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What is perhaps most impressive about this collection of songs is that it will undoubtedly bring great blues music to the attention of people that may not have ever heard it otherwise. The Doors were the first band to bring the brilliant song writing of Willie Dixon to my attention and the Keys have done the exact same with the music of Junior Kimbrough.
The production is exactly what it should be- clean, clear and direct. The songs themselves are outstanding. One thing that really strikes me about this EP is just how sincere this recording comes across. These young guys sound every bit as genuine and real as The Rolling Stones did way back when while covering the legendary Blues and R&B standards that inspired them.
I hate to take shortcuts by name dropping bands like The Doors and The Rolling Stones, but if my comparisons get your attention, then my mission is accomplished.
The pop hooks of songs like 10A.M. Automatic may not be here, but everything that is good in music most certainly is.
If they don't play a small venue in or around NYC soon I will cry. For a band that sounds like this to open for Radiohead in MSG for $70 a pop is a joke.
I can only hope and pray the Keys throw us another blues album like Chulahoma. I love people complaining that its all "covers" or that its not played with "12 bars" and go on to say they are a "true blues" fan (whatever that means) not knowing I guess that many of their favorite classic 12 bar blues songs are actually covers of covers, etc.
I guess that's why music is subjective. My advice to anybody that seems to appreciate music of all genres is in keep your mind open and your eyes closed. Otherwise you might end up painting yourself into a corner where only 12 bars sounds right to you ;)
The vinyl is a perfect pressing. Fat Possum is spotty with their vinyl pressings, sometimes they are perfection, and other times there are silly flaws. In this case, they did a stellar job. The album is perfectly flat and centered, and free of any pops or background noise. The artwork in the vinyl is just the coolest darn thing in the world - its psychedelic watching the thing spin on the turntable.
This is a simple album, a clear plastic envelope with stickers and the album. There is no cardboard, no inner sleeves, no paper inserts. Given that the plastic sticks so tightly to the album (the envelope just looks toxic), I'm going to store the album in an archival sleeve.
I've owned this album on CD for four years; I love the music and am very familiar with the CD sound. The vinyl is a whole new world of sound on this album, I've gotten so used to the CD sound, and this just opened up my eyes a ton.
The music is a bit debatable; do true blues fans find it offensive that Patrick and Dan have switched up Kimbrough's melodies and instrumentation? Or is this a fresh take on American roots music? I fall squarely in the latter camp. I like what The Black Keys have done to this music. I find it interesting that this deep blues influence is so apparent in the other albums The Black Keys have done (even though the thread is getting thin, there is still a hint of blues in El Camino).
The real validation for me is the voice mail from Kimbrough's wife, saying Junior would have been proud to hear them do this music. Thankfully, they included that recording as the last song on the second side of the album.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't say anything for this CD or band. They speak for themselves.Published 2 months ago by JohnD
7 songs on this ablum but I love none the less I first got my mind is rambing on my phone store music I like awesome so I not sure why I like these band but I tend to liscen them... Read morePublished 4 months ago by mandy c
This review is for the vinyl record:
The first vinyl I got was defective. Requested a replacement and the second one was even worse quality than the first one. Read more
I am a fan of the Black Keys anyway, but I particularly liked this album. I know it is a cover, but it sounds great and is unique. The length of the album is also perfect. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nathan
Love Junior Kimbrough and The Black Keys so this was a must have for my collection! Great Album!Published 6 months ago by E J