My Classic Album: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason on ‘Dark Side of...

How did an album about mental illness, mortality and the need for human empathy stay on the U.S. Billboard Charts for 741 weeks (14 years)?

Ego Ella May on Sade ‘Diamond Life’

Ego Ella May joins Tina Edwards to look back at the album that became the best-selling debut album by a British female vocalist, a record that stood for 24 years.

DJ Yoda on De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’

Promising a new era of positivity in hip-hop, De LA Soul paved the way for a generation of rap artists.

The Story of Grace Jones ‘Slave To The Rhythm’

“I can be a pain, but most of all, I can be a pleasure.” Grace Jones

The Story of Fugees ‘The Score’

"When I rap, I get to express myself in a way where putting words together is like poetry, and sometimes it's better to talk in certain expressions than sing, you know? So I love, I love to rhyme when I want to express certain things." Wyclef Jean

The Story of Patti Smith ‘Horses’

The story behind the album credited with helping launch punk that fused music, poetry, art and theatre in mid-Seventies downtown Manhattan.


‘Hopelessly In Love’ with Carroll Thompson and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Considered by many to be the greatest lovers rock album of all time, hear how it was recorded and went on to sell a million copies.

The Wailers’ ‘Burnin’ with Don Letts and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

When The Wailers recorded this album they had their eyes on a far greater prize of international attention - far from simple and not without its sacrifices. Listen to the story and music.

Fela Kuti ‘Gentleman’ & ‘Zombie’ with Rikki Stein and Colleen ‘Cosmo’...

Nigerian icon Fela Kuti pioneered Afrobeat and was a political and social renegade. He also led a life and had an impact that was uniquely singular. Listen to the story and music.

Sharleen Spiteri on Texas ‘Hi’ and Women in Music

Sharleen lifts the lid on her favourite women in music and why they have influenced her work so much.

Classic Album Sundays presents Skin on Etta James & Nina Simone:...

Skin discusses highlights from the forthcoming compilation series The Montreux Years, which brings together breath-taking performances by the world’s greatest artists recorded at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, including Nina Simone and Etta James.

Carroll Thompson on ‘Hopelessly In Love’ and Lovers Rock

Carroll Thompson took the British music scene by storm in 1980 with her classic single ‘Simply In Love’ and her breathtaking follow up ‘Hopelessly In Love’. The album of the same name ensured her enduring legacy.

Joni Mitchell ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Duke Ellington, The Crusaders, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joan Baez and more to whet your appetite before listening to Mitchell's seventh studio album.

‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

This album is named after a members-only club that was opened in Havana in pre-Castro times, a period of unbelievable musical activity in Cuba. Check out this playlist of music that inspired the album.

De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ Legacy Playlist

A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Digable Planets, Camp Lo and many more were inspired by the jazz-influenced sounds of De La Soul. Check out this playlist of music that was inspired by De La Soul.

