Nightmares on Wax on ‘Smokers Delight’

George Evelyn joins Colleen to celebrate 25 years of 'Smokers Delight' discussing his musical roots and the evolution of Nightmares on Wax.

Joe Boyd on Fairport Convention ‘Liege & Lief’

Legendary record producer Joe Boyd has worked with Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Fairpoint Convention, Sandy Denny and The Incredible String Band. Here, he joins Colleen to discuss Fairport Convention's ‘Liege & Lief’.

Emma-Jean Thackray on The Beach Boys ‘Pet Sounds’

Emma-Jean Thackray discusses the perfect way to listen to a perfect album as part of our 'My Classic Album' series.

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.

The Story of Nina Simone ‘Black Gold’

“It is not addressed to white people - it does not put you down in any way, it simply ignores you… For my people need all the inspiration and love they can get.” Nina Simone.

The Story of Interpol ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’

"We were holding the cards to a certain message that was about to become relevant." Carlos Dengler.


Billie Holiday ‘Lady in Satin’ with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

This was the last album to be released in Lady Day's lifetime and one that saw her return to full orchestral arrangements with a poignantly matured voice. Listen to the story and music.

Neil Young ‘After The Gold Rush’

The album's songs — which featured 18-year-old Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano, helped create a ragged and almost disjointed record that’s never quite sure if it’s electric or acoustic.

Nas ‘Illmatic’

The 1994 hip-hop landmark is a sterling example of how great rap can be.

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.

Classic Albums Sundays presents ‘My Classic Album’ Round-Up

‘My Classic Album’ is a series of free-to-view artist interview streams created with support from the Arts Council England Cultural Recovery Fund.

My Classic Album: Nubya Garcia on Wayne Shorter ‘The Soothsayer’

Multi award winning saxophonist and compose Nubya Garcia joins Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy for a deep dive into Wayne Shorter 'The Soothsayer'.

The Roots ‘Do You Want More?!!!??!’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Check out our playlist including Jean Carn, Minnie Ripperton, Double Trouble, Mountain, Biz Markie and more.

Grateful Dead ‘American Beauty’ Legacy Playlist

Modern music and contemporary bands inspired by the Grateful Dead including The National, Lee Ranaldo, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket and more...

The Avalanches ‘Since I Left You’ Legacy Playlist

Check out this playlist of music that inspired by The Avalanches including Ariel Pink, RJD2, Madvillian, Panda Bear, The Go! Team, Animal Collective & more.

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 Sundays13/09/2021 @ 15:09
London, United Kingdom
George Evelyn joins @colleencosmomurphy to celebrate 25 years of 'Smokers Delight' discussing his musical roots and the evolution of @nightmaresonwax.

Nightmares on Wax’ sophomore LP was a defining moment of ’90s trip hop and downtempo sound along with other heavy-hitters including Massive Attack’s Blue Lines, Portishead’s Dummy and Tricky’s Maxinquaye. The LP fused together a cornucopia of sound: “It was all the things that turned me on: reggae, soul, and through sampling and digging, hip hop was the backbone,” Evelyn said of the samples on Smokers Delight in Joe Muggs’ book Bass, Mids, Tops.

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Classic Album Sundays07/09/2021 @ 11:14
London, United Kingdom
We are delighted that our Patreon Members voted for Can ‘Ege Bamyasi’ as our featured album for the September Album Club which is meeting on Zoom on Friday, the 24th September at 8pm BST.

In advance of the meeting, Colleen will send out a ‘Musical Lead-Up Playlist’ of 10 songs – music that will set the tone for the deep album listening featuring Can’s inspirations and other bands in their milieu at that time.

At the meeting, itself, Colleen tells the story behind the album for about 20 minutes and then we listen to the album in its entirety without interruption following our listening guidelines – phones off and no talking. To be clear, its up to you to source whichever copy of the album you can get your hands on – streaming online, CD, vinyl – whatever it is. We don’t broadcast the album over Zoom as you won’t have a great listening experience.

After the album finishes we reconvene and have a discussion about the album and our listening experience.

Patreon Members and higher tiers can attend the Album Club and also our Friday night Classic Album Pub Quiz which will be held on Friday, 10th of September. You can subscribe here and don’t forget you can unsubscribe at any time.

We hope you can join us and thanks for listening!

Warp Records
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Classic Album Sundays23/08/2021 @ 11:11
Almost fifty years since its release, Herbie Hancock 'Head Hunters' is an open invitation to pay close attention, to pick up on details we may have missed on the last listen, and to come back time and time again.

Check out our blog ahead of this years Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest.
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Classic Album Sundays16/08/2021 @ 13:54
Fiona Apple's lockdown classic ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ is the second album featured in the run up to this years Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest.

Check out the full blog on our website.
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Classic Album Sundays09/08/2021 @ 12:48
We are delighted to be returning to Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest for 2021! We will host our very own room with a range of album sessions in which the album’s unique story will be told, followed by an uninterrupted vinyl playback on some of the world’s most amazing hi-fi sound equipment.

Ahead of the event we will be publishing weekly blogs focussed on the albums we will be featuring. Check out the first one featuring Bill Withers 'Still Bill'.
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Classic Album Sundays18/07/2021 @ 18:59
CAS Orkney host Adrian Holmes is joined by Geoff Downes to tell the story behind and discuss their personal recollections of Original Asia 'Asia'.

After the album presentation, we encourage you all to play the entire album from beginning to end, without interruption, following the Classic Album Sunday listening guidelines: turn off our phone, refrain from conversation and give yourself over to the music.

Join our Album of the Month club, our monthly Friday night Classic Album Pub Quiz, our 'Safe & Sound' webinar for tips on improving your hi-fi and receive rewards after six months of subscription at:
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13/09/2021 @ 12:09
George Evelyn joins Colleen to celebrate 25 years of 'Smokers Delight' discussing his musical roots and the evolution of @nightmaresonwax in the latest Classic Album Sundays podcast. https://t.co/GeljnOkQli
10/09/2021 @ 3:51
Congratulations to our friends over at @SongbyrdDC who have moved to a new location at 540 Penn Street, N.E.! Locating Songbyrd near their record shop ( @byrdlandrecords ), having a ground floor space with 18" ceilings was too good to pass up! https://t.co/ORhUTAEKT8 https://t.co/p474Yz6tW8 ClassicAlbumSun photo
29/08/2021 @ 15:41
R.I.P to the LEGENDARY Lee Scratch Perry 🎶! The legend of Lee, will forever live on.
#leescratchperry #reggae #classicalbumsundays https://t.co/rVZ7HVQNIT
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27/08/2021 @ 9:09
Today in 1991, Pearl Jam released their debut album- ‘Ten’!

This is the grunge bands most commercially successful album to date, going on to sell over 13 million copies! The most renowned singles from the album include- Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy.

#classicalbumsundays #cas https://t.co/kcaP9Scklw
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