Classic Album Series

Classic Album Series – eight programmes (August – December 2018)

Sugar Productions made a remarkable series of programmes exploring eight classic albums for Absolute Radio and featured the following albums with Mark Goodier presenting

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‘New Boots and Panties’ by Ian Dury -with revealing comments from Stiff Label Boss, Dave Robinson, Blockhead Chas Jankal and Ians’s son Baxter Dury

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‘Screamadelica’ by Primal Scream. Front man Bobby Gillespie talked us through this seminal album of 90’s revealing how they captured the mood of the times in the recording and scored a huge hit album in the process.

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‘Nut Gone Flake’ – The Small Faces. Drummer Kenney Jones revisited this classic album of the 60’s taking us through how the songs came together and how professor of nonsense Stanley Unwin became the record’s narrator.

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‘Everything Must Go’ – The Manic Street Preachers.  Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield recalled how the band coped with the disappearance of guiding light Richie Edwards and the subsequent recording of their 1995  album.

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‘Imagine’ by John Lennon. The programme revealed how the former Beatle recorded his second solo album with Phil Spector and Yoko Ono producing with comments from Lennon admirers Boy George, Corrine Bailey Rae, David Gray and George Michael

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‘A Night At the Opera’ by Queen. Utilising special archive material of all four group members the programme explored this classic album through the recollections of Roger, Brian, John and Freddie

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The ultimate soap opera this edition revealed how the band were grappling with breakups and marriage breakdowns as they recorded their second album together and went on to produce one of the best selling records of all time.

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‘The Queen is Dead’ – The Smiths. With inside knowledge of producer Stephen Street, Morrissey biographer Len Brown and music journalist Andrew Collins the programme revealed the Smiths finest album and celebrated one of the best of British bands!

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