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My Classic Album' is a podcast about the most acclaimed and loved albums of all time! There are many great albums out there but there's an extra special ingredient that makes an album a classic album. Join Mike Norris as he dedicates each episode to one classic album and looks at the history of the album and its impact in the years following its release.

'My Classic Album' celebrates albums from the 1960's right through to the new millennium from musicians as timeless as The Beatles and Bob Dylan, bands who rock as hard as Led Zeppelin and KISS, as well as contemporary performers such as Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.

'My Classic Album' has been extremely lucky to play host to incredible singers and musicians including Nathan Stephens-Griffin (Martha, ONSIND), Grammy Award winner Bruce Carroll, guitar virtuoso Adrian Nation (Sky Arts' Guitar Star) and rock singer and guitarist Beth Blade (Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters). All have chosen their classic album for the show along with future guests including Rob Wylde (Tigertailz) and blues singer Big Boy Bloater (Imelda May, Big Boy Bloater & The Limits)

Whether it's an album you personally can't stop playing or one you've never actually heard, 'My Classic Album' is the perfect companion to some of the greatest albums in history!

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My Classic Album' is a podcast about the most acclaimed and loved albums of all time! There are many great albums out there but there's an extra special ingredient that makes an album a classic album. Join Mike Norris as he dedicates each episode to one classic album and looks at the history of the album and its impact in the years following its release.

'My Classic Album' celebrates albums from the 1960's right through to the new millennium from musicians as timeless as The Beatles and Bob Dylan, bands who rock as hard as Led Zeppelin and KISS, as well as contemporary performers such as Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead.

'My Classic Album' has been extremely lucky to play host to incredible singers and musicians including Nathan Stephens-Griffin (Martha, ONSIND), Grammy Award winner Bruce Carroll, guitar virtuoso Adrian Nation (Sky Arts' Guitar Star) and rock singer and guitarist Beth Blade (Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters). All have chosen their classic album for the show along with future guests including Rob Wylde (Tigertailz) and blues singer Big Boy Bloater (Imelda May, Big Boy Bloater & The Limits)

Whether it's an album you personally can't stop playing or one you've never actually heard, 'My Classic Album' is the perfect companion to some of the greatest albums in history!

    'Powerslave' with Emlee Johansson

    'Powerslave' with Emlee Johansson

    Emlee Johansson, drummer of Swedish rockers Thundermother joins Mike to discuss Iron Maiden's iconic 5th album 'Powerslave'.
    Amongst an unparalleled run of albums from Maiden in the 1980s, for many (including Emlee), 'Powerslave' sits as the pinnacle of the legendary metal band's career. Emlee recalls hearing opening track 'Aces High' for the first time and how this directly impacted her own journey into music.
    Which song on 'Powerslave' harkens back to themes from 'The Number of The Beast'?
    How has Nicko McBrain influenced Emlee's own drumming style?
    Over 30 years since the release of '2 Minutes To Midnight', how much closer has the world come to doomsday?
    PLUS: Hear 'Driving In Style', an awesome cut from Thundermother's latest album 'Heat Wave'
    Horns in the air for another episode of 'My Classic Album'.
    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese
    'Driving In Style' by Thundermother (taken from their 2020 album 'Heat Wave'. Released on and played with permission from AFM Records)
    All music rights reserved to their respective owners.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    'Aladdin Sane' with Phil Collen

    'Aladdin Sane' with Phil Collen

    The legendary David Bowie finally makes his 'My Classic Album' debut courtesy of Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. Phil joins Mike on this episode to discuss Bowie's celebrated album 'Aladdin Sane'.
    With a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career of his own, Phil reveals the impact David Bowie had on him in his formative years and how this album set him on his own musical journey... and of course with Mike being such a huge Def Leppard fan he couldn't resist some chat about 'Hysteria' and beyond!


    In Phil's opinion, how does 'Aladdin Sane' improve on Bowie's breakthrough 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars'? 
    Why did Def Leppard choose to cover 'Drive In Saturday' for their 2006 covers album 'Yeah!'?
    What unique Bowie recording was Phil's band mate Joe Elliott able to give to the man himself?

    PLUS: Hear a preview of some great episodes coming this summer on 'My Classic Album' including conversations with Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Riva Taylor!
    An unmissable episode of 'My Classic Album'.
    For more information on the show: Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk
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    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese
    All music rights reserved to their respective owners.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    'Grace' with Jonathan Antoine

    'Grace' with Jonathan Antoine

    Classically trained tenor and Britain's Got Talent finalist Jonathan Antoine joins Mike to discuss Jeff Buckley's critically acclaimed album 'Grace'.
    A modest success in Jeff's lifetime, 'Grace' has only grown in cultural relevance and esteem since the singer songwriter's untimely passing. Together Jonathan and Mike explore the emotional story of Jeff Buckley and how that informs the music on the sole studio album of his lifetime.


