Attention vinyl lovers: get ready to snap up some reissued classic albums by The Small Faces, Cream and Black Sabbath
hether you’re a young hipster looking to build up a vinyl collection or an older music lover needing to replace some worn-out old faves, there’s no shortage of goodies landing in stores roundabout now to lure your wallet from your pocket, with new reissues from The Small Faces, Black Sabbath and Cream.
First up, The Small Faces’ self-titled 1966 debut album, which is getting re-released on 22 June. Containing the singles What’cha Gonna Do About It? and Sha-La-La-La-Lee, The Small Faces went to No 3 on the UK albums chart when first released, and established the London live favourites as arguably the most important band on the mod scene. Also getting reissued on the same date is From The Beginning, the retrospective compilation hastily scrabbled together by Decca and manager Don Arden in 1967, following the band’s departure for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label. Regarded as somewhat patchy by most fans, the album does nonetheless include their biggest hit single, All Or Nothing (as well as an early version of Ogden’s fave Rene).
22 June also sees the start of a whole series of Black Sabbath reissues. The Brummie rock gods’ first three albums (Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master Of Reality) all become available on that date, with all three coming on 180g vinyl in reproduction sleeves and with a CD also included with each purchase. Vol 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage, will follow on 29 June, while 1976’s Technical Ecstasy and 1978’s Never Day Die, the last album featuring Ozzy Osbourne on vocals, complete the reissues line-up, dropping on 13 July.
And finally there’s Cream… annoyingly, the very day after we sent issue 3 of the Songwriting app to press, including a round-up of vinyl boxsets, along came an email telling us about another from Messrs Clapton, Bruce and Baker! But anyway, it’s out now and features all six studio and live albums recorded by the definitive power trio between 1966 and 1972 – so that’s Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels Of Fire, Goodbye, Live Cream and Live Cream Vol II.