Bands that had a "masterpiece", w/ common theme

Odd title. "sorry if it turns you off"
Pink Floyd "The Wall" @ "The Final Cut" (underated)
Kansas "Leftoverture"
ELP "Brain Salad Surgery"
Manfred Mann "The Roaring Silence"
I could go on, this is just to get it started.
Alan Parsons "I Robot" @ "Tales Of Mystery @ Imagination"
Do you mean a "concept album?" If so...

Hall and Oates-War Babies
Alice in Chains-Dirt
The Kinks-Village Green Preservation Society
Either way, although "Dirt" doesn't strike me that way. The great thing about music is, it moves us all in different ways!
I heard an interview with Ian Anderson (Tull) where people thought "Agualung" was a concept album.
"You want a concept album?", he says.
"I'll give you a concept album!"
And out came "Thick as a Brick".
If you listen to Dirt, just about every song deals with Layne Staley's heroin addiction.
The Band: "Music From Big Pink", or the "brown" album.
The 6 Wives of Henry VIII


Lamb Lies Down On Broadway


In Search Of The Lost Chord

Close To The Edge

Radio KAOS
moody blues- days of future past
frank sinatra - songs for young lovers
supertramp -crime of the century
pink floyd - animals, wish you were here
Do you really consider Pink Floyd to be music?

If you like The Band you will like Levon Helm and the RCO Allstars.
Rrog..I certainly consider Pink Floyd to be Music.One of the top Bands ever to say the least.Do you live under a rock?Or only listen to quiet female vocals or smooth jazz.Or the worst Rap and Hip Hop or other mainstream crap?JD
Rrog.After checking "Rrog's Reponses in Music" in the forum thread section you actually have good taste in music..I don't get your Pink Floyd comment weather you like them or not they play music...Rap is not music..JD
Camper van Beethoven - Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
Beck - Sea Change
Seems to me, "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" should be on the list.

2nd for "Desperado".
Moody Blues first 7 Albums from Days of Future Passed to Seventh Sojoun. Pink Floyds Wish You were Here. A number of the Barclay James Harvest lps to add a few.
Sgt.Pepper - Beatles
Tommy - Who
Remember the Future - Nektar
Paul Simon One Trick Pony
Alice Cooper Killer
Steppenwolf Monster
Spirit 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
Bill Evans Conversations with Myself
Nektar-"Remember the Future"
Eloy-"Ocean"..A Masterpiece!
Camel"Dust and Dreams" and "Harbour of Tears"and others
Gong's 1st several LP's
Tarkus if half an album counts..Another real Masterpiece!
Jimi Hendrix; Electric Ladyland
Genesis 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'
Sgt Pepper is not a concept album. McCartney is very clear on this and stated such in numerous interviews.

There is no common theme among the songs.

The Beatles playing themselves is the gimmick.
Cool thread.

Here's a flier, Bob Dylan's "Desire." Couldn't say what the concept is, but it always struck me that it has something on his other great albums from the period (like "Blood on the Tracks"); not so many great songs, maybe, but somehow more of a unity. John
Brian Jonestown Massacre: His Satanic Majesty's 2nd Request
(the most underrated record of all time IMHO)

Who: Quadrophenia

Zappa: Joe's Garage

Metallica: Justice for All
Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness
The music and LP is an AWESOME work of art especially when you consider the cover artwork and accompanying book, sketches, etc.
How could I forget Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise
I agree with most of previous - my fave of the bunch being APP - Tales...mystery...E A Poe..., concept, lyric and production wise.

...I also think P F - Final cut is an underrated masterpiece.
The Clash, The Stones, Radiohead come to mind.

IMHO: Only two albums were able to sound coherent over a wide range of genre styles but maintained a common theme: The Clash, London Calling,and the Stone's Exile on Main Street. Each song informed the next as a seemless whole.