    In what way do the lyrics on 'Grace' take on a eerie resonance since Jeff's death in 1997?
    What commonality can Jonathan find between Jeff's emergence into the public eye and his own initial success? 
    Why did Jeff replace the song 'Forget Her' with 'So Real' on initial releases of 'Grace'?
     
    PLUS: An opportunity to hear Jonathan's beautiful new single 'Io si' written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
    A fascinating exploration on this episode of 'My Classic Album'
    For more information on the show: Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk
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    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese
    'Io si' by Jonathan Antoine (Released by Loki Artist Group and MTX and played with thanks and permission from Michelle Gustenstein-Hinz)
    All music rights reserved to their respective owners.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    'Rising' with Ian Haugland - 50 Episode Special

    'Rising' with Ian Haugland - 50 Episode Special

    The 50th episode of 'My Classic Album' is here and it's jam packed like no other! Ian Haugland, drummer of Swedish rock legends Europe joins Mike to discuss our 50th classic album, Rainbow's 'Rising'.
    A union including the likes of Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell was too much for a young Ian Haugland to resist. Together Ian and Mike explore the impact 'Rising' had not only on themselves but the development of hard rock and heavy metal as a whole!
    What unique process did Rainbow use to audition drummers including Cozy Powell?
    How did keyboardist Tony Carey react when Ian played him the intro to 'Tarot Woman' on his own radio show?
    Is 'Stargazer' the genesis of metal's relationship with fantasy?
    PLUS: Enjoy a track from Europe's most recent album 'Walk The Earth'
    Oh but there's so much more!
    Fans of TV show 'Parks and Recreation' rejoice! Mouse Rat are back! It's been running over on our Instagram page for nearly a month. After 50 episodes worth of classic albums, the winner of the 50 Album Showdown will be revealed! AND the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer joining Mike on a future episode of 'My Classic Album' will be announced at the end of the show! My small way of thanking you all for enjoying 50 episodes of 'My Classic Album'
    For more information on the show: Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk
    Like us on Facebook at 'My Classic Album with Mike Norris'
    Follow us on Instagram @myclassicalbumpodcast
    Or on Twitter @mca_podcast
     
    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese
    '5000 Candles In The Wind (Bye Bye L'il Sebastian)' by Mouse Rat (taken from their upcoming album 'The Awesome Album'. Released on and played with permission from Dualtone Records and Entertainment 720)
    'Walk The Earth' by Europe (taken from their 2017 studio album 'Walk The Earth'. Released on and played with permission from Hell & Back Recordings)
    All music rights reserved to their respective owners.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    BONUS EPISODE: 50 Classic Albums - A Celebration

    BONUS EPISODE: 50 Classic Albums - A Celebration

    Continuing our celebrations for the 50th episode of 'My Classic Album' on June 15th, Mike is joined for this bonus episode of the show by presenter of fellow rock podcast Vintage Rock Pod Paul Stephenson.
    Together Paul and Mike explore the story of 'My Classic Album' and how the show came to be; all interspersed with a selection of Mike's favourite moments from the show. Enjoy clips from episodes including guests such as Jen Majura, Damon Johnson and Savannah Pope. 
    Enjoy this bonus episode and get ready for Episode 50: 'Rising' with Ian Haugland on June 15th!
    For more information on the show: Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk
    Like us on Facebook at 'My Classic Album with Mike Norris'
    Follow us on Instagram @myclassicalbumpodcast
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    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

    • 51 min
    'Eliminator' with Justin Ross

    'Eliminator' with Justin Ross

    The Sharp Dressed Men of ZZ Top receive the 'My Classic Album' treatment as rock artist Justin Ross joins Mike to celebrate the iconic 'Eliminator' album.
    From the moment he first heard ZZ Top at a car rally, Justin knew this band would shape his musical identity for years to come and together he and Mike explore the impact 'Eliminator' had on the MTV generation with it's eclectic blend of blues rock and new wave influences.
    How did the likes of Depeche Mode and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark influence ZZ Top at this point in their career?
    What impact did the 'Eliminator' music videos on MTV have on the success of the album? 
    What lyric from 'Legs' is amusingly lost in translation across the pond from America to the UK?
    PLUS: Hear 'Drink The Water', a track from Justin's new album 'Into The Dark'.
    Grab yourself a TV Dinner and settle in for another episode of 'My Classic Album'.
    For more information on the show: Head over to www.myclassicalbum.co.uk
    Like us on Facebook at 'My Classic Album with Mike Norris'
    Follow us on Instagram @myclassicalbumpodcast
    Or on Twitter @mca_podcast
     
    Music Credits: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese
    'Drink The Water' by Justin Ross (an independent release played with permission from the artist)
    All music rights reserved to their respective owners.

    • 1 hr 21 min

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