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A journey to the heart of the Blues and the artists who have built its history: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Willie Dixon, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Bessie Smith…See more
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John Lee Hooker, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Rogers, Producer
℗ 2007 Shout! Factory LLC
WILLIE DIXON, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerome Arnold, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - BO DIDDLEY, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Clifton James, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Billy Boy Arnold, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Muddy Waters, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - BO DIDDLEY, ComposerLyricist - Melvin R. London, ComposerLyricist - Marshall Chess, Producer
℗ 1968 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Simon Climie, Producer - B.B. King, MainArtist - Eric Clapton, Producer, MainArtist - John Hiatt, Writer - MICK GUZAUSKI, Mixer
© 2001 Reprise Records ℗ 2001 Reprise Records
WILLIE DIXON, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hubert Sumlin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Howlin' Wolf, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Spann, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1960 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Jimmy Reed, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Stone, ComposerLyricist
℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.
Joe Bonamassa, MainArtist
(C) 2003 J&R Adventures (P) 2003 J&R Adventures
Tony Platt, Recording Engineer - Buddy Guy, Composer - Buddy Guy, Lyricist - Buddy Guy, Performer - John Porter, Producer
(P) 1991 Silvertone Records Ltd.
Big Maceo, Composer, Performer, Writer
Sanford Konikoff, Drums - Taj Mahal, Vocal - Taj Mahal, Performer - Taj Mahal, Harmonica - James Thomas, Bass - Jesse Ed Davis, Guitar - Sleepy John Estes, Composer - Sleepy John Estes, Lyricist - David Rubinson, Producer
Originally Recorded 1967. All rights reserved by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
J. Josea, Composer - J. Josea, Lyricist - Neil Wilburn, Engineer - "Uncle" John Turner, Percussion - R. King, Composer - R. King, Lyricist - Tommy Shannon, Acoustic Bass - Charlie Bragg, Engineer - Ed Hudson, Engineer - Johnny Winter, Producer - Johnny Winter, Vocal - Johnny Winter, Guitar - Johnny Winter, Performer - Johnny Winter, Harp
Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Elmore James, Composer - Elmore James, Lyricist - Elmore James, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist
(P) Originally recorded prior to 1972. All rights reserved by Arista Records LLC
Willie Dixon, Performer - Jack DuPree, Composer - Mc Rae Teddy, Composer
2012 Proper Records Ltd 2012 Proper Records Ltd
WILLIE DIXON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Boy Williamson, MainArtist - Leonard Chess, Producer
℗ 1963 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble, Performer - S.R. Vaughan, Composer - S.R. Vaughan, Guitar - S.R. Vaughan, Lyricist - S.R. Vaughan, Producer - S.R. Vaughan, Vocal - Richard Mullen, Producer - Richard Mullen, Recording Engineer - Double Trouble, Producer - John Hammond, Executive Producer - Mikie Harris, Assistant Producer - Don Wershba, Assistant Engineer - Harry Spiridakis, Assistant Engineer - Lincoln Clapp, Mixing Engineer - Lincoln Clapp, Vocal - Chris Layton, Drums - Tommy Shannon, Bass
(P) 1983 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Gary Moore, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ian Taylor, Producer
(C) 2006 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2006 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 1990 Virgin Records Limited
Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lou Martin, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Carlos Olms, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rod de'Ath, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robin Sylvester, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer
A UMC recording; ℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited
Bernardo Dennis, Guitar - Big Three Trio, Vocal - Charles Sanders, Drums - Leonard Caston, Piano - Leonard Caston, Composer - Leonard Caston, Lyricist - Willie Dixon, Composer - Willie Dixon, Lyricist - Willie Dixon, Performer - Willie Dixon, Bass - Lawrence Cohn, Producer - Adam Block, Producer - Patti Matheny, A&R Coordinator - David Mitson, Mastering Engineer
Originally Released 1947 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Ray Charles, Performer - R. Charles, Composer - Renald Richard, Composer
2013 Wagram Music
BERT BERNS, Producer - VAN MORRISON, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brooks Arthur, Recording Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer
Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Leon Russell, Producer - Don Nix, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Freddie King, MainArtist - Joseph Perry, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tyler, ComposerLyricist
(C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1970 Capitol Records, LLC
B.B. King, Performer - Peter Chatman, Composer, Writer
Salt & Pepper
Otis Rush, Artist, MainArtist - Rush, Composer, Author
2019 2017 Vintage Moments 2019 2017 Vintage Moments
Dr. Ross, MainArtist
(C) 2013 JSP Records (P) 2013 JSP Records
Little Walter, MainArtist
(C) 2006 Charly Records (P) 2006 Charly Records
Charles Calmese, Bass - Bob Margolin, Guitar - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Drums - Muddy Waters, Vocal - Muddy Waters, Guitar - Muddy Waters, Performer - M. Morganfield, Composer - M. Morganfield, Lyricist - "Pine Top" Perkins, Piano - Johnny Winter, Producer - Johnny Winter, Guitar - James Cotton, Harp
(P) 1977 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
Slim Harpo, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES MOORE, ComposerLyricist - J.D. Miller, Producer - Gabriel Perrodin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clinton Perrodin, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Etienne, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Unknown, Composer - Buddy Guy, MainArtist
(C) 2006 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 2006 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
James House, Composer - Beth Hart, Composer, MainArtist
© 2012 Mascot Music Productions and Publishing BV ℗ 2012 Mascot Music Productions and Publishing BV
Bob Daisley, Bass Guitar - Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist - WILLIE DIXON, Composer - Darrin Mooney, Drums - Jim Watson, Keyboards
© 2017 Orionstar Ltd., under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 2004 Orionstar Ltd. under exclusive licence to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
Vincent Liebler, Engineer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer - Stanley Weiss, Mastering Engineer - Robert Johnson, Performer - Robert Johnson, Composer - Robert Johnson, Lyricist - Don Law, Producer
Originally released 1936. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
John Hammond, Producer - Son House, Composer - Son House, Vocal - Son House, Guitar - Son House, Lyricist - Son House, Performer - Frank Driggs, Producer
Originally released 1965. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
CHESTER BURNETT, ComposerLyricist - Howlin' Wolf, MainArtist
℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.
