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June 22, 2020

CAS Don Letts on Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Burnin’ at Classic Album Sundays

Less than six months after The Wailers released their first international album, Catch A Fire, they moved through the gears with an increasing sense of mission.

‘Burnin’ is an album full of revolutionary fire and fervour. It was also the last, heroic distillation of a line-up that had taken the teenaged Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley on a journey from the streets of Trenchtown to the brink of global stardom.

Listen back to our Classic Album Sundays London session in which we were joined by Don Letts, The Rebel Dread who was largely responsible for merging punk rock and reggae in late seventies London and hear about his encounters with Bob Marley.

Read more: Album Of The Month –  The Wailers ‘Burnin’
Listen: The Wailers ‘Burnin” Musical Lead-Up Playlist
Listen: The Wailers ‘Burnin” Legacy Playlist

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CAS Primal Scream on ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’: Original Memphis at Classic Album Sundays for National Album Day

We were delighted to be joined by Primal Scream the evening before the release of Primal Scream Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings as part of our National Album Day celebrations to discuss their memories of the recording sessions and why the original mix has never been released until now.


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Teaming up with legendary producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section of David Hood (bass) and Roger Hawkins (drums) at Ardent Studios in Memphis, the resulting recordings from those classic sessions showcase the more country soul, rock’n’roll side to a band who continue to surprise. It’s Primal Scream as you’ve never heard them before.


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Keith Nelson, Jr. At 20 Years Old, Jurassic 5’s Quality Control Is Still a Hip-Hop Purism Crusade

Everything you need to know about Jurassic 5 can be found in their name. The Los Angeles-bred collective consists of four MCs (Akil, Chali 2NA, Soup, and Marc 7) and two DJs (Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) and were more emblematic of an almost pre-historic time in hip-hop than they were representative of the present. Quality Control, in many ways, was one of the first albums released on a major label focused solely on hip-hop purism in an era of hip-hop remembered for materialism over substance.

During the week Quality Control was released, the five highest-charting rap songs on the Billboard Hot 100 were Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin,’” Nelly’s “Country Grammar,” DMX’s “Party Up (Up In Here),” and Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode.” Outside of Eminem’s cartoonish hijinks, everything else revolved around Jay-Z “spending cheese,” Nelly “smokin’ on dubs in clubs,” DMX wondering if he “smack him with my dick and the mic,” and Dr. Dre in his “Coupe DeVille rollin’ on dubs.”

Jurassic 5 were hip-hop purists against all that.

While Jay-Z was flaunting his excess, 2na was vehemently proclaiming, “Fuck your Lexus. If you ain’t giving God your praise, then it’s useless” on “The Influence.” While Nelly was skyrocketing up the Billboard charts asking “Donald Trump let me in now,” 2na was back again, staunchly letting it be known “the trash on the charts have you gasping for art” on Jurassic Finish First”. The first hook you hear on Quality Control comes on the album’s second song, “The Influence” and features the group priding themselves on being able to “rock shows with no rehearsal” in a world where “these kids think that commercial [music] is rocking fly suits and jewelry.”

There are more songs on Quality Control of just free-flowing jazz (2) than there are focused on any of the materialism that propelled rap artists in 2000 to unprecedented heights of stardom (0).

Jurassic 5 never sounded like they wanted to be stars, so they stayed men and remained true to the roots that grew them into Jurassic 5. “There are so many groups that influenced us, from The Temptations to Freestyle Fellowship to De La Soul to Run DMC and Cold Crush Brothers. I mean, we’re like a fusion of all those groups,” Cut Chemist said in a 2000 interview.

Before listeners hear a single second of the Jurassic 5 members on Quality Control, we are introduced to them as “five different versions of feeling good” on the album’s intro “How We Get Along.” From the onset, listeners were prepared to hear a unified voice rather than a collection of solo artists. For the vast majority of the 53-plus minutes of Quality Control, Jurassic 5 members don’t identify themselves by individual names, even to brag, as most rappers do.

Quality Control embodies the best qualities of what I call “open-mic rap.” Music fans don’t come to for its message and structure, but for the free-flowing nature of human creativity. You don’t care how unnecessarily complicated a lyric like “cleverly swelling my treasury” is when all 2na was trying to say was he’s getting more money. The simplicity of “we got the kind of rhymes that get you ready for the weekend” (“Quality Control”) didn’t deter the enjoyment, it actually eased you into it.



