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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 6:24:21 AM PDT
Thanks Joffa: I didn't think anyone else would put "MUSIC FROM THE ELDER" . At least that makes 2 of us now...That was a great cd....Especially if you have the remastered version....The record company changed the song order on the original release because they wanted a heavy song to start the album, but the remastered version has the story in the original order as intended by KISS!!!!!!!!

Posted on May 16, 2012, 8:56:33 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
Re "Shazam" by the Move....I agree there is no "story" per say but the material appears to be sonically connected similar to the Byrds "Notorius" where the trax appear to fade into each other.....Shazam may not be a good example on my list but I could probobly have said the same about "pet sounds" too....there are connected "themes" vs an actual story line.....not really a concept fan.
Re "Pepper", as the Beatles tell it, that record was a very "loose" concept & only in the finishing stages did it come together that way. The decision to reprise the title prior to a "day in the life" links it together as a loose concept record by the fictitious band.
Its good, but not my favorite by any stretch.

Posted on May 16, 2012, 9:09:17 AM PDT
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Some albums have been labeled concept albums that really don't have a linking theme running through their veins.
The Kinks "Village Green Preservation Society" is said to be a concept album and Ray Davies has said he went for a certain sound on those songs and that's the only common marker found there. In our minds we can make a concept album happen only due to our feelings about the music we hear and the themes we invent as a part of that album.
Some records look and sound like the complete package.

Posted on May 16, 2012, 9:31:41 AM PDT
Mr. Jumps says:
Many of these selections posted as concept albums are a stretch.

Tales of topographic oceans: Can anyone really tell the fn concept here?
Same with zappas Joes' Garage.

Oddysey and Oracle: Great record, but the concept here is also very loose.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 12:19:05 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 12:20:58 PM PDT
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Eddie H. says:
Bernard.....The real deal....can't argue, Arthur it is!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 2:23:18 PM PDT
Zappa wrote introductory notes about Joe's Garage on the original vinyl releases about the premise behind it. Very broadly speaking it's about a young guy who forms a garage band that gets ripped off, loses his girlfriend to some roadies and after moping about for a while falls in with a racy crowd and ends up getting a dose from a girl called Lucille. He is then introduced to the Church of Appliantology where he experiments in kinky (but disease-free) sex with a robot which he destroys in the throes of passion by shorting out his master circuit and is thrown into special prison containing offenders from the music industry because he can't pay for the damage. In the meantime music becomes illegal thus providing the state with an excuse to enforce a Total Criminality policy which makes people equal in the eyes of the law as everyone is guilty. He eventually gets released into a dystopian world where he goes out of his mind dreaming up imaginary guitar solos but eventually falls into line and gets a mundane job on a muffin-icing conveyor line. The story ends in a sing-a-long by members of the cast which has no relevance to the plot whatsoever. The narrative throughout the whole story is provided by a contraption called The Central Scrutinizer who sleazily breathes his lines through a megaphone.

There - simples....

Seriously though, Joe's Garage is a great work and there is a serious message behind the satire and puerility.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 3:52:39 PM PDT
mac says:
Mr. Jumps - Good point about "Tales of Topographic Oceans". I'm thinking the concept was 4 sides - 4 pieces, but that's not much to go on. Maybe the concept was to have nice music to go with a nice album cover.

Posted on May 16, 2012, 4:04:58 PM PDT
naldo says:
SYLVAN-Posthumous Silence
MANNING-Margaret's Children
GLEN CAMPBELL-Ghost on the Canvas

Posted on May 16, 2012, 4:14:14 PM PDT
The Reverend says:
Berlin--Lou Reed's masterpiece of decadence and redemption.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 7:30:16 PM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Mr. Jumps,

As S.C. Harrison so comprehensively outlined, there is most definitely a plot and storyline to Zappa's "Joe's Garage", whereby the songs connect the thread of the tale, so I see it as absolutely being a concept album.

Zappa's "We're Only In It For The Money" is another work which I consider as fitting the criteria of this thread.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012, 8:51:37 PM PDT
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@mac: each one of the four pieces on "Tales From Topographic Oceans" was a lyrical interpretion of a footnote in "Autobiography Of A Yogi" which mentioned the Hindu Shastric scriptures. Each side tackles one of the scriptures: truth, knowledge, freedom and culture. So that's how they're all connected.