Classic Album Sundays

Classic Album Sundays is the world's most popular record club. CAS allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music by presenting the musical context, the story behind the album and an uninterrupted replay of the album on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi sound system (with phones switched off and no conversation). People learn about the history of the album and then hear things they have never heard before. The events are mainly attended by non-audiophiles who are sometimes moved to tears when they hear the details of their favorite recordings. Here is some feedback received from an attendee at one of the CAS sessions at Vintage Festival at Royal Festival Hall: "Hearing that fabulous cello line in 'Eleanor Rigby' - I could've wept with the sheer beauty of it :-)" - Annette Corbett As it has touched upon a cultural nerve with its mission of challenging the way we listen to music in the 21st Century, CAS has received amazing coverage from BBC Breakfast TV to Elle Magazine to NME to The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal and much, much more (check out the press here: https://classicalbumsundays.com/category/press/) CAS currently holds regular classic album listening sessions in London, New York City, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo and Oslo with Portugal, Boston, Austin, Portland and Manchester to launch by the end of the year and more cities to follow. CAS also holds listening sessions at Britain’s award-winning festivals like Camp Bestival, Bestival and Vintage, art galleries like The Idea Generation and hosts one-off bespoke events in conjunction with record companies and venues. This spring CAS will launch Classic Album Sundays Jazz & Classical with sessions in London and Edinburgh. This year, Classic Album Sundays is amplifying its digital content such as magazine blogs/columns/features, radio shows and YouTube playlists and presentations and will continue to proliferate worthy classic album and hi-fi info, videos and pictures via the Classic Album Sundays social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube. Now people throughout the world can experience a part of Classic Album Sundays until events start in their city. More info at https://classicalbumsundays.com. Classic Album Sundays was founded by and is hosted by Colleen "Cosmo" Murphy - Radio Host (hosted radio shows since '82 and produced widely syndicated radio shows in the USA), international audiophile DJ (protege of David Mancuso and Francois Kevorkian and Director of London's Lucky Cloud Sound System), Music Producer/Remixer (remixes for The Rapture on DFA and producing Wild Rumpus with guitarist Gary Lucas from Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley fame), independent label owner (Bitches Brew), Music Journalist and in her younger years worked for several record shops where she amassed far too many records.
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Classic Album Sundays20/11/2021 @ 11:55
Christopher Watkiss produced Classic Album Sundays in Birmingham and hosted the wonderful event with Fela Kuti protégé Lekan Babalola. His eldest son Louis often helped him hand out flyers and put up posters. He thought it was cool that his old man was running a music event. They would often listen to the podcast of the Lekan event and Louis was amazed that his dad had interviewed someone of significance in the music/afro beat world. Louis was a musician himself, and played sax in two jazz ensembles.

Louis was tragically killed in an incident at a local snowdome whilst tobogganing at a friend's birthday party. He was 12 years old and Chris and his wife are heartbroken and filled with unimaginable pain and despair.

There is a GoFundMe campaign to help the family during this time and also to lobby for new laws that ensure our children are safe when taking part in snow activities. Please help if you are able and our heartfelt condolences go to Chris, his wife and their family.


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Classic Album Sundays17/11/2021 @ 12:04
London, United Kingdom
@djyodauk joins @colleencosmomurphy on the latest Classic Album Sundays Podcast to dig deep into the most inventive, assured, and playful debut in hip-hop history @wearedelasoul’s ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ which not only proved that rappers didn’t have to talk about the streets to succeed, but also expanded the palette of sampling material with a kaleidoscope of sounds and references culled from pop, soul, disco, and even country music.

Available anywhere you get your favourite podcasts.
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Classic Album Sundays04/11/2021 @ 19:59
Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy is joined by chart-topping singer-songwriter with the phenomenally successful band Texas, Sharleen Spiteri, at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the National Album Day 2021 celebrations with Bowers & Wilkins.

This year’s National Album Day spotlighted women artists and their huge contribution to music and culture through the art of the album. Sharleen discusses her favourite women in music and how they have influenced her, culminating in choice cuts from the new Texas album 'Hi'.
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Classic Album Sundays28/10/2021 @ 19:00
Carroll Thompson joins Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy at The British Library to discuss the story of Lovers Rock and her classic album, 'Hopelessly In Love'. Known as ‘The Queen of Lovers Rock’, the uniquely British flavour of reggae music that remains as popular as ever, Carroll will talk about her special place and career in music in celebration of National Album Day with Bowers & Wilkins.

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Classic Album Sundays26/10/2021 @ 10:17
This Thursday, 28th October at 8pm BST, we will be streaming our live event with Carroll Thompson from The British Library where she joined Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy to discuss the story of Lovers Rock and her classic album, 'Hopelessly In Love' celebrating National Album Day 2021.
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Classic Album Sundays16/10/2021 @ 9:17
Happy National Album Day! 🙌💜

We have had a fantastic week celebrating this years theme 'Women In Music'. On Tuesday we were joined by Texas' Sharleen Spiteri and on Thursday Carroll Thompson, 'The Queen of Lovers Rock' joined us at The British Library to celebrate her classic album 'Hopelessly in Love'. Both events were supported by Bowers & Wilkins, the official audio partner of National Album Day.

We're celebrating women in music, and we want you to share your favourite album by a woman! ✨

Get involved using #NationalAlbumDay and tag us at Classic Album Sundays & @AlbumDayUK!

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