In case you missed it, last week I kicked off Muruch’s Classic Albums Appreciation Club with Led Zeppelin’s IV (a.k.a. ZOSO). A few people told me they’d give it a go, but I’ve yet to hear from anyone who actually listened to the whole album. If you did, what did you think?
The hubby and I quite enjoyed our candlelit Zepfest. We just lit a few cheap candles, turned out the lights, cranked up the stereo, and watched the cats scatter from the noise. Led Zeppelin IV is an old favorite of mine, but it’s been over a decade since I sat and listened to the entire album. My boy isn’t exactly a classic rock fan, but even he got into it. It was definitely a great choice for our first week. Despite my familiarity with the songs, the passage of time allowed me to listen with a fresh perspective. It’s my favorite Led Zeppelin album, because it has my four favorite Zep songs on it – “When the Levee Breaks,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” “Going to California,” and the infamous “Stairway to Heaven.” If only “Tangerine” and “Immigrant Song” were on it, it would be a greatest hits for me. One thing I don’t think I fully realized before was how danceable so much of the album is. I think I pulled a neck muscle halfway through “Rock and Roll.” Even if you lack the patience to listen to the whole album, everyone should hear Led Zeppelin’s cover of “When the Levee Breaks” at least once in their lifetime.
This week’s classic album will be….The Who’s Tommy
This particular choice was inspired by the scene in Almost Famous in which Zooey Deschanel’s character hands her little brother the vinyl record and says: “Listen to Tommy with a candle burning, and you’ll see your entire future.“
To recap the procedure here: At the beginning of each week, I’ll post brief thoughts on the previous week’s listening experience along with the coming week’s classic album selection. Then sometime in the week that follows, we’ll all take the time to listen to the album from beginning to end with no distractions. It can be as simple as just getting away from the computer to listen alone or you can make an event of it with candles, beverages and friends. Whatever format you play the album in or the manner in which you listen, just give the music your full and undivided attention.
Some have said they love this idea, but are shy about leaving comments. But I’d love to hear everyone’s opinion of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (which can be from any decade, including this one).