Muruch’s Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 30

Oops, I think I missed last week. Oh well. Our previous selection, the Footloose Soundtrack, remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Yes, it is pure 1980s pop – mostly of the over-the-top, cheesy variety. But it is the best of that genre with non-stop, back-to-back catchy pop hits. Kenny Loggin’s title track in particular is one of the most irresistibly infectious, gotta-dance pop songs ever recorded. Other highlights are Moving Pictures’ “Never” (the song to which Kevin Bacon does his infamous barn dance routine), Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For A Hero,” Sammy Hagar’s “The Girl Gets Around” and the Mike Reno and Ann Wilson power ballad duet “Almost Paradise.”

This week’s classic album is…Kristin Hersh: Strange Angels.

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).

Muruch’s Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 29

Granted, Van Halen’s 1984 has more nostalgic value than timeless artistic merit as the band’s heavy use of synths keeps the music firmly dated in the early 1980s. Yet despite all the electro-80s flourishes, 1984 is still a mostly solid rock album. And pop-rock hits “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher” are just as catchy and enjoyable now as when I first heard them. Now for one of my all-time favorite soundtracks…

This week’s classic album is…Footloose Soundtrack.

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).