“Money Bars” samples the Big Audio Dynamite song “Bad” as Public Enemy’s “Terminator X to the Edge of Panic” from the revolutionary hip-hop group’s 1988 seminal album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. James Brown & The Famous Flames’ “Licking Stick” connects Jurassic 5’s “How We Got Along” with Roxanne Shante’s 1993 song “Big Mama” by sample. The punctuating “lights, camera, action” that ends “World of Entertainment (W.O.E.)” also ends Big Daddy Kane’s “On the Bugged Tip” song from 1988. The track “Contact” literally gets its name from a one-second slice of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario” from 1994. Quality Control is a tapestry of hip-hop influences that promulgates, and pays homage to, the ideals of yesteryear through a shared sonic family.

“All of my J5 beats, for the most part, exist from one sample tape I did in 1994. ‘Concrete Schoolyard,’ ‘Jayou,’ ‘LAUSD,’ ‘Day at the Races,’ and ‘Quality Control’ were on one night of me just sampling some of my records,” Cut Chemist said in a recent interview with Spin.

Quality Control’s impact can’t be quantified by achievements. After 20 years, the album hasn’t received a single certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) even as streaming has helped artists like Missy Elliott receive their first platinum plaque for 12-year-old songs. Of the 10 most played songs from Jurassic 5 on Tidal, only one is from Quality Control and it’s the album’s eponymous first single.

The lasting legacy of Quality Control is one of cult fandom that has indelibly etched the group’s sophomore opus in the annals of L.A. rap history. Jurassic 5 was able to “take four MC’s and make them sound like one” (“Improvise”) and for 53 minutes, hip-hop feels as free as the 1990s and still stands out today.

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falsepriest Clearer Shipping Rates Make for Better Shopping on Discogs

No one loves an unexpected cost, least of all when you’re excited about clicking “Add to Cart” on a record you can’t live without only to be hit with an unforeseen shipping fee. That’s why we’re making shipping rates much more visible and accessible in the Discogs Marketplace. Now you can easily see all the shipping rates to your country, as well as any other countries the seller ships to, straight from the seller’s Shipping Policies. Shopping on Discogs is now more intuitive and straightforward than ever.

Shipping Rates on Seller Profiles

At the top of the seller’s profile, there’s a section that says “Ships From” that states the seller’s location. Previously, “Ships From” linked to a pop-over of the Seller Terms; it will now link to an overview of the seller’s Shipping Policies, showing countries and costs. Seller Terms remain linked on a Seller Profile at the top right of the page on desktop.

Shipping Rates in the Marketplace

With Shipping Policies set up, shipping rates are automatically calculated and added to marketplace listings and displayed beneath the item price in the listing. “Ships From” will now be linked to an overview of the seller’s Shipping Policies, just like on the Seller Profile page. The buyer can now easily see the costs of adding additional items to their order.

Listings With No Shipping Policies

For sellers that don’t yet have Shipping Policies set up, their listings will appear in the Marketplace with the price of the item, followed by “+shipping.” Previously, “+shipping” linked to a pop-over of the Seller Terms. Now, a message will appear stating that the Seller doesn’t have Shipping Policies set up for the buyer’s address, then direct the buyer to the Seller Terms or encouraging them to reach out to the seller.

Knowing shipping costs upfront has become an expectation most people have when shopping online, as well as the ability to finalize the order by paying straight away. After talking to countless Discogs’ buyers and sellers, we understand that this is the way people want to shop, and we’re moving towards making this the default experience for buyers.

To do this, we’re encouraging sellers to set up Shipping Policies so their rates are visible to buyers in the marketplace and on seller profiles. If you’re a seller and you’ve been putting it off, it’s even more pressing to set them up so you don’t get left behind. If you need a hand, check out our step-by-step guide to setting up your Shipping Policies and templates with domestic and international shipping prices from your country.

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CAS Alejandro Asencio (CAS Barcelona) on ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ at Classic Albums at Home

Classic Album Sundays Barcelona host Alejandro Asencio tells the story behind and discusses his personal recollections of ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. 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.


Listen: ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

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CAS Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ with Sly 5thAve and Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

This months episode looks at December’s album of the month Dr. Dre’s The Chronic with special guest Sly 5thAve who recently performed and released The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre.

Take a listen as Colleen and SlythAve discuss one of the most important albums in hip-hip, it’s controversial lyrics, it’s incredible production and it’s legacy.

Read more: Album of the Month: Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’
Listen: Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ Musical Lead-Up playlist
Listen: Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ Legacy Playlist

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CAS DJ Yoda on De La Soul ‘3 Feet High and Rising’ at Classic Album Sundays

Check out the full interview as Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and DJ Yoda dig deep into the most inventive, assured, and playful debut in hip-hop history De La Soul’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.


Read more: DJ Yoda’s Top Five Hip Hop Albums Of All Time

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