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concept albumsThere’s been a huge response to our post on 31 Concept Albums You May Have Missed. Many of you wrote in to suggest concept albums that we may have missed. So, if you haven’t had your fill of concept albums yet, here are the top readers’ choices based on the comments we received.

  1. Quadrophenia – The Who (1973)

The Who’s second rock opera was mentioned by more CultureSonar readers than the more famous Tommy. For Quadrophenia, Pete Townshend crafted the story of a working-class mod named Jimmy with four aspects to his personality (thus the “quadrophenia” of the title). Each of these personality traits (which roughly parallel the way Pete saw each of the four members of the Who) is represented by its own theme. The album includes some of the Who’s best performances as a band and spawned several singles, including the album closer, “Love, Reign O’er Me.”

2. The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd (1973)

The Dark Side of the Moon was the album that made Pink Floyd international superstars. It was also the first of a string of concept albums that founder Roger Waters would create with Pink Floyd and throughout his solo career. Dark Side takes us through a series of things that “make people mad,” including money, love, and the passage of time. Beautiful harmonies and lush arrangements on songs like “Breathe” and “Us And Them” sit alongside angrier and more aggressive songs like “Money.”

3. Operation: Mindcrime – Queensrÿche (1988)

Queensrÿche’s blend of heavy metal and progressive rock was perfected on their third album, Operation: Mindcrime, a concept album about a drug addict named Nikki tormented by the evil Dr. X. Dr. X brainwashes Nikki into becoming an assassin, and murder ensues over thrashing guitars and pounding drums. Queensrÿche would return to the story in 2006 with Operation: Mindcrime II, featuring Ronnie James Dio as Dr. X.

4. The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus – Spirit (1970)

Spirit came out of the Los Angeles art rock scene in the late sixties. Their fourth album, The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, is their best known album. The album revolves around a loosely constructed concept about a mad scientist’s wild dreams, and the songs explore a variety of styles – the folky “Nature’s Way,” the country-esque “Animal Zoo,” the horn-filled “Mr. Skin.” Recording sessions for Twelve Dreams were fraught with tension, and the original lineup of the band broke up after the album was released.

5. 2112 – Rush (1976)

After three albums that only achieved moderate success, Rush ignored their record company’s request to release more commercial music. Instead, they put everything into 2112, and it became their first commercially successful album. It’s not really a concept album, since the second side contains unrelated songs. Yet, it’s the first side’s seven-part title song (a story of a boy who discovers a guitar in a dystopian world that has outlawed music) where the “concept” kicks in.

6. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles (1967)

We know. We know. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is not really a concept album; but it wanted to be. Paul McCartney came up with the original scheme – The Beatles would become a “fake” band that would free them from any musical constraints. On the one hand, the “concept” only lasted for the title song, the segue into “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and the reprise of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” There’s no story threading through the songs. On the other hand, every song on the album is different musically and lyrically, and each could have almost come from a different band – exactly what McCartney was striving for. In any case, many fans consider it The Beatles’ finest work.

7. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway – Genesis (1974)

Before The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, progressive rock stalwarts Genesis had created elaborate story lines in songs like “Supper’s Ready” and “The Knife.” But, The Lamb was Genesis’ first complete album with one unifying storyline. Lead singer Peter Gabriel created the story of Rael, a Puerto Rican teenager who ventures on a magical and frightening path of self-discovery. The album was extremely difficult to write and record, and the arduous process was a deciding factor in Gabriel’s departure from the band.

8. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys (1966)

It’s one of the greatest albums ever, but is Pet Sounds a concept album? Brian Wilson worked with lyricist Tony Asher (along with Beach Boy Mike Love) on a series of personal songs that were sung by the Beach Boys over Wilson’s complex and unusual orchestral arrangements. There’s no specific lyrical motif or musical theme that threads through the album, except the overall excellence of its production.

