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broncosteven
04-26-2010, 12:36 PM
What are your Favorite Concept Albums other than Pink Floyd, Rush, or Eagles.

I dug Mastadon Crack the Skye.

I am looking for an album to put on and listen from end to end to.

LordHelmchen
04-26-2010, 12:44 PM
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime

Glorious stuff, magic!

It took about 5 runs till I was hooked, some 20 years ago. Still one of my favs of all time, regularly listening to it as well, at least once per month.
Check out the DVD Operation Livecrime too.

FADERPROOF
04-26-2010, 12:45 PM
Any Tool CD and NIN downward spiral

SonOfLe-loLang
04-26-2010, 12:47 PM
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations by Eels. Very good and haunting.

Ironlung
04-26-2010, 01:11 PM
Mastodon-Leviathan

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 01:19 PM
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime

Glorious stuff, magic!

It took about 5 runs till I was hooked, some 20 years ago. Still one of my favs of all time, regularly listening to it as well, at least once per month.
Check out the DVD Operation Livecrime too.

I got it when it came out.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 01:20 PM
Any Tool CD and NIN downward spiral

I never could get into Tool, I have NIN but like their 1st album better.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 01:23 PM
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations by Eels. Very good and haunting.

I will check this out.

I think the lead singer's dad was a physist who worked on some string theory and alternate universe theories.

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 01:27 PM
Every Pixies album, especially Doolittle...which was influenced by surrealist art.

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway

Radiohead - Kid A
Radiohead - Amnesiac

Yes - Fragile
Yes - Close to the Edge

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

SonOfLe-loLang
04-26-2010, 01:28 PM
I will check this out.

I think the lead singer's dad was a physist who worked on some string theory and alternate universe theories.

Sounds about right. Eels is very honest and haunting. Great album.

Popps
04-26-2010, 01:29 PM
Spinal Tap - Jazz Odyssee.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 01:30 PM
Every Pixies album, especially Doolittle...which was influenced by surrealist art. Will check for at Library

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway - Will check for at Library

Radiohead - Kid A Have this
Radiohead - Amnesiac Have this

Yes - Fragile Have this good stuff
Yes - Close to the Edge HAVE, GREAT ALBUM maybe I will pop this on

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Will check for at library



Thanks!

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 01:32 PM
Spinal Tap - Jazz Odyssee.

I have the original Spinal tap album on record.

"Sex farm woman" is a big influence for DEATHSicles "DEATHSicle Woman"

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 01:45 PM
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Quite possibly the greatest convergence of sports and music ever conceived.

bombay
04-26-2010, 01:49 PM
http://blossomhead.com/wp-content/uploads/ogdens..-360x375-custom.gif

FADERPROOF
04-26-2010, 01:53 PM
I never could get into Tool, I have NIN but like their 1st album better.

Pretty Hate Machine is their best CD(the CD you are referring to), but not a concept album.

Downward Spiral is not as a good as PHM but as far as a concept goes, is a great listen.

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 01:57 PM
Pretty Hate Machine is their best CD(the CD you are referring to), but not a concept album.

Downward Spiral is not as a good as PHM but as far as a concept goes, is a great listen.

That's the creepiest album I have ever listented to.

There are a few brilliant moments on that album (Reptile, Hurt, A Warm Place) and it is pretty good throughout.

Reznor uses an array of creepy, dark samples and instruments that tie the album together under a uniform production that feels like layers of horror movies piled up on top of one another.

FADERPROOF
04-26-2010, 02:02 PM
That's the creepiest album I have ever listented to.

There are a few brilliant moments on that album (Reptile, Hurt, A Warm Place) and it is pretty good throughout.

Reznor uses an array of creepy, dark samples and instruments that tie the album together under a uniform production that feels like layers of horror movies piled up on top of one another.

Yeah it is dark as can be, a concept of someone losing all faith in humanity that ultimately ends in suicide, Reznor pulled it off not only with the lyrics but the score as well because it gives me chills listening to it. it gave me a real feeling for this person, like it was happening right in front of my eyes, and the last song on the cd "Hurt" just put an exclamation point on the whole CD, the most important song on the CD.

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 02:06 PM
Yeah it is dark as can be, a concept of someone losing all faith in humanity that ultimately ends in suicide, Reznor pulled it off not only with the lyrics but the score as well because it gives me chills listening to it. it gave me a real feeling for this person, like it was happening right in front of my eyes, and the last song on the cd "Hurt" just put an exclamation point on the whole CD, the most important song on the CD.

Its very sad.

GoBroncos84
04-26-2010, 02:17 PM
Any Tool CD and NIN downward spiral

This. Tool is the greatest band of all time. Downward spiral is classic. I would add system of a downs hypnotize / mesmerize double album.

