Radio Show on Concept Albums

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Thu Jan 27 22:43:15 CST 2005

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Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is a popular concept album from the 
1970s. (© Capitol Records)
Concept Albums Make a Comeback
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The concept album became popular in the 1970s with records like Pink Floyd's 
Dark Side of the Moon and The Who's Tommy. The format, long passe, is making 
a surprising comeback through today's pop musicians including Green Day's 
hit album American Idiot. Today, Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor to 
Rolling Stone magazine and executive editor of Tracks magazine discusses how 
the genre has stubbornly refused to disappear. Also: How loud is too loud? 
This question has come up not only among rock musicians but also orchestra 
members lately. Today we look at the issue with Colin Paris, a bass player 
in the London Symphony Orchestra and a member of the orchestra's "noise 
team," and with Marshall Chasin, an audiologist at the Musicians' Clinics of 

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