Classic Album Sundays pays tribute to the late singer/songwriter/guitarist with sessions in New York City, Tokyo, London, Portland and Glasgow.

Lou Reed altered our musical consciousness and set us on a new path of musical discovery. His experimental band The Velvet Underground inspired hoards of musicians and may be rock history’s most cited as an influence. Reed’s songwriting may have continued the rock-poet tradition of Bob Dylan but instead he turned his cool gaze toward the characters who lived on the fringes of society with detached narratives that relayed the tales of New York City’s night creatures. Read more about the album here.

This January, CAS will present the album that truly launched Lou Reed as a solo artist, ‘Transformer’. Join us to first listen to music that either inspired or was relevant to this LP such as David Bowie, The Stooges and Velvet Underground followed by the story and contemporary relevance of the album. Then the lights go down, the volume goes up and we play the album from beginning to end on vinyl on our audiophile hi-fi. Listening guidelines apply.

New York City

Sunday, January 5, 5 – 8 pm

The Panther Room at Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tickets: $10 on the door and online here

Presenter: Ron Like Hell

Audio Menu: Rega Apheta MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Moon 310 LP Phono Preamp, Moon P7 Line Preamp, Cardas balanced cabling, MC2 Power Amplification, Funktion-One Loudspeakers


Sunday, January 5, 5 to 8 pm

Lighthouse Records, 3F 2-9-2 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043

Tickets: 1000 Yen on the door or for reservations e-mail

Presenter: Norihide Masuo

Audio Menu: Koetsu MC Cartridge, SME 3012R Tonearm, Thorens TD520
Turntable, Mark Levinson 26 Preamp, Mark Levinson 23.5L Power Amp,
Klipschorn Speakers


Sunday, 12 January, 5 to 8 pm

The Hanbury Arms, 33 Linton Street, London N1 7DU

Tickets: £8 on the door and £8 + service charge here

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableKlimax DSM with PreampLinn Klimax Solo Power AmpsChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond Loudspeakers

Portland, Maine

Sunday, January 19, 5 – 8 pm

The Empire, 575 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Tickets: $5 on the door and online coming soon

Presenters: Dispatch Magazine

Audio Menu:Grado Gold 1 Moving Iron Cartridge, VPI Traveler Turntable with phono stage, Classe CP-800 Preamplifier, Classe CA-2300 Power Amplifier , Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond Loudspeakers, Transparent Audio Interconnects and Cabling, BDI Mirage Hi-Fi Stand


Sunday, 26 January, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow G3 7DL

Tickets: £6 on the door and online here

Presenter: Andrew Pirie

Audio Menu provided by Loud and Clear including a Reference Linn System with Linn’s iconic Sondek LP12 turntable (fitted with Ekos SE tonearm, Keel, Urika phonostage and Dynavector Dr T XV-1S cartridge), a reference Klimax Kontrol pre-amplifier, and Linn’s very own “black ops” custom made fully active PA system featuring 12 channels of their Akurate power amplifiers.