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Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 7th May '09 10:11 AM


Vlcrowe's story song thread (great one, BTW!) made me think of some of my favorite concept albums, which are entire albums that tell a story (or have a central theme in all the songs).

I'm a music teacher, and in my General Music class every year, we listen to a concept album. When I started doing this a few years ago, I did some research and discovered a lot of really interesting things about this subject. First of all, I didn't realize that Johnny Cash had done SEVERAL concept albums. Frank Sinatra did a couple. And there is at least one in almost every genre of music one could think of.

Of course the more popular ones are The Wall by Pink Floyd and Tommy by The Who.

So do you have any favorites? Here are mine! (in no particular order)

Scenes From A Memory, by Dream Theater
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulance, by Dream Theater
The Loving Kind, by Cindy Morgan
Isolate, by Circus Maximus
Disconnected, by Fates Warning
Culture of Ascent, by Glass Hammer
Orphan Found, by Orphan Project
A Pleasant Shade of Gray, by Fates Warning
Snow, by Spock's Beard
War of the Worlds, by Jeff Wayne
Paradise Lost, by Symphony X
The Human Equation, by Ayreon
One, by Neal Morse
Testimony, by Neal Morse
The Wake of Magellan, by Savatage
Streets, by Savatage
Dead Winter Dead, by Savatage
Christmas Eve and Other Stories, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Attic, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Three Sides To Every Story, by Extreme

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 7th May '09 10:26 AM

'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' - Small Faces
'Hounds of Love' - Kate Bush
'The Transformed Man' - William Shatner
'Pet Sounds' - Beach Boys
'The Who Sell Out' - The Who
'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars' - David Bowie (I can still sing it all the way thru, without having to play the album.)
Aladdin Sane - David Bowie (this one too!)
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Gorillaz - Demon Days

And all the Floyd ones, especially 'Dark Side...'.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 7th May '09 10:38 AM

Michael Rapp's Ulysses: The Greek Suite by A-440 with Ted Neeley

Unknown but brilliant rock opera about that famous voyage.

Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 7th May '09 10:52 AM

William Shatner....hahahaha

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 7th May '09 11:50 AM

I used to have the album Days of Future Passed by the Moody Blues when I was a kid.

Probably why I can no longer listen to the Moody Blues.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 7th May '09 1:57 PM

Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche
Operation Mindcrime 2 - Queensryche
The Wall - Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 7th May '09 2:51 PM

Speaking of which, I have your copy mom.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 7th May '09 2:52 PM

ooops, the DVD I mean.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Fri, 8th May '09 2:34 AM

Strange how "The Wall" is always mentioned but never "The Final Cut." Maybe it's because the Falklands / Malvinos war was such a uniquely grubby, British affair. Anyhow, i think The Final Cut contains some of the best lyrics Roger ever wrote, and there's no doubt it was "his" album.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 8th May '09 4:21 AM

Sgt Pepper

(was that the first concept album or was Pet Sounds first?)

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Fri, 8th May '09 8:56 AM

The White Album

Fainodraino  (Level: 111.8 - Posts: 240)
Fri, 8th May '09 8:59 AM

Actually, Sgt Pepper is not the first concept album. It is often regarded as such, and I thought this as well, but upon further research, I found that there are some concept albums that date back to the 30's and 40's. I was blown away by that!

Achad  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 661)
Fri, 8th May '09 10:16 AM

Lord of the Rings: Bo Hansson
Escalator Over the Hill: Carla Bley

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:10 AM

I like
Cradle of Filth-Cruelty and the Beast (I like others by them, but won't list them all)
NIN- The Downward Spiral
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (well, it's "ok")

And a rare rap album for me:
Dr. Dre - The Chronic

I like this thread....

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:17 AM

Nymphetamine is one of my all time favourite vids/songs. I find it highly amusing that a band like that come from Suffolk !!!!!!!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:26 AM

It's funny how few people I know here in the states have even heard of that song....and it was even nominated I believe for a Grammy here. Great band, great album!!!

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