Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 11

What can I say about Hole’s Live Through This that I haven’t already said here a million times? It remains one of my all-time favorite albums and I think it is one of the – if not the absolute – best rock albums ever recorded. In my opinion, songs like “Violet,” “Miss World,” “Plump” and “Doll Parts” hold their own against the best of any respected all-male classic rock band. The second half of Live Through This – with the exception of the awesome finale “Rock Star” (which will always be “Olympia” in my mind) – isn’t as strong as the first, which is why I always rewound the cassette after “Doll Parts” back in high scool. But the overall album – particularly the first six songs and the final track – is one big, loud, screaming, quaking ride. Any youngsters who’ve recently discovered “classic rock” bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden (yes, we are really that old, people) should check out Hole. Next we’ll follow the example of Lindsay on Freaks & Geeks

This week’s classic album is…The Grateful Dead: American Beauty

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.

Feel free to comment or email your opinions of our selections and recommendations for classic albums (from any decade, including this one).