Posted on May 16, 2012, 8:56:18 PM PDT
Alice Cooper - School's Out.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 6:13:15 AM PDT
BigBadAzz says:
Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" and its recent sequel are also concept albums.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 6:34:52 AM PDT
FAS1 says:
Any discussion here about 'Concept' albums is incomplete without mentioning the inventor of the Concept album: Frank Sinatra. He recorded at least sixteen (16) Concept albums, starting with 1954's "Songs For Young Lovers." The definitive Sinatra Concept album, however, is his 1955 release, "In The Wee Small Hours." I urge all of you to listen to this masterpiece and then make your way through all of them, up to and including "Point Of No Return," released in 1962. Happy listening!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 6:54:42 AM PDT
C. Harding says:
Mr. Jumps says:
Many of these selections posted as concept albums are a stretch.

Tales of topographic oceans: Can anyone really tell the fn concept here?


From Wikipedia:
The album's concept, a two-disc, four-piece work of symphonic length and scope (based on the Shastric scriptures, as found in a footnote within Paramahansa Yogananda's book Autobiography of a Yogi), was their most ambitious to date. The four songs of the album symbolise (in track order) the concepts of Truth, Knowledge, Culture, and Freedom, the subjects of that section of text. According to drummer Bill Bruford in his autobiography (p. 72), former King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir introduced vocalist Jon Anderson to Paramahansa Yogananda's work during Bruford's wedding reception in March 1973.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 7:30:17 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Exile is sooooo great that if I was being drug behind a car with headphoes on...listening to it would make the experience a complete joy!

But soooooo many people can't remotely get into I understand your point of view...

Posted on May 17, 2012, 7:31:14 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Go to Hell is my favorite concept record by the Coop!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:25:34 AM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
Funny, because listening to Exile is LIKE being drug behind a car for me! ;-)

Kidding, of course. It's not that bad to me, or even "bad" at all, but of the Stones' "big 4" albums, I love, love, love Sticky Fingers and Let It Bleed. I like Beggar's Banquent PLENTY. Most of Exile just seems like generic and unremarkable Stones to me and gets me to feeling like it should really be the big *3* from the Stones, not 4.

It does seem like everyone either LOVES that album or just completely doesn't get it though. Not much in between....

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 8:47:05 AM PDT
To zlh67....Do you have the new deluxe edition of Exile with the entire extra disc of songs??? If not, you should try it out....The second disk compliments the first disc very well and i think the extra disk actually has the better songs on it...Just my opinion, but i thought i'd throw that in for good measure....Thanks for your time....

Posted on May 17, 2012, 8:55:54 AM PDT
Dugan Nash says:
Oddly enough, John, I do have the bonus disc... by accident: went to buy the new remastered "Exile" at Target and there it was for $9.99. The cardboard divider said "Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street". The COVER said... "Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street". I figured "$10 for a remastered 2-LP Stones classic plus unreleased bonus tracks; cool". When I looked at the track listing there were only 10 or so songs though (?). Not really being familiar with the album though, I figured maybe the actual songs from the original album weren't listed on the back and they were only listing the "bonus" tracks, so I bought it and took it home. Put it on my computer & ipod and that's when I saw that it was a "bonus only" disc and realized I didn't have the main album! Grrrrrr.... (I had no idea the bonus songs had been made available separately).

Luckily Target was cool and made an exception and granted me a refund and I bought the proper album in its place, but I still had the bonus tracks on my computer. An honest mistake by me really, but I figured since they were already there I'd check 'em out and if I like it, buy the disc again at some point. And yes, a few of the songs I like do come from that bonus disc, but even with the original double album and the bonus disc (basically, a triple album), I have a hard time coming up with more than 10 songs I like.

I just need a good knock on the head and to listen to it 100 more times. I'll "get it" at some point. Really, I will.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 9:29:09 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Funny but...I don't care for Exile's bonus tunes...the old record is too good and needs nothing else.
Some Girls on the other hand has an excellent bonus disc!

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 9:37:10 AM PDT
mac says:
Thank you Michael, I didn't know that! I love "Tales From Topographic Oceans" and I knew that there must have been a theme behind its creation.

Posted on May 17, 2012, 9:51:37 AM PDT
M. Norris says:
John Coltrane - "A Love Supreme"

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012, 10:18:05 AM PDT
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C. Harding says:
@M. Norris, thanks for making me feel stupid. ;-)

Good call. I can't believe I left 'A Love Supreme', one of my top 3 favorite jazz albums, off of my list. I should just delete my original post now. haha
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