9. Aqualung – Jethro Tull (1971)

“Sitting on a park bench, eyeing little girls with bad intent.” Thus begins Ian Anderson’s tale of Aqualung, a pitiful and pitiable homeless man. “Aqualung” kicks off Jethro Tull’s fourth album, which is divided into an “Aqualung” side and a “My God” side. Religious themes and character studies weave through both sides of the album. Still, Anderson has always insisted that Aqualung is not a concept album. In fact, it was the critical response to Aqualung that influenced Anderson to create a real concept album, 1972’s Thick As A Brick.

10. Close to the Edge – Yes (1972)

Close to the Edge was the third and final album from Yes’ classic lineup of Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, and Rick Wakeman. The positive response to the longer pieces on Yes’ previous album, Fragile, influenced the band to push their songs even further. On Close to the Edge, long instrumental passages and unifying musical themes combine with mystical lyrics, stacked vocals, and Yes’ impressive musicianship. The album contains three extended suites, so it’s more like three concept albums rather than a single one.

Other reader suggestions:

  1. Tales of Topographic Oceans – Yes (1973)
  2. Tommy – The Who (1969)
  3. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie (1972)
  4. Spartacus – Triumvirat (1975)
  5. In The Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson (1969)
  6. Days of Future Passed – The Moody Blues (1967)
  7. Remember the Future – Nektar (1973)
  8. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975)
  9. Pink World – Planet P Project (1984)
  10. Abbey Road – The Beatles (1969)
  11. The Wall – Pink Floyd (1979)
  12. I Robot – The Alan Parsons Project (1977)

As with any list, you can disagree with the choices or suggest more of your own. Keep ‘em coming!

Scott Freiman
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PS. You may also enjoy our posts How Sgt. Pepper Got Its Cover, Forty (!) Years Later, “Songs In The Key of Life” Is As Fresh As Ever and A Gentle Road Warrior Keeps On….

117 thoughts on “Your 10 Favorite Concept Albums”

  1. Bill Davis says:

    Selling England by the Pound -Genesis

    1. Doug Bowers says:

      The greatest album ever recorded, but concept?

  2. Ivan says:

    I love Beatles but I’ve never considered Sgt Pepper’s a concept album, meanwhile it seems that Jesus Christ Superstar is not considered

    1. NM Ness says:

      You’re apparenly too young because Sgt. Pepper was THE FIRST concept album ever!

      1. R. Fletcher says:

        Actually Frank Zappa had the first concept album a year before Pepper, but nobody listened to it so…Sgt. Pepper is it!

    2. Ralph Powers says:

      Jesus Christ Superstar is more of a Rock Opera like The Who’s “Tommy”.

    3. 64box says:

      I was thinking about that album too. Great music, common theme throughout. Awesome line-up of mucisians and vocalists. I think it gets forgotten that it was an album before anything else.

  3. Andre says:

    Savatage: “Streets”, “Dead Winter Dead” (predecessor to Trans Siberian Orchestra), “Wake of Magellan”, “Poets & Madmen”
    My Chemical Romance: “The Black Parade”

    1. Michael DiFrancesco says:

      Thumbs up (y)

  4. InternetRadio says:

    666 by Aphrodite’s Child

  5. Chuck Padgett says:

    Camel – The Snow Goose (Based on the book by Paul Gallico).

    Camel – Nude (Based on the true story of a Japanese soldier stranded during WW II on a Pacific island for 27 years before being discovered and brought back home as a hero.)

    Camel – Dust & Dreams (Based on John Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath.)

  6. Rico says:

    Sorry, but the worst Beatles out-take is better than the best Rush cut.

    1. Ron V. says:

      True

  7. Joe Cogan says:

    Pet Sounds, Aqualung, and Close to the Edge really aren’t concept albums (neither are In the Court of the Crimson King or Abbey Road from the runners-up). And Thick as a Brick was intended as a parody of concept albums, although ironically, Tull’s next six or so albums after it were actual concept albums (everything from A Passion Play through Heavy Horses, and a case can be made for Stormwatch as a seventh).

  8. Freddy says:

    the Wall didn’t make the top 10? It’s the concept album by which all others are judged.

