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stroppygob - on 17 Feb 2014

I had my ipod on "shuffle" mode, and had "The Great Marsh," off "The Snow Goose" by Camel, come up. Just had to switch over and play the whole album.

Surely the greatest "concept" album of all time?
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mike123 - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:
drive by truckers: a southern rock opera. masterful.
Rob Exile Ward on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to mike123:

200 Motels, by Frank Zappa.

Great concept, shame about the music.
sbc_10 - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

"Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart

..put on continuous loop for maximum obtuseness.
Choss on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Im Gonna go symphonic Light rock with:

ELO - out of the blue.

Second:

Jeff Waynes war of the worlds.
The Lemming - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:



Would the pros and cons of hitch hiking fit the bill?
Ramblin dave - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:
OTTOMH:

Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (obviously)
The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
King Geedorah (MF Doom) - Escape from Monster Island
Dangerdoom - The Mouse and the Mask
Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Mercury Rev- Deserters' Songs
Pretty much everything by Drexciya - more of a concept career than a concept album.
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Clarence - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (the slipperman - eeek!)
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Neil Weedon Watkins Pie - Neil's Heavy Concept Album
Queensr˙che - Operation Mindcrime
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

I love concept albums.
Bulls Crack - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Demon Days - Gorillaz
victim of mathematics - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Control - Pedro The Lion

Beautiful, poignant concept album about a marital break up which also happens to be rammed full of brilliant songs. And it isn't overblown proggy bollocks. Hurrah.
Hardonicus - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

For a more modern day non-proggy bollocks howabout Midlakes' The Trials of Van Occupanther.
deepstar - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK9iMx_orZM S.F Sorrow by the Pretty Things, brilliant!
Pursued by a bear - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: A fine record indeed. The live version is better still, the three track passage ending in Dunkirk is utterly magnificent.

T.

kevin stephens - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

surprised nobody has mentioned the best ever

The Who Quadrophenia

(the original not the film soundtrack)
Siward on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to kevin stephens:

Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters- Bob Calvert

R for ruminant...
Nath93 - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob0: Radiohead - OK Computer.
kevin stephens - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Nath93:

Really? What was the concept
Tobes on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Contempory - The Mars Volta, Delouced in the Comatorium

Classic - David Bowie, Low
Al Evans on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Can somebody explain what a 'concept album' is, then I might be able to take part in the debate? I'm at a loss to understand the term, but I'll go for Transformer by Lou Reed.
Fredt on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

The Who Sell Out
Choss on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Al Evans:

just Means an album where all the Tracks have a unifying theme, or tell a story.

For example, radioHead albums have the unifying theme of Making you consider ending it all

;-)
Nath93 - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to kevin stephens: Societies downward spiral.
Pursued by a bear - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Choss:

> just Means an album where all the Tracks have a unifying theme, or tell a story.

I think it's a difficult argument to pin down, the thematic one. For example, Dark Side of the Moon is, Wish You Were Here and Animals aren't even though both are strongly thematic.

I wouldn't have said OK Computer was either.

T.
wilkie14c - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Marillion script for a jesters tear

Is tubular bells a concept? if so, that
robert-hutton on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:
Still love Crime of the century - Supertramp
toad - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Siward:
> (In reply to kevin stephens)
>
> Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters- Bob Calvert
>
> R for ruminant...

Are you wearing makeup?
Strachan on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

+1 for Tubular Bells
The Pylon King on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
Ramblin dave - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Just remembered another good one: The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs.
stroppygob - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

> A fine record indeed. The live version is better still, the three track passage ending in Dunkirk is utterly magnificent.

> T.

Wow!! I never even knew it existed!! Will search it out!!
stroppygob - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to The Pylon King:

Not really a concept album, in the true meaning of the term? (But also one of my top 5 albums of all time.)
Pursued by a bear - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: It's the second disc - sides three and four of a double album, in old money - of 'A live record'.

The LP release had six tracks on the first disc; the CD version has rather more. The definitive version of Never Let Go is on there as well as a lovely version of Lady Fantasy.

One of my all-time favourites and one of the best 'live' albums, that record.

T.

The Pylon King on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

> Not really a concept album, in the true meaning of the term? (But also one of my top 5 albums of all time.)

It was a concept album as in how it was created.
Bulls Crack - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

A concept album is a studio album where all musical or lyrical ideas contribute to a single overall theme or unified story.

