Black on Blues: A Tribute to the Black Keys

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157872729
  • Catalog Number: 8727
  • Sales rank: 121,768

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonely Boy - Iggy Pop (3:09)
  2. 2 Tighten Up - Walter Trout (4:11)
  3. 3 Next Girl - Oli Brown Band (3:11)
  4. 4 Money Maker - Huw (3:01)
  5. 5 Girl Is On My Mind - Mike Zito (3:31)
  6. 6 Howlin' for You - Albert Lee (4:09)
  7. 7 Little Black Submarines - Devon Allman (4:17)
  8. 8 Everlasting Light - Pat Travers (3:32)
  9. 9 Gold On The Ceiling - Tab Benoit (3:44)
  10. 10 I Got Mine - Leslie West (3:58)
  11. 11 Chop And Change - Larry McCray (3:23)
  12. 12 I'll Be Your Man - Doug Kershaw (2:26)
  13. 13 Dead And Gone - Jackie Lomax (3:46)
  14. 14 When the Lights Go Out - Papa Mali (3:30)
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Album Credits

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
Brian Lucey Mastering
David Heintz Producer
Chris Lietz Producer
Brian Burtan Composer
Andy Banfield Engineer
Michael K. Harvey Vocal Engineer
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