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Classic Album Sundays The Strokes ‘Is This It’ Vinyl Giveaway

Continuing our month celebrating The Strokes “Is This It’ we are delighted to be able to offer a vinyl copy of the album courtesy of Rough Trade Records.

To enter the competition all you have to do is follow Classic Album Sundays on Twitter and tweet:

“I want to win a vinyl of The Strokes ‘Is This It’ & courtesy of @ClassicAlbumSun:″

Terms and conditions below.

Check out our The Strokes Musical Lead Up Playlist here.

Read our blog on The Strokes ‘Is This It’ here.

Our limited edition The Strokes ‘Is This It’ posters can be found here.


Terms and conditions:

1.This competition is open to fans following Classic Album Sundays aged 21 years or over.
2. Employees of Classic Album Sundays or persons in any with involved in the development, production, or distribution of this competition, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion.
3. To enter, entrants need to Tweet: “I want to win a vinyl of The Strokes ‘Is This It’ courtesy of @ClassicAlbumSun:
4. This competition will commence at 12.30pm (GMT) 16th October 2017. The cut off time for entries will be 11:59pm on Monday 23rd October 2017. Winners will be notified by 13:00pm on Tuesday 31st October 2017.
5. CAS accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the CAS by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
6. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize.
7. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
8. There will be one winner who will win a vinyl copy of The Strokes ‘Is This It’.
9. No entrant may win more than one prize.
10. The Promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
11. The prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
12. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, CAS reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
13. The winner will be notified by 13:00pm on Tuesday 31st October 2017. The winner must claim their prize within 24 hours of the CAS sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and CAS reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
14. By entering the competition one agrees to the above terms and conditions.

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Classic Album Sundays The British Library’s Season of Sound

The British Library is celebrating 140 years of recorded sound with a free exhibition that aims to reveal the significance of sound since the phonograph was invented in 1877 and the importance of sounds in our lives. It tells the story of sound recording and explores the importance of sound in capturing history, how radio transformed society in the 20th century and how the way we listen has changed as new technologies have emerged and old ones become obselete.

The Season of Sound exhibition features items from the British Library’s rarely-seen collection of players and recorders and weird and wonderful artefacts such as the vinyl record postage stamps from Bhutan, ‘bone music’ made from discarded x-rays and the ‘voice records’ that were the rage in the 1950’s. There is also a special commissioned audio installation by composer Aleks Kolkowski and a timeline featuring the key moments in the history of recorded sound. The listening booths allow listeners to hear an eclectic mix of sounds from the archive including many rare and unpublished recordings.

As part of the Season of Sound and the London Jazz Festival, Classic Album Sundays will host a session featuring John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ with special guest, saxophonist Denys Baptiste of The Late Trane on Monday, the 13th November. Info here.

CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will be hosting a presentation featuring The British Library’s incredible archive of recorded music ‘players’ from Edison’s phonograph, the gramophone, the turntable and more, at Super Sonic: A Day of Audio Adventures on Saturday the 25th November. Info here.

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Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays at London Jazz Fest with Denys Baptiste: John Coltrane ‘A Love Supreme’

We are delighted to join the line-up for this years EFG London Jazz Fest currently celebrating it’s  25th anniversary.


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.

Experience the album like you never have before at this special event with Classic Album Sundays on Monday, the 9th November at the British Library. CAS founder and BBC / Worldwide FM broadcaster Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy will discuss the legacy of John Coltrane and the impact of A Love Supreme with saxophonist Denys Baptiste. Denys’ is a Coltrane expert as evidenced by his latest project The Late Trane and will also be performing with the Pharaoh Sanders Quartet at a Concert for Alice and John Coltrane as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Following the interview with Denys we will feature a full album vinyl playback of A Love Supreme on a world class audiophile soundsystem provided by Graham’s Hi-fi and this will be followed by a Q&A with Denys.

Denys Baptiste is a much sought after saxophonist and has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz and beyond including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Ernest Ranglin, Bheki Mseleku, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Michael Bowie, Courtney Pine, Manu Dibango, Jerry Dammers and Incognito to name a few.


