The List: 12 albums we'd like to hear artists perform in full

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Yes, it’s already been done by everyone from Weezer to Slayer, but there’s still something alluring about musicians revisiting full albums in concert. With Stevie Wonder bringing his 1976 classic Songs in the Key of Life to the Schottenstein Center on Wednesday, April 1, we thought we’d focus on some other pairings we’d like to hear live.

Pulp:This Is Hardcore

Sure, Different Class had the bigger hit (should-be karaoke classic “Common People”), but we’d prefer to hear Jarvis Cocker and Co. revisit its darker, more perverse, and more sensual follow-up.

Prince:Sign ‘o’ the Times

The artist formerly known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince is at his pervy best on steamy tunes like “Hot Thing,” but it’s gorgeous, Rated-PG ballads like “Adore” that linger longest.

Aretha Franklin:Young, Gifted and Black

You can’t really go wrong with any of the soul legend’s early 1970s albums, but Young, Gifted and Black is a start-to-finish wonder.

Ice Cube:Death Certificate

It’d be a nice reminder that the California-born MC hasn’t always been so cuddly.


Angry, angular post-hardcore as jaw-dropping now as it was when it was first released.

Tom Waits:Rain Dogs

Every aspect of Waits’ personality surfaces here, from the drunken sea captain to the country hobo to the back-alley balladeer.

Kanye West:My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

When people complain about Kanye being an egomaniac they seem to forget his musical output lives up to the admittedly strong opinion he has for himself. And he’s never been better than on this complex, fascinating LP.

Jamey Johnson:The Guitar Song

Whenever anyone tells you they can’t stand modern country direct them to this double-disc masterwork, which finds Johnson plowing the same earth as the likes of Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.

Sly and the Family Stone:There’s a Riot Goin’ On

Assuming Sly Stone could ever be pulled back into orbit, it’d be a thrill to hear this dark, angry soul/funk treatise come to life onstage again.

D’Angelo and the Vanguard:Black Messiah

One of the best albums of 2014, which only feels more timeless as the weeks go by, finds D’Angelo deconstructing issues of race, spirituality and self over a dense, immersive avant-soul backdrop.

At the Drive-In:Relationship of Command

Urgent, ferocious, inventive hardcore from a group of wild-haired Texas kids who’ve experienced mixed success since parting ways.

Afghan Whigs:Gentlemen

Especially if it takes place at Ace of Cups with owner Marcy Mays reprising her guest vocals on “My Curse.”