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    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009
    Liars-They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
    Cex-Maryland Mansions
    Ventian Snares-Rossz Csillag Alatt Született
    Merzbow-A Taste Of Merzbow
    Dr. Octagon-Dr. Octagonecologyst
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    Lou Reed's BERLIN.
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    Ayreon - 01011001
    Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    Bruce Dickinson - Chemical Wedding
    Die Ärzte - Le Frisur
    Grave Digger - Tunes of War / The Grave Digger
    Jag Panzer - Thane to the Throne
    Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
    Savatage - Streets / Dead Winter Dead
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2009
    Swedish organist Bo Hansson made a really cool instrumental interpretation of the LORD OF THE RINGS in 1970 (if memory serves). It captures the atmosphere of the books very well, I think, but has an eerie psychedelic feel to it.
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    @ ThomDunn - You're probably right, it does approach the line where you're essentially saying "this is a concept album and the concept is that we're a band making an album", and you wouldn't know with ...Is A Real Boy unless you were told (however the story is explained in the liner notes too I think). But there's still some tracks that are fairly explicitly tied to the concept.

    And Racebannon! Satan's Kickin' Yr Dick In. Look up the story for that one and tell me it's not the greatest concept album ever.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    Some of these are back in the dusty old vault, behind a creaky door. On some, I'm probably confusing theme with concept, but here goes:

    Alquimia (ambient musician from Mexico City) - Coatlicue - Goddess of the Earth - Aztec religion, lots of chanting to thirsty gods.
    Ann Dudley & Jaz Coleman - Songs from the Victorious City (Cairo)
    Boiled In Lead - The Gypsy (wandering)
    Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush of Ghosts (voices of the world)
    Christian Death - Ashes (Madness, melancholy, etc.)
    Clock DVA - Man-Amplified
    David Holmes - Let's Get Killed (New York street life)
    DJ Spooky -Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and pretty much everything else he's done.
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer (god help me) - Pictures at an Exhibition, Tarkus (side 1), Brain Salad Surgery (side 2)
    Future Sound of London - Dead Cities (cyberpunk future)
    Genesis POrridge, Bill Laswell and others - Hashisheen: The End of Law
    King Crimson - Starless & Bible Black, Discipline, Beat
    Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain, Agharta
    Nostalgia - The House On The Borderland (Dark ambient album inspired by the novel by William Hope Hodgson. Hodgson (1877-1918), was influenced by the mystic Emmanuel Swedenborg and in turn influenced H P Lovecraft)
    Phillip Glass - The Photographer (on the an episode in the life of Eadweard Muybridge, who presaged motion pictures without intending to. Muybridge shot a man who was making time with Muybridge's wife, and did a runner)
    Pulp - Different Class
    Roky Erickson & The Aliens - The Evil One - Monster movies, and Erickson's own nightmares in the Texas state mental hospital in Austin
    The Sabres of Paradise (Andy Weatherall) - Haunted Dancehall
    SPK - Zamia Lehmanni - J.-K. Huysmans novel "Against Nature"
    Stalingrad (Kirlian Camera side project) - Court-Martial - you know, Stalingrad, Great Patriotic War
    Stranglers - Meninblack ("How to Serve Man")
    Talking Heads - Remain in Light - Africa
    Tricky - Product of the Environment (1950s and 1960s London gangsters, in their own words) - I love nitro. Nitro's easy.
    Ugly Duckling - Combo Meal/Taste the Secret (a fictional all-meat fast food joint in LA)
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    Ann Dudley & Jaz Coleman - Songs from the Victorious City (Cairo)
    Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life In The Bush of Ghosts (voices of the world)
    David Holmes - Let's Get Killed (New York street life)
    Future Sound of London - Dead Cities (cyberpunk future)
    The Sabres of Paradise (Andy Weatherall) - Haunted Dancehall
    SPK - Zamia Lehmanni - J.-K. Huysmans novel "Against Nature"
    Talking Heads - Remain in Light - Africa

    Genius! Great ones that I wished I had come up with, especially the David Holmes album.
    And all fit the requirements, as far as I'm concerned.
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    For what it's worth, while I'm a big fan of concept album (albums loosely based around a central theme) but abhor the Rock Opera (telling a story). Operas, rock or otherwise, by trying to tell a story and have great music, tend to fail miserably at both. We'll call this the "Kilroy Was Here" syndrome for no apparent reason.

    That said, I'm a big fan of the Ann Dudley/Jaz Coleman work, XTC's Skylarking, Shriekback's Oil and Gold, Public Enemy's Welcome To The Terrordome, and (shoot me now) TR-I's No World Order.
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    Umm. I think I should say here Lou Reed's STREET HASSLE.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    I've got a soft spot for Warren Zevon's Transverse City. Vaguely cyberpunky. How can you not love a track like Run Straight Down, that starts off with the chant:

    (4-Aminobiphenyl, hexachlorobenzene
    Dimethyl sulfate, chloromethyl methylether
    2, 3, 7, 8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-
    para-dioxin, carbon disulfide)

    (Dibromochloropane, chlorinated
    benzenes, 2-Nitropropane, pentachlorophenol,
    Benzotrichloride, strontium chromate
    1, 2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane)

    AWL tagevver nahh!

    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    Zen Arcade
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    KISS - Music from "The Elder."

    There are others?
      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    @KarmaDrome: HA! I briefly thought of putting Todd Rundgren/TR-1's "No World Order" on my list. You're braver than me.
    "Oil and Gold" is one solid album, infused with the "concept" of Shriekback, but I don't know if I think of it as a "concept album". A brilliant album, yes.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    yeah, Crack the Skye, Blood Mountain and Leviathan by Mastodon just paints pictures in my head. I now believe giant white whales are fucking metal!

    Suspended Animation by Fantomas. Lots of cartoon sound effects getting pummeled by dada metal. Gives you an idea of what the background noise in Joker's head probably is.
    • CommentAuthorbrass
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    Might be more of a musical but,

    Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War of the Worlds

    Gotta love Richard Burton's occasional narration.
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    I see your

    Dr. Octagon - Dr. Octagonecologyst

    and raise you a:

    Mr Lif. - I, Phantom
    Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    The Osmonds: "The Plan".
    • CommentAuthorJoe B
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    For Shriekback, Sacred City was pretty much a concept album for them, covering increasing urbanization and corporation. "Bastard Sons of Enoch" is still a big favorite of mine.
    Echo the votes for 'The Wall'. Roger Waters is a concept album fiend, his solo albums, like "The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" are concept albums.
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    I really enjoy the fact that Prowler in the Yard from Pig Destroyer is a concept album, because it is such a good album. The songs follow a storyline about the progression of a stalker and his victim. So it'll probably make you a more suspect character for liking it. "Semen tastes like gunmetal she said smiling..."
    • CommentAuthorJeff P.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    I'm a sucker Snow by Spock's Beard, telling a Tommy/Lamb Lies Down prog messiah story.
    Bowie's Outsider too.
    Also like Shaming of the True by Kevin Gilbert, just for the variety of songs.
    Porcupine Tree's The Incident comes out this month.