The Big Come Up

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The Big Come Up
The Black Keys - The Big Come Up.jpg
Studio album by The Black Keys
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded January - March 2002
Genre Garage rock, blues rock
Length 54:15 (CD), 33:49 (LP)
Label Alive
Producer Patrick Carney
The Black Keys chronology
The Big Come Up
Singles from The Big Come Up
  1. "Leavin' Trunk"
    Released: 2003
  2. "She Said, She Said"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Boston Herald 3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

The Big Come Up is the debut album by the American rock duo The Black Keys, released in 2002 on Alive Records. It was produced by drummer Patrick Carney. As of 2012, the album had sold 139,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan.[5] In 2005, music critic Chuck Klosterman singled out The Big Come Up as one of 21 "high-quality albums" from the previous three years.[6]

The song "I'll Be Your Man" was used as the theme song for the HBO series Hung. "I'll Be Your Man" also appeared on the FX series Rescue Me. Alive Records re-presses this album regularly, often several times a year on different coloured vinyl or with altered sleeve artwork. These are usually marketed as limited editions.[7] As of January 2012, Alive Records had released The Big Come Up on vinyl on at least 14 separate occasions,[8] opening themselves up to criticism, particularly in regard to the marketing term "limited edition".[9]

"240 Years Before Your Time" becomes silent at about 1:39 into the track on the CD version. This silence lasts until 21:41.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney except where noted. 

CD Version
No. Title Length
1. "Busted" (originally titled "Skinny Woman") (R.L. Burnside) 2:34
2. "Do the Rump" (Junior Kimbrough) 2:38
3. "I'll Be Your Man"   2:21
4. "Countdown"   2:39
5. "The Breaks"   3:01
6. "Run Me Down"   2:27
7. "Leavin' Trunk" (Traditional) 3:00
8. "Heavy Soul"   2:09
9. "She Said, She Said" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 2:32
10. "Them Eyes"   2:23
11. "Yearnin'"   1:59
12. "Brooklyn Bound"   3:11
13. "240 Years Before Your Time"   3:19
Vinyl Version: Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Busted" (originally titled "Skinny Woman") (R.L. Burnside) 2:33
2. "Do the Rump" (Junior Kimbrough) 2:37
3. "I'll Be Your Man"   2:20
4. "Countdown"   2:38
5. "The Breaks"   3:02
6. "Run Me Down"   2:27
7. "She Said, She Said" (Alternative Version) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 2:32
Vinyl Version: Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Heavy Soul" (Alternate Version) 2:08
2. "Yearnin'" (Alternate Version) 1:58
3. "No Fun" (Vinyl Exclusive) (The Stooges) 2:33
4. "Them Eyes"   2:23
5. "Leavin' Trunk" (Traditional) 3:00
6. "Brooklyn Bound"   3:11
7. "240 Years Before Your Time"   2:27



  • Patrick Boissel – album cover design
  • Michael Carney – album cover design, photography
  • Dave Schultz – mastering