Classic Album Sundays – A Love Supreme with Denys Baptiste

Date & Time: Monday 13 November 2017, 7:30pm

Venue: LONDON British Library, 6 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London , NW1 2DB

Host: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy with Denys Baptiste

Tickets: £15 in advance here (concessions available)

Audio Menu supplied by Grahams Hi-Fi

Read Colleen’s blog about John Coltrane ‘A Love Supreme’ here.

Take a listen to our John Coltrane A Love Supreme Musical Lead-Up Playlist here.

Our Classic Album Sundays Worldwide FM radio show featuring John Coltrane A Love Supreme is available on demand here.

Our limited edition John Coltrane A Love Supreme posters are available via The Flood Gallery here.


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Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays & The V&A presents Pink Floyd in 5.1

Thanks to everyone who joined us for three fantastic sessions at The V&A Museum in London as part of the ‘Their Mortal Remains’ Exhibition.

Read more about Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon’ here.

Pink Floyd ‘Animals’: The Story 40 Years Later here.

Pink Floyd ‘The Wall’ Musical Lead-Up Playlist

Check out our blog post ‘Listening to Pink Floyd ‘Wish You Were Here’ here.


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Classic Album Sundays CAS Cambridge presents Pink Floyd ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’

For our October session in Cambridge we will be featuring the iconic ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ by Pink Floyd.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is loaded with innovative musical ideas that set high expectations for how epic a rock studio effort could be in 1973. It was Pink Floyd’s first concept album as the lyrics cohesively revolved around heavy themes like mental illness, mortality, and greed. Instrumentally, it’s sound collages and extended jams reinforced the lyrical content and would influence all psychedelic and progressive rock records in its wake. Fortunately, the group and their engineer Alan Parsons had access to the new 16-track mixing technology and new synthesizers like the EMS Synthi AKS, which created the texture of their cosmic universe.


Dark Side of the Moon was purposefully sequenced into two vinyl sides as two symphonic movements— the band’s performance gradually crescendos until they hit a climax at the end of the first and beginning of the second.  “Money” opens the second side in a refreshing way— it’s accessible riff brings you back to earth after Clare Torry’s experiential vocal performance on “The Great Gig in the Sky” and its shift from 7/4 to 4/4 time inspires an exhilarating performance. It’s the perfect combination of their homemade cats register samples, and their seemingly effortless ability to craft groovy riffs. Bassist Roger Waters and guitarist David Gilmour play together with a chemistry you can feel, and it becomes even more tangible with a great hi-fi.


Join us to hear this on world class audiophile sound system supplied by Audio Note UK to experience this album as never before.

Read more about the album here.

Read our Art Of The Album blog featuring Pink Floyd here.


Date and Time: Sunday October 22nd, 3 – 6 pm

Venue: Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

Tickets:  Coming Soon

Presenter: TBC

Audio Menu Supplied by Audio Note UK feat:

Audio Note UK -E Spe/He SpeakersAudio Note UK -E speaker stands,  Audio Note UK Oto Phono SE Pure Class A integrated Valve amplifierAudio Note UK TT2 Deluxe TurntableAudio Note UK Tonearm 1Audio Note UK iQ  3 CartridgeAudio Note UK CD 2.1xAudio Note UK Isis speaker cableAudio Note UK AN-C interconnect cable

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Classic Album Sundays CAS Colorado Springs presents Kraftwerk ‘Trans-Europe Express’

October’s Classic Album Sunday event features pioneering German electronic band Kraftwerk and their seminal album ‘Trans-Europe Express’. Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express was released 40 years ago and will be featured in a Colorado Springs communal listening party Sunday Oct 22.


Kraftwerk’s pioneering electronic beats are at their cleanest here, and the electronically processed vocals have never resonated with such purity. The influence of Kraftwerk on hip-hop and modern music continues to this day, thanks to Afrika Bambaataa’s appropriation of the “metal on metal” section of the title track for his hit “Planet Rock”. Astonishingly fresh and as relevant as ever, join us to experience Trans-Europe Express in fantastic analog sound.


The venue for CAS – Colorado Springs is Local Relic located in the 120-year-old Carter Payne on the SE edge of downtown Colorado Springs, CO.