    1. Gary Wood says:

      Yes! Definitely should be in the top 5

    2. TC says:

      I don’t know about that. The Wall is a great album and probably one of Pink Floyds best concept albums .However, from the Dark Side of the Moon and forward all their albums were concept albums. They all followed a theme.

      What I found missing were probably the 2 originals, though I don’t know which is older and one is multiple artists. Tommy & Jesus Christ Superstar.

      I also think the Beatles White album could be considered a concept album.

      1. Doug Schenker says:

        The best concept album The Who Sell Out.

    3. David says:

      Actually, IMHO, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is the concept album by which all others are judged, but i do agree that The Wall should obviously be in the top 10.

  9. David says:

    Blue Oyster Cult – Secret Treaties

  10. Tina Cheatham says:

    Joe’s Garage by Frank Zappa…..awesome piece of music from start to finish.

    1. Jeff says:

      That’s true

    2. David Harper says:

      Actually Zappa’s whole catalog was a concept album…

      1. Mark says:

        The Project Object. And I agree with a previous comment that Frank’s “Joe’s Garage Parts I, II, III” is a fantastic story with phenomenal music and biting social commentary.

  11. Mike says:

    Jethro Tull, Passion Play
    Rick Wakeman, Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Nillson, The Point
    Although not officially a concept album but should be Supertramp, Crime of the Century

    1. Ron V. says:

      A Passion Play – Fantastic!

      1. Bill Depczynski says:

        I found a vinyl copy at a garage sale, still has the play book.

  12. Eric says:

    P.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things

    1. Dani says:

      The PT are almost always over looked. It is a shame because they were a really good band.

  13. Vandal Drummond says:

    “Nipponjin” by The Far East Family Band

  14. Joanne Welch says:

    Thank you for including Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime! The tend to be dismissed as an 80’s hair band and they are so much more, and still relevant today. Go see them!

  15. Michael Victor Jozwiak says:

    Long Plays “Quark, Strangeness and Charm” by Hawkwind and “Secret Treaties” by Blue Oyster Cult could bothbe loosely considered concept albums.

  16. Keith Semmel says:

    I loved Pete’s Psychoderelict. Should be heard from start to finish

  17. Frank says:

    Pink Floyd: Animals
    Frank Zappa: Apostrophe. The story of Nanuk

  18. Jeff Colombaro says:

    Misplaced Childhood by Marillion should be here as well. One of my all time favorites.

  19. Tom Parsils says:

    Dream Theatre. Scenes From A Memory. A total concept album. On the tip ten above, few are true concept albums.

  20. Brian Cullen says:

    I believe that the album “Time” by Electric Light Orchestra was a very underrated concept album. It’s one of those that ELO fans cannot just listen to one song, the entire album needs to be enjoyed in its entirety. A story of a romance lost, even Jeff Lynne’s additional songs like “Julie Don’t Live Here Anymore” bleed sadness and love lost.

  21. J Crockett says:

    The Kinks have put out many concept albums. Arthur, Lola, Percy Preservation Acts I and II. Schoolboys in Disgrace and Soap Opera were all done in their early days. No, they didn’t get on the Top Ten lists with the public, but Ray’s writing is priceless. To see them play Schoolboys in concert was hilarious and wonderful!

  22. Brian McLaughlin says:

    Third Stage by Boston. A love story; cheesy as hell, but still…

  23. Dre says:

    Zen Arcade -Husker Du

  24. Phil says:

    The Cure’s Disintegration. Holds together like a concept album start to finish.

    1. Kami says:

      Yes! I was going to add this to the list and you beat me to it!

  25. John says:

    Clockwork Angels is Rush’s only true concept album from start to finish and it is their masterpiece. The live performance with the string section was outstanding.

    1. Jeff says:

      I second that, however 2112, Hemispheres and other longer songs would definitely qualify as concept pieces. Even some of their 80’s and 90’s albums had a universal theme to the lyrical content. RUSH RULES!!!

