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Classic Album Sundays
37 minutes | 7 days ago
Album Inspirations: Gilles Peterson on Sun Ra
Gilles Peterson speaks with CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy about the influence of Sun Ra and why he believes “Sun Ra was the man, the ultimate artist for any vinyl collector”. Sun Ra was a one-off in the annals of jazz. As author Robert L. Campbell describes, “He claimed to be the last of the swing band leaders, yet dosed classic songs with LSD. He wrote poetry about the “coming space age” and claimed to be a citizen of Saturn. He dressed himself and his band in gold- lame and lectured on the Creator’s message to the cruel and deceitful Earthman. He named himself after an Egyptian God. Was this guy for real? Sun Ra was very much for real.” Read more about your favourite albums here: https://classicalbumsundays.com/
23 minutes | 14 days ago
CAS Worldwide: Kraftwerk ‘The Man-Machine’
This week’s episode looks at Kraftwerk The Man-Machine. As the title suggests, this album successfully blends the boundaries between human and robot to the point where it’s unclear quite exactly what Kraftwerk are. Read more about your favourite albums here: https://classicalbumsundays.com/
54 minutes | 19 days ago
My Classic Album: Orbital ‘In Sides’
Electronic music pioneers Orbital joined us as part of our celebrations for National Album Day 2018 to look back their iconic fourth album In Sides. Orbital were interviewed by Classic Album Sundays founder and BBC 6music host Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy on the making of the album and its lasting legacy. Read more about your favourite albums here: classicalbumsundays.com
36 minutes | a month ago
This Woman’s Work: 'Black Gold' by Nina Simone
This Woman’s Work is a series highlighting classic albums by female artists who have made a lasting impact on music and pop culture. This time: the Grammy nominated live album, "Black Gold," by singer and pianist Nina Simone. It was recorded in front of a packed audience at Philharmonic Hall in New York City on October 26, 1969 and released in 1970.
33 minutes | a month ago
Album Inspirations: Lekan Babalola on Fela Kuti 'Zombie'
We were delighted to be joined by Lekan Babalola (Fela Kuti’s political protege) at a Classic Album Sundays event in Birmingham where host Chris Watkiss was able to ask Lekan about his first hand experiences of working with Fela. For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
25 minutes | a month ago
CAS Worldwide: David Bowie 'Heroes'
Our latest CAS Worldwide sees Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy digging deep into David Bowie Heroes. Although it was the second instalment of David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, “Heroes” was in fact the only album to be written and recorded entirely within the city. The multi-instrumentalist Bowie was joined by many of the same musicians who had worked on his previous album, Low, including guitarist Carlos Alomar, drummer Dennis Davis, and bassist George Murray, and a similar rhythmic-rock spark ignites the group once again. Brian Eno took a place behind the keyboard, setting up his unique brand of studio know-how and synth-science in contrast to the more traditional interplay of the rhythm section. Read more: ClassicAlbumSundays.com
63 minutes | 2 months ago
My Classic Album: Nitin Sawhney on ‘Beyond Skin’
Multi-award-winning musician and composer Nitin Sawhney joins Classic Album Sundays’ founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy to discuss his Mercury Music Prize nominated album Beyond Skin. Sawhney will discuss his inspirations and the stories behind the album and the impact it had on British Music. Beyond Skin portrays Sawhney’s reflections on British Asian identity and the pressing need for human beings to be recognised beyond religion, nationality, politics and skin colour. For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
This Woman's Work: Kate Bush 'Hounds Of Love'
On today’s episode of ‘This Woman's Work’ we’re looking at the artist who inspired the name of this series: the singer-songwriter, dancer, and producer Kate Bush. ‘This Woman’s Work’ was the name of a single on Kate Bush’s sixth album. But this time, we’re backing up one album in Kate Bush’s catalog, to her fifth studio album, Hounds of Love. Released in September 1985, Hounds of Love was produced as two distinct sets of songs: “Hounds of Love,” which contained the album’s four smash singles, and a narrative suite called “Ninth Wave.” For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
Album Inspirations: Denys Baptiste on John Coltrane ‘A Love Supreme’
John Coltrane’s 1965 LP A Love Supreme is one of the landmarks in recorded jazz and a deeply spiritual work. It’s often viewed as Coltrane’s masterpiece and one of the greatest albums of all time. Denys Baptiste joins us to discuss the legacy of Coltrane and the impact of A Love Supreme. Denys’ is a Coltrane expert who has performed A Love Supreme live on the biggest stages. For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
CAS Worldwide: Depeche Mode 'Violator'
For this month's Album Club we will be joined by Kevin May and David McElroy, the authors behind the forthcoming book Halo: The Story Behind Depeche Mode's Classic Album Violator. They will relay the inside scoop behind the band's seventh studio album - one that took the band to even greater heights. For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
67 minutes | 3 months ago
My Classic Album: Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on 'Daydream Nation'
Taking inspiration from the more extreme ends of guitar music, namely early-hardcore, dissonant no-wave, and a performance ethic that saw nothing wrong with playing the same note of feedback for half an hour, Sonic Youth were the Velvet Underground for the materialistic 1980s. Tune in as Colleen is joined by Sonic Youth founding member Thurston Moore to look back at 30 years of ‘Daydream Nation’. For more on your favourite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
This Woman's Work: Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday
The legendary jazz singer transformed pain into art on her 1956 album and inspired singers like Jose James and Paloma Faith. For more on your favorite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Album Inspirations: Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry on Snowflakes Are Dancing by Tomita
Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and André de Ridder discuss ‘Snowflakes are Dancing’ by Japanese musician Isao Tomita. The album features arrangements of Debussy’s tone paintings, including Clair de Lune and The Girl with the Flaxen Hair. For more on your favorite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
20 minutes | 3 months ago
CAS Worldwide: Hissing of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell
The story behind 1975's The Hissing Of Summer Lawns, the first major left turn of Joni Mitchell’s already celebrated career. For more on your favorite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
My Classic Album: Pink Floyd's Nick Mason on Dark Side of the Moon
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)? Nick Mason looks back on this boundary-pushing classic album. For more on your favorite records, visit classicalbumsundays.com.
0 minutes | 4 months ago
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