Just Another Diamond Day

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Two Songs Of England
A Band For England
Waterloo Sunset
Vashti Bunyan
Just Another Diamond Day
David Gilmour
On An Island
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Where We Start

Just Another Diamond Day 1970 [click for larger]
Philips 6308019 1970

Just Another Diamond Day was the debut album by United Kingdom singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan.

In the mid to late 1960s, Bunyan was under contract to Andrew Loog 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 as a result of harsh criticism from the music press who described her songs as 'childish' and attacked her voice as 'weak'.

Just Another Diamond Day was re-released by Spinney Records in 2000, its success prompting Bunyan to return to music and eventually record the much delayed follow-up Lookaftering, released in 2005.

Recorded: at Sound Techniques in November 1969,
Christopher Sykes: keyboards
John James: keyboards.
Robin Williamson: fiddle, mandolin and Irish harp
Dave Swarbrick: fiddle and mandolin
Simon Nicol: banjo
Robert Kirby, well known for his work with Nick Drake,
arranged string quartet and recorders

side 1.

Diamond Day
Glow Worms
Lilly Pond
Timothy Grub
Where I Like To Stand
Swallow Song
Window Over the Bay

side 2.

Rose Hip November
Come Wind Come Rain
Hebridean Sun
Rainbow River
Trawlerman's Song
Jog Along Bess
Iris's Song For Us

The following songs were added to 2001's CD re-release:

Love Song
I'd Like to Walk Around in Your Mind
Winter is Blue
Iris's Song: Alternate Version

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