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30 Classic Concept Albums

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On #NationalAlbumDay I thought I'd be self indulgent just like many of the purveyors of those classic concept albums.

Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' and Yes' 'Tales From The Topographic Oceans' may have marked the lowest ebb of the 70s 'concept album' backlash, being described at the time by hacks as self-indulgent w*** and worse. But, dare I say it, many have stood the test of time, especially when contrasted to the present day download culture more geared towards instant stand-alone tracks.

What makes a coherent album concept?  4Hero's Marc Mac said earlier today on 'Zuckerworld' network:

"Before iTunes, Spotify and download culture “the album” was a means for artist to present a coherent musical journey, often conceptual and could be experimental. Knowing the audience had a start point (needle hits side one) the journey begins and an endpoint. I always loved the constraints of not skipping a track. Making and album was no joke."

Here's a gallery of a few favourites of mine, some blindingly obvious and others less celebrated...

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Enjoy!

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