Muruch’s Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 25

Last week’s selection, Duran Duran: Rio, has held up surprisingly well. Despite the album’s undeniable 1980s style and imagery (the cover art alone is integrally linked with childhood memories of my older sister’s vinyl collection), hits like “Rio,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” “New Religion” and “Save a Prayer” are just as catchy and interesting now. And “The Chauffeur” remains one of the most unusual and eerily lovely pop songs I’ve ever heard.

This week’s classic album is…Les Miserables: Original Broadway Cast Recording.

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).