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Favorite Concept Albums?:

Was surprised that I didn't find this thread already in existence. What do you think are the best concept albums? For me it would probably be Frank's Wild Years or Alice by Tom Waits, with The Wall by Pink Floyd and Quadrophenia by The Who as close runners up.
 
 2 0dd 1, Wed, 12th Sep '12 4:31:11 PM from Nowhere Land
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Well, if we're counting Rock Operas as Concept Albums, I'd have to put The Who's Tommy in there. Aside from that, though, the A side of Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends (about life, death, and aging) is a masterwork.

Also, *inb4 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band*

edited 12th Sep '12 4:31:37 PM by 0dd1

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 3 Meta Four, Wed, 12th Sep '12 6:24:17 PM from the house of bread and battle
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 4 Twentington, Wed, 12th Sep '12 9:20:30 PM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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Wow, I don't think concept albums even exist in Country Music...
Windmill, windmill for the land / Is everybody in?

 5 Meta Four, Wed, 12th Sep '12 9:41:57 PM from the house of bread and battle
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^Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West.

edited 12th Sep '12 9:48:08 PM by MetaFour

 6 JHM, Thu, 13th Sep '12 4:13:30 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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Michael Gira's more conceptual work tends to be pretty interesting: Soundtracks for the Blind and Body Lovers / Body Haters are entrancing and creepy, and How I Loved You, while weaker than the albums immediately preceding and following it, is a really exquisite set of songs.

More on point, though, are Sufjan Stevens' Michigan: The Great Lakes State and Come On, Feel The Illinoise! and The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, all of which are splendid.
 7 0dd 1, Thu, 13th Sep '12 6:03:06 AM from Nowhere Land
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[up][up] Then there's also his American Recordings albums.
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 8 Twentington, Thu, 13th Sep '12 11:20:55 AM from Somewhere Relationship Status: Desperate
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[up]I never really thought of the American Recordings albums as concept albums. They are awesome, though.

It's funny. Literally everyone I know likes Johnny Cash, even those who profess to hate country music.
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 9 0dd 1, Thu, 13th Sep '12 11:58:31 AM from Nowhere Land
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He's just the kind of guy where he gives off the impression of both being a friend to all and "f*** you all!" That kind of personality is so rare in music.
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@JHM: What's the concept of Soundtracks for the Blind?

And Quadrophenia is my favourite album in general, so this was an easy choice.
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 11 Meta Four, Thu, 13th Sep '12 7:35:21 PM from the house of bread and battle
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Speaking of Sufjan Stevens, the more I listen to The Age of Adz the more I'm convinced it's the soundtrack of a nervous breakdown and subsequent recovery. Even though his record label was pretty insistent that Adz doesn't have any overarching concept.
 12 Bur, Thu, 13th Sep '12 8:51:40 PM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
I'm deeply in love with Radical Face's "The Family Tree: The Roots" and have high hopes that The Branches and The Leaves will also worm their way into my heart. I'm hoping there aren't any big gaps in the timeline just because The Roots seems to take place pre-Civil War and I'd love to see a concept album center around a family during the Civil War.

edited 13th Sep '12 8:52:06 PM by Bur

 13 0dd 1, Fri, 14th Sep '12 6:54:15 PM from Nowhere Land
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I really need to get around to listening to Quadrophenia in full one of these days. I need some time where I know I can invest myself in it no matter what.

Like, I have it and have listened to "5:15" a lot (they play it a lot at the Stone Pony, which is how I first heard it actually) and have read a bit about the plot, but I haven't actually sat down and listened to it yet.

edited 14th Sep '12 6:56:09 PM by 0dd1

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[up]I'd highly recommend it, especially on a rainy day.
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 15 0dd 1, Sat, 15th Sep '12 3:34:01 PM from Nowhere Land
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Considering how many people on here like it even more than Tommy (one of my favorite albums period), I'm gonna have to, definitely.

edited 15th Sep '12 3:35:08 PM by 0dd1

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 16 NEO, Sat, 15th Sep '12 7:20:11 PM from Dark matter dimensions Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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 17 Mike K, Sun, 16th Sep '12 10:46:52 AM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
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Wow, I don't think concept albums even exist in Country Music...

I don't particularly know much about Willie Nelson, but I did read somewhere that one of his most famous albums was a concept album - albeit one where he took a bunch of unrelated songs written by other people and tied them into the storyline.

edited 16th Sep '12 12:40:59 PM by MikeK

 18 JHM, Mon, 17th Sep '12 2:22:53 AM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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@Erock: The concept is in the title. It's a soundtrack to a film that doesn't exist. The Body Lovers operated on the same principle, albeit with fewer actual songs.

@Meta Four: I feel the same way about The Age Of Adz, especially if you consider it as part of a narrative with All Delighted People. Even when Sufjan tries to make a non-concept album, it comes out with an overarching theme (A Sun Came! possibly excepted, although even that has recurring themes).

edited 17th Sep '12 2:23:33 AM by JHM

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Parliament - Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome

XTC - Skylarking

The Kinks - Village Green Preservation Society

edited 19th Sep '12 2:05:19 PM by Cthulboohoo

 
 20 JHM, Wed, 19th Sep '12 4:38:13 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
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A Love Supreme is an immaculate conceptual piece, and just really gorgeous to whit. Really, the speech rhythms in "Psalm" are just masterful.

edited 19th Sep '12 4:39:06 PM by JHM

 21 drunkscriblerian, Wed, 19th Sep '12 11:27:41 PM from Castle Geekhaven Relationship Status: In season
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Queensr˙che, Operation: Mindcrime. It is the album that launched a thousand stories.

edited 19th Sep '12 11:28:04 PM by drunkscriblerian

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 22 Lemurian, Thu, 20th Sep '12 2:16:15 AM from Touhou fanboy attic Relationship Status: Only knew I loved her when I let her go
Lady of the Border
IOSYS's Bubbling Underground is my favourite. It's like a radio-only musical with awesome music and very well-done voice acting.
 23 Rosvo 1, Mon, 15th Oct '12 8:36:07 AM from Hong Kong Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
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Blind Guardian's Nightfall in Middle-Earth. It's a Power Metal concept album based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
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 24 Pipping Fool, Mon, 15th Oct '12 4:32:25 PM from Sydney, The Vivid City Relationship Status: Getting away with murder
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 25 Meta Four, Mon, 15th Oct '12 5:08:03 PM from the house of bread and battle
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Since my last post, I've acquired Queen of the Wave by Pepe Deluxe, and it definitely belongs on my list of favorite concept albums. Perhaps even at the very top.
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