The greatest American Rock Band is / was ...

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  1. Tiny Montgomery

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    It does “figure into it.” It wouldn’t make sense to say the other material “brought down the average” if the other material was all there was, would it?

    And no, the early material didn’t shift near as many units as the bombastic power ballads. Money made is always brought up, in these threads, though, and has been in this one, several times.

    And it’s not simply a matter of changing, evolving musical styles. If that were the case, very few musicians would still command respect.

    These days, their music sounds more like it was created in a boardroom than a studio or rehearsal space.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge them making money however they can. I’m just talking about the music.
     
  2. ntotoro

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    Franke & The Knockouts!!!









    Or maybe not...
     
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  3. Artie Fisk

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    The Velvet Underground. Next question?
     
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  4. 27sauce

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    Aerosmith had ****** ballads since day one. Not understanding the separation of eras.
     
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  5. CC Overdrive

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    As far as I can tell, we've talked about units sold....not really money.

    And begrudgingly looking past early content because you don't like their current output is ridiculous.
     
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  7. 1967SG

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    Dream On!!!! Seasons of Wither!!!

     
  8. 27sauce

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    Yeah, not hearing the superiority to something like Amazing. Same ****, different smell.

    Is it the strings added post to Dream On, or the faux audience on Seasons? The orchestra, outside songwriter on You See Me Crying?
     
  9. 1967SG

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    Not sure the question. I will have to catch up on the thread. Was somebody saying they just started having ballads recently?
     
  10. 27sauce

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    Recently as in 30 years ago. Yeah, read through the thread, or any Aerosmith thread, really. One era tends to be defined by ballads.

    I mean, they’ve released Dream On as a single at least 5 times.
     
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  11. Tom Fontaine

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    Love him or hate him, it’s Elvis. And by a wide margin.

    It’s not who you like best. Though Elvis is pretty freakin great.
     
  12. 27sauce

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    The thread is about bands, though.
     
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  13. Tom Fontaine

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    Elvis / Bill / Scotty.
     
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  14. 1967SG

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    Don't have time. But, I thought this thread is about the topic of greatest Merican Band. Anyway, Van Halen is still a half-Dutch band.:D:D:D As soon as Dave starts singing, they have no chance for a nomination.:D:D:D
     
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    What’d that last on record, a little over a year? They were flanked by pros by ‘56.

    Very clearly a solo act with backing musicians.
     
  16. John Hurtt

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    Van Halen is listed with 85 million albums sold. That comes to #11 on the list. Boston doesn't sniff the list, sorry.
     
  17. GulfportBound

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    Only one?

    In no order of preference:

    The (original lineup) Allman Brothers Band
    The Band
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    The Doors
    Jefferson Airplane
    The Rascals
    Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
    Tedeschi Trucks Band
    The Velvet Underground
     
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  18. urizen

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    America is too diverse to think a single band is the greatest but I think CCR, Los Lobos, and VU would be the best representative triumvirate in my America's "greatest" pantheon....*


    * ...but if there were a gun held to my head demanding a single group, it would be Los Lobos, because they've proven themselves to be so superlatively musically protean in so many ways for so many decades.
     
  19. jackaroo

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    That would be the Grateful Dead
     
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  20. hippietim

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    Influence has to matter. I’d go with Van Halen, Hendrix, Beach Boys, The Dead, Allmans or Skynyrd.
     

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