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What started as a small gathering of music-loving friends has grown to become an expansive worldwide network of unique listening events. Laura K Williams talks to Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen Murphy…
Classic Album Sundays supremo Colleen Murphy surrounded by some of her 10,000 records

It was a chance encounter in the school playground that led to Colleen Murphy launching her first Classic Album Sundays event in London in 2010, and seven years later she’s presided over events at UK festivals, in seven US cities, in Japan and Australia and all over Europe – with a collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall in the pipeline.

The radio DJ had held a few lowkey listening events for friends at her London home, playing records on her sound system (a modified Technics 1100 with Koetsu tonearm and Rosewood Signature Moving Coil Cartridge, Mark Levinson ML-1 preamp, Quad monoblock amps and Klipschorn Loudspeakers).

“I have a hi-fi and 10,000 records and we would sit and listen to a record, and it was our Classic Album Sunday”, Colleen tells us. “Friends would say I should do something like this as a proper event.”

A DJ friend, Greg Wilson, had a blog called Living To Music, which encouraged people to listen to a particular album, and he’d write about it and then people would talk about it. It got Colleen thinking: “One night, I was listening to The Dark Side Of The Moon and just thought, ‘Let’s just do this, as a labour of love, give others the chance to experience an album in this way’.

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On sale 50 years to the day after The Beatles released their timeless masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, issue 4 of Long Live Vinyl tells the full story of one of the greatest albums ever made, as well as taking an in-depth look at the new Anniversary edition masterminded by Giles Martin. Elsewhere, we round up the essential 40 jazz records, take a crate-digging trip to Orlando, get the lowdown on the new American Epic TV series with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, Elton John and Robert Redford, and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours goes under the microscope in our Classic Album feature. We also meet Sonic Youth noisenik and record collector extraordinaire Thurston Moore, profile Classic Album Sundays and bring you the most comprehensive range of vinyl-related reviews anywhere!