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Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Posted on: April 28, 2008 11:24 pm
 
Well folks the brackets are now set.

I was surprised by the lack of votes for quite a few bands. I knew not all of my favorites would make it the list of 16 but I did think some of them would get more support. About 90 Bands were mentioned as well about 60 solo acts among all the postings.

4 of the 16 in the solo category could have been in the Bands category but I followed the way the votes were
cast. Tom Petty for some reason received 90% of his votes as a solo act and Carlos Santana got 75% of his that way.

Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen had enough votes to make the brackets and be seeded in the top half of both categories. I used my editorial powers to decide to put them in the solo category only.

Here are the first round match ups for both categories. The seeds are in parenthesis. Please just list your choice in each of the match ups. The voting for the first round will close on Sunday at 11:00 pm est. I will be posting the next round as soon as I can afterwards.

Thanks to all of for your participation as well as your comments.

The Beatles (1) vs. The Doors (16)
The Rolling Stones (2) vs. The Grateful Dead (15)
The Who (3) vs. Lynyrd Skynyrd (14)
The Eagles (4) vs. Creedence Clearwater Revival (13)
Led Zeppilin (5) vs. Aerosmith (12)
Pink Floyd (6) vs. Rush (11)
AC/DC (7) vs. The Allman Brothers Band (10)
U 2 (8) vs. Cream (9)


Eric Clapton (1) vs. Ozzy Osbourne (16)
Bruce Springsteen (2) vs. Chuck Berry (15)
Jimi Hendrix (3) vs. John Lennon (14)
Elvis Presley (4) vs. Johnny Cash (13)
Bob Dylan (5) vs. Tom Petty (12)
Neil Young (6) vs. Roy Orbison (11)
Billy Joel (7) vs. Carlos Santana (10)
Elton John (8) vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn (9)

I can't wait to see the results.
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 10:10 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Bands:
Beatles
Rolling Stones
The Who
The Eagles
Rush
AC/DC
U2

Solo:
Eric Clapton
B. Springsteen
J.Lennon
E. Presley
T. Petty
R.Orbison
B. Joel
E. John




Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 9:48 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Band:
The Doors
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Aerosmith
Pink Floyd
AC/DC
Cream

Solo:
Ozzy Osbourne
Bruce Springsteen
Jimi Hendrix
Johnny Cash
Bob Dylan
Neil Young
Carlos Santana
Elton John



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 9:25 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock


My most difficult selection was Lennon vs Hendrix - I contemplated that one for awhile and was torn.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 7:34 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

-Ya know, Sky, you put in quite an argument in favor of The Allman Bros. over AC/DC, especially considering that they were one of the matchups that had me on the fence for a while.  So, since I didn't have time to comment earlier and now do, here goes...

Bands:

  • The Beatles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • The Eagles
  • Led Zepplin
  • Pink Floyd
  • AC/DC
  • Cream

Solo:

  • Eric Clapton
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bob Dylan
  • Neil Young
  • Carlos Santana
  • Elton John

-The Beatles?  They changed everything and remain relevant to this day.  They wrote more great tunes on many of their albums than many bands could hope for in their careers.  I love The Doors, esp. their first album, and have great respect for Jim Morrison as a lyricist, but they were just overmatched in this bracket...

-The Stones, for quite a number of years, could lay a pretty legitimate claim to being the "Greatest Rock & Roll Band".  The Dead were one of the truly great bands, but again, they were simply overmatched....

-The Who vs. Skynard?  Another pair of great bands, but I have to tip my cap to The Who.  Hugely influential.

-The Eagles vs. CCR was also tough.  Like Sky, I was also raised on CCR, but I was also raised on The Eagles-  my mum was a very big fan of both.  CCR was very unique-  Nobody's sounded like them, really, since, but I have to give it up to The Eagles in a head to head match up, especially on the strength of individual talent...   Tough...

-Led Zepplin vs. Aerosmith was on first blush simply a question of who influenced who- little question there...

-Pink Floyd vs. Rush was particularly tough for me as a Canadian-  If you look at them instumentally, Rush is at least their match (listen to Rush live), and with all due respect to Nick Mason, Neil Peart is the better drummer, and can lay a pretty fair claim to being one of the best drummers in the history of rock.   But on the basis of songwriting, and the fact that they carved out such a niche sound-wise, I have to give Floyd the edge- Very tough decision...

-AC/DC vs. The Allmans was another tough one, and Sky almost swayed me with what he wrote.  But AC/DC (with Bon Scott) revitalized the straight ahead 4/4 Rock & Roll, and gave it a harder edge, and some catchy riffs driven with their Marshall-Gibson sound.  All gimmicks aside (and I am not big on them at all, I might add), Angus Young was brought an old-school bluesy feel to his intense lead runs, and was the perfect foil for Bon Scott's white soul vocals, who was/is one of the most unique and instantly recognizable vocalists in rock.  While Back in Black is a very strong album, Brian Johnson is no Bon Scott, in terms of both vocals and personality, although I have to give it up to a band that lost it's soul but has still managed to solder on.  Anyway,  while I also love The Allmans, I have to put in a vote for a hard-rock band, and AC/DC (with Bon Scott) has the edge for me, IMO...  I just simply have more fun when I listen to the stuff, and that is really what it came down to for me, gimmicks or no...

-U2 vs. Cream.   Cream was a band that I spun the bejeezuz out of in high-school, and influenced hugely my playing as a guitarist.  I think that U2 was/is a great band, and truly unique at a time when that was pretty hard to come by, but Cream did more in two years than most bands manage in 20.  Besides the fact that you had a very rare assemblage of top-notch musicians who also happened to have exceptional chemistry, they also influenced at least a generation with their sound.  While U2 was/is a great band, as I said, I have to give it up to Cream in this match up.

-I'll be back later with the solo acts... 

 

 

 




Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2008 7:34 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Great job, yank.  I know you've put some effort in this.

Beatles

The Rolling Stones

Lynyrd Skynyrd

The Eagles

Led Zeppelin

Pink Floyd

The Allman Brothers

Cream

Ozzy

Bruce Springsteen

Jimi Hendrix

Elvis Presley

Bob Dylan

Neil Young

Carlos Santana

Stevie Ray Vaughan




Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 6:34 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

The Beatles
The Stones
The Who
CCR
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd
Allman Bros
Cream 

Here is a link that pretty much sums up how I feel about U2:

Clapton
Chuck Berry
Jimi (the toughest matchup on the board, John will get his with The Beatles)
Johnny Cash
Dylan
Neil Young
Billy Joel
Elton John




Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 6:21 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Bands

The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Eagles
Led Zeppilin
Rush
The Allman Bros.
Cream

Solo

Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen
Jimi Hendrix
Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
Niel Young
Carlos Santana
Stevie Ray Vaughn



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2008 5:12 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

Doors

Stones

Skynyrd

Eagles

ZEP

Rush

Allman

8 / 9 bleah

SOLO

EC

Bruce

Jimi

Elvis

Petty

Orbison

Joel

SRV



The Bong Show
Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 4:00 am
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Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2008 2:28 am
 

Time To Vote For The Greatest Acts In Rock

I think you guys are starting to step off the deep end when you attempt to apply these stats-laden matchups (who's the best HR hitter: Ruth/Foxx; Aaron/Maris; Bonds/Mantle) to a venue that's truly ART. And a subjectively viewed interpretation of art, at that. You might as well make matchups (what's the most wonderful work of art: DaVinci's Mona Lisa/Michelangelo's David; Dali/Picasso; Beethoven/Mozart).


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