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Old 10-09-2010, 05:46 AM
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Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Greeting Mooniverseians.

This week starts off our 2nd year of broadcast with a look at the core of the playlists I ask you to build. We are going to delve into the history of the Progressive Rock Concept Album. (Please note that's "Progressive Rock").

This show is going to feature the very 1st Progressive Rock album and parts of the other albums of the time up for condieration. Then I'll toss in a salute to the Epic Tracks - a mainstay of progressive music.

NOW - here's what I'd like you to do. Here in this thread I want to compile a list of what are considered Prog Concept Albums. I'm going to give you a few of the ones that we've already played and I'd like you to fill in the blanks.

To do so you will need to use the "edit button" in this thread. You should have 4 buttons on the bottom right side of each thread posting, one of which is 'edit'. Click the one for the window you want to edit in the thread and add you titles, then save your results.

Now, I may be incorrect and not all members have this nifty tool. If not, merely add a new reply including the albums you suggest and I will transfer them into the list.

So, list away and have fun. Please list ARTIST, ALBUM, YEAR OF RELEASE.

Thanks - see you on the corner.

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Old 10-09-2010, 05:51 AM
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

ALBUM LIST

ARTIST - ALBUM TITLE - RELEASE YEAR

Nektar - Remember the Future - 1974
Grobschnitt - Solar Music - 1978
Neal Morse- "?" - 2005
Triumvirat - Spartucus - 1975
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - 1972
Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - 1974
Rick Wakeman - Journey To The Centre Of The Earth - 1974
Roger Waters - Radio K.A.O.S - 1992
Aufklärung - De la tempesta ... l'oscuro piacere - 1994
Rick Wakeman - The Six Wives of Henry VIII - 1973
Singularity - Between Sunlight and Shadow - 2002
Magma Mëkanďk Kömmandöh - 1973
Frank Zappa - Joes Garage - 1987
Marillion - Brave - 1994
Jethro Tull- Passion Play - 1973
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - 1973
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow - 1976
Michael Rutherford - Smallcreep's Day - 1980
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - 1967
Richard Wahnfried - Time Actor - 1979
Gentle Giant - Three Friends - 1972
Pye Fyte - The Gathering of the Krums - 1998
PFM - Chocolate Kings - 1975
Spock's Beard - Snow - 2002
Nektar - Recycled -1976 (TobyT)
Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - 2002
Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed - 1967
Bo Hansen - Lord of the Rings -1972
Camel - Snow Goose - 1975
Harmonium - Si on Avait Besoin d'une Cinquieme Saison - 1975
The Who - Tommy (proggy in my universe) - 1969 (Actually classified as an Opera but can be stretched to fit definition of concept)
The Who - Quadrophenia- 1973 (must be included if Tommy is)
The Who - The Who Sell Out (1967)
Pink Floyd's - Animals - 1977 (Gooze)
GONG - Flying Teapot-1973 (Gooze)
GONG - Angels Egg - 1973 (Gooze)
GONG - You - 1974 (Gooze)
CAMEL- Nude - 1981 (Gooze)
SAGA - The Chapters Live - 2005. (Gooze)
Neal Morse - Sola Scriptura - 2007 (Ted)
Rick Wakeman - Myths & Legends of King Arthur - 1975 (Ted)
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

I guess since I'm so special (or odd, depending on your point of view) as an admin I can edit. So......

Just use your reply to add new entries and I'll move them over.

NO NEED TO COPY AND PASTE - wasted bytes and bits, and takes too ong to scroll thru.

Thanks folks - have fun.

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INFO. I'm pretty sure the owner of the thread or reply only gets to edit.


However copy/paste works as you see.... I added one to the list.

PROG ON!!!!!


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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Does a whole side of an album count as a concept? If not, at least they're epics.
In that category we have:
MacDonald and Giles - Birdland - 1971
Nektar - Recycled -1976
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 1973
Renaissance - Scheherezade & Other Stories (sorry Gooze) - 1975
ELP - Tarkus - 1971
Iron Butterfly - In a Gadda da Vida (proto prog) - 1968
and of course Yes - Close to the Edge - 1972

Full length concept album:
Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - 2002
Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed - 1967
Bo Hansen - Lord of the Rings -1972
Camel - Snow Goose - 1975
Harmonium - Si on Avait Besoin d'une Cinquieme Saison - 1975
The Who - Tommy (proggy in my universe) - 1969

Happy Turkey Day (Thanksgiving in Canada only), and remember to thank Bob for prog

Good additions , but sorry, a side's worth of music is an epic and not a concept album. Tubular Bells is more a 12" single, no real story there (which is the heart of a concept album). Thanks for adding.

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Well Toby I can understand you being a Dentist and all, that you would pick that Renaissance Cd. It is a great one to pull teeth to. (While heavily Sedated) lol.
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Hi Dale! The most obvious one I don't see listed is: 1) Pink Floyd's-Animals-1977 based on Roger Water's interpretation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. 2) Is actually a 3 Cd concept, The Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy of Planet Gong's Pothead Pixies flying around in there Flying teapots and with the help of the Octave doctors bringing there listeners to a new consciousness. (Or in my case Unconsciousness from too many bong hits .) Later in the following discs you get the characters from planet gong introduced and finally in the 3rd disc you have it all come together in a cosmic revealing of your own self awareness. The discs are: GONG-Flying Teapot-1973, GONG-Angels Egg-1973, and GONG-You-1974. In that order 3) CAMEL-Nude-1981. This story of a WWII Japanese soldier who was forgotten on a Pacific Island for 20 years, unaware the war was over. 4) SAGA-The Chapters Live-2005. Saga finally puts the chapters in order and performs them live. This deserves it's own show, don't you think? 5) How to make a Burger is covered by: FOCUS-Hamburger Concierto-1974 Taken from a Brahms piece. I'll take mine Medium Well. With a cold one of course.
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Dale,

Adding to your list:

Neal Morse, Sola Scriptura, 2007
Rick Wakeman, Myths & Legends of King Arthur, 1975

my 2 cents on an early Sunday AM.

