04 February 2012 ~ 23 Comments

The Black Keys Records and Discography

The blues traditionalist duo, The Black Keys surfaced in the blues-rock scene in 2002 with their debut album The Big Come Up. Hailed from Akron, Ohio after dropping out of school, vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach, as well as drummer and producer Patrick Carney formed the famous American blues-rock duo The Black Keys in 2001. The Black Keys discography is composed of their six studio album, two EPs (extended plays), 14 singles, and a live album.

The Black Keys discography for their studio albums starts off with their debut album The Big Come Up which was released on May 20, 2002. The album was recorded in Carney’s basement and on an 8-track tape recorder of the 1980s. The album produced songs from the Beatles original ‘She Said, She Said’ and the blues standard ‘I’ll Be Your Man’. Their second album Thickfreakness, which was also recorded in Carney’s basement for 14 hours, was released on April 8, 2003. It spawned three hit track ‘Set You Free’, ‘Hard Row’, and a Richard Berry cover ‘Have Love, Will Travel’. Rubber Factory which is the band’s third album, released on September 7, 2004, helped gain the band recognition, thus boosting their career. Recorded at an abandoned factory, it featured singles such as ’10 A.M. Automatic’, ‘Til I Get My Way’, and ‘Girl is On My Mind’. In September 12, 2006, the album Magic Potion was added to the Black Keys discography. Their fourth album was their first release on Nonesuch Records and it featured the singles ‘You’re the One’, ‘Just Got to Be’, and ‘You’re Touch’.  The band’s fifth studio album Attack & Release was produced by Danger Mouse and was released on April 1, 2008. It debuted at no. 14 on the Billboard 200 with singles ‘Strange Times’, ‘I Got Mine’, and ‘Same Old Thing’. Their latest album Brothers, which was produced by the Black Keys themselves along with Mark Neill, was released on May 18, 2010. The song ‘Tighten Up’, from the album Brothers was released first as a single before the album. Moreover, ‘Tighten Up’ became their most successful single, reaching the number one spot on the US Alternative charts. Other singles from this album includes ‘Howlin’ for You’ and ‘Next Girl’. The Black Keys won two Grammys for Brothers with Best Alternative Music album and Best Recording Package. ‘Tighten Up’ was also awarded with Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2011.

The Black Keys discography also includes the band’s collaboration album Blackroc, featuring other hip hop artists. It was released on Black Friday. Rappers include Jim Jones, Ludacris, M.O.P., Mos Def, NOE, Nicole Wray, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Pharoahe Monch, Raekwon, RZA, and Q-Tip. Blackroc was recorded in Brooklyn, New York.

As for the Extended Plays, The Moan was released on January 19, 2004 with songs ‘Have Love Will Travel’, a version of ‘Heavy Soul’, and two other covers. In 2006, The Black Keys released Chulahoma: The songs of Junior Kimbrough with featured songs by Junior Kimbrough who is a north Mississippi blues man. On the same year, the Black Keys also released their bootleg album Live in Austin TX, which was recorded on October 24, 2003.

23 Responses to “The Black Keys Records and Discography”

  1. cora 9 February 2012 at 12:29 am Permalink

    I love the Black Keys and am stoked to see them at Coachella this year. I heard though that Black Sabbath was supposed to headline but dropped out, so Black Keys filled their slot (kind of a bummer). Still, Black Keys perform well and deserve to be there.


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