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2002-08-03 08:52:26 PM
Kevin Gilbert!! Trust me!! He's obscure and underated (and dead.
 
2002-08-03 08:52:59 PM
Marillion had some great concept albums. Besides Misplaced Childhood, Clutching at Straws is my favorite. They started the sucking after Fish left.

I am glad to see Alan Parsons mentioned, too. The Gaudi album was kind of a mess, but a beautiful sounding mess.
 
2002-08-03 08:54:55 PM
YEA i dont get it 2112 bad????i think the reviewer just dosn't like geddy lees slightly histronic vocal style...
KLIFFOFF...im not overly partial to blind gaurdian but its nice to see death metal get some play here at FARK...anyone ever hear the last album by hexx???
 
2002-08-03 09:55:57 PM

My fave concept band.
 
2002-08-03 10:07:17 PM
What about Nilsson's "The Point"?

Anyone remember THAT one?
 
2002-08-03 10:26:00 PM
Iceagecoming:


Me and my Arrow...

Halpas:
Point 'em at the the site, brother! Stars and Hank Forever!
 
2002-08-03 10:33:16 PM
AbbyNormal:
I stumbled on Gilbert's rendition of Siberian Khatru back in the Napster days - spot on amazing. Thanks for the link!
 
2002-08-03 11:21:25 PM
I agree with MetaPhyzix, Shape of Punk to Come could be considered a concept album, its kind of a blue print of the direction punk and hard-rock need to be taking...and i would go as far as to say it's the best punk album to come out in the last 10 years, but thats anothing story.
 
Mex
2002-08-03 11:30:30 PM
Just so you know, the RIAA is taking all your names and WILL sue you.
 
2002-08-03 11:34:09 PM
Sciatica:

Totally in agreement with you on Clutching at Straws by Marillion. It's my favorite album by them, though I do enjoy listening to Misplaced Childhood as well. The band sucked after Fish left.
 
2002-08-03 11:38:22 PM
Wow. I have to say I was shocked to see the inclusion of 2112 on that list. I love that album. Granted, it's a little silly, but the music just kicks ass.

Personally, I'd have to say my favorite concept albums are the classics: The Wall, Wish You Were Here, and Operation: Mindcrime. Great stories, great music.
 
2002-08-03 11:53:56 PM


The FUGS - It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest!
 
2002-08-04 02:47:28 AM
Unsurprisingly, there is not one band on that list (with the possible exception of Frank Sinatra) that does not suck donkey balls. Appreciation of prog-rock is one step beyond my apportioned 10% brain power. Jon Anderson, Dennis DeYoung and Geddy Lee should be hog-tied, gagged and trucked off to a deserted island. Once they shed their bonds, it's a sing-off, and the winner throws himself off a high cliff into the ocean. Gah.
 
2002-08-04 03:44:34 AM
Sweet crap, let me be the sixth or seventh to recommend Dream Theater's Scenes From a Memory. It's impossible to not respect this album's greatness. You could read the lyrics and listen to the album ten times without fully understanding the entire story and catching every allusion and subtle reference. You might not LIKE it if you're looking for catchy 3 minute songs, but doggone it, you WILL respect the brilliance of the Portnoy/Petrucci. And Myung and Rudess and Labrie.

That is all.
 
2002-08-04 05:10:47 AM
Only reason people liked Rush is because when they first heard it they thought the lead singer was a woman.
 
2002-08-04 05:20:40 AM
There needs to a be a list of bands who have the most annoying fans. The pretentious and disagreeable farks behind Rush and Tool both go high on the list. Dream Theater is on there somewhere, too.

Hear, hear! I agree fully with this sentiment. I'm a fan of both Tool and Rush, but I've never known any other group of fan who is absolutely insistent that their favorite band walks on water and heals the lepers.

Children, listen up: Rush is good. 2112 is a stupid, overblown piece of crap. Learn to be honest about what your band has produced. =)
 
2002-08-04 06:14:22 AM
Sinatra

I'd say Prince's "Around the World in a Day" or "Sign 'o' the Times" really haven't held up well (they're sort of concept albums).


Yes they have, and no they aren't.
 
2002-08-04 07:29:59 AM
"Dead Winter Dead" by Savatage. Good songs, strong theme, and I have a taste for classical music performed - and performed well - on electric guitar.

"2112" is a good album. Rush got better with time.

I'm surprised to see folks ragging on Floyd's "The Final Cut". I consider it a very thoughtful, poignant anti-war album. No real good "top-40" hits on it, though.

"Quadrophenia" belongs on the "best 10" list.

Oh, and "We Kill Everything" by GWAR works pretty well, too.
 
2002-08-04 09:15:36 AM
I know im bout a day late but yea, i definatly see the generation gap, all this talk about great concept albums an only 1 mention of NIN's Downward Spiral....
And of course the other industrial concept entry, Antichrist Superstar.
 
2002-08-04 09:16:29 AM
And of course The 2 Fantomas albums
 
2002-08-04 11:10:35 AM
I agree with AbbyNormal

Phil Collins is the AntiChrist.

Do you have the Shaming "collector's version" with the booklet that contains all the art? Have not seen the regular CD version.

Long live the Rubinoos!
 
2002-08-04 11:28:29 AM
Until late (as of now) in this thread, I thought I was the only rock fan in the world who thinks Rush is neither the greatest band ever or the all-time biggest pile of suck.

Their concept pieces are generally the stuff that makes me wince most (aside from Geddy Lee's voice at its worst). I tend to prefer their records that aren't crushed under the weight of their strenuously labored "profundity".

But the people who like that By-Tor and the Snow Dog stuff aren't retarded for it, nor are those who think it's blustery BS wildly off-base.

The Onion's "Congress Debates Coolness of Rush" speaks volumes about this entire discourse.

The concept album idea isn't entirely dead, though. A recent one that I liked a lot was the Drive-By Truckers "Southern Rock Opera", a 2-CD set that addresses Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Bryant, George Wallace, growing up bored in rural Alabama, drinking too much, all in a loose story.

Of course, the career of my fave band - The Ramones - was essentially a 20-year concept album of sorts. And I liked it.

Still, it was hilarious that Styx made it twice.
 
2002-08-04 04:00:21 PM
08-04-02 03:44:34 AM Rivers611
"Sweet crap, let me be the sixth or seventh to recommend Dream Theater's Scenes From a Memory. It's impossible to not respect this album's greatness. You could read the lyrics and listen to the album ten times without fully understanding the entire story and catching every allusion and subtle reference. You might not LIKE it if you're looking for catchy 3 minute songs, but doggone it, you WILL respect the brilliance of the Portnoy/Petrucci. And Myung and Rudess and Labrie.

That is all."

-anyone who has NOT seen these guys live....you really don't know what you're missing.

-LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE-
 
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