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Patrick's new album cover You're A Cloud, I'm A Comet

All songs written by Patrick Campbell Lyons (©/PRS)

Track Listing: 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
Listen to samples  HERE 

Producer:
Costas Stergiou  

Musicians: 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’

Recorded by
Panagiotis Chountas at InaJamStudio (Piraeus), Athens, Greece
Mixed by
Panagiotis Chountas & Costas Stergiou
Additional recordings
by Vangelis Karapetros at Pazi Studios
Song arrangements
by Patrick Campbell Lyons/Costas Stergiou

Artist: Patrick Campbell Lyons Title: You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet File: Pop 
Label:
Market Square Cat: MSMCD191 UPC: 5065001032578 Rel: July 14th 2017


The 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ is a fitting moment for a further excursion into the effecting melancholic pop that trademarked Patrick Campbell Lyons’ former band: 60’s cult symphonic rock act, Nirvana, and his subsequent solo career.

Patrick formed Nirvana with Alex Spyropoulus in 1967 in a London that was riding a creative peak for music, producing a series of critically acclaimed albums in ‘The Story of Simon Simopath’, ‘All Of Us’ and ‘To Marcos III’.  

It may be a mere thirty five years after his last album, but the Irish-born singer-songwriter has clearly lost none of his magic. With a faintly titular nod to Nirvana’s phased-fuelled 1968 hit “Rainbow Chaser”, ‘You’re A Cloud, I’m A Comet’ returns us to the evergreen performer’s seemingly favoured sky-high view of the world and his part in it.  

You're A Cloud, I'm A Comet was Recorded in his adopted home of Athens with sterling support from a coterie of contributors including Nirvana song-writing partner Alex Spyropoulus. The new album opens the door to a world of reflection, celebration, change and occasionally rueful reminiscence. Reassuringly for fans and admirers, his always-infectious songs are couched in a melange of keyboards of many varieties, percussion and trumpets, residing on swathes of synth with harmony support carrying Patrick’s gently lilting, yearning lead vocal.


Patrick Campbell LyonsPatrick Campbell Lyons (Born 13th July 1943, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland) is a composer and musician. He is one half of the cult symphonic-rock band, Nirvana formed in London in 1967 with Greek musician Alex Spyropolous. Nirvana accompanied in the studio and live by a floating line-up of session musicians created a series of critically-acclaimed baroque, orchestrated albums before disbanding in the early 1970s.

Patrick was part of the West London music scene from the early 1960s playing in several bands. He was the vocalist and a founder member of a locally-popular R&B band Second Thoughts whose line-ups included future record producer Chris Thomas, Thunderclap Newman founder/drummer Speedy Keen and two future members of prog-rock band Jade Warrior (Jon Field and Tony Duhig). Second Thoughts split up in late 1965 and after a year living in Sweden, Campbell-Lyons returned to London in late 1966.  

Campbell-Lyons then pursued a career in the music business as an A&R executive and producer - while continuing to occasionally record solo albums including Me & My Friend, The Electric Plough and The Hero I Might Have Been.  


In Patrick's own words!

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.

Nirvana Press 1967

1967. 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 …  

Nirvana 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.  

Patrick working in the studio

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 …

Patrick Campbell Lyons

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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