For our last session of the year, Classic Album Sundays, Sydney's monthly all-vinyl hi-fi listening party, revisits The Chronic, Dr Dre's monumentally influential – and controversial – classic of West Coast hip hop and G-funk, 25 years after its release.
Our special guest speaker for the evening is MK-1, one of Australia's top hip-hop DJs, collectors and presenters; touring DJ for L-FRESH The LION & Mirrah; and host of Sounds of the Zulu Nation on Bondi Beach Radio. With MK-1 on board to share his knowledge before we inhale Dre's supremely funky grooves on high-quality vinyl on our hi-fi, the Bordello at The World Bar is gonna be lit!
Hosts: Carolina Gasolina (FBi Radio, The Heat), J.P. Ducharne (The Mancusian Circus), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)
- Turntable: Rega RP6
- Cartridge: Rega Exact
- Amplifier: Accuphase E-202
- Loudspeakers: Klipsch Heresy + Klipsch R10SW subwoofer
Event running order:
5pm - doors, playlist and drinks
6pm - welcome and presentation of The Chronic with MK-1
approx. 6:30pm - play album
approx. 7:45pm - album finishes, playlist and drinks until 8:30pm
About The Chronic:
Our final album of the year features Dr. Dre’s controversial The Chronic. Often regarded as one of the most influential albums of the '90s, it established the modern sound of West Coast rap. A raw sound, heavily influenced by the Parliament-Funkadelic G-funk style, was married to slick pop hooks, resulting in a crossover smash and an important moment before rap became stratospherically popular later in the decade.
Importantly, The Chronic showed Dre’s ability as a manager as well as a performer-producer, following his breakout years in N.W.A.. With n cast of future stars including Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage, Suge Knight and Kurupt he created an album that became the slick, defining sound of a movement, and spotlighted a new generation of talent from California.
The album is not without glaring flaws in lyrical content: with homophobic lyrics and in-your-face misogyny, it can be quite hard listening in 2017, when the spotlight on such issues is rightfully stronger than ever. Yet it remains a classic on its own terms as a collection of stone-cold jams, and for the door it broke down with gusto.
The canonising of rap music from both sides of the USA may not have happened without The Chronic, warts and all, leading the way. Celebrated artists of recent times like Tupac Shakur, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown and indeed Snoop Dogg owe a debt to The Chronic.
Kanye himself recently told Rolling Stone: “The Chronic is still the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life. It’s the benchmark you measure your album against if you’re serious.” Join us to hear this album as never before.
What is 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 in the music that 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 favourite recordings.
CAS currently holds regular classic-album listening sessions in London, New York, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Oslo and many more cities. 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 in BBC Breakfast TV, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, NME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and more.
Check out the wonderful article about CAS Sydney by Kate Hennessy in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/09/in-full-on-vinyl-no-chatter-have-we-lost-the-art-of-listening-to-music-
Classic Album Sundays was founded by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy. Murphy is a radio host (having hosted shows since 1982 and having produced widely syndicated radio shows in the USA); an international audiophile DJ (protegé of David Mancuso and Francois Kevorkian and Director of London's Lucky Cloud Sound System); music producer and remixer (remixes for The Rapture on DFA and producing Wild Rumpus with guitarist Gary Lucas of Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley fame); independent label owner (Bitches Brew); and a music journalist. In her younger years, Murphy worked for a number of well-known record shops, where she amassed far too many records.
For much more about Classic Album Sundays, visit the homepage: http://classicalbumsundays.com/