Muruch Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 10

Last week’s selection, The Doors’ self-titled debut, played like a greatest hits album. The first half of the CD features back-to-back favorites “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” “Soul Kitchen,” “The Crystal Ship,” “Twentieth Century Fox,” “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar),” “Light My Fire” and “Back Door Man”. The Doors are one of those polarizing bands that people either love or hate, rarely does there seem to be an in-between. I fall into the former category, having been one of those teenage girls who fell obsessively in love with Jim Morrison’s voice in high school. My personal favorite Doors songs are “Whiskey, Mystics & Men,” “Hyacinth House,” and their instrumental cover of “Albinoni’s Adagio In G Minor,” but the songs on their self-titled debut aren’t far behind. Listening to the album straight through on a roadtrip this past weekend was a very enjoyable experience.

This week’s classic album is…Hole: Live Through This

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 Classic Albums Appreciation Club: Week 9

Last week’s pick, Dead Can Dance’s Toward the Within, was a little obscure, so I feared no one else would bother listening to it. But I did get some very enthusiastic responses, as well as a hesitant remark from another music blogger that it might be “a bit too morose and dirge-y.”

There is indeed a somber, dirge-like tone to Dead Can Dance’s vocal style, but the powerful voices of singers Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry were also capable of chill-producing wails. And the music on Toward the Within – particularly in “Yulunga” – has a more exotic mix of intricate Celtic folk instrumentation and sensual Middle Eastern percussion. Recorded live at Mayfair Theatre in 1993, Toward the Within is one of the most unique and interesting albums I’ve ever heard.

Toward the Within was the album that first introduced me to the traditional Irish ballads “The Wind That Shakes The Barley” and “I am Stretched on Your Grave.” Lisa Gerrard’s haunting a capella rendering of “The Wind That Shakes The Barley” remains, in my opinion, the definitive version of the song.

This week’s classic album is…The Doors’ self-titled debut

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).