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I won't post all of the obvious (classic) ones right away, but a couple favorites that I feel are drastically underrated. What are some of your favorites?



The Decemberists Hazards of Love was IMO one of the top 5 albums of 2009. Saw them live at Lollapalooza and they killed the performance. Played the album front to back amidst the perfect dreary/rainy atmosphere.





One of my favorite hip-hop concept albums is NightHawks (Cage and Camu Tao). This is definitely worth a listen if you like underground hip hop at all.

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Parliament
Gloryhallastoopid-
Funkentelechy vs The Placebo Syndrome
Motor Booty Affair

SATFS
There's a Riot Goin On
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The Good Life - Album of the Year, Blackout Pedro the Lion - Control, Winners Never Quit Cursive - Domestica The Antlers - Hospice Neutral Milk Hotel - In an Aeroplane Over the Sea
post #4 of 20
Concept albums generally suck...
post #5 of 20
The Kinks--Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
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Rush - Hemispheres

Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime

Fates Warning- A Pleasant Shade of Grey
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The One Giveth and The Count Taketh Away!-Bootsy Collins
This one sucked so badly that I became instantly angry and I sold it to a used record shop after the first listening.
post #8 of 20
Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" and "Kamakiriad".
post #9 of 20
The obvious: Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon Sigur Ros- ( ) Radiohead- OK Computer Less obvious: Failure- Fantastic Planet The Thrills- So Much For The City Beck- Guero Lovage- Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady To Midlake- Trials of Van Occupanther Underoath- Define the Great Line Not sure if Tool would fit under "concept" since they constantly do "concept" albums but Lateralus is my personal favorite.
post #10 of 20
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Wow, so there is a good concept album! OK Computer = dog turd.
post #11 of 20
The 70's was the golden age of the concept album yeah?
Rush 2112
Alan Parsons did Edgar Alan Poe, some good stuff in there
Rick Wakeman - everything inc Henry VIII, Journey to Cent Earth, Camelot or some such
Elton John - Captain Fantastic, Yellow Brick Road
Pink Floyd - Dark Side and Wish You were here
Bowie - Ziggy , Diamond Dogs

course a lot of people say it's all too cerebral - classically trained rock musos trying to get serous and compete with the big boys of orchestral music and esp Opera,
my fav would be Dark Side
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Originally Posted by Pliny View Post
The 70's was the golden age of the concept album yeah?
Rush 2112
Alan Parsons did Edgar Alan Poe, some good stuff in there
Rick Wakeman - everything inc Henry VIII, Journey to Cent Earth, Camelot or some such
Elton John - Captain Fantastic, Yellow Brick Road
Pink Floyd - Dark Side and Wish You were here
Bowie - Ziggy , Diamond Dogs

Thankfully there was another side to the 70s.....


post #14 of 20
^ Amen! (Although, I would replace them with the New York Dolls! )
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All the Coheed and Cambria albums Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
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