pulling Vashti's gypsy caravan up to the Scottish Isles and smell the salted air,woodsmoke,seaweed and herbal essences !
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Charming and Very Effective.,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)What's with the one star and hostile reviews scattered about here? So it's simple - so what. So it's childlike - so what. So it doesn't sound like Shelagh McDonald or Sandy Denny - so what. So Vashty isn't as good a singer as Shelagh or Sandy - so what. So it could be a Jackanory soundtrack - so what. I adore this record just as I adore the recent Sandy Denny reissues and the Shelagh McDonald reissue. But they're different to this. This album's simplicity is it's strength. I can imagine a whole world of people listening to this for more than five minutes. Such as: people who like stripped down songs, people who like artists like Mazzy Star, This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins etc, people with a heart and soul, people who don't treat music as an academic exercise or need it served up with unnecessary garnish.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection! More stars please...,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)I wish I could give more than 5 stars! If you enjoy sixties or seventies British Folk or just great music in general then do not hesitate to purchase this.There is nothing I can think of to compare this to. It is perfect, beautiful, strange and a must-have. I've read that Vashti Bunyan is in the process of reviving her music career. The world at large may not take notice but would be made infinitely better by new material from this artist. If you don't already own this,buy it!!!
36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-claimed classic,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)In the last couple of years Vashti has performed her first live set in over three decades at the Royal Festival Hall; duetted with Devendra Banhart on his Rejoicing In The Hands album; recorded with Piano Magic; sung on a Simon Raymonde collaboration, and with Animal Collective on their Prospect Hummer EP; and recorded a new album for Fat Cat, with guest appearances from the likes of Joanna Newsom and hopefully the arranger Robert Kirby. She has been cited as an influence by a whole new generation of young performers of avant folk and has a higher profile than she has had since her initial emergence on a single produced by Andrew Oldham and in TV appearances for Ready Steady Go! in 1965. Reviews of the single, Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, a Jagger/Richard song which the two Stones had initially placed with Dick and Deedee the year before, variously described her as "the new Marianne Faithfull" and the "female Bob Dylan."
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. When Vashti learned of this from the internet, she began the long process of collecting and collating the old masters, doing the legal stuff and finally getting the album made available on the Spinney label, together with some additional earlier bonus tracks.
The circumstances of the creating of the album are extraordinary and integral to its unique quality. After a trying couple of years recording for Columbia and Immediate to little effect, she simplified her style to just her and her Martin guitar. Donovan suggested she visited an artists' colony he was setting up on the isle of Skye and advanced her £100, and she, boyfriend Robert and dog Blue duly set off from Sidcup in July 1968 on a two-year adventure of magic, hardship and odd-jobbing, in an old green wagon towed by a horse called Bess (punctuated by a brief tour performing in the pubs of Belgium, and the odd train trip to London with songs for subs from new producer Joe Boyd). All the way, the songs she was writing were of what she was experiencing on her pilgrimage. "The songs were the dreaming in verges of grimy roads," she writes, and it is these songs, borne of the lifestyle of blood, sweat and rose hips that she found herself adopting, that make up the unique document that is this album. When Vashti reached Skye, the artistic renaissance had not taken seed and Donovan was in the process of leaving, so she continued to the Outer Hebrides with a virtually complete portfolio of music.
She eventually travelled back down to London, in a Morris Minor called the Kettle since it regularly boiled over, to record the album at Sound Techniques in November 1969, with Christopher Sykes and John James on keyboards. Joe Boyd had invited Robin Williamson of the Incredible String Band to add fiddle, mandolin and Irish harp on three tracks, and from Fairport Convention, Dave Swarbrick to add fiddle and mandolin and Simon Nicol to add banjo on three others. Robert Kirby, well known for his work with Nick Drake, arranged string quartet and recorders on a further three.
Although very much of its period, the record has a beauty that stems from its unashamed purity and freshness, and is all the better for telling a true and unrepeatable story. Following its re-release The Observer Music Monthly listed it at 53 in their Top 100 British Albums list
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!!!,
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This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)This is a genuine treasure! Lovely, strange and beautiful. Could be described as gentle folk, this music just melts me on the spot. It has some unreal tone over it, hard to explain. And the vocal delivery is soft, almost whispered. All together this is a magical release. It's great that it's reissued, otherwise it would be hard to find (and expensive....) Vashti should make more records!!!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's that good!,
This review is from: Just Another Diamond Day (Audio CD)After first coming across Bunyan in the Andrew Loog Oldham biogs, I was intrigued even further by the fact the item was in the Observer's Top 100 British album list. On the strength of that I bought the it and can't deny the praise put upon it. Unlike Nick Drake, there's more of an English folk influence (i.e. the instruments used) on the arrangements, and with the lyrics mainly about woodland creatures and walking around the countryside there's a strong romance with nature. If you're bogged down with life in the city, one listen to this will transport you to a distant, familiar land.
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