  26. Eric says:

    Last temtatipn – Alice Cooper

    The Point – Harry Nelison

    Yoshimi – Flaming Lips

    Risa’s Shadow- Fogive Durden

  27. Peter Bebeau says:

    Edgar Winters “Entrance”, side 1 is, see 2 is not, but the brothers Winters knock “Tobacco Road” out of the park. All in all a very fine effort.

  28. Frank says:

    Village Green Preservation Society and Arthur, by the Kinks. As far as concept discs, hard to ignore Animals and The Wall by Pink Floyd, and while some of the ones in the piece aren’t really concept discs, I agree that many of Tull’s discs are (including Aqualung), and Selling England by the Pound by Genesis is an underrated gem.

    1. Joe says:

      Perfect post; can’t agree more…

  29. Lodger says:

    Bowie’s Diamond Dogs
    Elton’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
    Zappa’s Joe’s Garage

  30. Tim McCarthy says:

    One serious omission is “We’re Only in it For the Money”, Franks Zappa and the MOI’s scathing critique of flower power, using Sgt. Pepper imagery.

    The Kink’ “Arthur” is also worth a mention.

    1. Dean Kauffman says:

      Totally agree. We’re only in it for the money. The very best!!!

  31. Richard Schweitzer says:

    Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield, probably the closest work to being a concept album at the time.

  32. rick smith says:

    It all depends on what you call a “concept” album. My first three are clearly concept.

    Rick Wakeman – Six Wives of Henry the 8th
    Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
    Eagles – Desperado
    Brian Auger & the Trinity – Street Noise
    Gorillaz – Demon Days
    Michael Franti & Spearhead – Stay Human

  33. Ron says:

    Although, yeah, not a concept in the technical sense, still, I always considered the Rolling Stones “Exile On Main Street” a concept album of sorts. A sort of extension of Robert Frank’s “The Americans” book of photographs transposed to music. A sort of snap shot of America through the eyes and ears of a British Rock Band touring America. Which is exactly how the album cane about, and, coincidently, how Robert Frank came to do the cover artwork for Exile On Main St.

  34. Christopher Hoard says:

    Gentle Giant: The Power and the Glory

    GENIUS CONCEPT ALBUM ABOUT POLITICAL CORRUPTION, DECEPTION, AND POWER.

    1. Diana Green says:

      Agreed, but I think Three Friends is a stronger album overall.

  35. Alex says:

    “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society” should be on this list. I never viewed “Sgt. Pepper’s” or “Abbey Road” as concept albums.

  36. Gerry Ross says:

    My favorite concept albums remains The Mothers Of Invention’s WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY, whose concept is summed in three words: “Flower power sucks!”

  37. Ralph Powers says:

    Duke by Genesis

  38. McVey Terry says:

    Journey to the Center of the Mind – The Amboy Dukes

  39. Rabbit says:

    Glad to see someone else named My Chemical Romance’s “Black Parade”. MCR doesn’t get anywhere near the credit they deserved from old-guard Yes-Genesis-King Crimson Prog fans, who are turned off by the Emo/Goth trappings of the band, but they’re one of the best mainstream examples of Prog since 2000. Likewise the above-mentioned “Disintegration” by The Cure, which is as absolutely a heartwrenching study of loss and pain as there is.

    I’d nominate Roger Waters’ “Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking” myself. It gets disjointed, as many Waters projects do [Radio KAOS?], and it pulls an old cliche trope in the end, but it’s a harrowing and compulsive “what if?” that doesn’t let you go easily.

    1. Kami says:

      Another vote for Disintegration!

  40. Ron says:

    Alan Parsons Project ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ and ‘I Robot’

    1. James McGowan says:

      Excellent transposing of Edgar Allen Poe’ s stories…..especially the Tell Tale Heart!

  41. Chris says:

    Marilyn Manson: Antechrist Superstar + Mechanical Animals +Hollywood, 3 genius (and clearly) concept albums (unlike most of your list…)

  42. Das says:

    Electric Ladyland No?

  43. Frits says:

    You all forgot Animals by Pink Floyd!

  44. brian says:

    SF Sorrow by the Pretty Things.

  45. brian says:

    Imaginos by Blue Oyster Cult is another one.