John Lee Hooker, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - RALPH BASS, Producer - Eddie Burns, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lafayette Leake, Piano, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1966 Geffen Records
Al Jackson, Drums - Wayne Jackson, Trumpet - Booker T. Jones, Keyboards, Writer - Andrew Love, Tenor Saxophone - Steve Cropper, Additional Guitar - Duck Dunn, Bass Guitar - Jim Stewart, Producer - Albert King, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Zal Schreiber, Masterer - William Bell, Writer
© 1991 Atlantic Records ℗ 1967 Concord Music Group, Inc.
BO DIDDLEY, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Esmond Edwards, Producer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Lightnin' Hopkins, Artist - Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, Composer
℗ 1981 Fantasy, Inc., Distributed by Concord.
T-Bone Walker, Performer - Walker, Composer, Writer
Mississippi John Hurt, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist
(C) 2006 Vanguard Records ℗ 1998 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company
WILLIE DIXON, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Muddy Waters, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Little Walter, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Rogers, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Spann, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Chess, Producer - Phil Chess, Producer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1954 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Leonard Caston, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - WILLIE DIXON, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Little Walter, Harmonica, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins, ComposerLyricist - Robert Lockwood, Jr., Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Below, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Coy 'Hot Shot' Love, MainArtist
(C) 2009 Goldenlane Records (P) 2009 Cleopatra Records
Junior Wells, MainArtist
(C) 1957 © Fuel 2000 Records™ a division of 43 North Broadway, LLC. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. (P) 1957 © Fuel 2000 Records™ a division of 43 North Broadway, LLC. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
Bessie Smith, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Lawrence Cohn, Producer - Jimmie Cox, Composer, Lyricist - David Miston, Mastering Engineer - Clarence Williams, Piano - Garvin Bushell, Alto Saxophone - Greely Walton, Tenor Saxophone - Ed Allen, Cornet
Originally released 1929. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment
Dennis Walker, Producer - Robert Cray, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Dashiell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Richard Cousins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Boe, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bruce Bromberg, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Olson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group
John Mayall, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1969 Polydor Inc.
Don Was, Producer - Johnny Lee Schell, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Braunagel, Percussion, Timbales , AssociatedPerformer - BONNIE RAITT, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Hiatt, Composer - Ed Cherney, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ricky Fataar, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James "Hutch" Hutchinson, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)
(C) 2005 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1989 Capitol Records, LLC
Rory Gallagher, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Andy Pearce, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ted McKenna, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gerry McAvoy, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Wortham, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan O'Duffy, Producer - Daniel Gallagher, Producer, Executive Producer
℗ 2018 Universal Music Operations Limited
B.B. King, MainArtist - Tracy Chapman, FeaturedArtist - JOHN PORTER, Producer - Joe McGrath, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Hawkins, ComposerLyricist - Rick Darnell, ComposerLyricist
℗ 1997 Geffen Records
Laval Belle, Drums - Tommy Eyre, Keyboards - R. Johnson, Composer - R. Johnson, Lyricist - Keb' Mo', Performer - Keb' Mo', Vocal - Keb' Mo', Banjo - Keb' Mo', Harmonica - Keb' Mo', Guitar - James Hutcherson, Bass - John Porter, Producer
(P) 1994 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
A journey to the heart of the Blues and the artists who have built its history: John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Willie Dixon, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Bessie Smith…
The Black Keys in 10 Songs
by Marc Zisman
From 2001, The Black Keys have been reminding the world about the real roots of the Blues, cutting away all the frills and unnecessary solos. Their music has always been untamed, abrupt and minimalist. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney developed this unique style over the course of two decades, without once selling their souls to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads. Here are ten songs to prove it.
