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CAS Roy Ayers ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’

It was while recording at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios in New York City on a beautifully hot and sunny day that Roy Ayers would stumble upon the song that arguably defines his career. As the phrase “everybody loves the sunshine” lodged itself in his mind he began to explore and construct vibrant imagery, picturing “bees and things and flowers” as they floated across his mind. As the lyrics spontaneously and joyfully came into focus the musician knew exactly how he wanted the song to sound, envisaging a kaleidoscopic mix of piano, vibraphone, and synthesiser that would evoke the psychedelic pleasures of peak summertime. The result was a song that remains one of the archetypal summer anthems.

Everybody Loves The Sunshine deserves its spot at the very top of his achievements and is a testament to his easy-going innovations. Four decades later we can still feel its heat.

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CAS Behind The Counter US 2021: Boo Boo Records, California (Episode 12 of 12)

This week’s episode features Boo Boo Records in California. “I think they saw a kid that was way into it, passionate about music, passionate about listening to music and that’s something I look for in employees right now.” Mike White

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record stores.


Watch: Behind the Counter US 2021 roundup including Down In The Valley, Seasick Records, Music Millenium, Peaches Records, Park Ave CDs, Zia Records, Permanent Records, Indy CD & Vinyl & Mills Record Company

Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Thursday in the run up to #RSD21​​ which will share the unique stories from around the US. Get to know your local shops!

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CAS My Classic Album: Dave Davies on ‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’

Dave Davies from The Kinks takes a look back to the release of 1968’s The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society at Classic Album Sundays at The John Peel Centre For Creative Arts.

The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society wasn’t initially a success upon its release, coming along at a time when Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Led Zeppelin’s debut, and the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet were the flavours of the day.

Although praised by many critics, it was largely overlooked by the public. However, as years passed, it’s following grew until it become regarded as a masterpiece. For many it is now justly considered The Kinks’ most satisfying album: a creative highpoint matched only by the band’s landmark singles of the period.

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CAS Behind The Counter UK 2021: Elsewhere, Margate (Episode 12 of 12)

This week’s episode features Elsewhere in Margate. “Last year the Nubya Garcia record that came out, I love that record, that was one of my favourite albums of the year. I would never have listened to that had I not opened a record store.” Alex Barron

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record shops.


Watch: Behind the Counter UK 2021 Roundup including Jumbo Records, Love Vinyl, X Records, Wilderness Record Store, Flashback Records, Le Freak Records, Tallbird Records, Reflex Records & Bear Tree Records

Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day UK in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Tuesday in the run up to #RSD21​​ which will share the unique stories from around the UK. Get to know your local shops!

 

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CAS Behind The Counter US 2021: Dusty Groove, Chicago (Episode 11 of 12)

This week’s episode features Dusty Groove in Chicago. “There’s nothing compared to the feeling of walking into a record store, hearing music, playing it, touching it, feeling it, you know, it’s a very tactile environment.” Rick Wojcik

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record stores.


Watch: Behind the Counter US 2021 roundup including Down In The Valley, Seasick Records, Music Millenium, Peaches Records, Park Ave CDs, Zia Records, Permanent Records, Indy CD & Vinyl & Mills Record Company

Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Thursday in the run up to #RSD21​​ which will share the unique stories from around the US. Get to know your local shops!

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CAS My Classic Album with The Arts Council Cultural Recovery Grant

The Cultural Recovery Grant Round One saved Classic Album Sundays at a time when the future was looking very bleak as all of our events income, the mainstay of our business at that time, had suddenly evaporated into thin air. The Arts Council England grant enabled us to turn our event- led platform into a content provider so that we could continue to offer our deeply exploratory stories about our favourite classic albums.

Along with helping us through with our own minimal overheads, we spent a large portion of the funds on a video series called My Classic Album. This is a series of 16 video streams featuring a diverse range of both established and up & coming artists discussing one of their favourite albums. Because of the grant, we were able to pay all of the artists, presenters, venues and freelancers behind the scenes at a time when it was very much needed. It also allowed us to provide free-to-view educational and entertaining musical content to a nation that was in the throes of lockdown over a long winter. With well over 300,000 views so far its fair to say our My Classic Album series was a winner. Thank you Arts Council England and thank you to the public for the funding.

You can view them all via the YouTube playlist below or the link to individual videos.

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CAS My Classic Album: Ken Scott on David Bowie ‘Hunky Dory’

Legendary Trident Studios and Abbey Road engineer and producer Kent Scott joins Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy in the latest instalment of our ‘My Classic Album’ series to discuss David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ album that Ken co-produced with Bowie.

Ken relays what it was like working with David Bowie on their first co-production which was later followed by The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Pin Ups and Aladdin Sane (and they also worked together on Lou Reed’s classic album ‘Transformer’). Ken’s first hand accounts are a wonder to behold and a must for any Bowie fan.

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CAS Behind The Counter UK 2021: Empire Records, St. Albans (Episode 11 of 12)

This week’s episode features Empire Records in St. Albans. “I love working in a record store, it’s amazing you know, the music you listen to, people you meet, you’re surrounded by the things you love all day.” Dave Burgess

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record shops.


Watch: Behind the Counter UK 2021 Roundup including Jumbo Records, Love Vinyl, X Records, Wilderness Record Store, Flashback Records, Le Freak Records, Tallbird Records, Reflex Records & Bear Tree Records

Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day UK in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Tuesday in the run up to #RSD21​​ which will share the unique stories from around the UK. Get to know your local shops!

 

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CAS Behind The Counter US 2021: Serious Sounds, Houston (Episode 10 of 12)

This week’s episode features Serious Sounds in Houston. “I am the only black record store left in Houston Texas and and to run into the record store on a Saturday morning and run in to somebody that you haven’t seen since high school and then reminisce over an old Al Green, it’s absolute community.” Marketta Rodriguez

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record stores.


Watch: Behind the Counter US 2021 roundup including Down In The Valley, Seasick Records, Music Millenium, Peaches Records, Park Ave CDs, Zia Records, Permanent Records, Indy CD & Vinyl & Mills Record Company

Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Thursday in the run up to #RSD21​​ which will share the unique stories from around the US. Get to know your local shops!

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