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The Black Keys — Poor Boy
Album: Delta Kream
Avg rating:
7.3

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Total ratings: 776









Released: 2021
Length: 3:56
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Poor boy, I'm a long way from home
Poor boy, I’m a long way from home
Poor boy, I'm a long way from home
World gonna do me no

Babe, I can't stay here long
No, no, no
Poor boy, I’m a long way from home
Where the world can't do me no

Poor boy, I'm a long way from home
Poor boy, I'm a long way from home
Poor boy, I'm a long way from home
Where the world can't do me no
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Great that they are paying homage to RL Burnside.
Simple but good..
 Bear9 wrote:

This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)




While Poor Boy, Long Ways From Home is a traditional blues song that has been around since at least 1900, the album credits this version to R.L. Burnside. (Howlin' Wolf also recorded it in 1957).

The whole Delta Kream album consists of covers,  most by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Kenny Brown, Burnside's guitarist even plays on the album.
 idiot_wind wrote:

fyi that car on album cover may be a 442, gto,  or cutlass 


No GTO, that would be a Pontiac and didn't have those tail lights. That is a def an  1970 Oldsmobubble Cutlass, looking at the CD cover the logo on the right is "Cutlass", whereas the 442 would have...erm..."442".

kewl blues riff there. At 9 for now, no less than 8.
 Bear9 wrote:

This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)



It's pretty much a standard, one-chord, up-tempo, blues shuffle that sounds similar to hundreds of other songs.  They're not trying to create a new music form with this, just paying homage to people like John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and other old blues masters.
nice Eggleston shot on the cover
 sjccroquet wrote:

Akron, OH is less of "The Blues" and more of "Clinical Depression".


As someone who was born in Akron, I probably should feel some resentment about your comment. But no. Akron is, after all the Buckle of the Goiter Belt!
EXCELLENT!
fyi that car on album cover may be a 442, gto,  or cutlass 
yeah!!!!
hurray!!!
somebody remembers  how to play RnR
 sfoster66 wrote:
Nothing says the blues like Akron...

Akron, OH is less of "The Blues" and more of "Clinical Depression".
Nothing says the blues like Akron...
My god, these guys know how to rock the blues.  Listen to the drums that carry the entire tune.
 eileenomurphy wrote:
GREAT TUNE!  I want a vanilla cone w/ chocolate sprinkles!!!



I agree.
These guys are right at the top of those bands who manage to rock up the blues. Such an aggressive sound, so well produced, and yet it still feels faithful to the blues.  I think Auerbach is an underrated guitarist.  At least I don't hear about him in lists of the best.  He should be. 
 TheKing2 wrote:
If you call it a tribute it sounds less negativ.
Yes - it's clearly a faithful homage. 
GREAT TUNE!  I want a vanilla cone w/ chocolate sprinkles!!!
Thanks RP.
Loving the dirty bluesy album!
 Bear9 wrote:

This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)



I heard once that Led Zeppelin ripped off some Muddy Waters riffs. Know anything about that?
now this is, more like it
 Bear9 wrote:

This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)



If you call it a tribute it sounds less negativ.
Love the album cover and title. 
 Bear9 wrote:

This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)



So when was "blues" not ripped off? Better have a drink or two and calm down!
This tune is an unsubtle ripoff of a tune on R.L. Burnside's live album, "Burnside on Burnside," I think named Snake Drive. Burnside does it better. (The whole album is dynamite.)
 Jelani wrote:

These guys have gotten completely boring for me.



Agreed....  It's all starting to sound the same to me.
 Jelani wrote:

These guys have gotten completely boring for me.



That's the way I feel about your mom.
Nice to see them drift from their original sound and production formula.  I'm interested again.
I really like their jamming ways! Instant nostalgia with their sound, for me. I love seeing that '70 Cutlass S Coupe on that album cover, too. Had one just like it, only metallic green, and I put mag wheels and fat slicks on it. What a great car...
Second time hearing this, upping my vote from an eight to a nine.
Loving the bluesy new album!
These guys have gotten completely boring for me.
 bam23 wrote:

Done their homework I'd say. These folks are pretty good at adopting or absorbing the general sounds of recognizable influences and transforming them into something new.



Totally agree!  The only portion of this song that let me know it was The Black Keys was Auerbach's vocals.  Most excellent!
Definitely diggin' this track on first listen. For me they can be a mixed bag with their tunes - this works for sure!
Bluesy Black Keys
I'm liking it!
Done their homework I'd say. These folks are pretty good at adopting or absorbing the general sounds of recognizable influences and transforming them into something new.