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All of Us - Nirvana (UK Group)

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Genre: Rock - Psychedelic Rock / Artist: Nirvana (UK Group)

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      09.04.2011 11:44
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      When hippies go large!

      A couple of decades before Kurt Cobain set up the Seattle grunge outfit Nirvana, a different Nirvana were on the scene, a British Nirvana that came about when Irish musician Patrick Campbell Lyons who was in the West London music scene of the early 60s joined up with a Greek musician by the name of Alex Spyropoulos. With a handful of session musicians used to create an orchestra, the first Nirvana have a cult following today with some psychedelic rock and early prog rock fans.

      Dooyoo could clearly only fit in the "all of us" part of the album name, the full name being "The Existence Of Chance Is Everthing and Nothing Whilst the Greatest Achievement Is the Living of Life and So Say *All Of Us*" and if you thought that that was heavy then how about the picture depicting world famous leaders trampling over dead bodies, all seems very political but the album is actually rather dreamy. It's the band's 2nd album released in 1968 and it's one of their easiest for new listeners to approach.

      "The Show Must Go On" is a pleasant somewhat medieval sounding folk song, heavy on flute and violins, generally it sounds very English but has occasional bursts of Greekness.

      The band tend to have very soft vocals, often backed with a choir, there's an orchestra full of stringed instruments but the album has quite a variety of tracks, for example "You Can Try It" has a sort of camp French jazz feel to it, whilst "Rainbow Chaser" is the catchiest track of the album and has a rockier, more psychedelic and less classical sound.

      I find that although the album has a wide variety of tracks and that some are very good, there's also some filler tracks which are not only dreamy but also rather dreary and don't have enough about them to make this album a psych classic.

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