Top 30 Progressive Rock Concept Albums by Prog Sphere

Top 30 Progressive Rock Concept Albums
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20. Banco del Mutuo Soccorso – Darwin! (1972)

Banco‘s second album is a concept record about the birth and the evolution of the species on the Earth.

19. Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)

The story behind Misplaced Childhood covers the topics of lost love, sudden success, acceptance, and lost childhood, along with an upbeat ending.

18. The Mars Volta – De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)

Based on a short story written by lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and sound manipulation artist Jeremy Michael Ward, the concept album is an hour-long tale of Cerpin Taxt, a man who enters a week-long coma after overdosing on a mixture ofmorphine and rat poison. The story of Cerpin Taxt alludes to the death of El Paso, Texas artist — and Bixler-Zavala‘s friend — Julio Venegas (1972–1996).

17. Mike Oldfield – Songs of Distant Earth (1994)

The sixteenth studio full-length by Mike Oldfield, Songs of Distant Earth, is inspired by Arthur C. Clarke‘s novel of the same name.

This was not the first time that Oldfield‘s music had been connected with the books of Arthur C. Clarke. Prior to The Songs of Distant Earth, Oldfield released Tubular Bells II, which featured a track called Sentinel — the title of a short story written by Arthur C. Clarke that later evolved into 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Another track from Tubular Bells II is called Sunjammer. The Arthur C. Clarke short story, The Wind from the Sun, had the working title of Sunjammer.

16. Pain of Salvation – BE (2004)

Pain of Salvation‘s fifth full-length is a concept album focusing on the existence of God and humankind.

15. Alan Parsons Project – Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)

The title of ATP‘s debut album is taken from a popular title for a collection of Poe’s macabre tales of the same name, Tales of Mystery & Imagination, first published in 1908 and reprinted many times since.

14. Triumvirat – Spartacus (1975)

Triumvirat‘s 1975 Spartacus is a concept album based on the Thracian gladiator who led the 3rd slaveuprising in 73–71 BC. The lyrics were written by Hans Bathelt, with contributions by Jürgen Fritz.

13. Magma – K.A. (2004)

This album is part of the Köhntarkösz cycle of albums. It is the prequel to Köhntarkösz (1974). The final installment in the trilogy, released in November, 2009, is Ëmëhntëhtt-Rê.

The Köhntarkösz trilogy describes the spiritual quest of two men to understand the intimate workings of the forces of the universe and achieve immortality. The quest was begun by Ëmëhntëhtt-Rê, an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who devoted his life to spiritual efforts, but who was murdered shortly before he could reach the final attainment.

12. Gryphon – Red Queen to Gryphon Tree (1974)

The third album by GryphonRed Queen to Gryphon Three is a concept album around the game of chess. The music, which frequently evokes a medieval mood, blends and alternates among baroque, renaissance, English folk and progressive rock music styles. Themes are presented, developed and recapitulated in the style of classical music.

11. Roger Waters – Amused to Death (1992)

Amused to Death explores Waters‘ disillusionment with modern Western society, focusing specifically on the influence of television and the mass media. The album was inspired by the book Amusing Ourselves to Death, a critique of television and its related culture by Neil Postman.

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  1. Warren Greveson

    July 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Personally I think this would be in the top 5 but I’m biased!

  2. Bart

    August 5, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    What happened to Marillion’s Brave? Beautiful conceptalbum, based on an article in a journal about a girl that jumped from a bridge. It came with a movie. Last year Marillion celebrated this album with an intgral show on their biannual Marillion Weekend (available on DVD/BlueRay).

  3. Jack Del Rey

    October 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    You forgot Celestina I, II & III by 17 Pygmies!

  4. Peter Bunce

    December 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I am only on page 1 (Sylvan) Wow! stunning…

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