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.
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".
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
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
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.
Ghosthouse, 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.
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!
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?
Okkervil River "Black Sheep Boy" Okkervil River "the Stage Names" Okkervil River "the Stand Ins"
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.