Love me some vinyl. If you’re here because the ‘Black Sabbath’ headline caught your eye, there’s news below of vinyl reissues this June. If you’re without a turntable presently, get one! You will be amazed how fun it is, again, or if you’re young(er), for the first time.
That’s my modest set up above. An Akai amp/receiver and a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable with a pair of NHT speakers. The turntable was out of the box (new) and the rest second-hand from a vintage shop. Notice I have Zeppelin’s 1975 double album Physical Graffiti standing by. The record on the platter is the very rare 1969 second album ‘Town and Country’, (album cover pictured below) from British band Humble Pie, featuring on the front cover – the great Steve Marriott (pictured left). He left the Small Faces, who also recorded for the Immediate Label as they became The Faces with the addition of Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, with a very young Peter Frampton (pictured right). Humble Pie put out some of the most soulful electric blues rock records of the first half of the 1970s before Frampton ‘came alive’, so to speak, as a solo artist. For the record, ‘Town and Country’ is a relatively subdued record but cool to have and to hear. You can already tell, in 1969, that Frampton is the one with the commercial potential.
Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo pointed out something that’s so practical and true – the twenty minute side of a record album is just perfect. If you don’t love the album, it’s soon over. If you do love it, you can flip it over and get 20 minutes more. Perfect.
Black Sabbath vinyl comes this summer, too. Their first eight albums are being reissued on 180 gram vinyl (that appears to be the industry standard as of late for records which suits me fine), beginning June 22ndwith their 1970 self-titled debut, and so on.
As for LIVE Sabbath, the plan is to possibly come with one more studio album and tour but nothing is confirmed yet.