Read more about the album here.

Check out our Kraftwerk Musical Lead Up Playlist here.

Our Kraftwerk ‘Trans-Europe Express’ Poster here.

Colorado Springs

Date and Time: Sunday October 22nd 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: Chris O’Shea

Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:

Speakers: Magico S1 M-Cast, Turntable: Rega RP8 w/Denon DL-103r, Phono Preamp: Moon 310LP and 320s, Preamplifier: Allnic L-3000 MK.2, Amplifiers: PS Audio BHK 300,  Power Conditioner: PS Audio P10, Speaker Wire: Tara Labs The One CX Speaker Cables

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Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays presents Fela Kuti ‘Zombie’ & ‘Gentleman’

November’s album of the month will feature an extra special double bill of Fela Kuti with his albums ‘Zombie’ and ‘Gentleman’ with eleven events worldwide!

Throughout his life, Fela contended that AfroBeat was a modern form of danceable, African classical music with an urgent message for the planet’s denizens. Created out of a cross-breeding of Funk, Jazz, Salsa and Calypso with Juju, Highlife and African percussive patterns, it was to him a political weapon.


Fela refused to bow to the music industry’s preference for 3-minute tracks, nor did he buckle under entreaties to moderate his overwhelmingly political lyrics. He went down in 1997 still railing against the consumerist gimmicks that taint pop music, with the aim, he felt, of promoting and imposing homogeneous aesthetic standards worldwide, thereby inducing passivity.


The fact that AfroBeat is today globally winning hearts in its original form – lengthy, ably crafted, earthy compositions laced with explicitly political lyrics – suggests that Fela’s purgatory on earth may have served to awaken a sensibility in people to appreciate authenticity and substance.


Join us to hear this incredible music as never before on one of our world class audiophile soundsystems.


Time & Date: TBC

Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £10 in advance soon

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy

Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC CartridgeRega P9 TurntableRega IOS Phono Stage Audio Note Jinro Integrated AmpChord Signature Speaker CableChord Signature Tuned Aray interconnectsISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers

New York City

Date and Time: TBC

Venue: Magick City, 37 Box Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Tickets: $10 in advance soon

Presenters: Paul Raffaele and Barbie Bertisch (Love Injection Magazine)

Audio Menu: Rega Exact MM CartridgeRega P9 TurntableAudio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplificationAudioQuest Interconnects and cablingKlipsch LoudspeakersKlipsch SW-115 Subwoofers


Date and Time: TBC

Venue: Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137

Tickets: $6 in advance soon

Presenter: Lauren Reskin – Sweat Records

Audio Menu: Audio Note T1 TurntableAudio Note 1Q1 cartridgeAudio Note M2 Phono PreamplifierAudio Note Conqueror SET AmplifierDeja Vu Audio Custom Genoa Vintage SpeakersAudio Note Lexus Cables


Date and Time: Sunday November 12th, 5 to 8 pm

Venue: The World Bar

Tickets: $15 at the door or in advance soon students/seniors half price soon

Presenters: Jim Poe (Bondi Beach Radio)

Audio Menu: Turntable: Rega RP6, Cartridge: Rega Exact, Amp: Accuphase E-202 Integrated Amplifier, Speakers: Klipsch Heresy, Subs: Klipsch R-10SW


Date and Time: TBC, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Venue: Cherry Red’s Cafe Bar, 88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

Tickets: £5 in advance soon

Presenter: Chris Watkiss and Raj Jassal

Audio Menu: Turntable: J.Sikora – Initial, Turntable Arm: Kuzma  – Stogi S12, 12 inch tonearm, Cartridge: Audio Technica – ART 9 Moving Coil, Speakers: hORNS – Mummy, Mono Block Amplifiers: Ming Da Dynasty – Cavatina, Pre-Amplifier: Audio Detail – Chela- 4, Phonostage: Audio Detail – NV-08 Navistar, Mains Conditioner: Gigawatt PC–3 EVO , Speaker Cables: Skogrand – Tchaikovsky, Interconnects: Albedo Solid ,Mains Cables: KBL & Albedo.

