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The Black Keys El Camino

(Limited Edition 45RPM Import Vinyl 2LP + CD + 7")

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The Black Keys El Camino on Limited Edition Import 180g 45RPM 2LP + CD + 7"

2013 Grammy Award Winner for Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song & Best Rock Performance!

Produced by Dan Auerbach, 2013 Grammy Award Winner for Producer of the Year!

Reviewing The Black Keys' 2010 Top Ten breakthrough album Brothers, Rolling Stone called the duo "a two-man combo with a big-band mind." That description seems downright prophetic now. With the hard-rocking 2011 release El Camino, The Black Keys' fourth Nonesuch release, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse

El Camino boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: the pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, the choruses unfailingly addictive, made for shouting along, preferably in a large, sweaty crowd. A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. El Camino features one stand-out track after another, such as first single "Lonely Boy," "Gold on the Ceiling," and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven, tempo-shifting "Little Black Submarines."

"This record is more straight ahead rock and roll; raw, driving, and back to basics," says Auerbach. As Carney has put it, The Black Keys "respect the past while being in the present," and that formula has made them sound like nothing less than the future of rock and roll. 

While the largely self-produced Brothers, recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, had a more soul and blues-oriented sound, El Camino often recalls the blitzkrieg-paced British-style rock of the 1960s and '70s, post-Beatles and pre-punk: artists like T-Rex, The Sweet, and Gary Glitter, along with the heavier swing of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

The references are there, but the sound is very much contemporary and utterly their own, equally informed by The Black Keys' passion for hip hop and R&B and bolstered by the atmospheric production approach of Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), who was behind the boards for 2008's Attack & Release and collaborated with them on the funky "Tighten Up" for Brothers

As Auerbach notes, "Brian understands all the different kinds of music we're into. He's got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song." Also rejoining them is consistently innovative mixing engineer Tchad Blake, who Auerbach calls "a genius with audio, a complete wizard."

El Camino came together quickly in an unfettered burst of creativity by the hard-charging pair. They recorded these 11 tracks between tour dates for Brothers at Auerbach's new Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where he and Carney have now relocated after years of working in their native Akron, Ohio. In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest, coolest music around!

Cut for vinyl from the master tapes at Bernie Grundman Mastering and pressed at Pallas for sonic perfection, this album will never sound or look better. This 180g 45RPM 2LP-set also contains a bonus CD, and a two song 7” single featuring the previously unreleased live tracks: “Sister” and “Money Maker.”

The Black Keys El Camino Track Listing:

LP1
1.  Lonely Boy
2.  Dead And Gone3
3.  Gold On The Ceiling
4.  Little Black Submarines
5.  Money Maker 
6.  Run Right Back

LP2
1.  Sister
2.  Hell Of A Season
3.  Stop Stop
4.  Nova Baby
5.  Mind Eraser 

CD
1.  Lonely Boy
2.  Dead And Gone3
3.  Gold On The Ceiling
4.  Little Black Submarines
5.  Money Maker 
6.  Run Right Back
7.  Sister
8.  Hell Of A Season
9.  Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser 

7"
A1. Sister (live)
B1. Money Maker (live)

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1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead And Gone3
3. Gold On The Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
6. Run Right Back


LP2
1. Sister
2. Hell Of A Season
3. Stop Stop
4. Nova Baby
5. Mind Eraser


CD
1. Lonely Boy
2. Dead And Gone3
3. Gold On The Ceiling
4. Little Black Submarines
5. Money Maker
6. Run Right Back
7. Sister
8. Hell Of A Season
9. Stop Stop
10. Nova Baby
11. Mind Eraser


7"
A1. Sister (live)
B1. Money Maker (live)

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