As longtime readers know, I’m a fan of the album. So many of my best moments, not to mention my best friendships, will forever be associated with particular albums. Mp3s certainly have their place, but they’ll never invoke the kind of emotion I feel when I see the cover of Tapestry, Dark Side of the Moon, She’s So Unusual, Live Through This, Little Earthquakes, Siamese Dream, O and other favorites of bygone eras.
So I was very interested in the recent BBC News story about a new Classic Album Appreciation club in London. Said club meets weekly to sit in candlelit silence while listening to an entire “classic” album, whether it be The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love or Nirvana’s Nevermind.
My husband and I love the idea so much, we’re starting a classic albums appreciation club ourselves here on Muruch. Starting this week, he and I will chose a classic album to listen to in its entirety. Barring unforeseen interference, I hope to do this weekly. At the beginning of each week, I’ll post our choice for the week and any thoughts we had regarding the previous week’s listening experience. However, I won’t be doing proper album reviews, because this is more about the enjoyment of music rather than critical opinions. I’m obviously a little late this week, so I’m choosing a shorter album…
This week’s classic album will be Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. ZOSO).
I encourage everyone reading this to take time in the next week to listen to this album from beginning to end with no distractions – physically get away from the computer, turn off the television, sit or lie in a relaxed position, maybe light some candles and pour some wine or coffee. Though I think the audio quality of CD or vinyl will enhance the experience more than mp3, it doesn’t matter what album format you play. Just give the music your full and undivided attention.
Then come back here and comment with your opinions, good or bad, of the album.
I’m also compiling a list of albums for future weeks and I’m open to any suggestions.
What are your favorite classic albums, old or new?