Throwback Thursday: “Luka” by Suzanne Vega

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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).

Duncan Sheik: New Mp3 & Covers Album

Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik just released his new album, Covers 80’s. Best known for his hit single “Barely Breathing” and his Tony-Award winning compositions for the musical Spring Awakening, Sheik here gives his own interpretations of synth-pop songs originally recorded by The Cure, New Order, Tears for Fears, The Smiths, Psychedelic Furs, The Thompson Twins, Love & Rockets, Howard Jones, Japan, Talk Talk, and The Blue Nile. The album features guest vocals by Rachael Yamagata and Holly Brook. His is generously offering a free, legal download of his cover of Depeche Mode’s “Stripped” via his website below…

Duncan Sheik – Stripped (mp3 download page)*

*mp3 hosted on artist’s website & link posted w/ permission of PR rep

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Duncan Sheik Official Site