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.

Wendy Carlos ‘Clockwork Orange’ with Greg Wilson

Wendy Carlos' dramatic score for the legendary Clockwork Orange is under the spotlight with Greg Wilson and Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy.

A Certain Ratio on ‘Sextet’ with Tina Edwards at We Out...

Martin Moscrop joins Tina Edwards to discuss the Factory Records classic that has endured as one of the signature albums of Manchester.

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.

Classic Album Sundays presents Ziggy Stardust 50, with Producer Ken Scott

Ziggy Stardust producer Ken Scott joins Colleen to discuss the making of the album that shot Bowie into inter-galactic fame.

My Classic Album: Steven Wilson on Kate Bush ‘The Dreaming’

'The Dreaming' is often characterised as her most uncommercial and experimental release, here Steven Wilson explains why it's his favourite!

An Evening with Louie Vega

“Little” Louie Vega, as he is sometimes affectionately known, is a leader in global dance music who has painted an award-winning career from a palette mixed with everything from house, salsa and afro-beat, to techno, jazz, hip hop, gospel and soul.

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.
Classic Album Sundays
Classic Album Sundays22/06/2022 @ 19:00
Meet a man who was there at the birth of Ziggy Stardust, legendary record producer Ken Scott who joins Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy at The British Library to discuss the making of the album that shot Bowie into inter-galactic fame.

David Bowie was a musical and cultural phenomenon whose significance only seems to increase with every passing year. He rocketed to stardom 50 years ago, in the summer of 1972, with the release of the album 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars'. His appearance on Top of the Pops a month later, dressed as an alien rock star and performing ‘Starman’, was an event that changed many lives.

The sound system for the evening will include the Bowers & Wilkins 800D3 speakers and a Rotel Michi X5 integrated amplifier.

Ken not only produced Bowie’s 'The Rise and Fall…' but also the preceding 'Hunky Dory' and the following 'Aladdin Sane'. Furthermore he was one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, engineered for Elton John, and produced Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Supertramp and Missing Persons.

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Classic Album Sundays25/05/2022 @ 19:00
Brian Jackson joins Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy on Wednesday May 25th at 8pm BST for a deep dive into his 1977 collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron 'Bridges'. Brian will share stories of recording the album and his personal memories of working with Gil Scot-Heron.

We will also be looking at his upcoming album on BBE This Is Brian Jackson. Produced by Phenomenal Handclap Band founder Daniel Collás, ‘This Is Brian Jackson’ is the veteran songwriter and musician’s first true solo studio album in 20 years. “I had mentioned to Daniel that I had begun work on a solo project around the time that Gil and I were recording Bridges in 1976” says Jackson. “I even had a few unfinished tracks. The seed of Daniel’s concept centered around the question: ‘what would a Brian Jackson album sound like if the 21st century Brian were to complete that 1976 album today?’”
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Classic Album Sundays15/05/2022 @ 9:05
Join us at 2pm BST on @worldwide.fm as we celebrate the incredible polymath, innovator and musical thinker @brianeno. It’s not only his 74th birthday, but also 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of his experimental album, ‘Nerve Net’. I had the pleasure of speaking to Brian back then in 1992, and wanted to share this wide-ranging recording with you today. He gets into everything from Maoism and Chinese opera, to Shostakovic and organic instruments, to Jeff Koons and Shamanism in music. So sit back and enjoy an hour spanning the mind and music of Brian Eno.
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Classic Album Sundays09/05/2022 @ 10:02
@sherelle_ joins @rajirags from her studio in North London studio on the Classic Album Sundays podcast to dig deep into @sbtrkt ‘Sbtrkt’, the impact of the album and the influence it had on her life.

Available anywhere you find your favourite podcasts.

Sherelle is leading a new generation of high-speed ravers who are addicted to jungle, drum ‘n’ bass, footwork and juke. Through her DJ sets, radio shows and record label she gives a platform to both scene elders and new talent and is committed to pushing 160bpm+ dance music into the future. Here, she discusses her love of Sbtrkt and the influence the album had on her.
Classic Album Sundays
Classic Album Sundays04/05/2022 @ 18:59
Little Louie Vega, one half of the Masters At Work, the man behind Elements Of Life and one of the greatest club DJs in the world joins Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy in conversation at The British Library to discuss his trademark soulful house sound, the jazz and Latin influence of his Bronx upbringing and a playback of his favourite tracks on a world class audiophile soundsystem.

For copyright reasons we are unable to include the music Louie discussed in the interview. It can be found in the Spotify playlist posted in the comments.
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Classic Album Sundays28/04/2022 @ 9:31
Los Angeles, California
Join us Sunday, May 1st at the @insheepsclothinghifi headquarters in West Hollywood for May’s Classic Album Sunday session. In Sheep’s Clothing and friends will be presenting Cocteau Twins ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’.

Cocteau Twins’ sixth album was a work of genius helmed by their influential guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie. ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’ is arguably the best example of Cocteau Twins music, working with and warping what it means to love, to weep, to create. It is as chill as it is exotic and exciting, meditative and extroverted.
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