So juts about any classical symphony!
biped - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Frank Zappa: Joes Garage 1,2 & 3
Husker Du: Zen Arcade
jim jones on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

King Crimson; In The Court Of The Crimson King

Aphrodites Child; 666 (who's heard that then? If you have, then you won't forget it).
Phil Kelly - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:
how about Mandalaband's Prophecies and the Eye of Wendor?

or Dave Greenslade's Pentacheuch of the Cosmogany?
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kevin stephens - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Bulls Crack:

the full wiki quote:"A concept album is a studio album where all musical or lyrical ideas contribute to a single overall theme or unified story.[1] In contrast, typical studio albums consist of a number of unconnected songs (lyrically and otherwise) performed by the artist. It has been argued[2] that concept albums should only refer to albums that bring in themes or story lines from outside of music, given that a collection of love songs or songs from within a certain genre are not usually considered to be a "concept album"
andrew ogilvie - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to Phil Kelly:

Dave Greenslade's Pentateuch eh? I've got a C120 I recorded from one of my mates in about 1982.I never saw another copy of that album...to be honest one was probably too many. Did you get the whole magnificent book too?

How about Hawkwind's "Warrior at the edge of time" as a suggestion? Maybe not a concept album...but its more fun to Listen to than "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway"
Mark Sheridan on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Anyone ever heard 'The Shipbuilder' by Bob Pegg and Nick Strutt?
That was kinda quaint.
graeme jackson - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

I'll give
Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory
Yes - Tales from Topographic Oceans (much better now than when it first came out)
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow Anderson played all the instruments too. - It gets a bit samey but certainly fits the 'concept album' requirements.
Petrovitch Mussorsky - Pictures at an Exhibition.
OMR - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to jim jones:

> Aphrodites Child; 666 (who's heard that then? If you have, then you won't forget it).

Heard it? I've got it. Every five years or so I convince myself that maybe it had its moments and haul it out and play it again. For a while I think I was right and then it gets carried away with itself and I put it away for another five years. :)
Ramblin dave - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience.
aln - on 17 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

This is Spinal Tap (Soundtrack)
philhilo - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Erm am I missing something here, nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room....The Wall? Featuring arguably the best guitar solo of all time, sod the arguably, the best guitar solo of all time, - Comfortably Numb. Turn the lights off, wind the stereo up and let it rip....it doesn't work so well on an I-phone!
I like climbing - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Rob Exile Ward:


> 200 Motels, by Frank Zappa.

> Great concept, shame about the music.

A work of pure genius
I like climbing - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to sbc_10:

> "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart

Incredible record. Life changing.

wilkie14c - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to philhilo:
> (In reply to stroppygob)
>
> Erm am I missing something here, nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room....The Wall?
Was just going to mention the wall. Also the who's Tommy hasn't been offered yet <has it?>
nastyned - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Siward:

G for Germany!
nastyned - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Mind you for me I think it would be Hawkwind's 'Space Ritual'. Which I'll be seeing them do on Saturday :-)
Mike C on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Springsteen's The Rising. I recommended it to David Hooper once but never found out if he listened to it. He was a fan of The Boss I know that much.
andy farnell - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: 50+ post about concept albums and no mention of Rush!

2112 is the obvious one to go for, but the concept lasts half the album. Well, one song. So I'm going for Clockwork Angels. Stunning album, great concept, its even got it's own book to go with it. And a series of comics. Proper concept.

Andy F
Al Evans on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to jim jones:

> King Crimson; In The Court Of The Crimson King

> Aphrodites Child; 666 (who's heard that then? If you have, then you won't forget it).

Wasn't Demis Roussos the lead singer with Aphrodites Child?
Al Evans on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to wilkie14c:

Or indeed, Ziggy Stardust.
Skyfall - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Pink Floyd - wish you were here
Rush - 2112
Demon - the plague
toad - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to andy farnell:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Elfland's_Daughter_(album)


Preposterous hippy plot - check

OTT album cover - check

narration by Christopher Lee - check

Your quest is complete my lord. The ultimate concept album lies before you, though verily thou must purchase the vinyl to appreciate the cover, and only then willst thou spot the Rizla packet that lies therein

The foul engine that drivest the forums has rebelled against the musical brilliance and refuseth to let me post the link, so verily thou must cut and paste to gain the secret knowledge of this opus that is held within wikipedia
Pursued by a bear - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: Since I'm now at a PC rather than using a phone, here's a link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Record-Remastered-Expanded-2CD/dp/B00005V1B4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid...

(it's also available from stores that pay more tax).

T.

graeme jackson - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to andy farnell:
> So I'm going for Clockwork Angels. Stunning album, great concept,

Good call. Took a few plays to get into it but it's on at least once a fortnight now. Wasn't looking forward to them ramming most of it down our throats last tour but it worked pretty well, especially with the visuals.
Mikkel - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Mike Oldfield, Songs of distant earth.
A track for each chapter in the book.
Phil Kelly - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to andrew ogilvie:

> Dave Greenslade's Pentateuch eh? I've got a C120 I recorded from one of my mates in about 1982.I never saw another copy of that album...to be honest one was probably too many. Did you get the whole magnificent book too?

