25 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rolling Stones’ producer Andrew “Loog” Oldham took on a number of pop protégés in the mid-60s, Vashti Bunyan among them. Bunyan went on to record the obscure chamber folk-pop classic Just Another Diamond Day with producer Joe Boyd before disappearing for thirty years. These are Bunyan’s earliest recordings, including an entire set of demos she recorded in a London studio that were found in her brother’s attic while researching this collection. Much like Marianne Faithfull, another Oldham protégé, or Francoise Hardy, Bunyan shades towards artfully melancholy pop with gentle orchestration supporting a voice enveloped in reverb. The title track is an obscure Jagger-Richards composition, while the sublime b-side, “I Want To Be Alone” comes from young Bunyan’s pen. “Winter Is Blue” once appeared on the Let’s All Make Love in London soundtrack in edited form. Several other singles, “Coldest Night of the Year” and “I’d Like to Walk Around in Your Mind,” were left unreleased, dooming and frustrating Bunyan’s pop career. Forty years later, they see the light of day – quite a bit late for any potential pop impact, but surely of considerable interest for anyone enamored with the ‘60s pop era.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rolling Stones’ producer Andrew “Loog” Oldham took on a number of pop protégés in the mid-60s, Vashti Bunyan among them. Bunyan went on to record the obscure chamber folk-pop classic Just Another Diamond Day with producer Joe Boyd before disappearing for thirty years. These are Bunyan’s earliest recordings, including an entire set of demos she recorded in a London studio that were found in her brother’s attic while researching this collection. Much like Marianne Faithfull, another Oldham protégé, or Francoise Hardy, Bunyan shades towards artfully melancholy pop with gentle orchestration supporting a voice enveloped in reverb. The title track is an obscure Jagger-Richards composition, while the sublime b-side, “I Want To Be Alone” comes from young Bunyan’s pen. “Winter Is Blue” once appeared on the Let’s All Make Love in London soundtrack in edited form. Several other singles, “Coldest Night of the Year” and “I’d Like to Walk Around in Your Mind,” were left unreleased, dooming and frustrating Bunyan’s pop career. Forty years later, they see the light of day – quite a bit late for any potential pop impact, but surely of considerable interest for anyone enamored with the ‘60s pop era.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

pchampan ,

Because of Reebok...

I found this artist. Yes, the only reason I know about Vashti is from seeing a commercial for Reebok that featured "Train Song," but WOW, what a find! Her voice is so clear, calming, and heartbreaking all at the same time. A few reviewers have commented about the lo-fi quality of the track, but it didn't bother me.

melly lou ,

More Vashti is never a bad thing--it's the best thing.

Although there are a few repetitive tracks from Diamond Day, this is an immaculate collection of her lo-fi 60's recordings. Some of the tracks are more scratchy than others, but it's a charming scratchiness like the sound of playing directly from vinyl. "Train Song," is amazing--something that should've been on Diamond Day. Like all of Vashti's music, the previously unrealeased tracks are deeply intimate and beautiful and although this is a rather pricey buy, as a Vashti fan, I'd buy this collection again and again and again. I suppose there's not much more to say than that

QuietListen ,

Wonder, Wonderful!

I first found out about Vashti from a commercial--the one for Reebok Migration. Was instantly transfixed by the music and very happy to find it here on iTunes along with this awesome compilation. Wow. Awesome. So glad I still watch TV! ✿

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