Full LP: Vashti Bunyun’s “Just Another Diamond Day”

Overlooked at the time of release Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan has become a hugely sought after rarity.

Side 1
1. Diamond Day
2. Glow Worms
3. Lily Pond
4. Timothy Grub
5. Where I Like to Stand
6. Swallow Song
7. Window Over the Bay
Side 2
1. Rose Hip November
2. Come Wind Come Rain
3. Hebridean Sun
4. Rainbow River
5. Trawlerman’s Song
6. Jog Along Bess
7. Iris’s Song for Us

Just Another Diamond Day is the great debut album by United Kingdom singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan. In the mid to late 1960s, Bunyan was under contract to Andrew Oldham, which saw her release two singles. However, Bunyan found the experience frustrating, and decided to head for the Scottish islands in search of an artistic commune supposedly established by Donovan.

She travelled around the countryside with her partner Robert, in a horse-drawn wagon. It was during these travels that she wrote the songs which would later appear on Just Another Diamond Day.

Bunyan returned to London where she was urged by producer Joe Boyd to record her songs while they were still fresh. The recording session took place throughout December 1969 at Sound Techniques in London.

Song arrangements were performed by Robert Kirby, who also worked with Nick Drake. Members of Fairport Convention and Incredible String Band contributed to some tracks. The album was initially released in 1970 but was a commercial failure and Bunyan retired from music for many years.

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