Lou Reed - Berlin (1973)

In the growing category of albums I never realized were rock operas, we must add Lou Reed's epic Berlin. This one of Reed's best and most haunting albums. It tells the story of a dysfunctional couple's struggle with…

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Green Day - American Idiot (2004)

American Idiot is one of those very rare cases where a band decides to create a rock opera and it actually worked. Not only was "American Idiot" a great album, it catapulted Green Day from a niche punk band…

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Brainpool - Junk (2004)


I happened to stumble across the song "This is Junk" by Brainpool while listening to a running podcast back in 2008. It's a catchy number that sounded to me like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists with a top-40 radio vibe…

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Styx - Kilroy Was Here (1983)

When I was in high school Styx was everywhere. They had litany of songs (or arguably the same song over and over) that landed in heavy rotation on radio, at parties and dances. I mean you couldn't avoid "Lady,"…

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KISS - Music From The Elder (1981)

Although KISS had established themselves as highly theatrical three-chord rockers in the early '70s and rose to great heights with their "Alive" album, by the end of the decade they'd started to lose their way. By 1978…

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Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage (1979)

For a lot of people, Joe’s Garage remains one of the most approachable of Frank Zappa’s works. Technically a triple album when released on vinyl in 1979, it's long since been reissued as a double CD combining Acts I, II…

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Wishone Ash - Argus (1972)

Wishbone Ash is one of those epic '70s bands that burned brightly for a few years, releasing top 10 albums, playing stadiums worldwide and then seemingly vanished. If you weren't listening to prog rock in '72 or maybe '74 you…

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