LordHelmchen
04-26-2010, 02:42 PM
I really appreciate Tool (though not love them), but I do not see how you could consider any of their albums as concept ?

skunk
04-26-2010, 02:46 PM
I really appreciate Tool (though not love them), but I do not see how you could consider any of their albums as concept ?

the concept is that they are all a white trash journey into satanism and homosexuality and math

Taco John
04-26-2010, 02:48 PM
I never could get into Tool...

You're missing out...

Taco John
04-26-2010, 02:51 PM
I know you said other than Pink Floyd, but I think The Final Cut is one of the most underrated concept albums ever.

loborugger
04-26-2010, 02:56 PM
I am gonna guess you already have it but Boston's Third Stage had a few good tunes on it.

Bronco Yoda
04-26-2010, 02:59 PM
Andy Stitzer
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w85/DinnyPrego/The40-YearOldVirgin.jpg

says this...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1431421138012&id=108e0aec0f83734f60e96cf5572518a3

Taco John
04-26-2010, 02:59 PM
I liked Feel Good Inc by the Gorillaz

Kid A
04-26-2010, 03:03 PM
I liked Feel Good Inc by the Gorillaz

New Plastic Beach album is pretty solid, IMO, and definitely fits the concept album bill.

loborugger
04-26-2010, 03:03 PM
Was Physical Graffiti a concept album? After all these years, I like better than any other Zep stuff.

Killericon
04-26-2010, 03:05 PM
The Rescue by Explosions in the Sky.

And, of course...

http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/tubularbells.jpg

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 03:06 PM
the concept is that they are all a white trash journey into satanism and homosexuality and math

:rofl:

Okay. That's the funniest description of Tool that I have ever heard.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 03:07 PM
You're missing out...

I ran out and bought their 1st album based on all the hype at the time and it did nothing for me.

Maybe I will check out some more of their other stuff and relisten.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 03:08 PM
The Rescue by Explosions in the Sky.

And, of course...

http://loyalkng.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/tubularbells.jpg

Another album I was very disappointed in but liked the idea.

Will check out The rescue.

epicSocialism4tw
04-26-2010, 03:11 PM
I ran out and bought their 1st album based on all the hype at the time and it did nothing for me.

Maybe I will check out some more of their other stuff and relisten.

Aenima is their best record.

Killericon
04-26-2010, 03:13 PM
Another album I was very disappointed in but liked the idea.

Will check out The rescue.

The band was on tour when their van broke down, and they went flat broke paying off the new transmission, and they had to wait 8 days for them to install it, so they wrote a song every day. It's actually not bad(not their best stuff, but it's rather enjoyable, if you like post-rock. Days 4 and 5 are the best, IMO).

They did the soundtrack(perfectly, IMO), for Friday Night Lights(the movie), so if you liked that, it's more of the same.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 03:15 PM
Andy Stitzer
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w85/DinnyPrego/The40-YearOldVirgin.jpg

says this...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1431421138012&id=108e0aec0f83734f60e96cf5572518a3

BTW I love Asia

But I took my toys out of their packages.

Kid A
04-26-2010, 03:26 PM
The Rescue by Explosions in the Sky.



Ah yeah. Good call. I suppose, though, a lot of post-rock borders on concept albums. But that one was more clearly defined.

Dr. Broncenstein
04-26-2010, 03:33 PM
http://cirrostratusblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/yankeehotelfoxtrot.jpg

Cool Breeze
04-26-2010, 03:40 PM
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime

Glorious stuff, magic!

It took about 5 runs till I was hooked, some 20 years ago. Still one of my favs of all time, regularly listening to it as well, at least once per month.
Check out the DVD Operation Livecrime too.

Operation Mindcrime stands head and shoulders above the rest!
Great Stuff!

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 03:48 PM
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory.

Of course, you have to be into the whole virtuoso thing because this is probably their most complex album, and even though I didn't like the story too much it is still entertaining and musically terrific. Again, you have to like what Dream Theater is about to really enjoy it, but it is awesome, awesome playing and writing by these guys.
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/378/cover_3756161122008.jpg

PAIN OF SALVATION - BE. When I first heard this album I was blown away. It is extremely ambitious but remarkably well done. One of the best songs I've heard in "Iter Impius" with just amazing vocal work. The album talks about life and God and human kind in a deep, thoughtful way. A true piece of art.
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/284/cover_186212582004.jpg

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 03:50 PM
I loved Operation Mindcrime too even though it was a bit "simple" for my taste. Very fun to listen to!

80smith
04-26-2010, 04:04 PM
Smashing pumpkins Machina/The Machines of God Was good...

