Thursday, October 4, 2007

Vashti Bunyan – some things just stick in your mind

This is just one of those crazy stories of music, all of her catalog discovered years later and it fits perfectly with the neo-folk thing going on now. But it's more than just that, it's well written music with a mythology behind the music. At least she is still alive and willing to tour, that's pretty incredible as well. She's coming to the bowery ballroom in NY, and that should be pretty amazing.
All of her stuff is perfect for vinyl, if you see any left from either of those past albums, just picture an old rocking chair with a blanket over the back, it's sunday, and you just want to read a book with a cat. The only thing that will work in this ridiculous scene is vashti.
It's just historic...if you are following devendra or anything folky in that direction, this is really nice, unappreciated stuff.
Especially the Prospect Hummer collaboration EP with animal collective. I need to go find that right now and put it on.

This is available from midheaven.

VASHTI BUNYAN "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" (DiCristina - STEP 10) 7" $5.75
***In advance of the forthcoming double-CD compilation of VASHTI BUNYAN's early (pre-Just Another Diamond Day) recordings from 1964-1967, DiCristina is issuing a limited pressing of 1,000 copies of this historic 7-inch single. Originally released way back in 1965 on the Decca label (as just 'Vashti', no Bunyan), "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" was actually the young London-based singer's debut record. Written by MICK JAGGER & KEITH RICHARDS, the song was handed to Vashti by Rolling Stones manager/guru ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM, who had recently discovered her via an industry friend. Vashti was put in the studio to record the song with the backing of a full orchestra. The track was backed by her own beautiful song, "I Want To Be Alone" on the B-side and released as a 7"-inch single in May 1965. Despite a whirlwind of promotion around the release and some very positive reviews, the single flopped and Vashti subsequently left the Decca label to pursue more pared-down ambitions. Remastered from a rare existing copy of the original 7-inch, "Some Things..." is revealed as a classic Stones-style pop stomper with a rich, full orchestral effect and a centre-point of Vashti's inimitable vocal. Both eternal yet very much of its time, the record may have gained a slight patina of crackle and pop, yet has lost none of its charm through the decades, and somehow still manages to sound thoroughly fresh and full of wonder. No Exports outside North America.

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