El Camino

Submitted by nonesuch on Tue, 09/27/2011 - 12:33
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Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the band's seventh studio album was recorded at singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. "They sound like a band who think they've made the year's best rock 'n' roll album," says the Guardian, "probably because that's exactly what they've done." The Independent calls it "by some distance the most powerful, compelling rock album of the year." El Camino has earned three Grammy Awards.

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2012 Grammy Award Winner: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song

 

The Black Keys’ new album El Camino will be released December 6 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the 11-track album was recorded at singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The LP edition of the album is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

El Camino follows the most successful two years in The Black Keys’ career. In May 2010 they released their breakthrough album, Brothers, to widespread critical acclaim. Debuting at #2 in the US, it went on to win three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award, and topped numerous year-end lists, including iTunes, NPR, and Rolling Stone. Brothers, which included the hit singles “Tighten Up” and “Howlin’ for You,” has been certified Gold in the US and UK, and Platinum in Canada. Worldwide sales are now over one million and counting.

Drummer Patrick Carney said of the band’s recent success, “We’ve taken the long road to get where we are. It’s pretty cool to be in your early 30s making music with your best friend. We’ve experienced everything from driving a thousand miles to play for no one to winning Grammys.” Auerbach further describes the band’s dynamic, “We don't talk before we play. We don’t practice before we record, we just fly by the seat of our pants.” He says of El Camino, “I think where this record is going to shine for me is playing the songs live. This record is more straight ahead rock and roll—raw, driving, and back to basics.”

The Black Keys—Akron, Ohio, natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney—released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004). In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the US and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008. El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch will release worldwide.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Danger Mouse & The Black Keys
Recorded at Easy Eye Sound, Spring 2011
Engineered by Kennie Takahashi
Assistant Engineer: Collin Dupuis
Mixed by Tchad Blake, except "Lonely Boy," mixed by Tom Elmhirst, assisted by Ben Baptie
Mastering by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering

All photographs by Michael Carney © 2011
Art Direction by Michael Carney

All songs written by D. Auerbach, P. Carney, B. Burton
All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), administered by Wixen Music / Sweet Science / Copyright Control (ASCAP)

Nonesuch Selection Number

529099

Number of Discs in Set
1disc
Album Status
Artist Name
The Black Keys
MusicianDetails

MUSICIANS
All songs performed by The Black Keys
Additional keyboards by B. Burton
Additional vocals by Ashley Wilcoxson, Leisa Hans & Heather Rigdon

Cover Art
UPC/Price
Label
CD+MP3
Price
13.00
UPC
075597963311BUN
Label
MP3
Price
10.00
UPC
075597963304
Label
LP+MP3
UPC
075597963335BUN
Label
FLAC
Price
11.00
UPC
075597950939
  • 529099

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News & Reviews

  • The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney were on CBS Saturday Morning to talk with Anthony Mason about their twenty-year career and perform a Saturday Sessions set of two songs from their new album, Dropout Boogie—"Wild Child" and "It Ain't Over"—and "Gold on the Ceiling," from their album El Camino, which turned ten last year. You can watch the interview and three performances here. The band kicks off its North American Dropout Boogie tour in Las Vegas tonight.

  • The Black Keys kick off their North American tour featuring songs from their new album, Dropout Boogie, in Las Vegas on Saturday. This is the band’s first string of shows since touring in support of their 2019 album “Let’s Rock." Band of Horses support on all dates; Ceramic Animal, Early James, and the Velveteers open at select performances. 

  • About This Album

    2012 Grammy Award Winner: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song

     

    The Black Keys’ new album El Camino will be released December 6 on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Danger Mouse and The Black Keys, the 11-track album was recorded at singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound studio in the band’s new hometown of Nashville during the spring of 2011. The LP edition of the album is pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

    El Camino follows the most successful two years in The Black Keys’ career. In May 2010 they released their breakthrough album, Brothers, to widespread critical acclaim. Debuting at #2 in the US, it went on to win three Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Music Award, and topped numerous year-end lists, including iTunes, NPR, and Rolling Stone. Brothers, which included the hit singles “Tighten Up” and “Howlin’ for You,” has been certified Gold in the US and UK, and Platinum in Canada. Worldwide sales are now over one million and counting.

    Drummer Patrick Carney said of the band’s recent success, “We’ve taken the long road to get where we are. It’s pretty cool to be in your early 30s making music with your best friend. We’ve experienced everything from driving a thousand miles to play for no one to winning Grammys.” Auerbach further describes the band’s dynamic, “We don't talk before we play. We don’t practice before we record, we just fly by the seat of our pants.” He says of El Camino, “I think where this record is going to shine for me is playing the songs live. This record is more straight ahead rock and roll—raw, driving, and back to basics.”

    The Black Keys—Akron, Ohio, natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney—released their debut album, The Big Come Up, in 2002, followed by Thickfreakness (2003) and Rubber Factory (2004). In 2006 they signed to Nonesuch Records in the US and released their fourth album, Magic Potion, which was followed by the Danger Mouse-produced Attack & Release in 2008. El Camino is the first Black Keys album Nonesuch will release worldwide.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    All songs performed by The Black Keys
    Additional keyboards by B. Burton
    Additional vocals by Ashley Wilcoxson, Leisa Hans & Heather Rigdon

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Danger Mouse & The Black Keys
    Recorded at Easy Eye Sound, Spring 2011
    Engineered by Kennie Takahashi
    Assistant Engineer: Collin Dupuis
    Mixed by Tchad Blake, except "Lonely Boy," mixed by Tom Elmhirst, assisted by Ben Baptie
    Mastering by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering

    All photographs by Michael Carney © 2011
    Art Direction by Michael Carney

    All songs written by D. Auerbach, P. Carney, B. Burton
    All songs published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI), administered by Wixen Music / Sweet Science / Copyright Control (ASCAP)