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Single: 10" Ball & Biscuit

Post by Grimtale » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:14 pm

This topic it dedicated to, and is for, and about the unreleased 10" record of "Ball & Biscuit (live) / There's no home for you here" by The Whites Stripes.
Now that the formal stuff is out of the way...

Here is the story about the elusive and almost urban legend until now... 10" Ball & Biscuit Record.

This is a copy of the 10" Test Pressing of the White Stripes "There's no home for you here" backed with an unreleased version of "Ball & Biscuit (Live)", here forth known as the "10" Ball & Biscuit". This record was produced under Jack's guidance by White Stripes production manager Leo Silverman. XL's marketing department suggested it was too 'niche' and pushed for a 7" release instead so this never made it past the design phase and ultimately wasn't approved by Jack to be pressed. The 9:02 version of Ball & Biscuit was never used as it wouldn't fit on a standard 7" with any quality.

The record was produced on a run of 10 copies pressed at ASL in London. It just happened that ASL had another 10" job running at the time on clear vinyl so they threw in the White Stripes stampers and the rest is history. It is the only White Stripes release on 10" vinyl or clear vinyl. It is also the only known release of this version of Ball & Biscuit done at Electric Lady Studio for a radio promotion.

As for the whereabouts of the 10 known copies...
Jack is said to have a copy or two in his private collection, two are in private collector hands (mine and another lucky souls), and the rest are said to be in the vaults at XL records, never to be released.

This copy was obtained from the personal collection of Ben Blackwell as the letter shown authenticates. It has been played one time to make the video attached for all to enjoy.

Enjoy...
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Post by rsimms3 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:42 pm

Thank you!
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Post by dylnfan » Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:53 pm

rsimms3 wrote:Thank you!
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The real holy grail! Thanks Grim, sounds fantastic!
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Post by runofthemill » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:19 pm

Merry Christmas Mr Grim!

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Post by flattop2001 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:27 pm

How the Grim stole Christmas...cool thanks for sharing.
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Post by chrono_1980 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 5:28 pm

Grim gets all the cool toys. Thanks - that was a cool version of B&B...

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Re: Single: 10" Ball & Biscuit

Post by hsp88 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 6:55 pm

i smell a great vault release over here

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Post by hawke000 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:24 pm

Epic Mark,

Thank you for sharing this with us. Merry Christmas indeed!

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Post by PetterC » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:51 pm

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Single: 10" Ball & Biscuit

Post by higherlimits » Sat Dec 25, 2010 7:57 pm

Just to add to the story a tiny bit, these were unearthed at the same time as the transparent Rag & Bone and the non-gatefold Australia Elephant. As far as I know that's also when/where Ben got his copy/copies.

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Re: Single: 10" Ball & Biscuit

Post by crimpies » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:07 pm

Amazing!

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Post by Grimtale » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:12 pm

Thanks for all the great comments. It makes the two year chase I had for one of these all worth it. Trust me, getting this out of Blackwell's hands was no trivial task.

Also,
Here is the first video I made, it has both sides but due to the file size, I had to reduce the video quality to get it to fit on youtube.
I opted for posting the HD one sided version first.

If you want to hear the other side... but nothing you haven't heard before...
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Post by chrono_1980 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:03 pm

Hey Grim - did it have any sort of special sleeve? :mrgreen:

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Post by Grimtale » Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:09 pm

chrono_1980 wrote:Hey Grim - did it have any sort of special sleeve? :mrgreen:
As Jack would say.... Good Question...
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Re: Single: 10" Ball & Biscuit

Post by Kaber » Sun Dec 26, 2010 12:32 am

chrono_1980 wrote:Hey Grim - did it have any sort of special sleeve? :mrgreen:
Test pressing most likely to have a plain sleeve.

Nice catch - didn't Sean own this copy once?

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