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 04:22 PM
DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory.

Of course, you have to be into the whole virtuoso thing because this is probably their most complex album, and even though I didn't like the story too much it is still entertaining and musically terrific. Again, you have to like what Dream Theater is about to really enjoy it, but it is awesome, awesome playing and writing by these guys.


PAIN OF SALVATION - BE. When I first heard this album I was blown away. It is extremely ambitious but remarkably well done. One of the best songs I've heard in "Iter Impius" with just amazing vocal work. The album talks about life and God and human kind in a deep, thoughtful way. A true piece of art.
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DEATHSicle is really into Dream Theater soloing...and Jazz Flute solos.

I am adding this on my list.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 04:24 PM
Smashing pumpkins Machina/The Machines of God Was good...

Didn't like it, I think I borrowed yours, I never got into SP.

And Doc, I gave away my copy of Wilco, they would make a great greatest hits or live band but their writing is uneven.

Wilco was just on Austin City Limits I haven't watched the whole show yet.

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 04:37 PM
DEATHSicle is really into Dream Theater soloing...and Jazz Flute solos.

I am adding this on my list.

Never heard of them but I'll check them out.

Here's the instrumental break from one the songs on that album. Really cool stuff going on.

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Boobs McGee
04-26-2010, 04:41 PM
[QUOTE=BlaK-Argentina;2825251]DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory.

Of course, you have to be into the whole virtuoso thing because this is probably their most complex album, and even though I didn't like the story too much it is still entertaining and musically terrific. Again, you have to like what Dream Theater is about to really enjoy it, but it is awesome, awesome playing and writing by these guys.
QUOTE]


LOVE IT. Mike portnoy and John Petrucci are two of my favorite musicians.

Question, was Change of Seasons considered a concept album? If not, still think you should give it a listen broncosteven


EDIT: and WOW that instrumental is fuggin rediculous. The part with the synth/guitar duo towards the end just rips. good find!!

Baba Booey
04-26-2010, 04:42 PM
Mastodon-Leviathan

http://www.cadred.org/Images/Gallery/Originals/2077_amazinghn2.png

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 04:44 PM
[QUOTE=BlaK-Argentina;2825251]DREAM THEATER - Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory.

Of course, you have to be into the whole virtuoso thing because this is probably their most complex album, and even though I didn't like the story too much it is still entertaining and musically terrific. Again, you have to like what Dream Theater is about to really enjoy it, but it is awesome, awesome playing and writing by these guys.
QUOTE]


LOVE IT. Mike portnoy and John Petrucci are two of my favorite musicians.

Question, was Change of Seasons considered a concept album? If not, still think you should give it a listen broncosteven

Mine too, I love them and Petrucci is the sole reason (edit: should've said main reason) I play guitar.

A Change of Seasons is just one song, 24 mins long and it kicks ass like few others. The other songs on that album are covers from a live gig they did some time ago. All great BTW.

TDmvp
04-26-2010, 04:49 PM
The Wall is the greatest album I have ever heard ... Period ...

If I can't that then Queensryche Mindcrime it is ...

And Don't even ask me if I heard Mindcrime part 2 ... Because I wont ...
Way to pi$$ on a great album to try to cash in 20 years later by making a part 2.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 04:51 PM
The Wall is the greatest album I have ever heard ... Period ...

If I can't that then Queensryche Mindcrime it is ...

I will Neg Rep anyone else that mentions Floyd.

I love PF and have all the Albums but am looking for other concept albums.

Actually one of my top 5 concept albums ever is Desperado by the Eagles. But please don't mention Eagles or PF!

Thanks,

Boobs McGee
04-26-2010, 04:52 PM
Right right, my mistake! Sadly, after delving into THAT album (the big medley is soooo kick ass) and Falling into infiinity, I got into my music tour of the world phase and they kind of fell off my radar. Only have four of their albums, but after your clip I'll be going back for more.

Victor
04-26-2010, 04:53 PM
Lord, I must be getting old. All I've got is:

http://www.thegenrefiles.com/images/sergeant_peppers_lonely_hearts_club_band.jpg

...or even:

http://onealbumaday.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/beach-boys-pet_sounds.jpg

or possibly:

http://www.paulingles.com/AbbeyRoad2.jpg

Boobs McGee
04-26-2010, 04:54 PM
I will Neg Rep anyone else that mentions Floyd.

I love PF and have all the Albums but am looking for other concept albums.

Actually one of my top 5 concept albums ever is Desperado by the Eagles. But please don't mention Eagles or PF!

