It’s September 2013, a Saturday evening, and I’m at Hayes & Harlington station, about to Google Map my way through an office-block-filled maze to a secluded destination where loud music, soft bean bags and Trooper beer await, at a new vinyl LP listening club called Classic Album Sundays

At an outbuilding by The Old Vinyl Factory, formerly EMI’s enormous HQ and, fittingly, record-pressing plant, excited metal fans are hovering. Then it’s time to file in, grab a drink and flop out as Classic Album Sundays founder Colleen Murphy and Classic Rock/Louder contributor Dom Lawson play a selection of 70s rock and NWOBHM sounds in the run-up to an informal ‘lecture’ presenting Iron Maiden’s Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, released on the EMI label and pressed in this very factory in 1988. 

With the talk finished, the lights dip and Seventh Son begins, booming through high-end hi-fi. Some people air-drum. Some bang their heads (at appropriate points). Some drift off. Afterwards we stretch our legs on a tour of the old pressing plant exhibition – great value for the £30 ticket price, with profits going to the War Child charity.


The Classic Album Sundays operation wasn’t always this expansive. Its beginnings were more than a decade ago in producer/presenter/DJ Murphy’s vinyl-filled East London home, when friends would relax after Sunday lunch cooked by her husband. “We’d ask them what they’d like to hear – could be Brian Eno, Stevie Wonder, anything – and we’d listen to a classic album from beginning to end on a great sound set-up,” Murphy says.