Classic Album Sundays Sydney presents Nas – Illmatic 25th Anniversary

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    J.P. Ducharne, Jim Poe
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  • Our worldwide album of the month for April is a real heavyweight: we'll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Illmatic, the 1994 debut album by Nas and one of the pinnacles of New York hip hop. A supreme classic even in a genre and era in which classics were released every week, Illmatic regularly dominates any conversation about the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time as well as the top albums of the '90s. With its unforgettable block-rocking production by a rotating crew of legends including DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor and Q-Tip, and the young Nas's gritty storytelling and simply mindblowing lyrics and flow, Illmatic's legacy is bulletproof. We'll present this masterpiece in full, on vinyl and in audiophile hi-fi in the plush Velvet Lounge at the Beauchamp Hotel, and plunge together into a New York state of mind! Note: As it's now autumn, we'll be opening our doors one hour earlier than in the summer, at 5pm. Hosts: J.P. Ducharne (The World Local, Bondi Beach Radio), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia) Audio menu: - Turntable: Rega RP6 - Cartridge: Rega Exact - Amplifier: Accuphase E-202 - Loudspeakers: Klipsch Heresy - Subwoofer: Klipsch R10SW 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/
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