I grok you Yuro but I still have to put the Byrds and The Band in the All-American roots pantheon, they're definitive, I'd have put the Flying Burrito Brothers on my list as well but they only put out one consensus masterpiece LP, it wasn't quite enoughI frikking love the Byrds...almost every recording they did...and most every band David Crosby has been in...but DC was an A-hole for most of his famous years...really mean. Most band members don't want to have anything to do with him anymore. Byrds broke up due to severe drug and personality issues. They could have been the best easily if they'd got along with each other and themselves. So...I can't put them on a list of the best.
The Band...Hmmm.....I think they were the total package. GREAT songs. GREAT recordings....GREAT live shows and with enough longevity. I saw them with Dylan in the Chicago Amphitheater...now gone in favor of the United Center. It was a good show but the venue was not really kind to them. Dylan's solo set was phenomenal even in that massive place. The Band is one of my go-to favorites but I only actually saw them that one time...so I didn't include them. I'd like to see them in a 3,000 seat space, not a 30,000 seat space.
Crosby was great in the Byrds, Draft Morning alone seals the deal for me ..... he was pretty nice to me personally when I met him, we chatted about a Neil Young concert we had both been to the night before ..... but I've
The Band live ... well early on Robbie had the stage fright of course but you know how killer Rock of Ages, Live at Watkins Glen, and The Last Waltz are, I credit them for getting it together .......... but I never got the chance to see the real deal, not even close, they retired before I could drive
Before the Flood should have been better, it's a bit off, in my opinion, as a huge Dylan fan