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My favorite concept albums

  • Aug 16, 2009
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I'm not a singles or "best of.." fan. I really enjoy concept albums AKA song cycles. These are albums that all of the songs either carry out I single theme or tell a story, Listed below are some of my personal favorites.
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David Bowie wanted to make an album about the novel 1984. Denied permission he re-written several of the songs and made the album about a post apocalyptic world featuring his onstage persona Halloween Jack.
See the full review, ""That Halloween Jack is a real cool cat and he lives on top of Manhattan Chase..."".
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The Who's third album is also my most favorite. A concept album about a pirate radio station called Radio London. Radio jingles and station IDs are played between songs performed by The Who.
See the full review, "Welcome to the beautiful sounds of Radio London.".
3
Mechanical Animals
Marilyn Manson's best album is a concept album telling two stories. One is about an androgynous alien who lands on Earth and is fascinated by drugs and the second story is about a rock band called The Mechanical Animals who is fronted by the alien. Manson's glam rock style is heavily influenced by David Bowie and he takes a lot of inspiration from the album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
See the full review, "Because you were from a perfect world... a world that threw me away today.....".
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Roger Waters last album with Pink Floyd. This album is a sequel of sorts to The Wall. The story follows is about PTSD veterans, the effects of war on the soldier and civilian and WWIII. It's a real depressing album that ends with a bang!
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Operation: Mindcrime is about a man who's in a hospital with amnesia. During the album he begins to recall why he's there and the horrific crime he's committed. Queensryche's best album.
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Kiss' ambitious rock opera is about a young boy who's chosen to fight for "The Order". The band decided to do something different so they made this concept album.
See the full review, "Kiss takes a chance and records a concept album.".
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An angry Trent Reznor makes an interesting album. This concept albums deals with a dystopian America that's under conservative rule. A resistance group is forming that will hope to change the population's mind and overthrow the ruling party.
See the full review, "Trent Reznor's dystopic vision of the future.".
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Green Day's first concept album deals with the themes of disillusioned youth, shiftlessness and those wasted youth. It was an ambitious musical project to pull of but they did.
9
Brian Wilson Smile
After years of laying dormant, Brian Wilson final releases his long lost album. Originally written for the Beach Boys he decides to record it as a solo album. It's performed in three parts and it's theme is "a symphony for God".
See the full review, "Brian Wilson's symphony to life is finally released.".
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The Beach Boys concept album about cars! One of the first concept albums in rock music.
See the full review, "The Beach Boys share their love of cars in this concept album.".

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February 12, 2010
Great list! I have the albums #3 and #8 and they are good, thanks for this list!!!
 
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