  46. Mark P Martinez says:

    “Journey to the Center of the Earth” – Rick Wakeman
    “Tales of Mystery and Imagination-Edger Allen Poe” – Alan Parsons
    “Past, Present & Future” – Al Stewart
    “The Story of I” – Patrick Moraz
    “Thick as a Brick” – Jethro Tull

  47. James Kinney says:

    Goldie “Timeless” seems to be a conceptual album

  48. Miraleigh says:

    Gah!! For the thousandth time: Sgt. Pepper is NOT a concept album. John Lennon said so many times…”its just a bunch of songs like any other record. .it only worked because we said it worked”

  49. Mike Hoots says:

    Beat by King Crimson is a good concept album

    Yes “classic” lineup of Squire, Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe were only together for Fragile and Close To The Edge. Before then, Yes had Tony Kaye on keys, and afterward, Alan White on drums.

  50. Bruce says:

    Zen Arcade, Husker Du. In terms of punk, this double concept album was unheard of and revolutionary.

  51. John says:

    Jethro Tull’s Aqualung” was not a concept album. I have an interview where Ian Anderson flat out said it wasnt. However, after that record he began dabbling in the concept album concept.

    1. Ron V. says:

      I agree, Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play are the two best true concept albums by Jethro Tull and should be rated two of the greatest on any concept list. Ian is a true genius and SO underappreciated. Greatest flutist in the world and I guess his lyrics are just too intricate for most people to understand. How can they not be in the Rock Hall of Fame?

  52. BillPeters says:

    Jon Anderson from Yes Olias of Sunhillow
    Kraftwerk Autobahn, Trans Europe Express and Computer World Alan Parsons Project Tales of Mystery and Imagination

  53. Kok Yong says:

    The 4 album set by Jade Warrior (for Island) starting with “Floating World”, “Waves Pt.I and II”, “Kites” and “Way of the Sun”!

  54. Tim Walters says:

    I have three:

    “Time” and “Eldorado” by The Electric Light Orchestra and “Pyramid” by The Alan Parsons Project.

  55. Howard says:

    Frank Zappa Joe’s Garage Acts 1-3. A morality play, social commentary and prude twerking all rolled into one. Who can forget Mary, Bald headed Jon and of course Joe.

  56. jim says:

    wow! I’ve always been a big fan of “12 dreams of dr. sardonicus” I never would’ve guessed that it would rate so high. i’m not surprised quadrophenia made the top 10, but I wouldn’t have guessed no. 1..not that I disagree. one of my all time favorites. a bit lighter in subject matter but “schoolboys in disgrace” by the kinks is pretty good.

  57. JFK says:

    For gods sakes.. the kinks ARTHUR..,or the rise and fall of The British empire.. was the best AND FIRST concept album..!!!

    1. David says:

      It was hardly the first, but it certainly is an awesome album.

    2. Rich says:

      There it is! I wondered when it would come up. Most of those referred to are not real concept albums. Arthur was probably the first and quickly was overshadowed by Tommy since the Kinks were banned from playing in the States at the time.

  58. Mark0 says:

    “Arthur” the Kinks

  59. Bob Glickman says:

    Snow by Spock’s Beard

  60. Lee says:

    Phish’s The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday should be considered

  61. Steve says:

    Alan Parsons Project. Tales of mystery and imagination. 1976. Amazing album not on the list.

  62. Tom Ross says:

    American Idiot by Green Day, The Rising by Bruce Springsteen is as much of a concept album as many on this list. It is a reaction to 9/11.

    1. shortale says:

      was wondering when somebody would get to Green Day. Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce and before American Idiot from the California power-pop-punk scene, The Offspring’s Americana are also theme albums I enjoyed down this branch.

  63. Narada Jim says:

    Glad to see “Twelve Dreams” given such prominence, as well as “Lamb Lies Down”.

    As others have said, the Kinks did multiple concept albums, but they just weren’t as mainstream.

    Agree that “We’re Only in it for the Money” should have ended up at the top, but the MOI were still considered just weird.

