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Nirvana - Local Anaesthetic/Songs Of Love And Praise: Remastered album review

Album Review

Original ‘weird’ Nirvana’s two early 70s rarities expanded

Decades before their Seattle namesake settled out of court to continue using their band’s name, London songwriting duo Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex Spyropoulos were seducing pirate radio with the baroque chamber loveliness of July 1967’s debut single Tiny Goddess, and predating the Pretty Things’ SF Sorrow as rock’s first concept opera with The Story Of Simon Simopath, the first band album released on Island Records. After releasing 1968’s All Of Us and scoring minor success with the phasing-drenched Rainbow Chaser, the duo faced acid rock-craving audiences with their chamber-style The Nirvana Ensemble. When Island rejected their third album, Spyropoulos split, leaving Campbell-Lyons to go it alone on the newly launched Vertigo label.

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