Audio Menu supplied by: Malvern Audio Research &  GPoint Audio

Washington DC

Date and Time: TBC

Venue: Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Tickets: $5 in advance here

Presenter: Joe Lapan

Audio Menu provided by Audioism.

REGA Planar 3 turntable with Elys MM CartridgeREGA Fono MM Phono PreampAudioism MicroZOTL Preamp (David Berning Design), Audioism Venue-Class Playback SystemXcilica HD System ProcessorAudioism ZOTL Amplifiers (David Berning Design), Class AB Hybrid Amplification for Subs, WyWires Audio Interconnects


Date: TBC, 8pm to 11pm

Venue: Desiderata Fukuoka 1-15-3, 3F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka 810-0014 Japan

Tickets: ¥1,000  – email:

Presenter: Masuo (Lighthouse Records founder / CAS Fukuoka) & Wataru Sato

Audio Menu: Klipschorn LoudspeakersMark Levinson 23.5L Power AmplifierMark Levinson No.26 PreamplifierPioneer Exclusive P3 turntableKoetsu Cartridge and Stepup Trans.


Date and Time: TBC

Venue: Kulturhuset LAB

Tickets: 100NOK online soon

Presenters: Kent Horne

Audio Menu installed by Duet AudioCartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2Turntable: Dr. Feickert BlackbirdTone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800WIntegrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon AurisLoudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Conditioner: Isol-8.


Time & Date: TBC 2pm – 4pm

Venue: Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33, 4009 Stavanger, Norway

Tickets: 50 Nok in advance soon

Presenter: Tarjei Nygård

Audio Menu supplied by Spaceworld Soundgarden

Turntable – Electrocompaniet Ecg-1 Platespiller – Sort, Pre-Amp – Electrocompany Ecp2 Riaa, Amp – Electrocompany EC4.8 Preamplifier, Mono Block – Electrocompany AW600 Nemo Monoblock, Loudspeakers – Electrocompaniet The Nordic Tone Model 1 Gulvstående Høyttaler

Colorado Springs

Date and Time: TBC 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Local Relic, 320 S Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, USA

Tickets: $5 in advance soon

Presenter: Chris O’Shea

Audio Menu supplied by The Music Room Colorado:

Speakers: Magico S1 M-Cast, Turntable: Rega RP8 w/Denon DL-103r, Phono Preamp: Moon 310LP and 320s, Preamplifier: Allnic L-3000 MK.2, Amplifiers: PS Audio BHK 300,  Power Conditioner: PS Audio P10, Speaker Wire: Tara Labs The One CX Speaker Cables


Date & Time: TBC, 5 to 8 pm

Venue: TBC

Tickets: €10.00 in advance soon.

Audio Menu: TBC

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Classic Album Sundays The Strokes ‘Is This It’ Legacy Playlist

The Strokes were never meant to be the saviors of rock n’ roll, as British press made them out to be, but they would become a major influence to early 2000s indie rock almost immediately after breaking the scene. Their tight and energetic sound forced artists like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and The White Stripes to take on the same degree of professionalism and lead to a much-needed boom in the NYC music scene. Bands like The Hives, The Vines, and The Libertines name dropped The Strokes as an inspiration to write music before Is This It was released! Even though the hype around the band gradually diminished as time passed, their bad-ass influence has never ceased to ring in modern rock music, as evidenced by the tracks by the Arctic Monkeys, Phoenix, and Omni on this jam-packed legacy playlist.

Take a spin via Spotify or Tidal!

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Classic Album Sundays Album of the Month: The Strokes ‘Is This It’

It’s dangerous to be lost inside the hype machine, coined the band as the saviors of rock music with only a mere EP, setting future expectations to unrealistic heights. Luckily, Is This It satisfies and is a classic album that redefined New York City and popular music in 2001.

This creative fireball was sparked when a few members were adolescents. Frontman Julien Casablancas, lead guitarist Nick Valensi, and drummer Fabrizio Moretti initially met at Dwight High School on the upper-west side of NYC. They grew up listening to Pearl Jam and Nirvana, drank their first beers and smoked their first joints together and eventually started jamming and writing music. Bassist Nikolai Fraiture met them at the age of 15, and Albert Hammond Jr. went to boarding school with Casablancas in France when they were eight-years-old. They were reconnected when Hammond Jr. moved to NYC for film school and lived across the street from the Elite modeling agency, owned by Casablanca’s father.


