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Welcome to you! … Clouds, you Comets of all shapes, sizes and hues …!

You have landed on the site of the new long awaited album “YOU’RE A CLOUD, I’M A COMET” written and recorded by Patrick Campbell Lyons, innovator & songwriter of the 60’s psychedelic band Nirvana.

The first group signed by the legendary Chris Blackwell to his new Island Records in 1967, Patrick with Alex Spyropoulos his creative partner “were responsible for music that sounds fresher with each passing decade since that time” (Jonjo Mills – Shindig Magazine)

“His music with Nirvana, as a Solo artist and producer of other artists has defied conventions and broke many music boundaries during the late ’60s and early ’70s period of pop and rock experimentation” (Amazon – 2009)

“Nirvana are a fine example of 60’s commitment to inspired song writing and beautiful arrangements.” (Erol Alkan – Producer, 2009)

Recorded in Athens Greece where he “lives for now”, Patrick and arranger/producer Costas Stergiou have crafted an album of reflection, celebration, change and hope.

Reassuringly for fans and admirers, his always infectious songs are couched in a mosaic of grand piano, synths, string pads, percussion, and trumpet carrying Patrick’s uniquely identifiable and emotive vocals.

Patrick Campbell Lyons clearly has not lost his touch and talent for writing songs that connect, as evidenced on this original and inspired new album.

You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet …another purple patch!!!

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THE SOUNDS…

1. A Cloud And A Comet
2. We Climbed a Hill
3. Only Heavens Knows
4. I Found A House
5. A River And A Day
6.Honeyman
7. I Want You Back
8. Now
9. Different Day
10. The Silent Touch
11. The World Is A Beautiful Place

THE PLAYERS…

Patrick Campbell Lyons: Lead Vocal/Harmonies, Casio CTK-3200 Synth Keyboard, 5-String Buzzbox, Percussion
Costas Stergiou: Piano, Hammond organ, Electric Piano, Bass, Synth keyboard
Vangelis Katsarelis: Trumpet on ‘A Cloud And A Comet’, ‘I Found a House’, ‘A River And A Day’.
Alex Spyropoulos: Electric Piano on ‘I Found A House’
Russell Nash: Piano/Backing Vocal on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’ and ‘I Want You Back’
Nick Capaldi: Gender Vocal Harmony on ‘Different Day’
Alexa Manolis: Female Inspiration Vocal on ‘Honeyman’ and ‘Cloud And A Comet’
Steve Carlton/Heidi Stotesbury: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’
Charmain Elliott: Gospel Vocal Backing on ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’
Duncan Inglis: Percussion on ‘I Want You Back’

THE PRODUCERS…

All songs written by Patrick Campbell Lyons

Produced by Costas Stergiou

Recorded by Panagiotis Chountas at InaJamStudio (Piraeus), Athens, Greece

Mixed by Panagiotis Chountas & Costas Stergiou

Additional recordings by Vangelis Karapetros at Pazi Studios, Athens

Song arrangements by Patrick Campbell Lyons/Costas Stergiou

About Patrick

The Patrick Campbell Lyons Timeline…

Writer, raconteur, professional traveller: PATRICK CAMPBELL LYONS tells us his story in his distinctive way…

“IT’S A TRIP FROM FRED ASTAIRE TO SALVADOR DALI VIA THE EVERLY BROTHERS, ISLAND RECORDS AND NIRVANA (SEATTLE)…”

1943

I AM BORN IN LISMORE, WATERFORD, IRELAND.

FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE, AGE 12, IN A SINGING DANCING TROUPE IN LISMORE CASTLE FOR FRED ASTAIRE. HIS SISTER ADELE IS MARRIED TO THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE’S SON …. THEY TAKE SUMMER VACATIONS THERE.

I AM PAID 2 SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE.

1963

AFTER A MONASTIC CATHOLIC EDUCATION, I ESCAPE TO LONDON AND WHILE ON A COURSE AT EALING ART COLLEGE FORMED THE SECOND THOUGHTS, AN R&B BAND THAT INCLUDE JOHN “SPEEDY” KEEN (THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN), TONY DUHIG, JOHN FIELD (JADE WARRIOR), CHRIS THOMAS (BEATLES, PROCOL HARUM, ROXY MUSIC PRODUCER) …. WE PLAY ALL THE LONDON R&B VENUES (51 CLUB, EALING JAZZ AND BLUES CLUB AND TWO RESIDENCIES AT THE STAR CLUB IN HAMBURG, GERMANY).

