Guide to British Music of the 1960s

Nirvana

 

Patrick Campbell-Lyons, Alex Spyropoulos

Nirvana was a duo where the two member splayed a number of instruments between them. Not to be confused with the Seattle band of the same name from many years later, the earlier and British version released three excellent albums during the 1960s and a string of singles, of which Rainbow Chaser was a minor hit. Patrick Campbell-Lyons had previously been in a band called Second Thoughts.

Nirvana's first album, The Story of Simon Simopath, could claim to be one of rock music's first concept albums. It contained a number of more commercial tracks including We Can Help You which was issued as a single by the Alan Bown Set.

Rainbow Chaser from the second album gave Nirvana a 34-place in the charts. This was one of the first examples of phasing used on a record and is probably Nirvana's best-known track.

Increasingly Nirvana became a vehicle for Patrick Campbell-Lyons while Spyropoulos branched into film and television work. Dedicated to Markos III from 1970 only sold a few hundred copies in promo-only form and is rare although it has now been issued on CD.

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