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Initial post: May 15, 2012 5:15:53 AM PDT
The Seventies seems to be a good period for concept albums:

Pink Floyd: The Wall
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust
Lou Reed: Berlin

Some major disappointments:

Neil Young: Greendale
David Bowie: Outside

A "recent" one I like:

Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:17:00 AM PDT
Definition from Wiki:

>>In music, a concept album is an album that is "unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical." Commonly, concept albums tend to incorporate preconceived musical or lyrical ideas rather than being improvised or composed in the studio, with all songs contributing to a single overall theme or unified story. This is in contrast to the practice of an artist or group releasing an album consisting of a number of unconnected (lyrically or otherwise) songs performed by the artist. <<

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:35:47 AM PDT
Randy says:
One of my faves:

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Southern Rock Opera

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:40:53 AM PDT
Bubba Guitar says:
Being a hard rock/metal kid growing up, I LOVED Queensryche's epic concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime".

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:53:42 AM PDT
B L T says:
Jethro Tull - "Thick as a Brick"
Eagles - "Desperado"
Willie Nelson - "Red Headed Stranger"

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:54:21 AM PDT
Randy says:

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:55:09 AM PDT
Randy says:
Tumbleweed Connection

Posted on May 15, 2012 5:57:46 AM PDT

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:06:24 AM PDT
Bernard J. says:
Arthur - The kinks

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:16:51 AM PDT
Snowblind says:
King Diamond - Abigail
Pink Floyd - Wish you Were Here

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:23:40 AM PDT
Snowblind says:
One more Blood Of The Black Owl - A Banishing Ritual

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:30:42 AM PDT
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Days of Future Passed - The Moody Blues

Posted on May 15, 2012 6:39:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 6:39:11 AM PDT
C. Harding says:
'Dark Side of the Moon' - Pink Floyd
'Operation: Mindcrime' - Queensryche
'My Arms Your Hearse' - Opeth

And this year, I've really been enjoying a couple hip hop concept albums.....

The Roots - 'Undun'
Plug 1 & Plug 2 - 'De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present... First Serve'

Posted on May 15, 2012 7:16:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 7:18:32 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory
Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage (though it's wildly uneven)
The Who - Sell Out

Posted on May 15, 2012 7:19:37 AM PDT
mac says:
The Point - Harry Nilsson
Tales of Topographic Oceans - Yes

Posted on May 15, 2012 7:37:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 7:38:21 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Quadrophenia--THE F'N OO'
Thick as a Brick--Tull
The Lamb--Genesis

These just so happen to be my 2nd 3rd and 4th favorite records all time...I dig concept records!

Animals--The Floyd
Passion Play--Tull
New York--Lou Reed
Streets of New York--Willie Nile
Cygnus X-1>Hemispheres---Rush (back to back songs from two different records)
and 2112 (side one)---while I'm at it...

Posted on May 15, 2012 7:37:20 AM PDT
lowriderman says:
The Kinks - Preservation Acts 1 and 2, Soap Opera
Electric Light Orchestra - El Dorado

Posted on May 15, 2012 9:00:18 AM PDT
Bubba Guitar says:
Yeah definitely Rush's "2112" side one.
Just about all of Pink Floyd's albums, including maybe my co-favorite, "The Final Cut", which I love though I know it's basically a Roger Waters solo album...
And throw a bone to Green Day for their 1 - 2 punch, American Idiot & 21st Century Breakdown.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:23:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 15, 2012 9:23:49 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
Bubba -- Don't forget Roger Waters' "Amused to Death"! Say what you want about his first two, but that one's a masterpiece on par with just about anything he did with Pink Floyd in my book. I know Roger feels the same way, considering Dark Side, The Wall and Amused as his trilogy of masterworks.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 9:42:53 AM PDT
J. Coco says:

What's your favorite record of all time?

Posted on May 15, 2012 10:11:25 AM PDT
D. Giordano says:
Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Posted on May 15, 2012 10:33:02 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Exile on Main a mile over #2 (Quad)

Posted on May 15, 2012 11:31:25 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
In no particular order;

"CQ"....the Outsiders (netherlands, not US)....Incredible it out.
"Smile"...Beach Boys, finally released last year.
"Pet Sounds"....arguable Beach Boys best.
"S.F. Sorrow is Born"....masterpiece by Britan's Pretty Things (this predated Tommy by several months as legend had it did influence Towsend)
"Sell Out" ....not quite completed as intended but the extended or deluxe versions give an indication of what might have happened if Townsed followed the "jingle" concept to completion....certainly one of the best lps of the 60s. Even in it's incomplete state is far more listenable than the bloated "Tommy".
Piper @ Gates of Dawn- Sid & the Floyd's 1st & perhaps most adventerous work.
Forever Changes- Love....this is the highwater mark for Lee & love...beautiful lp.
Village Green Preservation Society & Arthur- Kinks to late 60s master works bar none.
Sgt Pepper ....Beatles....but I think their best "concept" is the suite that closes Abbey Rd
The 2nd side of "Ogdens Nut Gone Flake" or the Happiness Stan Suite, by Small Faces
Shazam - Move....mostly brilliant
Odessy & Oracle ....I have yet to hear a better swan song by anyone.

I'm not really a big fan of "concept rock" but these are some to consider and are not boring

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 12:27:25 PM PDT
zlh67 says:
Well Viva, I've found at least one thing we disagree on: man, I just cannot get into Exile. Even the "hit" (Tumbling Dice) is easily one of my very least favorite Stones radio classics. Over that I'd take Some Girls, Tattoo You, Steel Wheels, Stripped and probably a few more too. I know that's a polarizing album for them though. The hardcare fans of the boozy, bluesy Stones dig that one and I do like that vibe from the Stones (as executed on "Sticky Fingers" though....), but Exile just never hit me. I do own it, so maybe it will one day....

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 1:53:47 PM PDT
J. Coco says:
Cool, thanks.
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