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    What are your choices for the three greatest American rock bands?

    Mine:

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
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  • #2
    Can't argue with that list, and I'd have a tough time removing one as I think The Eagles take top spot.
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    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      While I have always appreciated and enjoyed the Eagles, especially with one of my favorite guitarists, Joe Walsh, they seem like the superficial So. CA marketing version of the bands that came before them - like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, CSN&Y and Jackson Browne.

      For an interesting perspective on the LA music scene from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, I recommend "Hotel California" by Barney Hoskyns.

      https://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Califor...alifornia+book

    • Asamel
      Asamel commented
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      Even better-

      http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=..._to_the_Eagles

      Available on YouTube

  • #3
    A few more American bands worth mentioning
    ZZ Top
    Van Halen
    The Doors
    Grateful Dead
    Aerosmith
    The Beach Boys
    Allman Brothers
    Metallica
    Steely Dan
    The Byrds
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    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      LOL! And she can hear the cable differences from the kitchen, too.

    • tom_hankins
      tom_hankins commented
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      LOL, she never ceases to amaze me!

    • JCOConnell
      JCOConnell commented
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      Speaking of Styx and Journey, isn't it strange how bands can be mega popular in their on time, and then later fall out of favor with
      music fans to the point of being shunned decades later?

  • #4
    Others not yet mentioned (or controverted):

    Skynyrd
    Alice Cooper- Love it To Death
    Doug Sahm
    All of those great Detroit Rockers from the late sixties, Mitch Ryder, Iggy, Bob Segar, Ted and the Amboys- recommend Michigan Rocks, from Seeds and Stems Records, a rollicking compilation that is cheap and gets you there quickly;
    Chris Whitley
    Terry Reid (a Brit, but he went through an LA period and still lives in LA)
    early Eagles- first two albums, including Desparado
    James Gang (w/ Joe Walsh)
    Chicago (I and II)
    Blood Sweat and Tears (first and second albums)
    David Lindley in any incarnation
    Grand Funk (sorely under-rated today)
    Iron Butterfly (some)
    Canned Heat
    Santana
    Mountain
    Paul Butterfield
    Nirvana
    NRBQ

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    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      I saw West, Bruce and Laing - three great musicians - and maybe it was Felix Papilardi who was the glue, but without him they really sucked.

    • Bill Hart
      Bill Hart commented
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      Leslie West= Tone Monster. Yeah, Long Island. You are right about Felix P. Great voice, too (conjured up the same quality that Jack Bruce had in Cream). The whole thing is sort of sad, with Felix's untimely death, and Leslie's health problems.

    • Asamel
      Asamel commented
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      I was listening to some Mountain just yesterday. Miss Felix.

  • #5
    Nirvana
    J. Geils
    Los Lobos

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    • Bill Hart
      Bill Hart commented
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      If you are doing Los Lobos, I'll add Los Lonely Boys- that guitarist is the Hispanic Hendrix- we heard them together in Austin at the ACL- insane. JGeils is a good call.

    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      I've seen Los Lonely Boys a couple of times, one electric and one acoustic. Three brothers - great musicians and they put on a good show.

    • Gusf
      Gusf commented
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      Love J. Geils, turned all my high school buddies on to them in the 70's before they hit it big nationally. "Full House" party favorite.

  • #6
    I have a little bit of trouble separating singers from groups. But here goes. Laugh your head off!

    1. Bruce Springsteen (I don't see how how you can leave him off any top three list.)
    2. Nirvana
    3. Grateful Dead

    Honorable Mention:

    4. The Byrds (the Byrds were to the UK what the Beatles were to us.)
    5. Jefferson Airplane/Starship
    6. The Mamas and The Papas (have to have something from the folk/rock scene). BTW, John Phillips was a brilliant songwriter and musician, just a despicable person. Remember that song that made Scott McKenzie famous?


    I thought of Foreigner but they were only part American.
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    • Bill Hart
      Bill Hart commented
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      Just got the M&P's toilet bowl record (unfortunately not the original cover)- part of the haul from Brooklyn. One of the first ones I fired up. Great!

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Yes Mamas and Papas are amazing! Will there ever be songs again like California Dreamin', Leaving on a Jet Plane, Monday, Monday and Dream a Little Dream of Me? Of course, they were really rivaled too by Peter, Paul and Mary!
      What a bygone era.

    • mkuller
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      Mamas and Papas - Here's a full album but I think I like the previous one better with "No Salt on her Tail" and "Dancing Bear". I used to buy their new albums in the mid-1960s along with the Beatles new releases.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87y2blFpzEc

  • #7
    Anybody like 'em?

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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Yeah but I put him the category of singer, not group.

    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      Lou Reed. Pretty amazing album for the time, though.

    • jazdoc
      jazdoc commented
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      They were definitely a 'group', and and excellent one at that.

  • #8


    The Doors - Andalusia with fields full of grain
    The Left Banke
    The Buckinghams
    The Vanilla Fudge - Moonlight Sonata!

    And then there's these guys:

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    • Bill Hart
      Bill Hart commented
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      Oh yeah. If you caught them live over the years, you may have heard them with a horn player, Jimmy Hoke, who is one of the most talented guys on the planet- taught himself to play pedal steel. Can play anything. Sad that they are now Balkanized. The Spaminato Bros, the splinter group, is also very hot.

    • mkuller
      mkuller commented
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      I know they're a very popular band I like their work on "Green Light" with Bonnie Raitt. But I've seen them live and they left me wondering what the big deal is all about.

    • Asamel
      Asamel commented
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      Love the Q! You either get 'em or you don't. Big Al is playing a benefit coming up, pretty rare.

  • #9
    Talking Heads, don't think mentioned?

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    • #10
      The Doobie Brothers
      The Lovin' Spoonful
      R.E.M.
      Steppenwolf
      Talking Heads

      And Grand Funk Railroad is pure awesomeness!
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      • Bill Hart
        Bill Hart commented
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        Forgot about Steppenwolf- they were great. saw them back in the early days, don't remember much....

    • #11
      Does any one remember The Good Rats?

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      • Bill Hart
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        nope, pray tell.

    • #12
      Originally posted by Esb View Post
      Does any one remember The Good Rats?
      Got me on that one! What were they known for?

      Glad to have you aboard!


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      • #13
        They were a rock band out of Long Island that had some limited success nationally . The only reason that I heard of them is because they played at The Fore 'N' Aft in White Plains NY back in the early 70's. The Aft was a well known Rock club in its day ,with live rock bands. I spent many a weekend there and at that time the Good Rats were their number one draw. When ever I hear one of their songs, it brings me back to my late teens and early 20's. I think certain music and bands that we have seen or listened to in the past, when we hear them again at a later time, can transport us back to that time again. The Good Rats may not be known by many, but to me they were an American rock band that brings back many great memories.

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        • #14
          Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

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          • #15
            The Rascals
            Cheap Trick

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