Vashti Bunyan â€“ Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind / 2007 Dicristina / 25 Tracks / http://www.dicristina.com /
We at NeuFutur have reviewed Bunyanâ€™s works before. Eir career in a quick nutshell: â€œJust Another Diamond Dayâ€, eir debut LP, was released in 1970. â€œLookafteringâ€ was intended to come out soon after â€œJust Another Diamond Dayâ€, but was unreleased until Bunyan finished it up and Fat Possum released it in 2005. 2006 saw Bunyan go out and tour to completely new audiences, while a new track (â€œThe Fireâ€) was released for the compilation â€œBallads of the Bookâ€. This year (2007) marks the release of â€œSome Things Just Stick In Your Mindâ€, which is a compilation of singles and demo versions of other tracks by Bunyan stretching forward from 1964 until 1967. The only thing that I could construe as a weakness with â€œSome Thingsâ€ is the fact that there should have been a more steadfast use of chronological ordering to the tracks on the discs. The songs here bounce back and forth between all four years, and I know that I personally would have liked to hear the evolution in Bunyanâ€™s style throughout the four years sequentially. Itâ€™s a minor complaint, but still one that bears mentioning.Â
The success of â€œSome Things Just Stick In Your Mindâ€, plus the fact that Bunyan conveniently cuts off the compilation at 1967, means that a similar compilation will undoubtedly be present for the period 1968 until 1970. The fact that there is such a story to be told with the tracks on â€œSome Thingsâ€ ensures that fans of Bunyan need to pick up this album, even if it is just to understand how eir music grew and changed from the demo to the finished stage of the recording process. Individuals that are Bunyan completists outside of those fans that somehow got a hold of first-hand copies of some of John Bunyanâ€™s tapes will find a number of different tracks will find a number of â€œnewâ€ tracks to mull over as well.
It has been a little bit over 5 years since Bunyan started getting involved again with music, and it seems that each year brings individuals into contact with another facet of Bunyanâ€™s work. Who knows what 2008 will bring, whether it be more in the way of touring, another compilation album in the vein of â€œSome Thingsâ€, or if there may even be a new album in the pipeline. Regardless of what happens, it will allow Bunyan to spread eir wings that much further and for fans of Bunyan to understand this previouslyÂ mysterious musician all the more.
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