"Themed" Albums. Not Theme songs either...

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ArtisFallen, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. ArtisFallen


    Jul 21, 2004
    I've noticed something about the bands i listen to. most of them have at some point put out what i guess you could call a "rock opera" type CD. where all the songs have some sort of theme, and major story line to tie them all together.

    - Pink Floyd: The wall
    - The Mars Volta: Deloused in the Comatorium (Francis, not so much, but close)
    - Coheed and Cambria: .... anything really....
    - Rush, 2112 (sortof)
    - The Who, Quadrophenia (most likely misspelled)

    i'm interested to know what are everyone's favorite "themed" albums are.
  2. WalterBush


    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    Generally, they're called "concept albums."

    Rush put out a string of them in the mid to late '70s, and I like "Hemispheres" the best. I prefer Pink Floyd's "Animals" to "The Wall." Yes's "Close to the Edge" is pretty good, also. Bah, there's a ton of good ones out there, it's hard to make up my mind.
  3. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd have to go with Queensryche's Operation:Mindcrime.
  4. Porcupine Tree's In Absentia is great
  5. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Just wanted to mention that Frank Zappa's "Freak Out" is considered the first rock "concept" album as well as the first rock double LP. BTW, I think he was a true master at that because his "concept" wasn't limited to single, unrelated albums, but he put many "Conceptual Continuity Clues" that tied many of his albums in one way or another. From him, I really like "Joe's Garage".
  6. nick g.

    nick g. Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chandler, Arizona
    "Metropolis Pt. II: Scenes From a Memory", by Dream Theater, is definitely a winner. You might also want to check out the title track of their "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" double-CD. This may not quite qualify, but it does technically encompass an entire disc.
  7. Of Natural History by Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.

    The Nothing Show by Idiot Flesh

    Mekanik Destructive Kommandoh by Magma

    Space Ritual by Hawkwind.
  8. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
  9. Skeezix


    Sep 28, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Gentle Giant- In a Glass House
    - The Power and the Glory
    Jethro Tull - Minstrel in the Gallery
    The Kinks- Soap Opera
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I think the "1st Concept Album" is generally considered to be Sgt. Pepper, even though it might not really be it in practice.

    I like Rush's Hemispheres.
  11. Zao - The Funeral Of God

    Boys Night Out - Trainwreck
  12. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    Tommy - The Who
    V - Spock's Beard
    Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - Genesis
    Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull
    Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche
    Testimony, One, ? - Neal Morse
  13. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    I agree with Sgt. Pepper being the 1st.
  14. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Do you know what the concept is? I'm curious, it's clearly a concept album, but I don't quite know the story. (Serial murder?)
  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Kamakiriad - Donald Fagan
    The Wall - Floyd
    Life on Mars - Dexter Wansell
  16. Scottie

    Scottie Banned

    Oct 14, 2005
    Mine is Darkside Of The Moon. All about life in the "modern age". Very applicable today as well as in the mid 70s.

    Also like American Idiot by Green Day
  17. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    I am such a sucker for concept albums. I mean a lot of times I'll buy one if the concept is good enough, even if I don't normally dig whatever style it might be. I might not like it, but I at least give it a shot. ;)

    The Mars Volta - De-loused and Frances
    Fear Factory - Obsolete
    Meshuggah - Catch 33
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    maudlin of the Well - Bath and Leaving Your Body Map (companion albums)
    Swans - I think all their stuff would qualify.
    Kyuss - Sky Valley
    Isis - Panopticon
    Sleep - Dopesmoker
    Old Man Gloom - Christmas

    That's what I can think of off the top of my head. Oh and some of these might not have a full concept story, but have recurring themes in the music, so I count them under the same banner.
  18. Opeth- Blackwater Park, Damnation and Deliverance- God knows what they're all about, but there seems to be common lyrical themes.
    Iron Maiden- Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Failure- Fantastic Planet
    Rush- A lot of records, but the only ones I own are Hemispheres and 2112
    Rhapsody- Same as above, I have Symphony of Enchanted Lands II
    Atheist- Elements. Not as good as the previous records- a little TOO much fusion leaked into the death metal, methinks.
    Mastodon- Remission and Leviathan
    Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It's great in some places, and stupid in others, but there's some great music to be had on here.
  19. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Don't forget Still Life and My Arms, Your Hearse! Those two have pretty clear concepts. :D
  20. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    In addition to the other Tull albums, I'll add these two:

    "Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die"
    "A Passion Play"