Vinyl-a-Day 34: Nirvana - “The Story of Simon Simopath” (Island, 1967)
No, this is not a lost Kurt Cobaine album, this is the *other* Nirvana. This is a really enjoyable baroque pop/symphonic psychedelic album, credited by many as the first narrative-story record (predating The Pretty Things’ “S.F. Sorrow,” The Kinks’ “Arthur”, etc). From what I’ve discerned, and I’ve listened to this album a lot, the album’s titular character, Simon Simopath, is bored of working in an office, dreams of growing wings and flying away, ends up in a mental institution, transcends all that and ends up in some sort of raptured state and finally dies in 1999... I thiiiink? Give it a listen, the music is just as colorful as the cover art. If you like it, move on to Nivana’s second album, 1968’s “All Of Us.” Last, there’s a credible rumor that the 90s grunge Nirvana’s label, DGC Records, paid $100,000 to the original Nirvana for the new Nirvana to be able to keep using the name.
PS. Yes, this is an original, mono promo copy.
PPS. Yes, I paid out the ass for it.