1966

GROUP DISBANDS. I GO TO LIVE IN STOCKHOLM FOR A YEAR AND ON RETURNING TO LONDON START WRITING SONGS WITH CHRIS THOMAS … SIGN A TWO-SINGLE SONGWRITING DEAL WITH KASSNER MUSIC OF DENMARK STREET (LONDON’S ‘TIN PAN ALLEY’) AND RECORD AND RELEASE “CHANCE FOR ROMANCE” BACKED BY “FINDING IT ROUGH” FOR PRESIDENT RECORDS.

1966

MEET ALEX SPYROPOULOS. HE WAS AT ST. MARTINS FILM SCHOOL AND WAS ALSO TRYING TO GET A DEAL WITH KASSNER FOR SOME SONGS HE HAD WRITTEN FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL FILM ….. WE MEET IN THE LEGENDARY LA GIOCONDA IN DENMARK STREET AND FIND WE SHARE AN INSTANT CREATIVE RAPPORT …. WITHIN THREE MONTHS WE HAVE WRITTEN, FINE-TUNED AND RECORDED ON OUR REVOX TAPE MAHCINES SEVEN SONGS…. “TINY GODDESS”….. “RAINBOW CHASER”..“PENTECOST HOTEL”…. “I BELIEVE IN MAGIC”…. “WE CAN HELP YOU”.… “GIRL IN THE PARK”….. “WINGS OF LOVE”….

WE DECIDE TO CALL OUR GROUP NIRVANA.

I HAD MET MUFF WINWOOD WHEN THE SECOND THOUGHTS SUPPORTED THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP.  HE HAD TOLD ME ABOUT CHRIS BLACKWELL …. I STILL HAVE MUFF’S TELEPHONE NUMBER AND MAKE CONTACT …. HE TELLS ME THAT CHRIS IS STARTING A NEW LABEL CALLED ISLAND RECORDS …. MUFF SETS UP AN AUDITION FOR US.

ON HEARING OUR SEVEN SONGS ON TAPE AND A COUPLE OF LIVE TRACKS, ISLAND SIGN US TO A THREE YEAR, THREE ALBUM DEAL.  CHRIS BLACKWELL AND JIMMY MILLER WILL PRODUCE THE BAND…. AND WE FIND A DRUMMER BASS CELLO AND FRENCH HORN TO COMPLETE THE LINEUP.

1967 to 1970

ISLAND RECORDS RELEASE NIRVANA’S DEBUT ‘THE STORY OF SIMON SIMOPATH’ AS THEIR FIRST SIGNED BAND…..IT’S THE FIRST BAND TO USE THE NAME NIRVANA… THE FIRST BAND WITH AN ELECTRIC CELLO … THE FIRST BAND TO WRITE AND RECORD A CONCEPT PANTOMINE FOR GROWN-UPS … THE ONLY BAND TO PERFORM “LIVE” WITH SALVADOR DALI

1968

THIS IS AT A LIVE, THREE-HOUR ‘HAPPENING’ ON FRENCH TV PERFORMING “RAINBOW CHASER” AND “PENTECOST HOTEL” WHICH ARE BY NOW EUROPEAN HITS. WITH SUCCESS IN ENGLAND, EUROPE AND AUSTRALIA, NIRVANA HAS HIT A ‘PURPLE PATCH’ ON ALL FRONTS.

OUR SECOND ALBUM, “ALL OF US”, IS RELEASED TO INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM WITH SUPPORT FROM DJ’S INCLUDING JOHN PEEL…DAVE CASH…MIKE LENNOX…STUART HENRY…KENNY EVERETT ….ED STEWART…..                  

1969

I HEAD OFF WITH JIMMY CLIFF TO RIO DE JANEIRO FOR RIO INTERNATIONAL SONG FESTIVAL … PERFORMING MY SONG “WATERFALL”, WE REPRESENT JAMAICA.

1970

OUR SONGS ARE COVERED:  FRANCOISE HARDY…JIMMY CLIFF…. ALAN BOWN…KENNY BALL….HERMANS HERMITS….THE SMOKE … TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX PICK “ALL OF US” AS THE TITLE SONG FOR THE FILM “THE TOUCHABLES”.

NIRVANA SET OFF ON A EUROPEAN TOUR TAKING IN HOLLAND, DENMARK, HUNGARY, FRANCE, AND BELGIUM, BACKED BY LOCAL RHYTHM SECTIONS, ALONG WITH STRINGS AND BRASS FROM THE LOCAL CITY RADIO ORCHESTRAS.

