Concept Albums

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  1. Keith M.

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    Anyone remember the days of concept albums? The compilation of songs told a story or were closely related in some manner...

    Please respond with any recommendations? BTW, they have to be available on CD or SACD...I dont own a turntable...


    Here are a few I already have:

    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
    Roger Waters - Radio KAOS
     
  2. Danny Tse

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    Bruce Springsteen (without the E Street Band) - Tunnel of Love

    Released after the massive commercial success of "Born in the USA". Describes the ups and downs of a relationship (his first marriage to actress Julianne Philips) from beginning to end. Tells a good story when heard from start to finish, yet each song stands on its own.
     
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    Rush - 2112
     
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    Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory
    King Diamond - Any of his albums, but "Them" and Conspiracy are my favorites. The two albums are actually one story told over 2 different albums.
    Rush - Caress of Steel and 2112. These are actually half concept albums I guess, because one side of the album has a few shorter songs, while the other has one long concept piece.

    That's all I can think of right now.

    MikeP
     
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    Spock's Beard - Snow
    Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
    Flower Kings - Space Revolver (or others)
    Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight (or others)
    Radiohead - OK Computer

    There are still a few bands making good "concept" albums. Sometimes not all of the tracks are interconnected lyrically, but they usually are musically.
     
  6. Keith M.

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    I forgot about Radiohead Ok Computer...very good album...

    Marillion was another one I missed!!

    I dont remember Rush 2112 being a concept album. I remember it had their own overture on a good part of the album. Temple of Syrinx was my fav. song off that album...


    Thanks Keep em coming...
     
  7. Rob Gardiner

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    Many Frank Sinatra albums from the 50s and 60s on Capitol and Reprise fall under this category.

    The first rock opera was: THE PRETTY THINGS - S F SORROW. I'm pretty sure it's on CD. Check it out sometime. [​IMG]
     
  8. Jack Briggs

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    Also going way back:

    Rock's first true "concept album" was the 1966 two-disc Verve Records release of Freak Out!, the first album from the then-new Mothers of Invention. This, of course, predates Sgt. Pepper by a year.

    Anyone old enough to remember the late 1968 album from The Small Faces, Odgen's Nutgone Flake?
     
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    Not really my favorite by my favorite band, but the Who's Quadrophenia is a solid effort 2-CD set. Townshend always spoke highly of it, saying something like it captured the energy of their live shows or something to that effect. And don't forget Tommy. Not a great album all the way through, but it has good stuff on it.

    Chris
     
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    The Who Sells Out, a 1968 release, was a concept album patterned after Top 40 AM radio.
     
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    What's Goin' On? by Marvin Gaye. Just to change music types. And you can almost any Alan Parsons Project album as a concept(Tales of Mystery and Imagination)
     
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    Oh, yes, I remember Small Face's Ogden's Nut Gone Flake very well. "Song of a Baker" is a killer!

    I'll add The Kinks - Arthur and Preservation Acts I and II
     
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    Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Who: Tommy
    Pink Floyd: The Wall, Wish You Were Here
    Queensryche: Operation Mindcrime

    A couple of these were mentioned already but I wanted to echo the votes.
     
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    The Who Sell Out (no 's' in Sell) was actually released in December of 1967 in the UK...& January 1968 in the US.

    I can't help but be anal about those details since I'm one of the resident Who freaks, Jack. [​IMG]

    Nobody has mentioned the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, which McCartney & Townshend both acknowledged was a very influential album.
     
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    Edgar Winter, Entrance. Excellent sax and some of the most tuneful screaming ever recorded.

    Wayne
     
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    Let me add another Marvin Gaye album to the list: Here, My Dear . A 2-LP collection made solely as part of his divorce settlement with his wife(who is Berry Gordy's sister) that tells of their relations(both sexual & emotional) and his affair with a younger(read: teenage) woman.
     
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    Planet P Project- Pink World. Not real popular but I like it.
     
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    Pink Floyd - add Dark Side Of The Moon and Animals.
    The Police's Synchronicity was sort of a concept album.

    Joel
     
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    fleetwood mac - rumours.
     
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    Roger Waters - "Amused To Death"-------absolutely brilliant------10x better than "Radio KAOS" in my opinion---
     

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