Thanks,

So, would the moody blues days of future passed
be considered a concept album? I'm kinda confused on what the guidelines are...basically, an album that tells a story with all of the songs, correct? with an uninterrupted flow throughout?

RETARD EDIT: Ya...so after all my years listening to music, one would THINK that I would know the term. I always just classified those kind of albums as "story" records. Basically, I'm going to stop now before I make myself look like an even bigger idiot.

TDmvp
04-26-2010, 04:59 PM
I will Neg Rep anyone else that mentions Floyd.



So that mean I can mention them one more time right ??? you said if ANYONE ELSE mentions them heheh...

Pink Floyd ...


:poke::poke::poke:

Victor
04-26-2010, 04:59 PM
So, would the moody blues days of future passed
be considered a concept album? I'm kinda confused on what the guidelines are...basically, an album that tells a story with all of the songs, correct? with an uninterrupted flow throughout?

I would argue that it can be different than a congruent story. It can be a conscious departure from the norm, or a collection of similarly sonic (if you will) songs (ala Kid A), or even something inspired by something else. A concept can be musical, or lyrical, or narrative.

For instance, the story is that Pet Sounds was inspired directly by Sgt. Peppers, though there isn't a story that weaves through the album.

One man's take.

Taco John
04-26-2010, 05:13 PM
I ran out and bought their 1st album based on all the hype at the time and it did nothing for me.

Maybe I will check out some more of their other stuff and relisten.


Aenima is a better place to start. Lateralus, to me, is one of the best albums ever. Though admittedly, I didn't get it at first.

10,000 Days is very good as well. It's pretty good on it's own, but it's an even more remarkable album if you had been following the Tool progression and are already familiar with their work.

Lateralus is awesome though. It took me 5 good listens to finally click with it. But it's been one of my favorite albums for years ever since.

FADERPROOF
04-26-2010, 05:22 PM
Aenima is a better place to start. Lateralus, to me, is one of the best albums ever. Though admittedly, I didn't get it at first.

10,000 Days is very good as well. It's pretty good on it's own, but it's an even more remarkable album if you had been following the Tool progression and are already familiar with their work.

Lateralus is awesome though. It took me 5 good listens to finally click with it. But it's been one of my favorite albums for years ever since.

Im partial to aenima, but Lateralus is unbelievable as well and 10000 days took some time to grow on me but its right up there.

The song 10000 days in itself made me tear up a bit, if anyone followed tool and know what Maynard has gone through with his mom and the songs that had such bitterness towards her condition(Judith and Passive by a perfect circle are both centered around it), for him to write such a beautiful song about his mother finally passing was just awesome to hear. Really was a touching song and my favorite on that CD because of the whole story behind it.

chawknz
04-26-2010, 05:30 PM
Operation Mindcrime is my favorite as well. I was lucky enough to see the Operation Livecrime tour in Hershey PA. Was most excellent.

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 05:32 PM
Right right, my mistake! Sadly, after delving into THAT album (the big medley is soooo kick ass) and Falling into infiinity, I got into my music tour of the world phase and they kind of fell off my radar. Only have four of their albums, but after your clip I'll be going back for more.

Which albums do you have? Images and Words and Awake are still their best IMO but all of them are good.

broncosteven
04-26-2010, 05:56 PM
So, would the moody blues days of future passed
be considered a concept album? I'm kinda confused on what the guidelines are...basically, an album that tells a story with all of the songs, correct? with an uninterrupted flow throughout?

RETARD EDIT: Ya...so after all my years listening to music, one would THINK that I would know the term. I always just classified those kind of albums as "story" records. Basically, I'm going to stop now before I make myself look like an even bigger idiot.

I have 3 of their 1st 7 on request on my Library account. MB's are kinda what inspired this thread because I wanted some newer concept albums to compare to the older stuff.

I was also digging out my Rick Wakeman Journey to the Center of the Earth CD...

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 06:06 PM
I have 3 of their 1st 7 on request on my Library account. MB's are kinda what inspired this thread because I wanted some newer concept albums to compare to the older stuff.

I was also digging out my Rick Wakeman Journey to the Center of the Earth CD...

Listen to this song and then get the CD! http://goear.com/listen/3861bfd/iter-impius-pain-of-salvation (a bit of a spoiler but whatever haha)

DenverBrit
04-26-2010, 06:38 PM
No love for one of the best and earliest?

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Ironlung
04-26-2010, 06:52 PM
http://www.cadred.org/Images/Gallery/Originals/2077_amazinghn2.png

lol. that was awesomely br00tL!

Arkie
04-26-2010, 07:22 PM
Muse's Resistance

bombay
04-26-2010, 07:26 PM
No love for one of the best and earliest?

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Nice.

