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A historical album is a collection of songs around a unified theme with a basis in the documented history of a person or place. This differs from a concept album, which may have a unified theme, but is usually comprised of fictional stories not linked with actual historical facts even though the subject could be a real person or place. Historical albums are often considered concept albums due to the broad nature of that more recognizable category.

Examples of historical albums include Chávez Ravine by Ry Cooder, Greetings From Cairo, Illinois by Stace England, and The Glorious Burden by Iced Earth. The Illinois (album) by Sufjan Stevens could also be associated with the historical album category. Chávez Ravine (album) tells the story of an actual town in Chávez Ravine demolished in the 1950s to lure the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles. Greetings From Cairo, Illinois tells the story of Cairo, Illinois from 1858 to 2005 citing numerous documented historical references. Illinois uses actual Illinois towns and subjects as jumping off points to more universal subjects such as family and faith.

Historical albums are not associated with The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’s Grammy Award for Best Historical Album category, which is comprised of reissues of previously released musical recordings.


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