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Remembering the most legendary rock operas in the history of the genre - Part Two

In this selection we suggest you pay special attention not only to the lyrical message, the plot, but also to the sound, because sometimes it can tell much more than the text...

Continuing to remember the best rock operas of all time: selection, performers, interesting facts

In today's article we continue to look at the legendary rock operas in the history of the genre is the second part of our vision, largely based on readers' opinions. So: we have already had time to talk about the iconic "Wall" by Pink Floyd, the heartbreaking "Tommy" by The Who, the legendary creation of two young guys called "Jesus Christ Superstar" and some other gems. All of them are classics, and we're sure their status will last for many, many years to come... Who will we be talking about today?

Before we get to the list, we want to remind you that rock opera, first and foremost, is an album. It is a unique form of storytelling built on the music - it is the sound that plays a critical role here. And then there are tours, films, and so on and so forth (which, as a rule, comes after the global success of a record). So we suggest you to pay special attention not only to the lyrical message, plot, but also to the sound, because sometimes it can tell much more than the text...

The Who - "Quadrophenia" (1973)

Cover of the album "Quadrophenia" by The Who
Cover of the album "Quadrophenia" by The Who

Of course, "Tommy." remains the number one worldwide leader in auditions and popularity in general. But released a few years later "Quadrophenia." can also safely claim to be the most legendary rock opera - at least in the career of The Who. The only album written in its entirety Pete Townsend, "Quadrophenia" is a much more focused story that seems more relevant to British youth culture at the time, as it follows the Jimmy, a fashionista and party boy who struggles with his personalities (each of the 4 is represented by a member of The Who).

Quadrophenia was also made into a film, and it was the debut for Sting at the movies!

The Pretty Things - "S.F. Sorrow" (1968)

The Pretty Things
The Pretty Things

"S.F. Sorrow" groups The Pretty Things is considered one of the first rock operas. Although it never reached the same critical and commercial heights as The Who records, it is definitely an album worth listening to. The story follows the protagonist Sebastian F. Sorrow/Sadness (Sorrow) through birth, love, military service and its aftermath, tireless work in the "Sorrow Factory" and, ultimately, old age and loneliness. The notes to this psychedelic LP included short chapters accompanying the narrative of the songs that the British musician Arthur Brown read aloud between tracks during the band's early performances.

Alas, EMI did not release the record in the United States, and it was eventually bought by the Motown Records label in 1969, but by then The Who had already released "Tommy.". It was too late, and a significant part of the potential success was lost...

"In a way it died at birth. This album was never properly released...," The Pretty Things members later remarked.

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

This is an album about Ziggy Stardust's Martianwho arrives on Earth to free all men from their foolishness, and to give them hope. Ziggy is a typical rock star idealist: He is wild and promiscuous, but still carries a message of peace and love. In the end, however, his own irresponsibility, excessive use of substances, and excessive love drama ruin him...

In many previous albums David Bowie was attracted to sci-fi themes, but that's where he went all out, dressing up as "alien Ziggy" during the tour.

Genesis - "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (1974)

Cover of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by Genesis
Cover of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by Genesis

Genesis' latest album featuring their flute player extraordinaire Peter Gabriel, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway presents a surprising storyline using abstract narrative and recurring themes from Greek folklore. The album is a surrealistic storyline in which a juvenile delinquent descends underground to face strange creatures and frightening dangers in search of the rescue of his brother John.

This rock opera demonstrates Genesis peak: The lyrics and music are extremely complex and beautiful. This is their most notable and best-selling release to date, and yet its sound has nothing in common with any of their other albums.

Queensrÿche - "Operation: Mindcrime" (1988)

Queensrÿche Group
Queensrÿche Group

Roaring "Operation: Mindcrime" touches on political themes, mostly attacking the Ronald Reagan era and shedding light on the corruption of many contemporary leaders. Critics regularly emphasize that this is the most breakthrough work of his career. Queensrÿche. This time the band decided to get rid of meaningless lyrics and make more meaningful songs. And they definitely succeeded.

The story, detailed in the album, follows a man disillusioned with modern culture. He intends to fight the crooks who call themselves leaders by any means necessary-even if it means spilling blood... The rock opera also features big orchestra led by the Hollywood composer By Michael Kamenwhich further embellishes the musical and partly criminal drama...

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