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The Black KeysRubber Factory

Genre:Rock
Style:Blues Rock
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Tracklist

When The Lights Go Out3:24
10 A.M. Automatic2:59
Just Couldn't Tie Me Down2:58
All Hands Against His Own3:17
The Desperate Man3:54
Girl Is On My Mind3:28
The Lengths4:55
Grown So Ugly2:28
Stack Shot Billy3:22
Act Nice And Gentle2:42
Aeroplane Blues2:51
Keep Me2:52
Till I Get My Way2:31

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    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2US2004US2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004-09-07, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Gatefold
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2004US2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004-09-06, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Shock (2) – E80379-2Australia2004Australia2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, 180 Gram
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1SLEUS2004US2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2US2004US2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 0379-2, Epitaph – 0379-2Europe2004Europe2004
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Promo
    Fat Possum Records – 0379-2A, Epitaph – 0379-2AEurope2004Europe2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Misprint
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1SLEUS2004US2004
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDrRubber Factory
    CDr, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Promo, Signed
    Fat Possum Records – none, Epitaph – noneUS2004US2004
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004-09-07, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Gatefold
    Fat Possum Records – 0379-1, Epitaph – 0379-1Europe2004Europe2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDrRubber Factory
    CDr, Album, Promo
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2, Epitaph – 80379-2US2004US2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album
    Fat Possum Records – E80379-2, Shock (2) – E80379-2Australia2004Australia2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004-09-08, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Misprint, Digipak
    Epitaph – EICP 400Japan2004Japan2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Fat Possum Records (2) – noneRussia2004Russia2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2US2004US2004
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 0379-2, Epitaph – 0379-2Europe2004Europe2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2004, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2US2004US2004
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2011, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Picture Disc, Reissue
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-3US2011US2011
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2011, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, 180 Gram
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2011US2011
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2011, FileRubber Factory
    13×File, MP3, Album, 256 kbps
    Fat Possum Records – noneUS2011US2011
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2014-12-02, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Red & White 180 Gram
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2014US2014
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2014, CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Reissue, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 22149-2, Deck (2) – 22149-2Brazil2014Brazil2014
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2015-01-00, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Repress
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2015US2015
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2016, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Repress
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2016US2016
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2016, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Repress
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1US2016US2016
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, 2018-04-20, VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Repress, Red Swirl Vinyl, Australian Exclusive
    Fat Possum Records – FP80379-4US2018US2018
    New Submission
    Cover of Rubber Factory, , CDRubber Factory
    CD, Album, Reissue, Digipak
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-2USUS
    Cover of Rubber Factory, , VinylRubber Factory
    LP, Album, Repress
    Fat Possum Records – 80379-1USUS
    New Submission

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    Reviews

    • dszaronos's avatar
      dszaronos
      Sounds dreadful. Crackly, muffled, flat. Worst record sq in my collection.
      • Agent101232's avatar
        Agent101232
        This is a budget copy. It sounds OK. It peeves me that they didn't replicate the gatefold, and the vinyl expectedly came warped despite being heavier wax. Sleeve is flimsy.
        • enibas1604's avatar
          enibas1604
          Great album, bad pressing from GZ. Crackled for five minutes from new. Cleaning it with a RCM did not help. My GZ pressing of Black Sabbath/13 has the same problem. I avoid them now, GZ that is, not Back Sabbath or Black Keys. ;-)
          • Jbennymusic's avatar
            Jbennymusic
            No one's talking about how it says "ps. grimace is a milk shake" did the black keys predict the grimace shake??? What????
            • renegadeviking's avatar
              After an explosive debut album and a mellower sophomore effort, Akron duo The Black Keys roar back with "Rubber Factory", a passionate, catchy, masterpiece that proves these guys are for real.

              In their third album in as many years, the Keys press ahead with their revival of the long-sputtering genre of blues rock. Having rejected a major record label and signed instead with blues authority Fat Possum, the Keys stay true to their fuzzed-out demo-tape sound, recording the album in an abandoned tire factory, with drummer Patrick Carney producing the songs on his trusty 4-track (or did they graduate to 8-track by now?). Topping both their previous efforts, "Rubber Factory" does not have a single bad song. It is actually difficult to pick the best ones because they are ALL so good.

              Unlike "The Big Come Up" and "Thickfreakness", though, "Rubber Factory" starts off in low gear with the mellow "When the Lights Go Out". Things get pumped up right after that with what is undoubtedly the catchiest song they've done yet -- "10 a.m. Automatic". This song is so fun and addictive it takes a conscious exertion of will not to just play it over and over.

              The nice mellow ride of "Just Couldn't Tie Me Down" recalls a bit of the juke joint feel so prevalent on "Thickfreakness". The next three tracks -- "All Hands Against His Own", "The Desperate Man" and "Girl Is On My Mind" -- form a trio of catchy, classic-rock style tunes. Things mellow out a bit for a sugary ballad, "The Lengths", but get kicked right back up with "Grown So Ugly", a jammin' and hard-hitting rock number. "Stack Shot Billy" is a wonderful electric-slide resurrection of the outlaw song, and shows that these guys know their source material. "Aeroplane Blues" and "Keep Me" are other straight-out sonic assaults that will put a crooked smile on the face of anyone with an ounce of blues running in their veins.

              The album closes with a real bang -- the energetic "Till I Get My Way". The crunch of Auerbach's guitar and Carney's head-bobbing tattoo meld into some of the best jamming they've yet displayed.

              "Rubber Factory" is a nearly flawless piece of work that should have no problem standing the test of time. I hope these guys are having as much fun making this music as I am listening to it. I already can't wait until the next one...
              • Oelewapper's avatar
                Oelewapper
                Such a waste of vinyl and great music... because the record pressing/mastering quality is very poor.
                It's properly centered, but it sounds tinny, has thumps and it's a cracklefest even after cleaning.
                Did they cut out the midbass?
                MP3 files on a smartphone sound better than this.
                Don't buy this pressing unless you're well prepared for disappointment...
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                Quality tested using an AT-ART9XI cartridge on a Technics sl-1200G turntable
                • jcoat007's avatar
                  jcoat007
                  I love the music. The Black Keys were firing on all cylinders here! However, it sounds like it was recorded live with portable cassette player from the 80’s and this pressing has more snap, crackle and pop than a bowl of Rice Crispies. I would look for a better pressing.
                  • Vivalafica's avatar
                    Vivalafica
                    Watch out for the new generation of "kids with Crosley" selling cheap reissues instead of first pressing.....
                    • Zucca2410's avatar
                      Zucca2410
                      Great pressing and one of (in my opinion) the best black keys albums, in top three with "Turn Blue" and "Magic Potion".
                      • Vivalafica's avatar
                        Vivalafica
                        Edited 2 years ago
                        This pressing is NOT the correct listing, in 2004 the original US press came in a gatefold cover with RJ STERLING written on matrix/runout.

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