Concept Album

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Concept Album
Concept Album

 A Concept Album loosely describes a studio album unified by a larger purpose or meaning to the album collectively than to its songs individually.

 A Concept Album loosely describes a studio album unified by a larger purpose or meaning to the album collectively than to its songs individually.

There is no clear definition.

 Since there are so many possibilities to define  Concept Albums I’ll place here some obvious and not so obvious choices.

The format originates with traditional pop singer Frank Sinatra, who released a string of concept albums throughout the 1940s and 1950s, but the term is more often associated with rock music.

 In the 1960s, several well-regarded concept albums were released by various rock bands, which eventually led to the invention of progressive rock and the rock opera.

Since then, many concept albums have been released across many different musical genres.

There is no clear definition of what constitutes a concept album. Fiona Sturges of The Independent stated that the concept album “was originally defined as a long-player where the songs were based on one dramatic idea – but the term is subjective.” A precursor to this type of album can be found in the 19th century song cycle.

AllMusic writes, “A concept album could be a collection of songs by an individual songwriter or a particular theme — these are the concept LPs that reigned in the ’50s … the phrase ‘concept album’ is inextricably tied to the late 1960s, when rock & rollers began stretching the limits of their art form.”] Author Jim Cullen describes it: “a collection of discrete but thematically unified songs whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts … sometimes [erroneously] assumed to be a product of the rock era.” Author Roy Shuker defines concept albums and rock operas as albums that are “unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical. … In this form, the album changed from a collection of heterogeneous songs into a narrative work with a single theme, in which individual songs segue into one another.”

AllMusic writes, “A concept album could be a collection of songs by an individual songwriter or a particular theme — these are the concept LPs that reigned in the ’50s … the phrase ‘concept album’ is inextricably tied to the late 1960s, when rock & rollers began stretching the limits of their art form.”] Author Jim Cullen describes it: “a collection of discrete but thematically unified songs whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts … sometimes [erroneously] assumed to be a product of the rock era.” Author Roy Shuker defines concept albums and rock operas as albums that are “unified by a theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, narrative, or lyrical. … In this form, the album changed from a collection of heterogeneous songs into a narrative work with a single theme, in which individual songs segue into one another.”


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PET SOUNDS BY THE BEACH BOYS 1966

Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys

Pet Sounds is the 11th studio album by the American rock band the Beach Boys, released on May 16, 1966. It initially met with a lukewarm critical and commercial response in the United States, peaking at number 10 in the Billboard 200, a significantly lower placement than the band’s preceding albums. In the United Kingdom, the album was hailed by its music press and was an immediate commercial success, peaking at number 2 in the UK Top 40 Albums Chart and remaining among the top ten positions for six months.

Pet Sounds has subsequently gathered worldwide acclaim from critics and musicians alike, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history.

The album was produced and arranged by Brian Wilson, who also wrote and composed almost all of its music. Most of the recording sessions were conducted between January and April 1966, a year after he had quit touring with the Beach Boys in order to focus more attention on writing and recording.

. For Pet Sounds, Wilson’s goal was to create “the greatest rock album ever made” — a personalized work with no filler tracks. It is sometimes considered a Wilson solo album, repeating the themes and ideas he had introduced with The Beach Boys Today! one year earlier.

 The album’s lead single, “Caroline, No“, was issued as his official solo debut. It was followed by two singles credited to the group: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” (backed with “God Only Knows“) and “Sloop John B“.

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Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen “Nebraska” 1982 Columbia

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Bruce Springsteen “Nebraska” 1982 Columbia

Nebraska is the sixth studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was released on September 30, 1982, by Columbia Records.

Sparsely-recorded on a cassette-tape Portastudio, the tracks on Nebraska were originally intended as demos of songs to be recorded with the E Street Band. However, Springsteen ultimately decided to release the demos himself. Nebraska remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalogue.


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