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Tapestry of Delights:
In view of the commercial appeal of much of this multi-instrumental duo's music, it is surprising they did not achieve greater recognition. Campbell-Lyons, who came from Ealing, had previously been in pre-July band Second Thoughts.
Their debut album The Story Of Simon Simopath, a science-fiction pantomime, was an early attempt at a rock concept album. It contained some finely constructed pop songs, including the harmonious Pentecost Hotel (later issued as a single), We Can Help You (issued as a single by the Alan Bown Set), the catchy Satellite Jockey, Wings Of Love, which was later issued as their sixth single and a couple of more mellow songs:- Lonely Boy and Never Found A Love Like This Before.
The follow-up All Of Us was an even more poignant collection of often dreamy pop songs. Two tracks, the sad but beautiful Tiny Goddess, which was issued as the group's first single, and Rainbow Chaser, one of the early examples of phasing which actually climbed to No 34 in the Spring of 1968, were outstanding. This song was later included on You Can All Join In, Island's 1969 sampler. Also of note were the heavily orchestrated Melanie Blue, All Of Us, and Girl In The Park.
The group increasingly became a vehicle for Campbell-Lyon's musical journeys, with Spyropoulos eventually opting out and going into TV and film work after the Dedicated To Markos III album, which only sold a few hundred copies and is consequently their hardest one to track down. It was originally leased to the US label Metromedia, but the label went bust before it could be issued, so only 500 copies of the album appeared here in promo-only form. One track, The World Is Cold Without You was culled for 45 release but met with a similar fate. Local Anaesthetic contained just two tracks Modus Operandi and Home. The latter can also be heard on Heads Together, First Round, a compilation which Campbell-Lyons compiled for Vertigo in 1971. Songs Of Love And Praise contained re-recordings of Rainbow Chaser and Pentecost Hotel, along with some fine new material, notably Please Believe Me, I Need Your Love Tonight and Stadium, which were all written by Campbell-Lyons. On this and all Nirvana albums, he was assisted by a flexible group of close friends. Campbell-Lyons later made a solo album Me And My Friend (Sovereign) 1973, but this sold poorly and was quickly deleted.
In 1976 a Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex Spyropoulos had a further 45, Two Of A Kind (From The Musical 'Secrets') (Bradley's BRAD 7602), which contained a grand ballad with choral backing in the style of early Nirvana.
In 1978 the pair reverted to the Nirvana name for another 45 called Love Is (Pepper Records/United Artists UP 36461), which has a very strong tune and 'psychedelic' production. The pair also used the Nirvana name in the eighties. ~ (Vernon Joynson / Vaughan Green)
01. Wings of Love 3:21
02. Lonely Boy 2:31
03. We Can Help You 1:58
04. Satellite Jockey 2:36
05. In the Courtyard of the Stars 2:36
06. You're Just the One 2:07
07. Pentecost Hotel 3:07
08. I Never Found a Love Like This 2:51
09. Take This Hand 2:18
10. 1999 2:09
All songs written by Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex Spyropolous
Patrick Campbell-Lyons – guitar and vocals
Ray Singer – Guitar
Alex Spyropoulos – piano, keyboards and vocals
Michael Coe - french horn and viola
Brian Henderson - bass
Peter Kester – drums
David Preston – drums
Patrick Shanahan – drums
Sylvia A. Schuster – cello
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