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Classic Album Sundays presents Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’

Our final album of the year features Dr. Dre’s controversial ‘The Chronic’. Often regarded as one of the most influential albums of the Nineties, it established the modern sound of West Coast rap. A raw sound, heavily influenced by the Parliament-Funkadelic G-funk style, was married to slick pop hooks, resulting in a crossover smash and an important moment before rap became stratospherically popular later in the decade.

Importantly ‘The Chronic’ showed Dre’s ability as a manager as well as a performer-producer, following his breakout years in N.W.A.. With an cast of future stars including Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage, Suge Knight and Kurupt he created an album that became the slick, defining sound of a movement, and spotlighted a new generation of talent from California.

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The album is not without glaring flaws in lyrical content: with homophobic lyrics and in-your-face misogyny, it can be quite hard listening in 2017 where the spotlight on such issues is rightfully stronger than ever. Yet it remains a classic on its own terms as a collection of stone-cold jams, and for the door it broke down with gusto. 

The accepted canonising of rap music from both sides of the USA may not have happened without ‘The Chronic’, warts and all, leading the way. Celebrated artists of recent times like Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar, Outkast, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown and indeed Snoop Dogg owe a debt to ‘The Chronic’.

Kanye himself recently told Rolling Stone: “‘The Chronic’ is still the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’. It’s the benchmark you measure your album against if you’re serious.”

Join us at one of our worldwide events to hear this album as never before.

London

Time & Date: Sunday December 3rd 16:00 – 19:00

Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £10 in advance here

Presenter: Gabriel Szatan (Boiler Room / No Bad Days)

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers

Oslo

Date and Time: Sunday December 17th 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Kulturhuset LAB

Tickets: 60/120NOK online soon

Presenters: Kent Horne

Audio Menu installed by Duet AudioCartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2Turntable: Dr. Feickert BlackbirdTone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800WIntegrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon AurisLoudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Conditioner: Isol-8.

Cambridge

Date and Time: Sunday December 10th 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Venue: Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Tickets:  £8 in advance here

Presenter: Dean Butler

Audio Menu Supplied by Audio Note UK feat:

Audio Note UK -E Spe/He SpeakersAudio Note UK -E speaker stands,  Audio Note UK Oto Phono SE Pure Class A integrated Valve amplifierAudio Note UK TT2 Deluxe TurntableAudio Note UK Tonearm 1Audio Note UK iQ  3 CartridgeAudio Note UK CD 2.1xAudio Note UK Isis speaker cableAudio Note UK AN-C interconnect cable

Washington DC

Date and Time: Sunday 10th December 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue: Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Tickets: $5 in advance soon

Presenter: Joe Lapan

Audio Menu provided by Audioism.

REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM CartridgeREGA Fono MM Phono PreampAudioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback SystemXcilica HD System ProcessorAudioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects

Berlin

Date and Time: Sunday December 10th 4 – 7 pm

Venue: Studio dB, Uferstraße 8-11, UferHallen Studio A14, 13357 Berlin

Tickets: advanced sale coming soon

Presenter: Christine Kakaire

Audio menu: tbc

Miami

Date and Time: Sunday December 17th 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Tickets: $6 in advance soon

Presenter: Lauren Reskin – Sweat Records

Audio Menu: Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables

Fukuoka

Date and Time: Sunday December 17th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Venue: Desiderata Fukuoka 1-15-3, 3F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0014 Japan

Tickets: ¥1,000  – email: info@desiderata.jp

Presenter: Masuo (Lighthouse Records founder / CAS Fukuoka) & Wataru Sato

Audio Menu: Klipschorn LoudspeakersMark Levinson 23.5L Power AmplifierMark Levinson No.26 PreamplifierPioneer Exclusive P3 turntableKoetsu Cartridge and Stepup Trans.

New York City

Date and Time: Sunday December 17th 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Venue: Magick City, 37 Box Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Tickets: $10 in advance soon

Presenters: Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)

Audio Menu: Rega Exact MM CartridgeRega P9 TurntableAudio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplificationAudioQuest Interconnects and cablingKlipschorn LoudspeakersKlipsch SW-115 Subwoofers

Birmingham

Date and Time: Sunday December 17th, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Venue: Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar, 88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

Tickets: £5 in advance soon

Presenter: Chris Watkiss and Raj Jassal

Audio Menu: Turntable: J.Sikora – Initial, Turntable Arm: Kuzma  – Stogi S12, 12 inch tonearm, Cartridge: Audio Technica – ART 9 Moving Coil, Speakers: hORNS – Mummy, Mono Block Amplifiers: Ming Da Dynasty – Cavatina, Pre-Amplifier: Audio Detail – Chela- 4, Phonostage: Audio Detail – NV-08 Navistar, Mains Conditioner: Gigawatt PC–3 EVO , Speaker Cables: Skogrand – Tchaikovsky, Interconnects: Albedo Solid ,Mains Cables: KBL & Albedo.

Chicago

Date and Time:  Sunday December 17th 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Venue: Saturday Audio Exchange, 1021 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago IL, 60647

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: Sam Willett

Audio Menu: Klipschorns provided by Klipsch Audio and McIntosh Tube amps provided by Saturday Audio

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