The Strokes solidified their signature sound when Casablancas received a ‘Best of the Velvet Underground’ CD for Christmas. After spinning it, he morphed his vocals to mimic Lou Reed’s casual swagger and wrote “The Modern Age” in 2000. When Casablancas brought the song to the next practice session, they were inspired to drop all their other tracks and start fresh with renewed energy. Around this time he and and Hammond Jr. took guitar lessons from J.P. Bowerstock who is commonly recognized as an influence of this new sound.

Soon after, The Strokes would get an opportunity to record their songs. Producer Gorgon Raphael attended one of their shows at the Luna Lounge and handed Hammond Jr. a business card following their performance. He and Casablancas would later meet Raphael in his studio where they decided to team up to record The Modern Age EP. This captured their rawest form with Casablancas sounding more like Lou Reed than any other Strokes release. Its three songs are played at an almost out-of-control pace; “The Modern Age”, “Last Nite”, and “Barely Legal” would appear with slightly different lyrics on their debut.


The Modern Age EP quickly fueled overwhelming excitement, thanks to Gentles’ distribution. He and the band passed out and mailed the EP all over New York, and its listeners believed it would put the city back on the musical map. The release would make its biggest impression across the Atlantic— Gentles was inspired by fellow Mercury Lounge booker Matt Hickey to mail a copy to Rough Trade head Geoff Travis. Travis claims he wanted to sign the band after listening to the EP over the phone for only 10 seconds. Rough Trade wasn’t actively pressing records at the time, but he decided to change that for their debut album.


In January 2001, Travis flew the Strokes to London to play their first European shows and hooked them up with a spot on an NME Magazine sampler CD. Their faces were later printed all over the British press, and their performances quickly sold out. The band followed these dates opening for Doves and Guided by Voices in the US, leading to one of the most intense record label bidding battles ever. They signed with RCA Records because they allowed Gentles and the band to own the masters to their own recordings, a rare luxury for an up-and-coming act.

The Strokes and Gordon Raphael recorded Is This It at Transporterraum Studios in March and April 2001. They were initially slated to work with Pixies producer Gil Norton, but they thought his interpretation of their work sounded too neat and pretentious. Casablancas proved to be the conceptualist behind their sound after they switched studios. He wanted every note to sound raw and perfect and if needed, was willing to go sixteen hours straight in the studio. Luckily, Raphael was able to turn the frontman’s odd sound descriptions into what he really wanted such as making the vocals sound ‘like a pair of blue jeans’ or drums to ‘smack like a dirty bum that’s been cleaned and shaved’. When RCA heard the final product, they completely missed the point and said it sounded too lo-fi. But the grit that resembled their 1970s influences was exactly what Casablancas wanted.


Casablanca’s vocals sit on their own playing field on Is This It. He recorded his parts through a small Peavey guitar amp and his lyrics reveal the doubts and relationship troubles that surface during his young and free and often drunk nights. There’s nothing complex about what he preaches— most of it reads as common thoughts anyone his age would have.

The most controversial song on the album is “New York City Cops”. It was originally packaged with It This It‘s UK release but was quickly removed from the US version, which hit store shelves on 09/11/2001. The disaster inspired some listeners to press pause and eject on their CD players due to its ill-timing. While the band had rough interactions with NYC cops in the past, police were risking their lives and dying to save those in danger from the Twin Tower attacks. As a result, they removed the song from the US version but it still remains on every vinyl release.

Is This It made The Strokes global superstars and sparked major labels to rush and sign other NYC artists including The White Stripes, Interpol, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Kills. Musicians overseas, like The Hives, The Vines, and The Libertines, were immediately inspired by The Strokes’ garage rock aesthetic and brought the phenomenon to their own countries. While this hype was surely deserved from the album’s ten seamless songs, it would eventually crush their future.

Is This Is celebrates youth and reckless abandon in perfect form. Every track is invigorating because the band plays with an undeniable excitement, knowing they were making their rock star dreams come true.

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