Examples of epic albums?
May 18, 2011 3:46 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for examples of ambitious, epic albums - ideally double albums - that stand as cultural and musical touchstones of generations or moments in time; albums that, while being of one genre of music, nevertheless won legions of fans outside that genre.
posted by The World Famous to Media & Arts (82 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Some examples I can think of to give you an idea of sort of what I'm looking for:
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
I think of those as being ambitious, long, epic albums that ended up one way or another on the stereos, record players, CD players, whatever, of just about everyone in the generations to which they were released. I'm looking for examples of those sorts of albums from any genre at all, from any time period at all. They don't have to be the best albums ever or anything - the standard here is that they defined the era for that sort of music, spoke to a generation, and were huge commercially and/or culturally. Ideally, I'm looking for examples of double albums or very long albums. They don't have to be concept albums necessarily, but concept albums would fit in some cases.