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Black on Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys
     

Black on Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys

 
Over the years, Cleopatra has made it something of a specialty of theirs to release tribute albums to popular artists, but 2012's Black on Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys feels a little different than its predecessors -- not as rushed, almost bordering on the carefully considered. Of course, that impression may just be a reflection of the presence of the

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Over the years, Cleopatra has made it something of a specialty of theirs to release tribute albums to popular artists, but 2012's Black on Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys feels a little different than its predecessors -- not as rushed, almost bordering on the carefully considered. Of course, that impression may just be a reflection of the presence of the Iggy Pop and Ginger Baker duet on "Lonely Boy," a collaboration that pays back some dividends as the melody is perfectly suited for Iggy and Ginger swings with nonchalant assurance. It is the performance that's least concerned with the blues but it's not the only noteworthy performance, odd pairing, or comeback, either: Dave Davies teams up with Huw Lloyd-Langton for "Money Maker" and Jackie Lomax comes out for "Dead and Gone." Almost everybody involved sticks to songs from Brothers and El Camino, stripping away whatever interesting sonic flourishes the Keys or Danger Mouse laid upon the originals, concentrating on the bluesy core. Naturally, there is a lot more guitar here than on the Black Keys versions -- and the guitar tends not to be the kind of fuzz explosions Dan Auerbach favors; instead, it's a lot of cleanly articulated Stratocaster picking and overdriven tube amps -- and although it paints the Black Keys as a little more traditional than they actually are, it's generally agreeable stuff apart from the occasional gut-busting vocal (see Pat Travers' exaggerated "Everlasting Light"). And that may not be the same thing as necessary or interesting, but Black on Blues is something that most Cleopatra comps of this nature are not: it's enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Cleopatra
UPC:
0741157872729
catalogNumber:
8727
Rank:
70759

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Performance Credits

Larry McCray   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Kershaw   Fiddle,Vocals
Ginger Baker   Drums
Albert Lee   Guitar,Vocals
Iggy Pop   Vocals
Pat Travers   Guitar,Vocals
Jackie Lomax   Vocals
Dave Davies   Vocals
Tab Benoit   Guitar,Vocals
Jürgen Engler   Bass,Guitar
Mani Neumeier   Drums
Cyril Neville   Percussion,Vocals
Billy Sherwood   Bass,Percussion,Drums
Walter Trout   Guitar,Vocals
Leslie West   Vocals
Huw Lloyd-Langton   Guitar
Wayne Proctor   Drums
Devon Allman   Guitar,Vocals
Papa Mali   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Zito   Guitar,Vocals
Oli Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Barnes   Bass
Chris Lietz   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jürgen Engler   Producer
Billy Sherwood   Producer
Brian Perera   Executive Producer
Wayne Proctor   Producer
Patrick Carney   Composer
Dan Auerbach   Composer
David Heintz   Producer
Chris Lietz   Producer
Brian Burtan   Composer
Andy Banfield   Engineer
Michael K. Harvey   Vocal Engineer

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