Astley, Virginia

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Astley, Virginia - From Gardens Where We Feel Secure From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
Pop Used - LP ROUGH 58 Rough Trade
1983 UK Original With Custom Inner Sleeve. Appears Unplayed. “Virginia Astley's Solo Debut (She Had Previously Been A Member Of The Short-Lived Ravishing Beauties With Kate St. John And Nicky Holland, And Played Piano On Her Brother-In-Law Pete Townshend's Single "Slit Skirts") Is A Magical Piece Of Instrumental Pop. It's Too Melodic To Be Brian Eno-Style Ambient Music, Too Involving To Be New Age Mush, Too Simple And Casual To Fit In Comfortably With The Post-Minimalist School Of Michael Nyman, Andrew Poppy, Or Wim Mertens, And Too Restrained To Truly Be Pop Music. Almost Entirely Instrumental, Save For A Few Wordless Vocals On "A Summer Long Since Past," And Featuring Little Instrumentation Besides Astley's Piano And Some Subtle Woodwinds, The Album Is A Lovely 35-Minute Meditation Built Around Field Recordings Astley Made Of The Ambient Sounds Of The Rural English Countryside. This Description Makes The Album Sound Much More Twee And Insubstantial Than It Actually Is; However, Astley Is No Mere Ambient Noodler. These Nine Songs Are Melodically Rich And Varied; Mood Pieces In The Truest Sense Of The Term. Specifically Designed To Mirror The Moods Of An Indolent Summer Day (The Sides Of The Original LP Were Even Marked "Morning" And "Afternoon"), From Gardens Where We Feel Secure Is A Dreamy, Involving, And Occasionally Even Fascinating Listen.” Stewart Mason, AMG.... more details
 
Astley, Virginia - Tender Tender
Pop Used - 12 EKR 21 T Elektra
1985 Four Track 12" Single In A Textured Picture Sleeve. Tracks Are "Tender," "Mindless Days," "Tender Instrumental" And "A Long Time Ago." Vinyl Appears Glossy, Unplayed.... more details
 
Astley, Virginia - Hope In A Darkened Heart Hope In A Darkened Heart
Pop Used - LP GHS 24184 Geffen
1986 Original With Gold Promo Stamp And Small Custom Hype Sticker On Front Cover. “Hope In A Darkened Heart, Her US Debut, Was Mostly Produced By Sakamoto, Who Adds More Synths And Drum Machines. David Sylvian Sings On The Opening "Some Small Hope." While It's Still Very Pretty, There's More Substance, As Well. The Angry Lyrics By This Single Mother (The Baby's Father Left Astley During Her Pregnancy) Are Made Even More Effective By The Charm Of Her Voice And The Delicacy Of The Music. I Wouldn't Want To Be The Guy To Whom "A Father" Or "So Like Dorian" Are Directed. Remixes Of Earlier Tracks, Including "Love's A Lonely Place To Be," Round Out Side Two.” – Trouser Press... more details
 
Astley, Virginia - Promise Nothing Promise Nothing
Pop Used - LP WFY1 14 A Why-Fi
Rare 1983 Canadian Original In Unplayed Condition.... more details
 
Astley, Virginia - Love's A Lonely Place To Be Love's A Lonely Place To Be
Pop Used - 12 WFIT 001 Why Fi
Beautiful 1982 UK 45rp 4 Song Mini LP.... more details
 

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