CAS Sydney kicks off the new year with our hearts on our sleeves, showing our respect for one of the greatest musicians of the past century, the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who sadly passed away last August.
We'll present not one but two of her most beloved and acclaimed albums back to back: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You (1967) and Lady Soul (1968). Both indisputable masterpieces and both produced by famed R&B impresario Jerry Wexler, the two LPs were released a year apart, at the height of the Memphis soul era with Aretha at the peak of her powers. Together they contain some of her most timeless and earthshaking anthems, including “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Presented in full, on vinyl, on the CAS hi-fi system, this is sure to be a hellaciously soulful and highly emotional listening experience.
We're also pleased to host this gathering at a new venue: The Beauchamp Hotel on Oxford Street, in the Velvet Lounge. It's a fittingly classy space to honour this queen and her music.
Hosts: J.P. Ducharne (The World Local, Bondi Beach Radio), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)
- Turntable: Rega RP6
- Cartridge: Rega Exact
- Amplifier: Accuphase E-202
- Loudspeakers: Klipsch Heresy + Klipsch R10SW subwoofer
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 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/