BroncoBuff
04-26-2010, 07:28 PM
Lord, I must be getting old. All I've got is:

http://www.thegenrefiles.com/images/sergeant_peppers_lonely_hearts_club_band.jpg

...or even:

http://onealbumaday.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/beach-boys-pet_sounds.jpg

or possibly:

http://www.paulingles.com/AbbeyRoad2.jpg

Beat me to 'em.

Pet Sounds especially.

bombay
04-26-2010, 07:33 PM
http://intothemusic.ca/images/sized/images/covers/Rolling_Stones_-_Their_Satanic_Majesties_Request-500x500.jpg


The Stones feeble response to Sergeant Pepper. The original 3D album cover was awesome, though.

azbroncfan
04-26-2010, 09:58 PM
Sgt Peppersit is still widely acknowledged as one the first and most ground-breaking examples of the concept album and The White Album is a good one too. Beatles

The mother of all mother Concept Albums is "Thick as a brick" "Aqualung" is another good one. Jethro Tull

The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway-Genesis

Vitalogy Pearl Jam Supposed to have to do with Cobain's death.

Quadrophenia and Tommy The Who

Are the village green perservation society- Kinks

There are some off the top of my head.

Los Broncos
04-26-2010, 10:09 PM
Death - Symbolic

John Mayall - The turning point

GoBroncos84
04-26-2010, 10:22 PM
Aenima is a better place to start. Lateralus, to me, is one of the best albums ever. Though admittedly, I didn't get it at first.

10,000 Days is very good as well. It's pretty good on it's own, but it's an even more remarkable album if you had been following the Tool progression and are already familiar with their work.

Lateralus is awesome though. It took me 5 good listens to finally click with it. But it's been one of my favorite albums for years ever since.

I love them all, but Lateralus is my all time favorite album. I'm diehard, I could go on all day talking TOOL with you guys.


As for an earlier post asking how TOOL makes "concept albums", here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY


I think most artsy, prog rock could in some way be categorized as a concept album. They stretch the boundaries and defy convention using unique and innovative methods. TOOL has completely unique time signatures in their music

BlaK-Argentina
04-26-2010, 10:30 PM
I love them all, but Lateralus is my all time favorite album. I'm diehard, I could go on all day talking TOOL with you guys.


As for an earlier post asking how TOOL makes "concept albums", here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY


I think most artsy, prog rock could in some way be categorized as a concept album. They stretch the boundaries and defy convention using unique and innovative methods. TOOL has completely unique time signatures in their music

Odd time signatures are a standard in most progressive bands. You should check out Planet X for some really weird and cool time signatures.

Mr Chatterboodamn
04-26-2010, 10:32 PM
Psychoanalysis, Prince Paul
Tommy, The Who
The Mollusk, Ween
Dr. Octagon, Kool Keith
Racially Yours, The Frogs
Six Feet Deep, Gravediggaz

there are so many good ones, I'm probably forgetting something big.

R8R H8R
04-26-2010, 11:06 PM
Here are my three favorites:

Quadrophenia - The Who

Welcome to My Nightmare - Alice Cooper

Joe's Garage - Frank Zappa

Hogan11
04-27-2010, 12:17 AM
A concept album is just that...a concept thru and album.

Some of this stuff listed as a concept albums left me laughing really...the Pixies never made a concept album....there was never one sole concept running thru any of the albums they ever made, so they are disqualified no matter what the influence or art they may have derived their inspiration from. Listing one of their albums as a concept album is like me listing Love's Forever Changes as a concept album. Meaning that the album in question, while indisputably great, has no single concept running through it's length no matter how great the album may be. Therefore, it's not truly a concept album.

Concept albums are almost totally flawed..meaning no concept album I ever heard from The Who's The Who Sell Out to Pink Floyd's The Wall are complete and total masterpieces...each and almost every concept album breaks down somewhere along the line in telling the overall story that's the sole reason for it's existance. It's just too much of an undertaking for any band or songwriter and none of them have been totally successful IMHO in pulling it off.

SonOfLe-loLang
04-27-2010, 01:06 AM
Psychoanalysis, Prince Paul
Tommy, The Who
The Mollusk, Ween
Dr. Octagon, Kool Keith
Racially Yours, The Frogs
Six Feet Deep, Gravediggaz

there are so many good ones, I'm probably forgetting something big.

The Frogs album Its Always Right and Natural is still one of my all time favs.

epicSocialism4tw
04-27-2010, 08:58 AM
A concept album is just that...a concept thru and album.