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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

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Does a whole side of an album count as a concept? If not, at least they're epics.
In that category we have:
MacDonald and Giles - Birdland - 1971
Nektar - Recycled -1976
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells - 1973
Renaissance - Scheherezade & Other Stories (sorry Gooze) - 1975
ELP - Tarkus - 1971
Iron Butterfly - In a Gadda da Vida (proto prog) - 1968
and of course Yes - Close to the Edge - 1972
I had Iron Butterfly's Butterfly Bleu from Metamorphosis in my Mooniverse playlist. Much more prog than In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

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Hi Dale! The most obvious one I don't see listed is: 1) Pink Floyd's-Animals-1977 based on Roger Water's interpretation of George Orwell's Animal Farm.
It wasn't an "interpretation" of Orwell's Animal Farm but a loosely analogous stolen concept retooled and applied to many (then) present day political issues in the UK.

Both are great stories in and of themselves. Those here from the US should pay careful attention to and heed Orwell's warnings of Animal Farm in correlation with the current US federal administration.

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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Alright gang - how could we get this far into the thread and not have picked up the Pink Floyds "The Wall" (1979) was not lisited. Also Floyds "The Final Cut" (1983) even though it was pretty much a bad Roger Waters self indulgence and not much of a Floyd cd, IMHO.

Also:

Alan Parsons Project "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (1976)
Dream Theater "Metropolis Pt.2: Scenes from a Memory" (1999)
Genesis "Duke" (1980) (Not sure if this one really qualifies but I'm throwing it in the mix.)
Jethro Tull "Thick as a Brick" (1972)
Yes "Tales from Topographic Oceans" (1973)
Marillion "Missplaced Childhood" (1985)
Triumvirat "Pompeii" (1977)
Styx "Kilroy was Here" (1983) (Is this really prog?)

That's all I can think of at the moment. Prog On!

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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Frank Zappa's 1966 Freak Out album is considered by some to be one of, if not "the", 1st prog concept albums. Of course all FZ's records could be considered concept albums since they were all part of his Project/Object concept, to wit:

http://wiki.killuglyradio.com/wiki/P...Object_concept

For concept albums in general, here's some food for thought:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_album
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

just adding a few as they pop into my head:

i think pretty much all of robert calverts:
capt lockhead and the starfighters
lucky leif and the longships
hype: the songs of tom mahler
freq
test tube conceived

mike oldfield:
incantations
ommadawn
hergest ridge

eloy:
power and the passion
dawn
ocean

manuel gottsching:
E2 - E4

phillip glass: (prog??? probably not, but we have some on the moon, so...)
Einstein on the Beach
Koyaniskaatsi (sp?)

laurie anderson:
United States, Parts 1 thru 4

Pater Hammill:
The fall of the House of Usher

Klaus Schulze:
Dune
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Hi Peeps,

I'm going to go out on a bit of a limb here.

Hawkwind - Space Ritual Alive - 1973

"The Space Ritual show attempted to create a full audio-visual-cerebral experience, representing themes developed by Barney Bubbles and Robert Calvert entwining the fantasy of Starfarers in suspended animation traveling through time and space with the concept of the music of the spheres."

Now THAT'S a concept!! When we lucky few, sorry Mortis, who went to one of the shows entered the theatre we were handed a fold up sheet with photos and text, written by Barney Bubbles, that outlined the story.

I have to say it was a sonic experience I will never forget........neither will those who came to my 50th Birthday party and witnessed a rather drunken Keithie and Steve moshing to Brainstorm, totally embarrassing TLS Pam who was hiding under a table.

Anyway...that's my 2 pees worth.
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Hey that reminds me! Hawkwind's "Warriors on the Edge of Time" 1975, with Sci Fi Writer Michael Moorcocks (no jokes please) poetic narrative is probably their finest studio recording. Space Rock at it's best! Joe Bob sez "Check it Out"

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Correction to the above. My copy is a 1993. It's actually a 1975 DOH!
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For concept albums in general, here's some food for thought:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_album
Thanks, JTM. This is where I read about Simon Simopath and researched the show I put together.

There's also a link to a list of concept albums - but it's all different genres. Hence my starting a new list here just for us.
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I've still not had a show, but I've claimed "Three Friends" by Gentle Giant.
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Re: Ode to the Concept Album - Mooniverse Show #53

Adding to the thread:

- Aphrodite's child - 666 (1972)
- The Box - Black Dog There (2005)
- The Box - Le Horla de Maupassant (2009)
- Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley - Marscape (1976)
- PFM - Dracula (2006)
- Various - Peter and the Wolf (1975)
- Various - Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) (not sure this fits, but I think it could be considered progressive)


I'll probably think of more later, but that's it for now.
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I vote the California 99 I sent you, or the Mandalaband; Eye of Wendor.

I can think of more, but i will start with these!
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Almost forgot, how about Zappa Joes Garage, classic concept LP!!
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