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Belfast20210325 (6M)"

Ahead of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend, Colleen Murphy delves into the rich musical history of Belfast and makes a case for Van Morrison's Astral Weeks as the record that provides the all time best musical snapshot of the city. She plays songs from the album, examines its roots, and discusses the influence Belfast had on its making. Guests include Ash's Tim Wheeler, musician David Kitt and Van experts Terri Hooley, Lauren Onkey and Stuart Bailie.

The latest in Colleen Murphy's Sounds of a City series, this time focusing on Belfast.

Exploring the links between classic albums and the cities in which they were created.

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Bristol20160214 (6M)
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Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy, founder of Classic Album Sundays, turns her attention to Bristol in the fifth episode of 'Sounds of a City'. She argues that 'Blue Lines' by Massive Attack is the album that sounds like Bristol.

Featuring interviews with Robert '3D' Del Naja, Neneh Cherry, Cameron McVey, Mark Stewart, James Lavelle, Inkie, Roni Size and more. Colleen delves into how bass culture, graffiti, punk and politics are represented both in Bristol and within the grooves of 'Blue Lines'. She also makes the case for its lasting legacy with musicians in and outside Bristol.

Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy argues Blue Lines by Massive Attack is the definitive Bristol album

Exploring the links between classic albums and the cities in which they were created.

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Glasgow20170326 (6M)
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As the 6Music Festival rolls into town, Colleen Murphy delves into the rich history of Glasgow's diverse music scene and makes a case for Primal Scream's 'Screamadelica' as the album that best represents the city. Includes an exclusive and wider ranging interview with Bobby Gillespie, alongside contributions from the likes of Stephen McRobbie of The Pastels, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, Slam, Silicone Soul, RM Hubbert and The Van Ts.

Colleen Murphy delves into the rich history of Glasgow's diverse music scene.

Exploring the links between classic albums and the cities in which they were created.

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Jerusalem19691216"

A personal portrait by HAROLD ROGERS of the capital of David and Solomon, the place of the Crucifixion of Christ, the site of Mohammed's ascent to heaven - a city called by many ' the capital of spirituality.' Written by SYLVIE NICKELS

Produced by HAROLD ROGERS

Liverpool20150607 (6M)
20210324 (6M)
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Ahead of the 6 Music Festival, another chance to hear DJ Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy turn her attention across the Peaks to one of the UK's most important musical cities; Liverpool. Focusing on the Teardrop Explodes Kilimanjaro album, we talk to Julian Cope about how he made the album, why he moved to Liverpool, and why he always travelled to the studio on an invisible horse. Colleen also looks at how Liverpool and Psych are inextricably linked, the importance of Soul Music to the area, how the nightclub Eric's and record shop Probe inspired a scene, and Liverpool's isolation from the rest of the country has helped create a outlook like no other.

Colleen speaks with Shack's Michael Head who grew up surrounded by the influence of the Teardrop Explodes: Holly Johnson, of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, discusses the role of Liverpool's flamboyant gay scene played in the burgeoning post-punk scene: DJ Greg Wilson casts his critical ear over an 80s Liverpool still living under the eclipse of The Beatles: author Mark Cooper share his thoughts on the rivalry between Echo & the Bunnymen and the Teardrops. Colleen also meets Stealing Sheep's Emily Lansley, who is at the vanguard of a younger generation of musicians who embrace Liverpool's psychedelic sound. And if all of that wasn't enough, Zoo Records and KLF founder Bill Drummond shares two of his one minute presentations about the album.

First broadcast in 2015.

DJ Colleen Murphy turns her attention to Liverpool and the Teardrop Explodes' Kilimanjaro

Exploring the links between classic albums and the cities in which they were created.

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Oslo19700206"

A personal impression of the Norwegian capital by PAUL MARTIN with the help of NANNA LYNNE-BERG and recordings from the Sound Archives of NRK Oslo, and the BBC

Produced by HAROLD ROGERS

Contributors

Unknown: Paul Martin

Produced By: Harold Rogers

""A personal impression of the Norwegian capital by PAUL MARTIN with the help of NANNA LYNNE-BERG and recordings from the Sound Archives of NRK Oslo, and the BBC

Produced By: Harold Rogers""

Sounds Of A City: New Order - Power, Corruption And Lies20150712 (6M)
20210325 (6M)
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Another chance to hear Colleen Murphy's exploring New Order's 1983 album Power, Corruption and Lies and its relationship to Manchester.

Speaking to the likes of Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Peter Saville, we breakdown the components of an album that fused punk and dance, art and experimentation, technology and rock, to create something for a new generation of tech-savvy music-philes to get their teeth into. A Certain Ratio's Martin Moscrop and The Charlatan's Tim Burgess discuss this perfect blending, whilst 808 State's Graham Massey contemplates the fact that Manchester has more in common with New York than it does with any other British city. A story that may sound familiar, but with New Order were stepping out from the shadows of Joy Division the idea of experimentation is amplified and braver, and may not have even worked. And then there was that album cover.

First broadcast in 2013.

Colleen Murphy lifts the lid on New Order's 1983 album Power, Corruption and Lies.

Exploring the links between classic albums and the cities in which they were created.

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Vienna19700327"

PAUL MARTtN visits the home of the Strauss Waltz-the city whose Mfe has a)ways contained so much music, not only of Strauss but of Lehar, Schubert. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

This sound portrait, while reflecting the past. shows something of the present life through the comments of the Viennese.

Produced by DENts LEWELL

Contributors

Unknown: Paul Marttn

Produced By: Dents Lewell

""PAUL MARTtN visits the home of the Strauss Waltz-the city whose Mfe has a)ways contained so much music, not only of Strauss but of Lehar, Schubert. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.

Produced By: Dents Lewell""