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    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009
    Giant Squid's album The Ichthyologist is an album that follows the plot of a comic book the lead singer has written (though I don't believe it's been drawn yet? I know it's not been published). I've definitely touted the virtues of this band somewhere here.

    Review of it can be found here.
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    Did we get this far without mention of The Pretty Thing's S.F. Sorrow? (Maybe I missed it.)

    It really is the first rock opera/concept album/whatchacallit. Recorded in '67, released in '68, it predates the Who's Tommy. It's also quite good - but Parachute, their next LP, is better. (Parachute is also a suite of related songs that might qualify as a concept album.)
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2009 edited
    @ adamncopeland - I think we can probably include most of Kool Keith's recordings, because every album seems to be built around whatever character he's adopting that week. Oh and then, there's Sex Style, a concept album about f*cking. And now that I'm actually thinking about hip-hop, and f*cking - Dan the Automator's Lovage: Music to Make Love to your Old Lady By, which features a star turn by Mike Patton, crooning very sensually.

    MF Doom has a bunch of great concept albums, particularly the Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain album, where he portrays a kinda loser gangsta, which doesn't sound like much, but the character is so well defined and presented, and it uses some of my favourite beats and producers of the time. And his Mm Food album, which is a hip-hop concept album about food. Really, every song is about food and features a variety of food based puns. Oh wait, plus the Dangerdoom album which is a concept album about Adult Swim.
    • CommentAuthorLaemeur
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
    FSOL's Dead Cities, and Genesis' ...Lamb Lies Down... have already been mentioned, so I'll just smile and nod along with those. The Who's Quadrophenia is sort of a pat answer (well, Tommy's the pat answer, I guess) but I think it's aces, along with Who's Next, which is a concept album with chapters ripped out. Also, The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed.

    Oh, and Sting's Soul Cages.
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
    The Happy Family / Momus - The Man On Your Street (fascism)
    Willie Nelson - The Red-Headed Stranger (revenge and remorse)
    THE RESIDENTS!!!!! - The Mole Trilogy, Demons Dance Alone, Voices of Midnight (after ETA Hoffman's "The Sandman"), oh hell, pretty much every one of their albums has had a unifying concept
    The Hawklords - The Coming of the Hawklords (Hawkwind side project; I've never heard it; it's supposed to be abysmal)
    Lou Reed - Metal Machine Music (well, it is a concept. I actually listened to it all the way through, but not on speed, so alas it did nothing for me)
    The Tubes - Remote Control
    • CommentAuthorAlexGBYMR
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
    The Murder of Rosa-Luxemburg - Everyone's In Love And Flowers Pick Themselves. Very strange concept, Victor is an old man and has grown disafected with religion, as a result he decides to build his own house and cut himself off from the world to become god. Whilst living alone with his cat and dog he goes batshit crazy, and dreams that said animals are fighting over his soul. He then dies, and in doing so wonders what his life would have been like if he'd lived as part of a wider society. Or something. Though good luck working that out from the music.
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009 edited
    the entire DESTINATION:TIME trilogy by graf orlock (today, tomorrow and yesterday) are a concept...but i couldnt fucking tell you what that concept is.

    the only one that seems to actually have anything that can be gleaned story-wise is the newest one, but even thats kinda iffy. thats what you get from movie based grindcore?

    also HEWHOCORRUPTS-ten steps to success is exactly what it sounds like: a loose plan for "making it" in the corporate world from this fake-corporation masquerading as a brutal hardcore band
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    Real Tuesday Weld - I, Lucifer. All tracks influenced by the novel of the same name. It will be interesting to see if it's chosen as soundtrack for the upcoming movie.

    The soundtrack to Dead Man. All orchestrated and performed by Neil Young. It truly is haunting and unique.

    Laurie Anderson - Big Science. Another album that is elicits the weirdest emotional responses. I wonder if she knows how black her humor actually is?

    Probot - self titled
    . Wonderful idea. Write all the music for your favorite singers/lyricists and have them do their thing.

    All of Shatner's and Nimoy's records. Even if you didn't like any of it, the balls to actually do such a thing, to put your reputation on the line? Wow...
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    CKY - Carver City (loose concept album of a haunted/cursed vacation spot)
    • CommentAuthorIsaacSher
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2009
    Electric Light Orchestra, TIME


    God help me, but I actually do enjoy it: Styx, KILROY WAS HERE

    I don't *think* Peter Gabriel's US qualifies as a unified concept album, although the concert video for that is absolutely mindblowing for the concepts on display.

    Blue Man Group, THE COMPLEX

    Unfortunately, I can't think of any others that I've listened to and enjoyed. Although I confess, I never thought of looking at NIN: The Downward Spiral as a concept album, even though it's an alltime favorite. Just never occurred to me to look at it like that.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009
    Most of my picks have been mentioned it looks like, but some I really like:

    Dead Letters Spell out Dead Words - Lost in Reflections
    Sergei Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead (that counts right? it certainly has a very specific concept behind it)
    Play - A3LSCH8500
    Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual

    Also, I'd RE-mention
    Cex - Maryland Mansions
    NIN - TDS and The Fragile
  3.  (6685.72)
    Sergei Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead

    Sure. And on a related note, Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009
    Holy shit, Adam fucking Sward. You'd better be posting some of your art here, you talented bastard.


    Probably my favorite concept album ever, is The World/Inferno Friendship Society's 'Addicted To Bad Ideas: Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century", about the life and times of Peter Lorre.


    Live performance of the opening track, "Peter Lorre's Overture"

    They occasionally perform the album in its entirety, which I would love to see someday. They are one of the most captivating, energetic live bands I have ever seen. I'm attending their annual Halloween show in New York City this year, and it's quite possibly the most intensely I have ever anticipated a show.
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    @JeffZero: Holy fuck, I love World/Inferno so much. That album is fantastic.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009

    Get a ticket for Hallowmas! We'll hang out!
  5.  (6685.76)
    I'm about 3000 miles of ocean away from that.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009
    Hell and damnation.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009 edited
    saul williams - the inevitable rise and liberation of niggy tardust
    daft punk - discovery ( interstella 5555 project )
    kraftwerk - radio-activity, computer world
    tool - 10,000 days, lateralus
    the who - tommy
    ^ me likey these.
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2009
    I've seen Lateralus on here a couple times. I'll grant that it's a great album, but does it have one unifying concept?
  6.  (6685.80)
    I second DELTRON.