The book was the work of Patrick Woodruffe I think. Sadly I never owned it on vinyl so missed the full impact of the book. The CD version includes a smaller copy though.



Phil Kelly - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Does Babbacombe Lee by Fairport Convention count as a concept album, being a true story?
gd303uk - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Dark side of the moon,
The wall, Pink floyd.
B side to Hounds of love album, by Kate bush.
Quadraphenia,
Tommy, the who.
Ziggy stardust, Bowie
Thug life , 2 PAC
Fear of a black planet, public enemy.
Pros and cons of hitchhiking,
Radio chaos,
Amused to death, ( incredible production ) roger waters


felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Phil Kelly:

No mention of any of the three Gong Flying Teapot LPs, either.

Some things mentioned here have dredged up memories that would better have been left in the period's foul-smelling silt, most notably that Pentateuch thing (I owned a copy of the LP). Even worse than Gong and the 'Wind, etc. Christ, what a shocking embarrassment the 70s were in many ways, an abomination, despite being in several, or even many, respects great.

Of course, if we'd had any notion that the worse abomination that was the 80s was just around the corner ...
tomrainbow - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to I like climbing:

> Incredible record. Life changing.

Absolutely agree, Trout Mask is an incredible record...but what is the concept?

I wrote about one of my faves here:

http://devonrecordclub.com/2012/09/27/tom-waits-bone-machine-round-37-toms-selection/
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to tomrainbow:

> but what is the concept?

Everyone playing in different time signatures?
Producing an LP while the band is kept hostage?
Clarence - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:

> No mention of any of the three Gong Flying Teapot LPs, either.

I was listening to Angel's Egg last night and thinking how good it still was.

Pursued by a bear - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:

> No mention of any of the three Gong Flying Teapot LPs, either.

As the discussion has moved on from the best concept albums to a discussion of concept albums more widely, and in a related vein to the Gong albums, how about Fish Rising by Steve Hillage?

The concept seems to have been based on a discussion enhanced by herbal smokes popular at the time about how fishes were, like, cool. Salmon, man.

Despite this, it does contain some very good bits - Hiram Afterglid meets the dervish is particularly nice - but there's a deal of stoned nonsense too. And some very good guitar playing; a frequently under-rated guitar player, Steve Hillage.

T.
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

Yes, he was proficient, certainly, but, like most guitarists, got rather stuck playing one scale over and over again. Best thing he did IMO was Rainbow Dome Musick or whathaveyou. His range of effects, too, seemed to be stuck on the Isley Brothers "Summer Breeze", with added echo box. That said, he's a nice guy, not like some of that lot.
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Clarence:


Really? The one I liked was You, as it had fewer words (did it?) and more music. But I can't have heard it since the 80s.

Did Can ever do a concept album? Faust's Faust Tapes was probably one...
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Spirit, I'd still rate them. Potatoland and Future Games certainly concept albums, then 12 Dreams concept-y. Looked them up on WIki, I knew that Randy had died but hadn't realised he'd done so rescuing his 12-yr-old in Hawaii. What a guitarist he was, unbelievable talent.
Phil Kelly - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:
> (In reply to Phil Kelly)

> Some things mentioned here have dredged up memories that would better have been left in the period's foul-smelling silt, most notably that Pentateuch thing (I owned a copy of the LP). Even worse than Gong and the 'Wind, etc. Christ, what a shocking embarrassment the 70s were in many ways, an abomination, despite being in several, or even many, respects great.

Wow. So negative.

> Of course, if we'd had any notion that the worse abomination that was the 80s was just around the corner ...

I would have agreed at the time, but with hindsight I think this is also too negative. Mind you what concept albums emanated from the 80s?
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Phil Kelly:

Yes, I'm sorry, it does seem like that. You know how it is when you fall out of love and see the same things in a quite different light?

Now, if we were talking about music of the latter part of the seventeenth century, or of the Elizabethan period, I might not come across so negatively.
Owen Meany on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Phil Kelly:

> The book was the work of Patrick Woodruffe I think. Sadly I never owned it on vinyl so missed the full impact of the book. The CD version includes a smaller copy though.

It is indeed the work of Patrick Woodroffe - he's my other half's uncle, and although I may be biased, his artwork is absolutely stunning. You can still find copies of the album and book on eBay - often at extortionate prices, but they're sometimes quite reasonable.