Some of this stuff listed as a concept albums left me laughing really...the Pixies never made a concept album....there was never one sole concept running thru any of the albums they ever made, so they are disqualified no matter what the influence or art they may have derived their inspiration from. Listing one of their albums as a concept album is like me listing Love's Forever Changes as a concept album. Meaning that the album in question, while indisputably great, has no single concept running through it's length no matter how great the album may be. Therefore, it's not truly a concept album.

I disagree 100%.

I think that you are confusing "concept album" with "rock musical". A concept album can also include production and songwriting themes, which characterized every Pixies album as unique. The last two Pixies albums were even more evident in this trait, and the stylistic/thematic/production shifts that characterized those albums were largely lost on Pixies fans who just wanted another Surfer Rosa, but instead got some brilliant rock albums that went over their heads.

epicSocialism4tw
04-27-2010, 09:00 AM
Concept albums are almost totally flawed..meaning no concept album I ever heard from The Who's The Who Sell Out to Pink Floyd's The Wall are complete and total masterpieces...each and almost every concept album breaks down somewhere along the line in telling the overall story that's the sole reason for it's existance. It's just too much of an undertaking for any band or songwriter and none of them have been totally successful IMHO in pulling it off.

Have you heard Mike Watt's Contemplating the Engine Room?

That's one that I forgot to list. Wonderful stuff.

Rohirrim
04-27-2010, 09:08 AM
http://www.robbierocks.ch/LP%20Cov%20SM/1968/03.ogdens%20nut%20gone%20flake.gif

http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/623.jpg

Slightly Soiled
04-27-2010, 11:41 AM
How about all the albums from Coheed & Cambria. They are all concept albums on their own plus they all tell a larger story if you put them all together. Also who could forget Judas Priests "Nostradamas"

Taco John
04-27-2010, 12:26 PM
I love them all, but Lateralus is my all time favorite album. I'm diehard, I could go on all day talking TOOL with you guys.


As for an earlier post asking how TOOL makes "concept albums", here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS7CZIJVxFY


I think most artsy, prog rock could in some way be categorized as a concept album. They stretch the boundaries and defy convention using unique and innovative methods. TOOL has completely unique time signatures in their music


I love that song. I don't know how anybody could listen to the lyrics of Lateralus and say that Tool is satanic. Not that they haven't had some songs that didn't leave this impression. But Lateralus contains some very spiritual stuff in it, not to mention 10,000 days.

broncosteven
04-27-2010, 12:34 PM
http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/623.jpg

I relistend to Ziggy 2 weeks ago.

broncosteven
04-27-2010, 12:37 PM
Odd time signatures are a standard in most progressive bands. You should check out Planet X for some really weird and cool time signatures.

Do you mean Kings X? Never heard of Planet X. I have King's X from way back.

Hogan11
04-27-2010, 01:16 PM
I disagree 100%.

I think that you are confusing "concept album" with "rock musical". A concept album can also include production and songwriting themes, which characterized every Pixies album as unique. The last two Pixies albums were even more evident in this trait, and the stylistic/thematic/production shifts that characterized those albums were largely lost on Pixies fans who just wanted another Surfer Rosa, but instead got some brilliant rock albums that went over their heads.

I think it's a bit of a stretch to include production and stylistic approach as defining a concept album. By that measure, almost everything applies as one.

Have you heard Mike Watt's Contemplating the Engine Room?

That's one that I forgot to list. Wonderful stuff.

I haven't as I haven't kept up with Watt virtually at all.

As for what I'd guess I'd call my fave concept album, I'll go with The Who Sell Out. It's no "rock musical" but a bunch of songs with fake radio commercials in between the tracks to give the listener the experience of listening to UK pirate radio in the 60's. Again, the concept breaks down towards the end and the only hit on it is "I Can See For Miles" but that actually ends up being a plus because these songs aren't pounded into the ground and memory by classic rock radio stations, keeping things about as fresh as an album from the 60's can be at this point.

bombay
04-27-2010, 02:06 PM
http://www.robbierocks.ch/LP%20Cov%20SM/1968/03.ogdens%20nut%20gone%20flake.gif

http://dkpresents.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/623.jpg



That looks quite familiar. Just like post #15 in fact.

BlaK-Argentina
04-27-2010, 03:34 PM
Do you mean Kings X? Never heard of Planet X. I have King's X from way back.

Nope, Planet X is an instrumental band that features Derek Sherinian (ex Dream Theater) on keyboards, Virgil Donati on drums (AWESOME drummer) Tony MacAlpine on guitars, and... argh the name of the bassist escapes me. Highly recommended if you're into progressive and instrumental music. Quantum is my favorite album by them.

Check this out!

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epicSocialism4tw
04-27-2010, 03:52 PM
I think it's a bit of a stretch to include production and stylistic approach as defining a concept album. By that measure, almost everything applies as one.

