Concept albums that don't suck

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  • montymonty 420 Posts
    Monty, that Music Shop vid was

    Have we had a Hoagy Carmichael thread?
    here's a Hoagy Carmichael thread - The memory of love's refrain.... | MetaFilter

  • akoako 3,409 Posts

    i thought this was just a soundtrack....or did the album come first?

  • Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk at Cubist Castle is a great concept album that will most likely be enjoyed by those of you above who enjoy Jeff Mangum's work. Y'all should try and track down his first 7" "Everything Is"

    Wish someone would convince Jeff to make music again. When you realize that his two albums were hatched mostly in Ruston, LA, it's pretty amazing.

    If you dig Aeroplane and want to hear something *similar* by peeps who recorded and performed on the album, you should check out Scott Spillane's group the Gerbils.

  • ootoot 38 Posts
    death certificate
    sex packets

  • wooshiewooshie 490 Posts


    Just cus' it gets so much hatt but there are some great songs on here.

    I love that residents stuff, commercial album is hilarious.

  • BaptBapt 2,503 Posts
    hatt!!! wtf? This is for me the second best Common album just after LWFC!!!

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts


    Isnt his whole catalog all "concept" joints?

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts


  • wooshiewooshie 490 Posts
    hatt!!! wtf? This is for me the second best Common album just after LWFC!!!

    Co-sign, Yeah Bapt, Most people I know dislike this record - Too Avant-garde and shit for them but to me it's just normal shit. good shit.

  • dstill808dstill808 704 Posts


  • JimsterJimster Twilight Zone/ Al Capone/ Rolling Stone/ Eva Perón 6,366 Posts
    That Common cover had me wondering where I had seen it before. Separated at birth?



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  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Surely



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  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    Just came across a list in this rather tepid article that
    was forwarded to me - I was prepared to clown on it,
    but they actually mentioned a few that weren't brought
    up here, worthy of discussion:

    10 classic ???concept??? albums*[/b]

    *That aren???t by Pink Floyd or the Who

    ??? ???In the Wee Small Hours,??? Frank Sinatra
    ??? ???Face to Face,??? the Kinks
    ??? ???Black Sabbath,??? Black Sabbath
    ??? ???What???s Going On,??? Marvin Gaye
    ??? ???The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,??? David Bowie
    ??? ???Red Headed Stranger,??? Willie Nelson
    ??? ???London Calling,??? the Clash
    ??? ???Purple Rain,??? Prince
    ??? ???Death Certificate,??? Ice Cube
    ??? ???OK Computer,??? Radiohead

    I would definitely cosign the Willie Nelson,
    Purple Rain although some may dispute it's
    "concept" label, and I will dispute calling
    "London Calling" a concept LP, but the Kinks and
    Ol' Blue Eyes are pretty good calls...

  • does that mean songs of experience/innocence are concept albums then? i can't say i've ever thought about it but i guess they are

    space is the place too

    Good call. In that case this has to be one of the best concept albums:



    I agree. Finally got a copy of The Auction and I rate it great as well.

    I've wanted to get my hands on David Matthew's "Dune" as well. Anyone reccomend it?

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    space is the place too

    Good call. In that case this has to be one of the best concept albums:
    I agree. Finally got a copy of The Auction and I rate it great as well.



    Arent most of his albums "concept" albums.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Surely

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    Besides the title, how is this a concept album? What's the umbrella theme/common thread?

    What's Going On has an apparent theme.

  • Surely

    ?

    Besides the title, how is this a concept album? What's the umbrella theme/common thread?

    Beginning of the end for the Daisy Age/Native Tongues movement?

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Surely

    ?

    Besides the title, how is this a concept album? What's the umbrella theme/common thread?

    Beginning of the end for the Daisy Age/Native Tongues movement?

    Yeah they were trying to buck the "hippie" label, but the movement was still alive......



  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Surely

    ?

    Besides the title, how is this a concept album? What's the umbrella theme/common thread?


    Burger King

    Also, rather than just marking the end of the groups dealings with the daisy age the album always seemed to me to be a commentary on what was happening in the rap industry at the time and it's ever increasing focus on commercialisation.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Also, rather than just marking the end of the groups dealings with the daisy age the album always seemed to me to be a commentary on what was happening in the rap industry at the time and it's ever increasing focus on commercialisation.

    Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa?

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Also, rather than just marking the end of the groups dealings with the daisy age the album always seemed to me to be a commentary on what was happening in the rap industry at the time and it's ever increasing focus on commercialisation.

    Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa?

    Well you could argue that the subject matter of the song was an intentional "fuck you" to the party theme of much of the rap around at the time. Not many rap songs about themes as heavy as child abuse were being released by major label artists.

    I mean, the (in my view inferior) CD version of the album has about 30 tracks and there's quite a few that don't address the topic. However I still think that the album's overall concept shines through.

  • waxjunkywaxjunky 1,850 Posts
    Never seen this one mentioned on here or the 'Dermy, but it is a fave. Call me a hipster; i've heard worse.

    I always immediately think of "Operation:Mindcrime" by Queensryche when I hear the term "concept album" -- but when I tried to think of one that I liked, NMH is exactly what I thought of. Is the "Songs in the Key of Life" a concept album? Sometimes it's hard to define what qualifies. But yeah, "Aeroplane Over the Sea"... and also "OK Computer" -- most definitely.

  • batmonbatmon 27,574 Posts
    Also, rather than just marking the end of the groups dealings with the daisy age the album always seemed to me to be a commentary on what was happening in the rap industry at the time and it's ever increasing focus on commercialisation.

    Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa?

    Well you could argue that the subject matter of the song was an intentional "fuck you" to the party theme of much of the rap around at the time. Not many rap songs about themes as heavy as child abuse were being released by major label artists.

    I mean, the (in my view inferior) CD version of the album has about 30 tracks and there's quite a few that don't address the topic. However I still think that the album's overall concept shines through.

    Saturday's?
    Ring Ring(Ha Hey)?
    Talk About Hey Love?
    Let,Let Me In?
    Peas Porridge?

    Dogs, this album doesnt have a common concept.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Also, rather than just marking the end of the groups dealings with the daisy age the album always seemed to me to be a commentary on what was happening in the rap industry at the time and it's ever increasing focus on commercialisation.

    Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa?

    Well you could argue that the subject matter of the song was an intentional "fuck you" to the party theme of much of the rap around at the time. Not many rap songs about themes as heavy as child abuse were being released by major label artists.

    I mean, the (in my view inferior) CD version of the album has about 30 tracks and there's quite a few that don't address the topic. However I still think that the album's overall concept shines through.

    Saturday's?
    Ring Ring(Ha Hey)?
    Talk About Hey Love?
    Let,Let Me In?
    Peas Porridge?

    Dogs, this album doesnt have a common concept.

    Well Ring Ring is about the negative after effects of the fame that De La got after 3 Free High, Peas Porridge is also an aggressive front hidden behind a happy beat countering the mellow outlook of 3 Feet High.

    There's no point batting this a back and forth though.

    I can see where you're coming from and agree that the album doesn't carry through the concept on every track. However, for me, the inclusion of the skits with their album being dissed inbetween songs and the subject matter of a good number of the tracks give the album an overall concept.

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 7,416 Posts
    Doctor Octagon


  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Doctor Octagon

    Would you really listen through that album now? Blue Flowers apart I struggled with it even back then. 


    Also, I have no recollection of ever posting in this thread or the points above but I still think my argument for...Is Dead is ok.

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 7,416 Posts
    Junior said:
    Doctor Octagon

    Would you really listen through that album now? Blue Flowers apart I struggled with it even back then. 


    Also, I have no recollection of ever posting in this thread or the points above but I still think my argument for...Is Dead is ok.
    At the time I loved all of it. Now I stick with Blue Flowers, Bear Witness, and the instrumentals.


    ok, Niggamortis. Still solid.

  • JuniorJunior 4,853 Posts
    Junior said:
    Doctor Octagon

    Would you really listen through that album now? Blue Flowers apart I struggled with it even back then. 


    Also, I have no recollection of ever posting in this thread or the points above but I still think my argument for...Is Dead is ok.
    At the time I loved all of it. Now I stick with Blue Flowers, Bear Witness, and the instrumentals.


    ok, Niggamortis. Still solid.
    Yes definitely, I was playing this a fair bit a year or two ago and I think it sounds just as good now.

    I'm trying to think of new, non terrible, concept albums from the last ten years and am struggling.
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