Concept Albums

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    Some of my all-time favorite albums are concept albums.  At the top:

    The Who - Quadrophenia
    ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
    Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
     
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    Here are a few of my faves - leaving aside for today obvious classics from Floyd, Bowie, Kinks, Genesis, etc.:

    Queensryche - "Operation: Mindcrime" - one of my all-time favorite metal albums and, to me, one of the best in terms of ambition, musical chops, storyline and production quality...so well-done that it may be the one concept album I tend use as comparison.  And it still sounds good to this day unlike much of that era.

    Green Day - "American Idiot" - Maybe the last band anyone to be expected to put out a concept album, this LP kicks off strong and really doesn't let up throughout the whole piece.  No surprise it was adapted for broadway, but overall it's the strongest set of songs GD has ever put out. Nothing feels out of place and the "Jesus Of Suburbia" suite is perfect.

    Weezer - "Pinkerton" - clocking in at about 35 minutes, this is still my favorite Weezer album, and though it might be considered overhyped, I think it's a true modern classic; yet each song is brilliant, artful and passionate to the extreme.  Some call it power pop, but to me it's just one of the best garage albums ever made.

    Tool - "Aenima" - a masterful record from beginning-to-end, this one is just so dense and layered with the ability to be both subtle and in-your-face; this is progressive, literate metal at its finest and one of the best overall albums of the 90s - like a great movie or book, I notice something new every time I listen to it.
     
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    i've never let myself get into american idiot as a whole. green day was so important to me when i was little, the first tape that i ever got was dookie...i heard some songs on the radio and just felt like they were musically discouraging. i do understand why it was so popular with the younger kids of today though.

    aenima is awesome.
     
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    Radio Kaos.....Roger Waters
    Electric Ladyland...Jimi Hendrix
    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway....Genesis
     
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    For relatively recent albums, Green Day's American Idiot was the first to come to mind, but Matty beat me to it.  Next on my list would be Joe Jackson's Heaven and H*ll.
     
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    The Forgotten Arm - Aimee Mann

    relationship / story of a couple who run away together to escape their problems (of course, they can't really escape, they just bring their problems with them) -- he's a boxer and a Viet Nam vet who has alcohol and drug addiction issues. 

     
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    Well , to me, the masters of concept albums were Pink Floyd.

    Disregarding 'Dark Side of the Moon' which was mentioned in the O.P., 'Animals', 'Wish You Were Here' and 'The Wall' are some of the very best.

    Styx and Alan Parsons Project also were near the top with this type of album.

    Two albums that come to mind are ,'I , Robot' by Alan Parsons Project and 'Kilroy Was Here' by Styx.
     
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    Can we have a little love for Tommy ?

    Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche. Very good call Matty
     
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    [QUOTE]Can we have a little love for Tommy ? Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche. Very good call Matty
    Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]

    <tommy3



    wanted to keep the number to 4 that i referenced in the o.p. but clearly tommy goes without saying

     
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    Roger Waters' Amused to Death is pretty good too.
     
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    "Days of Future Passed," Moody Blues
     
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    Marilyn Manson -Antichrist Superstar
     
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    Roger Water Radio Kaos was really good,
    Warren Zevon Transverse City was not bad.

    Any Pink Floyd with Waters is worth the time.
     
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    The Who - The Who Sell Out The Who's first attempt at a concept LP and without it there would never been Tommy.  IMHO it's just OK, but I believe it's in the top 100 (or close to it) according to Rolling Stone's top 500 of all time

    The Kinks dropped quite a few LP from the mid 60s through the late 70s which could be considered conceptual.  I think some standouts are The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) and Schoolboys In Disgrace

    Jethro Tull - Aqualung Yeah this one was pretty good

    But to me the best ever was Quadrophenia
     
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    I probably won't get too many takers on this one, but I thought the Eagles' Desperado was an excellent concept album.  This was before they got heavier and more commercial and when Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon were still integral parts of the band.  It's a loosely connected song sequence about outlaws and the Old West.  Very diverse musically with banjo and mandolin featured on some songs and a couple of hard rockers in Out of Control and the trippy Outlaw Man.  
     
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    i've never been a big eagles guy, but maybe just for lack of exposure...
     
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    [QUOTE]I probably won't get too many takers on this one, but I thought the Eagles' Desperado was an excellent concept album.  This was before they got heavier and more commercial and when Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon were still integral parts of the band.  It's a loosely connected song sequence about outlaws and the Old West.  Very diverse musically with banjo and mandolin featured on some songs and a couple of hard rockers in Out of Control and the trippy Outlaw Man.  
    Posted by Hfxsoxnut[/QUOTE]

    "Desperado" , is easily my favorite Eagles LP. "On the Border" and Hotel California are probably tied for second.

    Great concept album by a group that doesn't usually go in for this type thing. The Eagles are often remembered for specific songs but none of their albums ever was a dud. Don Henley and Glenn Frey released some nice solo work after the original break up. Always a big fan of Joe Walsh, his solo work reflects a nutty sense of humor that is right down my alley and "Walk Away", which he did as a member of the James Gang rates as one of my all time favorites.

    I am wondering if Lou Reed's terrific LP ,'New York' is considered a concept album, it seems to have that feel about it...anyone else think so?
     
