Top 10 Prog Concept Albums

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Our list of the Top 10 Prog Concept Albums.

6. Jethro Tull – Thick as a Brick (1972)

Thick as a Brick is the fifth studio album by Jethro Tull and includes one song that spans the entire album.  The album was intended as a spoof of other Prog concept albums by Yes, ELP and others. It came at the peak of the band’s success and help set the standard for the prog concept album.


5. Queensryche – Operation:Mindcrime (1998)

Operation: Mindcrime is the third studio album by Queensrÿche, released on May 3, 1988. This rock opera, is the story of a recovering drug addict who becomes disillusioned with the corrupt society of his time and reluctantly becomes involved with a revolutionary group as an assassin of political leaders.  It is considered their best album still.


4. Spock’s Beard – Snow

Snow is the sixth studio album for Spock’s Beard, and the final album with main songwriter and vocalist Neal Morse, who left immediately after the release of the album.  The band never toured with it, although they did bring together all the members throughout the history of the band years later for two performances of the entire album, one in Nashville at Morsefest and one in Germany.



    • I generally hate top tens because you just simply can’t limit all of the best things in a given category to a list of ten! 😉
      A lot of people will disagree with this list (as do I) but at least the albums listed ARE top notch.

      • I agree. My top 10 won’t include a few of these but it is a solid list.

      • I don’t disagree with you at all. Every album listed is phenomenal. But still…

  • Joe, Trick of the tail is not a concept album!!!! missing from this list (imho) Sylvan – Posthumous Silence (2006); RUSH – Clockwork Angels (2012); Jeff Wayne – War of the Worlds (1978): Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero (2007). message ends…

  • Pain of salvation – Be, Solaris – Nostradamus Book Of Prophecies, Green Carnation – Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness

  • 1 and 2 are defenitly on my top 10 but the other 8 I can remplace so easily…I wouldn’t keep any of them.

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