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Old 22-05-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Concept Albums.

I've recently become a fan of concept albums. I don't know why I just find them alluring. This being my all time favorite one. Got any recommendations?
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Old 22-05-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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Old 22-05-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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SRS though...

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The Bedlam In Goliath, Amputechture and De-loused In The Comatorium, all by The Mars Volta.

Goliath and De-loused are more concept albums than Amputechture. Amputechture is maybe more of a 'theme' album. The other two tell specific stories though.

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Re: Concept Albums.

I was just looking at the mars volta in my library but I can't say I know the stories all that well. Honestly Lamb Lies Down and The Wall are the only ones I can think of... Maybe a couple others albums in some vague behavioral senses, like the story of lord gold.
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Old 22-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #5
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I was just looking at the mars volta in my library but I can't say I know the stories all that well. Honestly Lamb Lies Down and The Wall are the only ones I can think of... Maybe a couple others albums in some vague behavioral senses, like the story of lord gold.
Cedric's lyrics are VERY abstract, they don't tell the story in a straightforward manner. It's all imagery that doesn't make sense to other people and that kind of thing.

But Deloused is about a friend of his who got in an accident, was in a coma for a few years, woke up and went insane, and then jumped off a highway overpass to his death.

Bedlam is about two things: a ouijia board named Goliath and the devastating effect it has on the entire band's lives, and this fucking crazy story the board told them about this family, the daughter marries this guy but her mother wants him, there is betrayal, and murder...

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Electric Light Orchestra - Time

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Fucking awesome album about a dude who gets sent to the future (and falls in love with a robot) and tries to get back to his own time.

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Never listened to the Electric Light Orchestra one, cheers.
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Symphony X: V, the new mythology suite
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Old 23-05-2012, 12:54 AM   #11
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Old 23-05-2012, 03:03 AM   #12
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Re: Concept Albums.

I think any Tool album (particularly Aenima and Lateralus) could be considered concept albums. I sometimes mix concept with consistency, so Geogaddi by Boards of Canada always comes to mind.

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Old 23-05-2012, 04:13 AM   #13
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De-loused in the Comatorium = [/thread]
such an amazing album.

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Old 23-05-2012, 07:37 AM   #14
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I think any Tool album (particularly Aenima and Lateralus) could be considered concept albums. I sometimes mix concept with consistency, so Geogaddi by Boards of Canada always comes to mind.
concept albums have to tell a specific story the whole way through.

Tool has certain themes that run through albums and between albums, but they don't tell specific stories that extend across whole albums. For example Disposition/Reflection/Triad are all linked, but they aren't part of a greater narrative.

Geogaddi IS a concept album however as BoC has stated as much. I can't remember the details righ tnow though. I just woke up.

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Old 23-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #15
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Re: Concept Albums.

perhaps tool albums don't fall under the concept thing, but their discography as a whole has some sort of cohesive progression to it. undertow is the rock bottom thing and lateralus is the spiritually uplifted album while aenima falls somewhere in between. it made sense to me in highschool but i dunno now.

geogaddi is probably my all time favourite album, although i can't listen to it too often. i feel all the songs fit together more than on any of their other albums. to be honest, i'm not that big on their other works. i like a few songs off of 'music has the right to children' and 'the campfire headphase', but they never left an imprint as albums.

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Old 23-05-2012, 07:52 AM   #16
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i guess we can mention amon tobin's ISAM album. it's consistent in sound and he was on about this whole thing of 'futuristic music' or some shit. didn't like it myself, but that counts..

edit: i can't believe i didn't mention flying lotus. both 'los angeles' and 'cosmogramma' were concept albums because they were albums he sat down and wrote out from scratch (at least l.a.) then went on to detail. if l.a. doesn't count, then cosmogramma is a definite.

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Old 23-05-2012, 07:59 AM   #17
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perhaps tool albums don't fall under the concept thing, but their discography as a whole has some sort of cohesive progression to it. undertow is the rock bottom thing and lateralus is the spiritually uplifted album while aenima falls somewhere in between. it made sense to me in highschool but i dunno now.
That's half a writing choice and half a natural progression that happened to the band as people.

They got a lot less angry and delved more into exploring spiritual growth, documenting the process of letting go of pointless anger and pettiness... Really that's what most of Lateralus is about, I only wouldn't call it a concept album because it's not so much a story as it is a theme.

another band that does the same thing is ISIS. Certain themes are present in varying degrees in everything they released, for example many many songs of theirs are about or have to do with the ocean and water(hence one album being called Oceanic.)

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Old 23-05-2012, 08:05 AM   #18
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ahh okay that's a proper way of putting it. makes sense they were evolving as a band rather than planning out a 3 album concept hahha.

yeah i think i heard of isis. pelican comes to mind because someone was introducing me to them at the same time and pelican has a lot of consistent nature themes. perhaps they are conceptual like isis, but i dunno..

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Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull ! It's a spoof concept album, but awesome as can be anyway =D

A Passion Play, the next Tull effort, is more difficult to get into but excellent nonetheless. Both are 40mn+ pieces of music running on both sides of the vinyls so you'll get a pt1 and pt2 on CD
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Funny seeing ELO above there. I'd always pondered doing a cover of Here Is The News off that album. Tempted to do a grunge/metal version.

Pink Floyd's The Wall is outstanding. Sometime ago I read quite a bit about the background to the making of that album and all the troubles the band were going through

The album I'm going to add to this list is Eels, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations.

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