OM
Offwidth - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:

What interests me is why people feel the need to say this sort of thing so often and so load. Almost any music clip on the internet is besiged by hate mail. Some 70's concept music may have been pretentious but much of that was certainly carefully and skillfully crafted and seems to me in terms of value, at worst, in the over-rated to occasionally mildly embarrassing category. Looking back on the Elizabethan's in comparison is hardly fair as all the dross from those times will have disappeared.
felt - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Offwidth:

You've answered your own point. The dross hadn't disappeared in the 70s and we listened to it.

But there was some good stuff. See my comments on Spirit and the last sentence of the 70s para. What interests me is why people only read what suits their agenda.
Siward on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to nastyned:

Or indeed, Lucky Leif and the Longships.

Ba Ba Ba, Barbarians...
full stottie on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Not mentioned so far, from my past:

Moody Blues: Voices in the Sky
Moody Blues: To our children's children's children
The Nice: Five Bridges Suite
nastyned - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Siward:

And then there's Hype though I prefer Test Tube Conceived.
Mark Harding - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Another one from way back: Argus, Wishbone Ash. I believe there was a bit of an argument about whether or not this qualified as a concept album. The theme is certainly one of history/time and historical battles, sort of a "Lord of the Rings soundtrack." (Culminating in Throw Down the Sword) but I've got a vague memory that Andy Powell said that all happened by chance and there was no concept when they went into the studio?
Paul Atkinson - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Wasn't the term originally coined for Sgt Pepper's?

Sham 69 - That's Life
Choss on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

skinnyman - council Estate of mind
jim jones on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Al Evans:
> Wasn't Demis Roussos the lead singer with Aphrodites Child?

Yes he was also Irene Papas featured memorably on one track also!
Post edited at 19:05
Chris Harris - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Al Evans:

> Wasn't Demis Roussos the lead singer with Aphrodites Child?

For some reason I initially read that as "Wasn't Demis Roussos the lead singer with Destiny's Child?"

An alarming thought.


jim jones on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to philhilo:

> Erm am I missing something here, nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room....The Wall?

Pretty obvious one really and as you say the elephant in the room; unfortunately though what should have been the introductory track on "The Wall" didn't appear until "The Final Cut".

Sink41 on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

I'm a fan of "Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient" for just how silly it is. About an extra terrestial being in search of the ultimate cup of coffee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfozhqAkDhM
stroppygob - on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to Pursued by a bear:

My eternal thanks.
Tony Naylor on 18 Feb 2014
In reply to philhilo:
> Erm am I missing something here, nobody has mentioned the elephant in the room....The Wall? Featuring arguably the best guitar solo of all time, sod the arguably, the best guitar solo of all time, - Comfortably Numb. Turn the lights off, wind the stereo up and let it rip....it doesn't work so well on an I-phone!

I was going to post this. You read my mind.
I like climbing - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to tomrainbow:

Many thanks, Tom. Great review and I look forward to listening to it.
I like climbing - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:

That's certainly part of it. Well put !
Pursued by a bear - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: You're most welcome. Always happy to help a Camel fan!

T.
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toad - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Emerson Lake and Palmer - Pictures at an Exhibition? or is a concept album based on another composers concept of an art gallery a bit too tenuous?
JimboWizbo - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory

My desert island disc!
Pursued by a bear - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob: Another album worth noting for the concept underpinning it is Peter Hammill's 'And Close as This'. The concept - that each track features just voice and keyboard, with the keyboard pieces recorded in a single take - might seem jejune to, say, a classical audience, but at a time when studio re-engineering was all-pervading, it was a marked departure for a supposedly rock musician.

As it features Hammill's sometimes over-emotive vocal style and the inevitable missed note or two that can go with a one-off take, it isn't going to be something with universal appeal (my wife hates pretty much everything he's done). It does have some classics; Too Many Of My Yesterdays and Other Old Cliches are personal favourites, but best not to listen to these if you're in a dark place with your relationship.

So not a traditional 'concept' album, but worth noting in this thread, I think.

T.
paul-1970 - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to jim jones:

> unfortunately though what should have been the introductory track on "The Wall" didn't appear until "The Final Cut".

Which track are you referring to on The Final Cut? As far as I know, 'In the Flesh' was always intended for The Wall as its intro, being, as it is, a hard rock parody. Or are you meaning in your opinion there is a track on Final Cut that would have made a better intro? IMO 'When the Tigers broke free' should definitely have gone onto The Wall, but it certainly wouldn't have made a better inro than 'In the Flesh'.

