True Power Trios
August 14, 2008 11:34 AM   Subscribe

Great rock/blues trios without extra warm bodies or siginficant overdubbing?

What big time rock and/or blues guitar/bass/drum bands perform and record with only themselves on stage and with only minimal overdubbing in the studio?
posted by imjustsaying to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble come to mind. They added Reese Wynans at some point, but they played as a trio quite a bit. I can't speak to the overdubbing bit, but I'd be surprised if they did much of it.
posted by jluce50 at 11:42 AM on August 14, 2008


Wikipedia link.
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 11:44 AM on August 14, 2008


The White Stripes come to mind, but they are but a mere duo.
posted by caddis at 11:44 AM on August 14, 2008


ISeemtobeaverb has a good link above. The Police was what came to my mind.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 11:49 AM on August 14, 2008


Blo.
posted by box at 11:52 AM on August 14, 2008


Gov't Mule?
posted by gnutron at 11:53 AM on August 14, 2008


Nirvana!

Though at the beginning, and towards the end, there was an extra guitarist. But most of the time, just the 3.
posted by SmileyChewtrain at 11:56 AM on August 14, 2008


No such list can be complete without mentioning Rush.
posted by Citrus at 12:01 PM on August 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Beware of the Dog
posted by timsteil at 12:28 PM on August 14, 2008


There's the Jimi Hendrix Experience of course, and Cream, and the Who is a power trio with an extra singer ... just to get the obvious ones out of the way.
posted by wabbittwax at 12:28 PM on August 14, 2008


check out the zz top album 'rhythemeen'. can't find any citations, but i'm pretty sure there's no overdubbing on that one.
posted by lester at 12:36 PM on August 14, 2008


Cream and Jimi Hendrix spring to mind.
posted by Paid In Full at 12:41 PM on August 14, 2008


Duh.
posted by Paid In Full at 12:42 PM on August 14, 2008


Three words: Hot. Fucking. Tuna! (Not precisely a classic "power trio" - sometimes a duo, sometimes a quartet, but everything is based off the bass & guitar of Jack & Jorma, so they fit right in with Cream & the rest, regardless of the particular configuration they're playing with at any given time.)
posted by Banky_Edwards at 12:44 PM on August 14, 2008


Low 2002-2005
posted by K.P. at 12:49 PM on August 14, 2008


Shellac
posted by jonathanbell at 12:55 PM on August 14, 2008


The Black Keys (duo)
posted by mistsandrain at 1:00 PM on August 14, 2008


Hüsker Dü, but they may not be exactly "big time".
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 1:15 PM on August 14, 2008


The Jam
Galaxie 500
Big Head Todd and The Monsters
posted by elmono at 1:41 PM on August 14, 2008


The Minutemen for sure, if you don't mind that they've been defunct for over 20 years.
posted by newmoistness at 1:57 PM on August 14, 2008


Shotmaker
posted by saladin at 2:15 PM on August 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


How about just plain old Mule?
posted by josher71 at 2:25 PM on August 14, 2008


Sleater Kinney
posted by Danf at 3:31 PM on August 14, 2008


1000 lashes upon me for failing to check Wikipedia prior to posting this question.
posted by imjustsaying at 4:27 PM on August 14, 2008


Though I haven't followed them in over ten years, King's X is musically very strong and a "power trio."
posted by pantagrool at 11:35 PM on August 14, 2008


Morphine

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Beastie Boys
posted by The World Famous at 12:03 AM on August 15, 2008


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