The Pixies' four major albums are all distinctly different thematically. While some might attribute this to the growth of the band, they have mentioned several times in interviews that they made conscious decisions to make albums that differed. What resulted was a set of four discreet albums that represent an evolution of thematic elements.

Trompe Le Monde was intended to be a heavier rock album and addresses more academic themes including architecture, native american mythology, and natural wonders and sci-fi noodling among other things. Bossanova was intended to be a surf album of sorts and addresses religious and romantic themes as well as the beginning of Charles Thompson's UFO muses. Doolittle is a violent, creepy, frustrated album that his heavily influenced by Salvador Dali. Surfer Rosa is heavily influenced by Thompson's time in Puerto Rico and is a sexually agitated and uncomfortable album with family, and romantic themes.

They are four distinct entities. It may not be the classic concept album (which is loosely defined anyway), but they are certainly individually packaged.


I haven't as I haven't kept up with Watt virtually at all.

Watt still puts on an amazing live show.

He issued two solid albums: Ball Hog or Tug Boat?, and Contemplating the Engine Room...the latter of which I think is one of the most unheralded albums of its era.

bombay
04-27-2010, 03:53 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__Qk3cc08-GA/SKevsu0qE0I/AAAAAAAAANo/b2NO3GUuFx4/s400/King_Crimson_-_In_The_Court_Of_The_Crimson_King_-_Front.jpg


In The Court Of The Crimson King

GoBroncos84
04-27-2010, 04:03 PM
I love that song. I don't know how anybody could listen to the lyrics of Lateralus and say that Tool is satanic. Not that they haven't had some songs that didn't leave this impression. But Lateralus contains some very spiritual stuff in it, not to mention 10,000 days.

To say they are satanic is a major misinterpretation of their work, I agree. They are a very spiritual band, but they vehemently oppose religion on all sides. I have loved to follow the evolution of the band. They started out very internal in terms of content (anger, inner turmoil, working through personal issues), and with each album they have expanded their scope outward and focus more and more on the bigger picture. It's beautiful. I still love the early stuff just as much, but I have a better appreciation for the growth that has occurred from then to now. Very excited to see where they go next


PS- In the studio working on their fifth album, sans Maynard.
http://www.twentyfourbit.com/post/524892041/tool-begin-work-on-fifth-album

FADERPROOF
04-27-2010, 06:16 PM
I love that song. I don't know how anybody could listen to the lyrics of Lateralus and say that Tool is satanic. Not that they haven't had some songs that didn't leave this impression. But Lateralus contains some very spiritual stuff in it, not to mention 10,000 days.

As I mentioned before, 10000 days(the song) is a unbelievable tribute to his mother, and again for those who have followed tool throughout the years along with maynards side project, a perfect circle, then you should feel truly touched with emotion during that song.

The song Lateralus is one of their top 3 songs ever, how they put that song together still blows my mind along with Maynard singing it in odd number syllables just adds to the complexion of the song.

BlaK-Argentina
04-27-2010, 06:32 PM
Well, after reading you guys talking about Tool I gave them a listen again even though I didn't initially like them and... I still don't. I really don't see anything attractive about the music they make. That song Lateralus sounds just like Porcupine Tree, it tries to be progressive but it's always the same thing, absolutely underwhelming vocally IMO and not much to keep it interesting. Just my opinion though but I never understood why they are so hyped.

Arkie
04-27-2010, 06:45 PM
I relistend to Ziggy 2 weeks ago.

Bowie on Ziggy,
Ziggy, particularly, was created out of a certain arrogance. But, remember, at that time I was young and I was full of life, and that seemed like a very positive artistic statement. I thought that was a beautiful piece of art, I really did. I thought that was a grand kitsch painting. The whole guy. Then that f***er would not leave me alone for years. That was when it all started to sour. And it soured so quickly you wouldn't believe it. And it took me an awful time to level out. My whole personality was affected. Again I brought that upon myself. I can't say I'm sorry when I look back, because it provoked such an extraordinary set of circumstances in my life. I thought I might as well take Ziggy to interviews as well. Why leave him on stage? Looking back it was completely absurd. It became very dangerous. I really did have doubts about my sanity. I can't deny that the experience affected me in a very exaggerated and marked manner. I think I put myself very dangerously near the line. Not in physical sense but definitively in mental sense. I played mental games with myself to such an extend that I'm very relieved and happy to be back in Europe and feeling very well. But, then, you see I was always the lucky one.

