There's a vogue at the moment for recording artists to stage concerts where they perform an entire album in order. Lou Reed, The Wonder Stuff, Gary Numan and OMD all have had or are taking a crack at this. Not that the concept's a new idea - Suede did a week of concerts five years ago where each night was a different album from their back catalogue. David Bowie did something similar when he released Heathens, performing Low in full in concert.
So, what albums would I like to see performed in full and live? If death wasn't a factor, I'd start with Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. But Miles isn't with us anymore, so that'll have to remain a fantasy. Ditto anything by the Beatles, seeing as how half the band isn't around anymore. So let's stick to acts that are, by and large, still alive. Assuming I won the lottery, who would I hire to perform favourite albums in full and live on stage?
ABC - LEXICON OF LOVE: A joyous confection of 80s-tastic production and bittersweet lyrical wordplay. I must have listened to this a zillion times over the years. Always surprising to rediscover it only lasts 37 minutes, as it feels so much bigger.
DAVID BOWIE - HUNKY DORY: A pick 'n' mix selection of styles and songs. This feels like Bowie trying on a dozen different outfits, searching for the perfect persona to become a superstar. Plus it features Life on Mars - pure class.
PRINCE - SIGN O' THE TIMES: A double-album but Prince loves giving long concerts, so stamina shouldn't be a problem. Another eclectic musical collection, ranging from cold funk to hot soul via perversity and playfulness. Ooky and its kooky.
JOHN HIATT - BRING THE FAMILY: A dazzling, hand-crafted album cut in handful of days that brought this much admired tunesmith to a wider audience. Remains a high water mark in his career, not a duff track to be found on it.
k.d. lang - INGENUE: A gorgeous gathering of songs, full of longing and yearning and simmering sexuality. Angst and joy and whatnot, all wrapped up in a shimmering, gutsy voice and heartfelt musicianship. Priceless.
So, what albums would you love to see performed in concert? No greatest hits compilations, no mostly dead bands, just your favourites and the reasons why. Post your answers in the comments section - and no sneering at other people's choices!