Sadly, not too many people sit and listen to an album from start to finish anymore. This is a shame, as it can be an incredibly rewarding experience, particularly if it is a concept album. These are records that tell a story through each individual track or have an idea or theme that is present throughout. Sometimes referred to as “rock operas,” the artists fully intended the listener to enjoy the entire record from start to finish. There have been dozens of beautiful, sad, moving and entertaining stories and concepts delivered by many of the best in the business, including these 10 incredible albums.
10. The Who – Quadrophenia
After the success of Tommy (more on this to come), Pete Townshend developed another brilliant story to tell through another hard rocking album. In this rock opera, we follow the story of a young mod called Jimmy in London who likes drugs, girls, and fighting. Through being disenchanted and clashing with his parents, Jimmy decides to take the train down to Brighton where he had previously had great experiences with other mods led by Ace Face. Upon arriving in Brighton, Jimmy finds that Ace Face is working as a bellboy. Being disillusioned and feeling that life has rejected him, he steals a boat and sails out to sea where he contemplates his life in the rain. The ending makes it unclear what his fate is. The concept was received so well that a 1979 film was made which is loosely based on Townshend’s original story.