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My Favorite Reissues: The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach

The guitarist and singer talks about two Norman Petty records that blow his mind

December 25, 2008
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys
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Norman Petty, Get Ready to Fly and Now Hear This! Garage and Beat From the Norman Petty Vault(Big Beat). Get Ready to Fly is Sixties psych pop, Now Hear This! is garage rock, and they both blow my mind. Norman Petty was a producer-engineer with a studio in Clovis, New Mexico – he recorded artists like Buddy Holly on homemade consoles. He hasn't gotten much respect because he was out in the middle of nowhere, but his records sound better than Abbey Road.

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