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on 2 March 2004
The first album by the unlikely pairing of Greek keyboard player Alex Spyropolous and Irish singer Patrick Campbell Lyons, with orchestral arrangements by Sid Dale (Who worked famously with Scott Walker)
The standouts on this Psychedelic fairy tale are the breathtakingly beautiful "Wings of Love" and the uplifting "Satellite Jockey" and Hymn like "Pentecost Hotel" lovingly arranged and produced and entirely locked in their age.
The great aspect of this package is that the mono (and my opinion superior) mixes of the album are included along with the B sides of the original singles taken from this album.
Also included is the demo from this period, the pretty "Life Ain't Easy"
Nirvana after turning in a remarkable debut followed this album with an even stronger effort "All Of Us"
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on 11 February 2007
Just bought this reissue after not hearing the album for ten years or so. I was obsessed with it back then and wasn't sure if I'd still like it... Ha! It's even better than I remembered. It's a paradox, in a way the music is very dated, but magically remains utterly timeless and at times, downright futuristic, even the vaudeville jugband romp of "1999"! This is the kind of album that totally gets under your skin... and stays there. All the songs are compact little masterpieces and though they all have a misleadingly simplistic approach to melody and lyrics, (naive and childlike in keeping with classic English psych pop tradition) there's clearly more going on under the surface. A definite edge of slightly sinister surrealistic mystery. Eerie, pretty, super melodic and well, pretty darn well perfect.

This isn't a heavy guitar album and there's no rock'n'roll savagery happening here, but fans of Blossom Toes, The Zombies, Mortimer or even Belle and Sebastian will find themselves cosy and at home with these gentle guys.

The mono mix sounds very punchy and is great to have, and the bonus tracks are all worthy too, especially "I Believe In Magic", which would've fit in really well had it been originally on the LP. Oh go on, just BUY it!
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VINE VOICEon 1 December 2005
From the booming orchestral opening bars of "Wings Of Love" it's easy to place Nirvana's debut in the summer of pop. They only made this sort of music in the late 1960s. Beautiful melodies throughout, a childlike tenor and florid orchestration flow through this album, yet it doesn't sound too saccharine. The first song will hook you, the second is even better. The ten tracks pass fairly quickly, not just because of their quality, but also because they weigh in at a measly twenty-five minutes. Not surprisingly, you get mono and stereo mixes, though one play at a time of any album is enough for me.
Quality is more important than quantity however and here it's presented in concentrated form. There are also four superb bonus tracks. All of these are consistent with the style of the album except for the odd "Requiem For John Coltrane". Thirty-seven minutes of excellence then, plus a twenty-five minute repeat.
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on 19 March 2002
The last thing Kurt Cobain expected in the midst of all the hype surrounding the success of Nevermind was to have a lawsuit slapped against him for duplicating his bandname Nirvana.And cobain couldn't ba blamed;he'd never heard of this little known british-based 60s psychedelic band.And the same goes for most of us,as lack of commercial success cast into obscurity some of the finest psychedelic music by a 60s band. The Story of Simon Simopath,released in 1966 is arguably one of the greatest debut albums ever.This was 1966 and here was the first real concept album.Combining elements of folk rock and psychedelia with a futuristic,space-age feel,The Story... simply grips you for attention.Strange lyrics and haunting melodies combined with great orchestration and experimentation,if you're a fan of the psychedelic 60s you can't NOT like this one.And no,there's none of those long self-indulgent jams a lot of their contemporaries resorted to.Each track perfectly blends into the subsequent one and as such one can't pick out ant standout tracks,but trust me,you won't find a single boring moment on this album.The only little complaint one could have is the somewhat poor recording quality as the studios in those days were not equipped to cope with such ambitious and grandiose music.
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on 20 October 2015
Greek film score composer, Alex Spyropoulos and Irish musician/singer/mod-about-town, Patrick Campbell-Lyons, joined forces and, with help from some classical and jazz music students, created one of the classic groups of the late 1960s. This is their first album and the first rock opera, beating both The Pretty Things SF Sorrow and The Who's Tommy. A fantastical theme, wonderful lush, pretty melodies and enchanting lyrics make this very much of its time but also an excellent and enduring album with standout tracks including the poppy Satellite Jockey, glorious single Pentecost Hotel - a classic of late 1960s psyche-pop - and We Can Help You. Whereas a lot of late 60s bands were either blues, progressive rock or acid folk in the form of the Incredible String Band or Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nirvana were an unusual, classy and enchanting counterpoint fusing different musical styles in an era of experimentation. If you like other acts on the Island label or other music from this time, it is well worth a try. I discovered this when I was 14 and still love iy. They went on to do better but this is still a very good, magical album
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on 6 July 2011
Quite possibly the most wonderful band that not many people have ever heard of. Sublime orchestral pop, slightly acid tinged. Polite singing, sweeping strings, surreal lyrics and tunes to carry you to the stars and onwards. Kurt Cobain?...pah!
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on 14 December 2013
Beautiful and underrated record at its releasing time. Great. I like both Nirvanas, UK & USA! Totally recommended, music to rediscover.
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on 17 March 2013
Psychedelia it is not but the songsmiths work is a hard one and most of these tracks show some polish which the group should be proud.
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on 15 January 2013
Very whimsical and certainly very 60's. A masterpiece yet very light and amusing. All the tracks on this album are good.
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on 20 August 2004
Ohh christ!! Do not fall for that first review...the fellow's a band member, I'm sure by the way he's leading you. Well, yes, the album is little known...but here's a newsflash for u: its little known cos its crap. Dont buy it. U'll curse urself.
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