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    "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" -- Lauryn Hill

    I have to throw this into the mix here, as I have this cd, strangely enough as I am a  honk-y. :) It's part autobiographical, industry injustices commentary (her experiences), she directly disses her former Fugee bandmates, sexism, and also has some spiritual overtones.  It appears her experience in the recording industry was pretty negative, as she disappeared for many years and has recently attempted a comeback.

    Speaking of dissing, I read that Hill was over three hours late for one of her return concerts; not sure what that says about her ... but "Miseducation" as a concept album was epic. 
     
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    yeah, you're right.

    and throw jagged little pill in there too
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Concept Albums :  I am wondering if Lou Reed's terrific LP ,'New York' is considered a concept album, it seems to have that feel about it...anyone else think so?
    Posted by ZILLAGOD[/QUOTE]


    It's possible, though it might depend who you ask.  Many of Reed's (solo or not) albums could be termed as "concepts" but it's hard to tell with such a wide-ranging, literate artist - he's almost uncategorizable.

    New York is such a great disc, at any rate... one of his very best solo records that still holds up well today.  Every song is solid, unapologetic rock n roll.
     
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    [QUOTE]yeah, you're right. and throw jagged little pill in there too
    Posted by phsmith8[/QUOTE]
    Not sure "Jagged Little Pill" follows suit as a concept album as much as it follows a theme.  

    I think if we were going to follow suit with albums with themes, we'd be coming up with many more albums than we have thus far.  Perhaps we are being too pure in the definition of concept albums?

    "Miseducation" is in a different class altogether.  IMHO, of course. 
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    Joe's Garage, Act I.

    Frank Zappa

    Joe's Garage, Act I.

    The concept: A rock musician is damned for the music he makes in a world where all forms of music are soon to be totally illegal.
     
      
    Hemispheres

    Rush

    Hemispheres

    (Only the first half of the album is conceptual).

    The concept: Continuing the story of Cygnus from "A Farewell To Kings." A space explorer has been drawn into a black hole (Cygnus X-1), only to find himself in a mysterious land, where its rival inhabitants are engaged in civil war.
     
      
    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

    The Kinks

    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society

    The concept: A homage to English rural life and, by extension, to the innocence and idealisation of past times and people.
     
      
     
     
      
     
     
      
     
     
      
     
     
      
    The Downward Spiral

    Nine Inch Nails

    The Downward Spiral
    The concept: A chronicle of a person's slow, painful descent into madness and possibly beyond.
     
      
      Thick as a Brick

    Jethro Tull

    Thick as a Brick
    The concept: A parable about modern life and society and how we are influenced by it, as told through the eyes of a young boy.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Concept Albums : Not sure "Jagged Little Pill" follows suit as a concept album as much as it follows a theme.   I think if we were going to follow suit with albums with themes, we'd be coming up with many more albums than we have thus far.  Perhaps we are being too pure in the definition of concept albums? "Miseducation" is in a different class altogether.  IMHO, of course. 
    Posted by yogafriend[/QUOTE]

    i dunno, i think that would fall in the vein. if someone could get a real definition of concept album that would be nice...theme can be easily misconstrued as a concept album. it's a story, but it's her own story...this is where the gray area exists.

    clarification please!
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Concept Albums : i dunno, i think that would fall in the vein. if someone could get a real definition of concept album that would be nice...theme can be easily misconstrued as a concept album. it's a story, but it's her own story...this is where the gray area exists. clarification please!
    Posted by phsmith8[/QUOTE]
    It's your thread.   IMHO, the definition is fluid.   You set the tone and definition of the thread yourself, and everyone followed suit.  Then you brought up JLP, and it doesn't follow suit, so I questioned it. 

    I didn't mean to debate you, necessarily. :)   JLP is not her story; one of the songs had a "mystery man" (a la "You're so Vain"), but the album is not her story.  It's angst/ female empowerment / standard male bashing as a theme, and she's a woman, so from that standpoint, it's an album any female artist could have written who wanted to get that theme across.  Concept albums are not necessarily autobiographical by any means, as you know, but JLP is neither autobiographical nor does it tell a story.  So there you go.

    Any of the songs in JLP can be taken out of context.  In all the other instances, they are part of a whole.  But hey, if you consider JLP a concept album, be my guest.  However, if we were taking a class, debating this issue, I think I would win based on the way you set up the thread in the first place, if for no other reason.  IMHO, of course. 
    Laughing
     
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    [QUOTE]    Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act I. The concept: A rock musician is damned for the music he makes in a world where all forms of music are soon to be totally illegal.       Rush Hemispheres (Only the first half of the album is conceptual). The concept: Continuing the story of Cygnus from "A Farewell To Kings." A space explorer has been drawn into a black hole (Cygnus X-1), only to find himself in a mysterious land, where its rival inhabitants are engaged in civil war.       The Kinks The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society The concept: A homage to English rural life and, by extension, to the innocence and idealisation of past times and people.                                       Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral The concept: A chronicle of a person's slow, painful descent into madness and possibly beyond.         Jethro Tull Thick as a Brick The concept: A parable about modern life and society and how we are influenced by it, as told through the eyes of a young boy.
    Posted by newman09[/QUOTE]
    Nice job, Newman.  
    I really find this interesting.  Can you tell? 

    Smile
     
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