Although there were only two of them, The Black Keys now had the whole world at their feet. Thanks to Brothers, their life as an indie act was a distant memory, and the stadiums beckoned. But this period was a turbulent one in terms of the two men's relationship. Auerbach released his first solo album without ever really warning Carney, who was dealing with a divorce. But put the record on and you’ll find that the gumbo they have cooked up has lost none of its authentic flavour or ingredients. Howlin' for You is a great illustration of this precarious bridge between calculation and values, maturity and professionalism, where Auerbach and Carney built their partnership and laid the foundations for their full-frontal Blues sound. The beat is taken from Gary Glitter's Rock & Roll and boosted by a beastly, ultra-saturated bass. With this song, which sounds like a cover, the duo take canonical Blues to another planet. The fuzzy sound and Auerbach's jovial voice bring real originality to a track that could have been a snooze-fest. The Keys may have been inspired by the Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama, Mecca of the soul 60's where they put Brothers together. On top of this, their meeting with Danger Mouse on the previous album had most likely expanded their musical vocabulary, as well as their idea of how to produce a record and use a recording studio. It was around this time that Auerbach began working as a producer for artists as diverse as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Nathaniel Mayer, Dr. John, Reigning Sound and Bombino.
Tighten Up (Brothers – 2010)
The famous first seconds of Tighten Up made this single from Brothers an instant classic and one of the group's greatest commercial successes to date. It's a pure hit that would make its way into an episode of Gossip Girl and an advert for Subaru. The song is carried by a funky groove, dirty and stinking, and it bears The Black Keys away from their pure-Blues roots. It's the only track on the album produced by Danger Mouse, and it shows! Auerbach's voice is much more "Stax soul singer" than "old Delta bluesman". Two-thirds of the way through this song about a man's love for a woman who isn't really feeling it, Tighten Up drops its funky tempo and slips into a more classically rock-inflected, hypnotic groove. And as ever with the Keys, Pat Carney's beats give the song its backbone. "I had a drum beat," Carney told Mojo magazine, speaking about Tighten Up. "Actually it's my shitty version of Can's 'Vitamin C' beat. Dan came up with the riff and we both had the idea of a whistling hook. We made the song, didn't think anything of it, shelved the thing for a month and a half. That was 'Tighten Up.' We never thought it would get played on the radio..."
Lonely Boy (El Camino – 2011)
They revere the history of rock'n'roll and the Blues and they don't care who knows it; they cover all manner of songs (The Beatles, Dylan, James Gang, Captain Beefheart, R.L. Burnside, etc.) and success will never change them: Lonely Boy hits all the notes that made The Black Keys famous and offers a sumptuous introduction to their seventh studio album. According to Dan Auerbach, this single was built around the riff from Johnny Burnette's version of Train Kept A-Rollin', but the unexpected backing vocals give it an almost mystical flavour. The brand new Easy Eye Sound studio, which Auerbach had just had built in Nashville, offered the setting for a reunion with Danger Mouse, who had produced Attack & Release three years earlier. "[H]e does push us to do things we normally wouldn't do," Carney has said of Danger Mouse. The result? A confidently eclectic sound, like the T. Rex-style guitars, which lend a touch of glam to both Lonely Boy and the rest of the record, which is inspired by the gutsy rock of The Cramps and The Clash. At the same time, we are treated to some heavier sounds, with guitars to the fore and choruses offering a vital touch of soul.
Fever (Turn Blue – 2014)
In January, 2013, The Black Keys took a break in the middle of their El Camino tour at the Key Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This was a recording studio with a Flickinger console, which had been built for Sly Stone. The place was recommended to them by The Kills and it was here that they would record three songs for their forthcoming album: Turn Blue: Gotta Get Away, It's Up to You Now and the aptly-named Fever. The first single from the band's eighth studio album, Fever is a neo-psychedelic, ultra-groovy trip which would not sound out of place on MGMT's first album. With its catchy melody, Fever proves that the Keys can make radio-friendly bangers, slipping their guitars back behind vintage keyboards. Danger Mouse wraps it all up with "stadium anthem" production values, taking care to mellow Carney's drums to perfection. This song easily stands out from this album, undoubtedly The Black Keys' poppiest and most eclectic to date, which also includes Weight of Love with its echoes of Pink Floyd.
Eagle Birds (Let’s Rock – 2019)
A decade on from leaving their native Ohio for Nashville and five years after Turn Blue, The Black Keys returned to their roots and rock'n'roll sound with a pumping Blues heart with Let's Rock. Naturally, the electric guitar has centre stage here, from the first moment to the last. This album does what it says on the tin: Let's Rock takes the listener through all the big, beloved guitar sounds of the 1970s, from Glenn Schwartz and Joe Walsh of the James Gang to Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, by way of Stealers Wheel, T. Rex and Blue Öyster Cult. Eagle Birds is the bridge between these well-trodden influences and the Blues that have always inspired the pair. Inspired by Eagle Bird, a song written in 1980 by Delta guitarist Jessie Mae Hemphill, it features a brief, biting solo from Auerbach: a short, enjoyable passage with a dirty sound. “The record is like a homage to electric guitar. We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.” And they did; right down to the bone!
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