    Troutmask Replica also comes to mind.

  64. Paul Callaro says:

    At least honorable mention to Hotel California.

  65. Steve H says:

    What, no Styx “Kilroy was Here” or “Paradise Theater”??

  66. drtimmie says:

    I can see missing “Subterranea” by IQ: brilliant but obscure.
    What about “The Ninth Wave” by Kate Bush? True, the first side of the album “Hounds of Love” is unrelated but the whole second side is a story – “The Ninth Wave” – of a women lost at sea with her own thoughts. If you list 2112, “The Ninth Wave” is fair game.
    I’m even more blown always by no mention of Dream Theater’s “Ten Degrees of Inner-turbulence.”
    “Sargent Pepper” but no IQ, Kate Bush, or Dream Theater? That’s just nuts.

  67. Jeff says:

    XTC – Skylarking

  68. Irony101 says:

    The Drive By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera

    1. Irony101 says:

      The Drive By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera;
      The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots;
      Small Faces – Ogden’s Gone Nut Flake;
      John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Extended Edition);
      The Roots – UnDun;
      Parliament – Mothership Connection;
      Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours;
      Erykah Badu – New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War;
      The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free;
      Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son;
      The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord

  69. Jim says:

    The Decemberists-The hazards of love

  70. daveguy1 says:

    Maybe this is a stretch, but how about “Purple Rain” by Prince? The songs fit into a loose (O.K., *very* loose) framework about an up-and-coming rock musician.

  71. Bob says:

    Joe Jackson -Blaze of Glory. Each side tells a story, plus they were recorded in a single take each.

  72. sky says:

    Heart – Dreamboat Annie

  73. Martin Ward says:

    Pet Sounds’ concept is the struggle of moving from childhood to manhood, exemplified by the increasingly complex music and lyrical subjects of the album relative to their earlier music. Abbey Road is not a concept album.

  74. Martin Ward says:

    While not rock, Frank Sinatra recorded several concept albums on Capitol in the 1950s, the best of which was In The Wee Small Hours, a great album that should be in any serious music lovers collection.

  75. Aric says:

    Styx–Paradisr Theatre and Kilroy Was Here

  76. Ron V. says:

    Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play – Jethro Tull have got to be mentioned.

  77. Lee Pfahler says:

    Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood

  78. Charles McGarry says:

    1 Dark Side of the Moon
    2 Tommy
    3 Hedwig & the Angry Inch
    4 Animals
    5 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    6 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders from Mars
    7 Tales of Mystery and Imagination
    8 Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
    9 Journey to the Centre of the Earth
    10 Wish You Were Here
    11 The Downward Spiral
    12 The Wall
    13 The Black Parade
    14 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
    15 The Point!

  79. Ed Dumchus says:

    Arthur by the Kinks

  80. kwietman says:

    “Abigail,” by King Diamond
    “The Hazards of Love,” Decemberists

  81. Hank says:

    Joe’s Garage – Zappa
    Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround – Kinks

    1. Hank says:

      Oops, should have read the original piece first. Since Joe’s Garage is on that, I’ll wonder about Electric Ladyland or perhaps After Bathing at Baxter’s by the the Jefferson Airplane?

  82. TonyC says:

    Tarkus ELO

    1. David says:

      Surely you mean ELP, not ELO. Only the first side of Tarkus was a concept. Side 2 had unrelated pieces.

  83. Matt Mudry says:

    666~aphrodite’s child

  84. William Bell says:

    No one has mentioned Elton John’s 1976 true pop concept album about his and lyricist Bernie Taupin’s musical journey “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.” It was the first LP that ever entered the Billboard charts at #1 and yielded two smash tracks- the title cut, and the sorrowful ballad about salvation following a romantic loss” Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”
    Truly one of Elton’s finest works.

  85. Kami says:

    Astral Weeks by Van Morrison.

  86. David says:

    Lot’s of good additions here. I’ll add The Shaming of the True by Kevin Gilbert, certainly the very best concept album that nobody ever heard of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6IC60iwkl8&list=PL66D2C59B74A0C6C4

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