It's no exaggeration to say that Public Enemy's second LP, which was released 30 years ago this month, is one of the most important and influential albums of all time. The explosive combination of Chuck D.'s powerful and militant rhymes, Flavor Flav's wild satire and the Bomb Squad's frenzied yet funky production forever transformed hip hop the moment the album dropped. Its shockwaves reverberated throughout the African diaspora, as it reconnected the rap generation with the revolutionary politics of the '60s. It Takes a Nation of Millions also impacted the worlds of rock, dance music, cinema and cultural studies. It has inspired generations of musical and political rebels and its unparalleled sound, with its thrilling sonic density and uncompromising radicalism, makes it an album to celebrate with raised fists to this day. Hearing it on vinyl on our hi-fi soundsystem in our intimate room at The World Bar should be an incredible experience. Don't believe the hype!
Hosts: 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, drinks and playlist of Public Enemy's influences and early work
6pm - welcome and presenation
approx. 6:30pm - play album
approx. 7:30pm - album finishes, playlist of music influenced by PE and drinks until 8:30pm
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 Guardian Australia: 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/