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  • Best Rock Trios!

    Sometimes there's nothing more powerful than a three-piece band. We profile 10 of the best, including Cream, Rush, ZZ Top and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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  • #2
    There's no mention of the Red-era King Crimson? Sacrilege!

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    • lasercd
      lasercd commented
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      Technically you are correct but Red was a snapshot of a band in the process disintegrating. David Cross left and only appears on one track. Fripp brought in guest musicians including the return of Ian MacDonald, who was slated to rejoin the band had they carried on. There was no Red tour. None of the material was performed live until KC reformed and performed the title track on the Discipline tour. The followup to Red was the posthumous live album USA that featured Eddie Jobson overdubbing David Cross' parts in the studio. After this Fripp left the music business for a brief period until he got dragged back in by David Bowie and Peter Gabriel.

    • rbbert
      rbbert commented
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      From late '73 through July '74, wasn't KC a trio? There are now a lot of officially released CD's and BD Audio's of that period, which although with only a limited repertoire they do manage to play a lot of different music, almost all very powerful. But I agree, it was too short-lived to be a reasonable consideration for this list.

  • #3
    I don't know about "best" but May Blitz, particularly their first album, and the track "I Don't Know" is kick-ass. Drummer was Tony Newman, who later worked with Jeff Beck. This recording is "in the room"- hard, unrestrained psych guitars. It's one of the great Vertigo Swirls from the UK.

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    • #4
      Muse..
      http://www.z-axisaudio.co.uk/

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      • #5
        Glad to see The James Gang made the list. Here are some other memorable rock trios:

        Mountain
        Green Day
        Genesis
        Thin Lizzy
        Beck, Bogart and Appice
        Nirvana
        Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
        Stray Cats
        Hot Tuna
        Last edited by mkuller; 06-13-2017, 08:13 PM.
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        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          I am biased but I think Nirvana should be on the list. One of the greatest rock bands ever!

      • #6
        Rush
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        • rbbert
          rbbert commented
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          ??

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          On the list.

      • #7
        was ELP a trio?
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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          I couldn't read the list. Page would not load.

        • MylesBAstor
          MylesBAstor commented
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          Did you hit the top line?

        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          the link worked, but the page got stuck after the first couple of bands

      • #8
        Rush for sure. Epic longevity.

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        • JCOConnell
          JCOConnell commented
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          ZZ top even longer...

        • rbbert
          rbbert commented
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          And Hot Tuna longer than either, although not always a trio
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