Jesterhole
04-27-2010, 06:46 PM
Outside of Pink Floyd, I'd have to say that song for song, I get more enjoyment out of Moby's 'Play' than any other album I've ever listened to. I've probably heard it 500 times at this point, and I still never want to skip a song or stop listening. Lots of variation, very unique, something you can put on at a party or just listen to by yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aamvjPGZoo8 First song

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:22 PM
Which albums do you have? Images and Words and Awake are still their best IMO but all of them are good.

I've got Falling into Infinity, Change of Seasons, and When dream and day unite.

Headin to cheapo discs tomorrow to look for some deals. I'll check into that album you suggested in the rep, too. Thanks for reminding me how awesome these guys are!!! Apparently, I haven't even listened to their best stuff yet, so I'm pretty stoked.

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:23 PM
I have 3 of their 1st 7 on request on my Library account. MB's are kinda what inspired this thread because I wanted some newer concept albums to compare to the older stuff.

I was also digging out my Rick Wakeman Journey to the Center of the Earth CD...

Love me some Moody Blues. Great idea for a thread btw, my wtb music list has grown quite a bit thanks to you. cheers ^5

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:28 PM
http://blossomhead.com/wp-content/uploads/ogdens..-360x375-custom.gif

I was ALWAYS trying to figure out what your avy was...I assumed it was a type of beer or cigarette or something haha. Who and what album is this?

bombay
04-27-2010, 07:30 PM
Love me some Moody Blues. Great idea for a thread btw, my wtb music list has grown quite a bit thanks to you. cheers ^5


My favorite Moodies albums were On The Threshhold Of A Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children. They created some beautiful music back in the day.

bombay
04-27-2010, 07:33 PM
I was ALWAYS trying to figure out what your avy was...I assumed it was a type of beer or cigarette or something haha. Who and what album is this?

It's a Small Faces album from about 1968, a response to the Beatles Sergeant Pepper and the Stones Satanic Majesties request. Side two is a story about a guy on a quest to find the dark side of the moon (well ahead of Pink Floyd, you'll note), basically. The story teller is a guy named Stanley Unwin who is always on the edge of making sense, never quite manages. I'll burn you a disc if you like.

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:35 PM
My favorite Moodies albums were On The Threshhold Of A Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children. They created some beautiful music back in the day.

Lovely to see you from Threshold of a Dream was the first time I really got into the mb's. Back in the stoner days, my old hippie friend had that album jamming one day while we were on the back porch. I was hooked haha. GREAT albums.

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:41 PM
Just thought of another one....

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1ETj9dn443g/SYpnVUfLh2I/AAAAAAAAASU/4tGBj1EJ7Kw/s400/Harry_Nilsson_The_Point.jpg

still haven't seen the video yet :(

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:43 PM
It's a Small Faces album from about 1968, a response to the Beatles Sergeant Pepper and the Stones Satanic Majesties request. Side two is a story about a guy on a quest to find the dark side of the moon (well ahead of Pink Floyd, you'll note), basically. The story teller is a guy named Stanley Unwin who is always on the edge of making sense, never quite manages. I'll burn you a disc if you like.

REALLY!? Possible floyd took some "liberties" i wonder?

A burnt disc would be awesome, but you don't have to go through the trouble man! I appreciate the offer though :thumbs:

broncosteven
04-27-2010, 07:46 PM
My favorite Moodies albums were On The Threshhold Of A Dream and To Our Children's Children's Children. They created some beautiful music back in the day.

I picked up "To our Children's Childrens Children" today from the library.

Over did it today and my back is tight as a drum already from the nerve damage so I figure tomorrow I will alternate the hot and cold packs and sit back and enjoy the music.

bombay
04-27-2010, 07:47 PM
REALLY!? Possible floyd took some "liberties" i wonder?

A burnt disc would be awesome, but you don't have to go through the trouble man! I appreciate the offer though :thumbs:


I doubt Floyd used it as any kind of basis for their album. The albums aren't even remotely the same. Anyway, if you change your mind about the disc, pm me. Really not a big deal.

Boobs McGee
04-27-2010, 07:52 PM
I doubt Floyd used it as any kind of basis for their album. The albums aren't even remotely the same. Anyway, if you change your mind about the disc, pm me. Really not a big deal.

Done and done, thanks mang!

broncosteven
04-29-2010, 07:43 PM
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations by Eels. Very good and haunting.

Listening to this now, VERY GOOD if a little depressing but I like the arrangements and it has a consistent concept so far.

broncosteven
04-29-2010, 08:04 PM
Just compiled an Excel Spreadsheet of the albums listed in this thread.

Thanks to all who posted.

Mr Chatterboodamn
04-29-2010, 09:01 PM
The Frogs album Its Always Right and Natural is still one of my all time favs.

Me too!! It's probably their best. wasn't sure if it was a concept album, but I guess gay supremacy is pretty far out there!