Prefab Sprout from Witton Gilbert, County Durham. Pic: Sony Music UK Archive.

One of the North East’s best-ever bands, Prefab Sprout, are to have three classic albums and their greatest hits re-released on remastered vinyl this autumn.

The band, from Witton Gilbert, County Durham, enjoyed a huge string of hits with their delicious indie-pop in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and founding brothers Paddy and Martin McAloon have been involved in the re-release project. 

The releases – originally on Newcastle label Kitchenware – include the Sprouts’ 1984 debut album Swoon, as well as third album From Langley Park To Memphis, which came out in 1988.

Prefab Sprout’s debut album Swoon came out on Kitchenware Records in 1984.

The latter, which featured contributions from Stevie Wonder and The Who’s Pete Townshend, contained their biggest hit, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, along with one of the best pop anthems of the ‘80s, Cars And Girls.

1990’s Jordan: The Comeback will be released as a double LP for the first time internationally. It includes one of the band’s best-loved tracks, Wild Horses.

A Life Of Surprises is Prefab Sprout’s greatest hits.

The final part in this batch of re-releases is the hit collection A Life of Surprises: The Best Of Prefab Sprout, which is available as a double LP for the first time.

The albums, which are released on 27 September,  include a download code, and are also available digitally.

The only shame is that second album Steve McQueen, which contains their breakthrough hit, When Love Breaks Down, isn’t included in the reissue campaign. Watch this space…

Gary Welford owner