Saturday, October 24, 2009

Two Underrated Classic Rock Bands

By Patricia Fields

There have been many great rock bands over the course of the last 50 years. What started out as a music revolution in the 1950s has turned into a staple in the music world, and rock music is enjoyed the world over, with many different styles having emerged over the years.

One of my favorite styles of rock is the classic rock movement that permeated the 1960s and the 1970s. I think that some of the best music has resulted from this era, and I've always loved the epic anthems particularly. While bands like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and others all get their due, here are two bands that I feel deserve a little more respect than they get.

1. ELO. Standing for Electric Light Orchestra, this band, led by brilliant songwriter Jeff Lynne, churned out hits through the course of the 1970s. Some of these are songs that you already know and hear frequently, though you might not realize that the songs were by them. Their unique brand of space rock combined with symphonic orchestral elements was one of a kind.

2. The Band. This was a great band, and that was actually their name. Originally performing as Bob Dylan's backup band, they eventually found their way, emerging on their own. This Canadian band was one of the most talented collections of musicians we've ever seen, and their Americana is some of the best to ever hit the music world.

Listen to these two bands if you're in need of some good new music, I think you'll enjoy them.

Patricia Fields also writes about Truvia at

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