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Supergroups: From Cream and Traveling Wilburys to Audioslave and Chickenfoot

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In terms of big-name recognition, no supergroup features more talent than the Traveling Wilburys, a quintet that featured four Rock and Roll Hall of Famers — Bob Dylan, the Beatles' George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty — along with Electric Light Orchestra mastermind Jeff Lynne. The five-piece recorded one album together, Vol. 1, and after the passing of Orbison, reconvened as a quartet for 1990's Vol. 3.

Supergroups: CSNY

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills and Nash were great as is, but adding Neil Young pushed the quartet into supergroupdom. Crosby (The Byrds), Nash (The Hollies) and Stills and Young (both of Buffalo Springfield) recorded three studio albums and one live album together as a quartet, including the 1970 classic Déjà vu. Crosby, Stills and Nash were inducted into the Hall of Fame as a trio, while Young made the Rock Hall for his solo work and his tenure with Buffalo Springfield.

Supergroups: Oysterhead

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Oysterhead

Perhaps the strangest supergroup in rock history, Oysterhead combined the incredible musical talents of Primus bassist Les Claypool, Phish's Trey Anastasio and the Police drummer Stewart Copeland. The trio recorded one album together, 2001's Grand Pecking Order, before reuniting once again in 2006 at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

Supergroups: Blind Faith

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Blind Faith

The last of the Eric Clapton supergroups featured on our list, Blind Faith also included Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Traffic's Steve Winwood. Though the band only released one album together — and that one album only featured six songs — their chart-topping self-titled LP produced the hits "Presence of the Lord" and "Can't Find My Way Home."

Supergroups: Bad Company

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Bad Company

In 1973, Free's Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke joined forces with Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell to form Bad Company, one of the biggest hit-making supergroups of the '70s. From their six albums together with Rodgers as lead singer, the most memorable tracks include "Shooting Star," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Can't Get Enough" and "Rock & Roll Fantasy." The original lineup reunited this summer without Burrell, who passed away in 2006.

BEST OF LIVE: August 14, 2009: Vultures

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Them Crooked Vultures

Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones formed supergroup Them Crooked Vultures in 2009 placing Dave Grohl back behind the drum kit and on vocals Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

Supergroups: Chickenfoot

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Chickenfoot

What do you do when you get kicked out of your band? If you're former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, you recruit the Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and form a new rock supergroup called Chickenfoot. The quartet stormed to the upper echelons of the charts with their self-titled debut album and they continueto sell out venues on a nightly basis.

Supergroups: Mad Season

Mad Season

Another Seattle-based supergroup, Mad Season featured Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley linking up with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, the Walkabouts' bassist John Baker Saunders and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin in 1995 for an especially grungetastic album called Above. Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan also contributed two guest spots on the album, which featured the hit "River of Deceit." Sadly, the deaths of Staley and Saunders ensured that Above would be this supergroup's lone album.

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