With a comtemporary band, I also give huge kudos to Radiohead: OK Computer, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief are not as coherent of playing different styles but work the common theme aspect.
A'feil- Haven't read the McCartney interviews you reference so will glady defer to you in that regard. The OP asked about a "common theme" not necessarily concept albums. Based on tracks 1, 2, 7, and 12 I'd argue there is a "common theme" to SPLHCB. (though many of the tracks are "off theme"). At the least that's my view. FWIW - I'd consider Pink Floyd's "Ummagumma" another entry for this thread. By the way, if you're willling, I'm interested in understanding more about what you mean regarding, "The Beatles playing themselves is the gimmick." Ciao.
'Elizium' by Fields of the Nephilim.
From the Playboy December 1984 interview (McCartney):

"Sgt Pepper was an idea I had, I think, when I was flying from LA to somewhereville. I thought it would be nice to lose our identities, to submerge ourselves in the persona of a fake group, us. We would make up all the culture around it and collect all our heroes in one place. So I thought, a typical stupid sounding name for a Dr. Hook's Medicine Show and Traveling Circus kind of thing would be Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Just a word game really."

There is plenty written on the album. The best, IMO, are "The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook The World" and "The Beatles Anthology". They are my personal favs and I have a fairly extensive collection of Beatles resource material.
07-25-10: Timrhu
How could I forget Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise

And...Greetings From Michigan The Great Lakes State
07-25-10: Timrhu
How could I forget Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise

And...Greetings From Michigan The Great Lakes State

Illinoise = Masterpiece
Michigan = exellent album
Just my opinion of course as I have read others feel Michigan is Sufjan's best effort.

I'd have a hard time picking one over the other but gun to my head I'd take Michigan. I'm just happy to see other's digging his work.
XTC Skylkarking, and The Decemberists The Hazards of Love and to a slightly leesser extent, The Crane Wife. Crane Wife is a superb album with good sonics on most tracks but let down by compression and other nasties at times. Still, a great album!
Bowie "Rise @ Fall of Ziggy Stardust"
Neil Young "Greendale", Isaac Hayes "Shaft"
Despite what Mccartney says, people still consider it a concept album. Depsite what Lennon said about Julian's drawing of Lucy, people will still say that Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is basically an LSD trip and with all of the imagery, how can it be disputed?
>>08-01-10: Cyclonicman
Despite what Mccartney says, people still consider it a concept album<<


And lots of "people" consider Britney, Madonna, Kenny G, and Michael Bolton artists.

>>How can it be disputed?<<

Who you going to believe?
McCartney, Lennon, or the "people"

Audiofeil, take a chill pill. I don't think anyone asked for your opinion on who you consider an artist either.
Thanks but nobody forces you to read my opinions as well.

Maybe you should give a listen to Kenny G's latest release; it's called "Chronic Cyclonic".

Puts me to sleep.
YES, Tales from topographic oceans
The Cure: Disintegration.
Just off the top of my head...

Okkervil River "Black Sheep Boy"
Okkervil River "the Stage Names"
Okkervil River "the Stand Ins"

Tool "Lateralus"

M. Ward "Transfiguration of Vincent"

John Fahey "Blind Joe Death" along with the various later rereleases.

Built to Spill "Perfect from Now On"

Modest Mouse "The Moon and Antarctica"

Frank Zappa "joe's garage" although the entire output of Zappa should be considered a masterpiece with a common theme considering how he cut and pasted live performances with studio material all the time.

Other than those listed, these come to mind.

Queensryche-Operation Mindcrime
Dream Theater-Metropolis, Scenes from a memory
Csmgolf, Awesome, I completely forgot about 2112. Whatever happened to MFSL, going to release this on vinyl?
Yes "The Yes Album". Not really, no, Yes really. Listen to it again. AWESOME! THIS IS THEIR MATERPIECE!
Not an entire album but also "Suppers Ready" by Genesis. My admiration of this composition only increases each time I hear it.