IT’S A PERIOD OF AMAZING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN MUSIC AND TO BE IN THE HOTBED THAT IS ISLAND RECORDS – THE FIRST AND GREATEST INDEPENDENT LABEL – IS MY “LUCK”.  IT IS A TIME OF WORKING AND PLAYING HARD … IT WAS ALSO VERY COMPETITIVE.  BUT WE ARE GOING WELL …

BETWEEN 1967 AND 1970, PRODUCERS AND ARRANGERS (A WHO’S WHO OF NAMES THAT WENT ON TO BECOME BRITAIN’S TOP CRAFTSMEN) WORKING ON MY MUSIC INCLUDE CHRIS BLACKWELL (BOB MARLEY), JIMMY MILLER (ROLLING STONES),

TONY VISCONTI (DAVID BOWIE, MARC BOLAN), BRIAN HUMPHRIES (TRAFFIC, BLACK SABBATH, PINK FLOYD) …. THEY CHOOSE TO WORK WITH ALEX SPYROPOULOS AND I FOR ONE REASON ONLY….THE SONGS.

1971

THE ISLAND CONTRACT IS UP, SO ALEX AND I DECIDE TO TAKE A NECESSARY BREAK FROM EACH OTHER AND THE LONDON MUSIC SCENE. THE FACT IS WE ARE BURNED OUT….

I HEAR THAT THE EVERLY BROTHERS (MY TEENAGE IDOLS) HAD RECORDED “I’M FINDING IT ROUGH” RELEASED ON THEIR WARNER BROTHERS (USA) LP, ‘BOWLING GREEN’ …

LATER THAT YEAR, VERTIGO/PHILLIPS RECORDS OFFER ME A PRODUCER/ARTIST DEAL AND I RECORD THE ALBUM, ‘LOCAL ANAESTHETIC’ RELEASED UNDER THE NIRVANA NAME …. IT’S AN IMPROVISATION PROJECT IN PROGRESSIVE ROCK THAT HAS BEEN ACCLAIMED FOR ITS INNOVATION.

I PRODUCE ARTISTS FOR VERTIGO, INCLUDING DR Z AND MIKE ABSOLOM.

1972

I GO TO LIVE IN CADEQUES, SPAIN FOR 9 MONTHS ……I HAD NOW STARTED TO TRAVEL………….. TRAVEL TO MAKE MUSIC OR MAKE MUSIC TO TRAVEL … WHICH IS IT GOING TO BE?  I WRITE SONGS THAT BECOME THE ‘SONGS OF LOVE AND PRAISE’ ALBUM, AGAIN BY NIRVANA AND THIS RELEASED ON THE PHILIPS LABEL

1973

WRITE AND RECORD ‘ME AND MY FRIEND’ ALBUM FOR SOVEREIGN RECORDS (EMI) ….

FOR THE NEXT 18 YEARS, I CONCENTRATE ON BEING A FATHER AND A FAMILY MAN …

1990

BACK IN CONTACT WITH ALEX SPYROPOULOS AGAIN, WE GO TO THE USA TO ENGAGE IN A COURT CASE TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS IN THE NAME, NIRVANA.

1992

IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY COURT, WE AGREE A SETTLEMENT WITH GEFFEN RECORDS AND THE ‘OTHER BAND’ THAT BOTH GROUPS COULD CONTINUE TO USE THE NAME.

1996

ALEX AND I WRITE AND RECORD ‘ORANGE AND BLUE’ FOR DEMON/EDSEL RECORDS. 

1999

‘CHEMISTRY’ A 3CD BOX SET IS RELEASED BY DEMON/EDSEL.

2000

LONDON.  AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY I WAS THINKING! YES THE YEAR 2000… IT’S A SPECIAL FEELING HISTORICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY TO BE ON PLANET EARTH …. THAT IS THE WAY I FELT. SO WITH SOME MONEY FROM THE NIRVANA REISSUES AND THE NAME SETTLEMENT I DECIDE TO TRAVEL AND LIVE IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND CONTINENTS.    I HAD BEEN TO GREECE AND THE ISLANDS MANY TIMES ALSO TURKEY AND HAD LIVED IN SPAIN (ANDALUCIA)…..

SO AS A “TRAVELLER NOT A TOURIST” I GO TO MOROCCO, MALI, ALGERIA, EGYPT AND THE NILE … ON A SECOND TRIP/ADVENTURE, I AM IN TO TURKEY AND SPEND TIME IN IRAN ….I BECOME A DISCIPLE OF THE ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES!!  THEN, I LEFT FOR BRAZIL AND MEXICO.

I AM LIVING MY DREAM TO MAKE MUSIC TO TRAVEL.