Remember that about 2/3rds of The Final Cut are rejected demos and leftovers from The Wall sessions. Hence Gilmour's ire at the time of recording Final Cut with the choice of Waters' choice of material: "If the song wasn't good enough then, why is it good enough now?"
jim jones on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to paul-1970:

Yes exactly that, "When the Tigers broke free";

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Tigers_Broke_Free
bullybones - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to toad:
> Are you wearing makeup?

Erm, mascara. Only a little bit. Not enough for nomination though, so here's another vote for The Oo's Quadrophenia.

In reply to several: I don't get the concept behind Zen Arcade - anybody? Or Trout-mask Replica. If these are concept albums, so is Home by Procol Harum, which would then get my vote.

The Pro's and Cons of Hitchhking is pretty thin stuff - best as a once-only listen or maybe a radio play. The Wall is crap - their first bad LP.
paul-1970 - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to jim jones:

From what I've read, 'When the tigers broke free' was certainly intended for the album, being as it is lyrically integral to the concept and, of course, part of the film soundtrack. But it was excised toward the end, as was other material from The Wall (most notably, 'What shall we do now' criminally butchered into its hastily abbreviated 'What now') because of limitations of space.

Apparently Roger Waters was all for releasing The Wall as a triple album, but this was one step too far both for the record company, and for the other members of the band, who knew that, for tax purposes, the album had to be a success.

One listens to many double albums then and now, and often immediately thinks of the great single album that could have been created if the filler and the fluff had been cut out. I've been a Wall enthusiast (and obsessive!) most of my life, and I know that if I could somehow alter time and conjure up Waters' intended magnum opus from the original sessions, then we'd have the contradiction of perfection being bettered!
aln - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Gruff Rhys has a good way with a concept album.
The excellent Stainless Style by Neon Neon. About the life and times of John deLorean.
His wonderful solo album Hotel Shampoo about er, the shampoos he's collected from hotels through years of touring. An associated artwork involved building a mini hotel from the bottles and spending a night in it.
And the really good but not as good as the 1st, although brilliantly named , 2nd Neon Neon album Praxis Makes Perfect, about mad Italian millionaire communist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli.
stroppygob - on 19 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Thanks for all the replies, but we all agree "The Snow Goose" is still the best, yes? ;-)
Blue Straggler - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Red-Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
Offwidth - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to felt:

Why should we trust your opinions on what is good and ignore others who would disgree? Its a bit arrogant to equate personal taste with universal value.
felt - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to Offwidth:

For no reason whatsoever; follow your own nose. It would be arrogant if I did so, you're quite right. But I'm merely expressing my own opinion.
Mike Peacock on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Mercury Rev - The Secret Migration
Current 93 - The Inmost Light trilogy
ena sharples - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Lou Reed, Berlin.
Mike Mead - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

A Grand Don't Come For Free is good, but if you want to set sail on the good ship prog rock then it has to be Rick Wakeman's 'Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table'. That's proper concept, that is.
graeme jackson - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to Mike Mead:

and so is 'the 6 wives of henry VIII' and criminal record.
Choss on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Concept albums still going.

The defamation of Strickland banks, plan b.
Mike Mead - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to graeme jackson:

> and so is 'the 6 wives of henry VIII' and criminal record.

Albums that do what they say on the tin!
cragtyke - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

What about The Residents? Particularly the Mole Trilogy or the Commercial Album. You could argue that their entire career is a concept of sorts.
I like climbing - on 20 Feb 2014
In reply to ena sharples:
Very cool
nealwag - on 26 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Swans: The Seer

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!.
paul__in_sheffield - on 26 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

does The Small Faces 'ogdens nut gone flake' count as a concept album? all tied together by Stanley Unwin
Shani - on 26 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Mastodon : Crack the Skye.
toad - on 26 Feb 2014
In reply to paul__in_sheffield:

> does The Small Faces 'ogdens nut gone flake' count as a concept album? all tied together by Stanley Unwin

Ooh yes. I diddle eye reckony so
toad - on 27 Feb 2014
In reply to stroppygob:

Because it just turned up on shuffle - I'd forgotten about Brave by Marillion. Has its moments, even if it isn't a total success
Hat Dude on 27 Feb 2014
In reply to paul__in_sheffield:


> does The Small Faces 'ogdens nut gone flake' count as a concept album? all tied together by Stanley Unwin

Side two of it does
Pursued by a bear - on 04 Mar 2014
In reply to stroppygob: Just listening to more Camel (The Paris Collection, which has a lovely version of Fingertips from Stationary Traveller and some rather dodgy French, amongst other things), and wondered how you were getting on with A Live Record.

I think that'll be next on the hifi. My neighbours are probably blessing the thick walls...

T.

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