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Rock Opera

Postby a spastic ninja » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:21 am UTC

Just finished listening to the second Protomen album, looking for other good rock opera's. any suggestions?

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Re: Rock Opera

Postby Smiling Hobo » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:39 pm UTC

Tommy by The Who
The Wall by Pink Floyd
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Those three are the first that come to mind when you mention "rock opera".

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Re: Rock Opera

Postby TaintedDeity » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:49 pm UTC

Damn, here was me thinking you were talking about Repo the Genetic Opera.
Check it out anyway :wink:
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby a spastic ninja » Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:46 am UTC

Smiling Hobo wrote:Tommy by The Who
The Wall by Pink Floyd


sweet, i think my dad has those.
TaintedDeity wrote:Damn, here was me thinking you were talking about Repo the Genetic Opera.
Check it out anyway :wink:


i'll check that out too

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Re: Rock Opera

Postby EvilDuckie » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:12 pm UTC

Another vote for Tommy here. Get the remastered album version *or* original vinyl if you can. Alternatively, get the Live At Leeds double cd: one of the best live albums ever and a full live version of Tommy.

Sticking with The Who, I think Quadrophenia deserves a mention too, and maybe Pete Townshend's Psychoderelict.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby ChocloManx » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:29 pm UTC

The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway isn't exactly a rock opera, but pretty close.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:52 pm UTC

I third Tommy and second The Wall.

For a Rock Opera Fail, get Styx's "Kilroy Was Here." The songs were great, but the story and attempted acting behind them were total fail.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby Grop » Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:15 pm UTC

Joe's Garage ~ Franck Zappa

Also, Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh ~ Magma

(Magma is quite a crazy, love-it-or-hate-it thing. The language is Kobaïan, an imaginary language).

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Re: Rock Opera

Postby Dromtry » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:48 pm UTC

Flash Gordon by Queen, amiright?
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby sje46 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:03 pm UTC

S. F. Sorrow by the Pretty Things is a very early one (maybe the earliest) from 1968. I like it.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby luvnotwar » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:38 am UTC

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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Re: Rock Opera

Postby captainwalrus » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:55 am UTC

Jesus Christ Superstar was pretty good, even if you are not into the whole son of god thing.
Tommy is amazing, and Quadrophinia is also terrific.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Nov 16, 2009 3:10 am UTC

captainwalrus wrote:Jesus Christ Superstar was pretty good, even if you are not into the whole son of god thing.
Tommy is amazing, and Quadrophinia is also terrific.


One thing I liked about JCS was that it pretty much was Judas' defense testimony as to why he sold Jesus out, pretty much saying that Jesus was this pretty boy douchebag that all these losers looked up to, and his disciples and followers were made out to be a bunch of loser hippies.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby folkhero » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:39 am UTC

Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) by the Kinks is really quite exceptional. It's not technically a rock opera, (is was a soundtrack for a TV play that never got made) but it does have an overarching story that all the songs relate to, albeit not quite as strictly as in a true rock opera. It's the story of an English family that stretches from the late Victorian era to post WWII. It has a good variety of very good songs that all fit together quite nicely.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby axilog14 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:25 pm UTC

luvnotwar wrote:Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Seconded. The story is moving in a mind-screwy sort of way. And "The Origin of Love" made me want to pick up Plato's Symposium the minute I heard it.

And on the off-chance that anybody here has even heard Psychoderelict, there's supposed to be some sort of mini-opera epilogue to it on the most recent Who album Endless Wire.

And apparently Coheed And Cambria's "Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV et cetera et cetera (frakkin' long title)" is supposed to be some kind of rock opera as well, as is Green Day's American Idiot. Then there are those albums that toe the line between "rock opera" and "concept album"... take note, people: there is a difference.
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Re: Rock Opera

Postby 1337geek » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:25 pm UTC

Streets: A Rock Opera by Savatage.
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Re: Rock Opera

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