Vashti Bunyan
Vashti Bunyan
Biography
Managed by Andrew Loog Oldham, Vashti (no Bunyan in those days) recorded the Stones “Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind” which was released on Decca in 1965. The press lazily perceived Vashti as the new Marianne Faithfull and although this was none of Andrew’s doing, she severed her ties with him and released the “Train Song” single (the b-side of which is included on the Spinney CD) on Columbia a year later. Belatedly, Vashti realised that there was more to a record company than just releasing records the way she wanted them and returned to Oldham and his new Immediate Records roster. However, despite an appearance alongside The Pink Floyd on the swinging 60s movie “Tonite Let’s All Make Love In London”, none of the other recordings she made saw the light of day. Her only other appearance was as a guest vocalist on an album by Twice As Much also on Immediate.

After a period away from the music scene, Vashti was encouraged to perform again and after meeting Joe Boyd (who had already produced Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, John Martyn & Incredible String Band) agreed to make an album for his Witchseason Productions company. The songs were written in 1968 and recorded in 1969 with Joe Boyd in the producer’s chair. He engaged the help of string arranger Robert Kirby (who also famously worked with Nick Drake on his first two albums), Simon Nicol & Dave Swarbrick (from Fairport Convention) and the Incredible String Band’s Robin Williamson.

Perceiving the album to be unsuitable in those post-Altamont times, Island Records (Witchseason’s normal licensee) passed on it. There was then a further delay while Boyd finally secured a release with Philips in 1970 who gave the record no support whatsoever. Not long after, Vashti retreated to the Outer Hebrides and was never heard of again.

Until now.