2000

A RETURN TO SPAIN, WHERE I SETTLE FOR FOUR YEARS ….. I START TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT LONDON (196O-1969) CALLED ‘PSYCHEDELIC DAYS’ ….  AND SOME NEW SONGS FOR AN ALBUM PROJECT ALSO COME INTO BEING.

2003

UNIVERSAL (OWNERS OF ISLAND RECORDS) REISSUE THE ISLAND NIRVANA ALBUMS TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD AUDIENCE WITH JAPAN, AMERICA AND GERMANY ADDED TO THE COUNTRIES WHERE WE ALREADY HAVE A GOOD PROFILE…

FOR THE NEXT DECADE, THE INTERNET AND CORRESPONDINGLY SOCIAL MEDIA EXPOSE NIRVANA (UK) TO A NEW AUDIENCE WHO DISCOVER US THROUGH NIRVANA (USA)…!

2008 to 2009

‘PSYCHEDELIC DAYS’ IS PUBLISHED IN SAN FRANCISCO AND THE ALBUM, ‘THE 13 DALIS’ IS RELEASED ON GRA (GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS).

HAVING NOW FOUND A WHOLE NEW AUDIENCE IN USA, I START DOING BOOK-READING APPEARANCES + LIVE PERFORMANCE OF NIRVANA SONGS WITH YOUNG MUSICIANS FROM LOS ANGELES.  MANY OF THEM HAD THEIR OWN BANDS INFLUENCED BY BRITISH 60’S PSYCHEDELIA SIGNED TO NEW HIP LABEL, BURGER RECORDS.

2010

BURGER RECORDS RELEASE “CULT”, A NIRVANA VINYL (LIMITED EDITION) DOUBLE  ALBUM …

2011

RIZZLE KICKS (BRITISH RAP DUO) RECORD “RAINBOW CHASER (DREAMERS)” ON THEIR PLATINUM SELLING ALBUM “STEREO TYPICAL” (SONY RECORDS) …. THE TRACK IS ALSO USED BY PLAYSTATION TV ADVERTISING …

2017

I NOW LIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.  WITH A NEW ‘PURPLE PATCH’ THAT PRODUCES 11 SPECIAL TRACKS, A NEW YOUNG PRODUCER IN COSTAS STERGIOU, A PACEMAKER TO KEEP MY HEARTBEAT STEADY, AND WITH THE GODS  AND GODDESSES OF ANCIENT GREECE BY MY SIDE…….I RE-ENTER THE ARENA WITH MY NEW SOLO ALBUM……… “YOU’RE A CLOUD, I’M A COMET” ….

HAVE A LISTEN TO IT……    THERE’S A SONG ON THERE FOR YOU.  THANK YOU KINDLY,

PATRICK.

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Even more exciting! – the enhanced vinyl LP version of the album.

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Reviews

REVIEW: Shindig Magazine – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

October 3rd, 2017|

Another great review, and from the psych specialists at Shindig Magazine ... "... a percussive-laden psych trip with an array of catchy numbers. It's the sentiment of the parting shot, 'The World Is A Beautiful

REVIEW: Record Collector UK – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

September 28th, 2017|

Another great review for 60's Nirvana front-man Patrick's wonderful solo 'purple patch' ...! This time it's the UK's very own Record Collector Magazine and veteran music writer Michael Heatley, who writes ... "There's a sunny,

REVIEW: TimeMazine – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

September 13th, 2017|

Thanks a lot to the guys at TimeMazine for this lovely review!  

REVIEW: rootstime.be – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

August 18th, 2017|

"You could swear that time has stood still ... this album can only be described as a gem.  "Starting at the end: "The World Is A Beautiful Place" is a regular earworm ... for the

REVIEW: Norman Records – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

August 13th, 2017|

"I thought they were sausages at first but I'm now pretty sure they are baguettes on the sleeve.  This is the first solo album in 35 years from Patrick Campbell Lyons who was the prime mover

REVIEW: MetalJazz.com – Patrick Campbell Lyons: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet

August 12th, 2017|

Patrick Campbell-Lyons, "You're a Cloud, I'm a Comet" (Market Square) In the late '60s, when Campbell-Lyons was co-directing the British psychedelic band Nirvana, he drew from pop, folk, classical and music-hall traditions, much as borderless

Gallery

Shindig Cover

Patrick with Johnny Echols

Studio Engineer Panagiotis Chountas

Producer Costas Stergiou

Patrick

Patrick (Timbouktou) 1995

Lyrics from ‘A River And A Day’

Interview for live Athens show

Live in Athens

Lyrics from ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place’

Videos