Slowdive "Just For A Day" CD RE (1991/1992)
Details: This is a used but pristine copy of Slowdive's acclaimed debut album, "Just For A Day," released on Creation Records in 1991. This is the CD reissue (a US press that was released in 1992) on Creation Records and distributed by SBK. An important label release as well as a debut of one of the 1990s most heavily-regarded shoegaze bands next to My Bloody Valentine. So many great tracks!
Description: "Long-term school-friends Neil Halstead & Rachel Goswell formed Slowdive in October 1989, the name, Slowdive, coming from a dream Neil Halstead once had. According to an interview in Alternative Press, he dreamt of two words, Slowdive and Slowburn. At first, they were a highly derivative My Bloody Valentine/Sonic Youth clone, but even their first demo reveals a better understanding of controlled noise than most of their contemporaries. In their defense, the 'demo' was really just them recording for fun, and it wasn't until early in 1990 that the band became Slowdive proper with their own ideas.
The major change was the addition of third guitarist, Christian Savill, previously of local act Eternal. "We advertised for a female guitarist, but only Christian replied. He writes a sweet letter though, he said he'd wear a dress if necessary". The songs on the second demo show a leap forward, while previously they headed towards a climax of noise, 'Avalyn' was a gentle steady flow of nearly white noise. It's this demo, passed on by another Reading act, Swervedriver, that brought Slowdive onto Creation records and became the first single, as attempts to recreate the atmosphere in a more expensive studio failed.
Problematically between recording the demo and signing to Creation, their drummer left for University, and they were forced to draft in a replacement. He didn't share the same aims and tastes as the group, and they didn't really get on with him, making time on the road a little uncomfortable. More importantly "He had a shaggy perm, he looked like Jon Bon Jovi" so he was replaced by the bowl-cutted Simon Scott, of the sadly deceased Charlottes. Simon later left Slowdive on good terms in February-March 1994 to continue his career in jazzy circles and was replaced by "the immensely handsome and talented" Ian MacCutcheon before they went on their 1994 North American tour, which they paid for themselves since SBK Records, their U.S. distributor, who had promised them an extensive tour, went out of business." - excerpt from Losingtoday.org
Grade: NM (Cover) / NM (CD)
CD TRACK LISTING:
1. Spanish Air
2. Celia's Dream
3. Catch The Breeze
4. Ballad Of Sister Sue
5. Erik's Song
8. The Sadman