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Vault #41

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:21 pm
by ehartsock1991
INTRODUCING VAULT PACKAGE #41: 20th ANNIVERSARY THE GO WHATCHA DOIN’ REMIX REDUX
Jul 2, 2019

Detroit in the heady days of 1999 was a town overflowing with electrifying and energetic bands. If one outfit seemed poised above the others to “make it”, the odds-on bet was the Go. Freshly signed to the revered indie label Sub Pop with a clutch of killer songs itching to be laid to tape, their live show was truly thrilling and all the constellations seemed perfectly aligned for their ascendence. Led by band mainstays Bobby Harlow (lead vocals), John Krautner (rhythm guitar) and Marc Fellis (drums) and rounded out by dear friends Dave Buick (bass) and Jack White (lead guitar) they tracked their debut LP Whatcha Doin’ early in the year and by the time it was released in September, multiple line-up changes piled up and momentum seemed to have dissipated. If ever there was a cult record from the genre, the city, the era…Whatcha Doin is it. Produced and mixed by Matthew Smith (best known for his work in Detroit psychedelic pop stalwarts Outrageous Cherry), the sounds captured in the studio were an impressionist distillation of the band’s songwriting prowess. While responsible for helping garner the band’s badass rock and roll reputation, there was sentiment amongst some that the stylistic mixing decisions on the as-released LP eschewed the band’s in-person ferocity and ultimately kept the album from catching on to a wider audience.

For years, there were disagreements, concessions, shelved albums, joint tours, buried hatchets, and confusion as to who in the hell even possessed the original master tapes. But now Third Man Records, in conjunction with Sub Pop, is proud to present the 20th anniversary remix of Whatcha Doin.

Working directly from the original reel-to-reel tapes, Jack White hunkered down in his Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN with skilled engineer Bill Skibbe (The Kills, Franz Ferdinand, Black Keys) at the knobs and with additional insight from bandmate Dave Buick, these new mixes of Whatcha Doin breathe a fresh, powerful life into the already-strong songs. Utilizing the creme de la creme of studio gear unavailable to the band back in 1999, the likes of Fairchild compressors and Neve consoles helped to crank the album into overdrive. While the original album release utilized takes of the tracks “Meet Me at the Movies” and “You Can Get High” that were early, quasi-demos laid down at White’s Detroit home, this reissues dusts off the previously unheard studio versions of those tunes, of which White describes “…Movies” as “up until that point, my favorite guitar solo I had ever recorded.” Ultimately incorporating a handful of mix suggestions from Bobby Harlow, the end product is a revelation into the true power this line-up of the Go held in the brief 8-month span they were together. Pressed on “Summer Sun” colored vinyl at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor, Detroit.

Pulled from deep within White’s temperature controlled tape vault is a pre-studio run-through of all the tracks that would end up featured on Whatcha Doin. Recorded in the band’s de facto rehearsal space of the third floor attic of White's Southwest Detroit home (whereas the previous demos were recorded in the ground floor living room), the Ferdinand Attic Demos are a raw, unfiltered view of the band woodshedding before stepping into the clock-is-ticking confines of a traditional studio. Tacked on the end of the disc is a charming, work-in-progress that wonderfully documents the germination of the Harlow/White collaboration “Time For Moon.” Pressed on “Mottled Carpet Remnant” colored vinyl (in celebration of the flooring in said attic) at Third Man Pressing in Detroit.

Additionally, while cataloging the original studio tapes, previously overlooked alternate takes of both “Keep on Trash” and “Time For Moon” were uncovered. Spiffed up and given the remix treatment, they are the perfect companion 7-inch single here, leaving no stone unturned in sharing the path these five guys blazed two decades ago.

To top it all off, the Go was quite fortunate to be captured by two of the best photographers in all of Detroit during their 1999 heyday. Unearthed for this anniversary, Patrick Pantano’s striking black-and-white live snaps are wonderfully juxtaposed with his unremembered-by-all-involved photos of the band in the studio during the recording of Whatcha Doin. Furthermore, Doug Coombe’s arresting, stark shots of the band should already be familiar to Vault subscribers via the cover of their Live at the Gold Dollar LP from Vault package 27, we’ve pulled more from his archive and compile them all together for the softcover photo book collection of The Go in Black and White.

Deep dives into brief inspirational moments with exploratory abandon was the main impetus behind the creation of the Vault ten (!) years ago and we can’t think of a more apt collection to help celebrate that milestone.

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The Go - Whatcha Doin’ remix LP

1. Meet Me at the Movies (previously unreleased studio take)

2. Summer Sun Blues

3. Keep on Trash

4. Whatcha Doin’

5. But You Don’t Know

6. Suzy Don’t Leave

7. It Might Be Bad

8. Tired of the Night

9. You Can Get High (previously unreleased studio take)

10. On the Corner

11. Hesitation

12. Time For Moon

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The Go - Ferdinand Attic Demos LP (all tracks previously unreleased)

1. Meet Me at the Movies

2. But You Don’t Know

3. Summer Sun Blues

4. Whatcha Doin’

5. On the Corner

6. Suzy Don’t Leave

7. Hesitation (partial)

8. You Can Get High

9. It Might Be Bad

10. Tired of the Night

11. Keep on Trash

12. Time For Moon

13. Time For Moon (songwriting demo)

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The Go - Studio Outtakes 7” single (both versions previously unreleased)

1. Keep On Trash

2. Time For Moon

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:33 pm
by Stl_ben
pass

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:39 pm
by runofthemill
In.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:00 pm
by Mick III
Totally in. This is why I like vault package. Ok, live are cool, limited edition of new albums are awesome but this beauty made in 90', impossible to find, celebrating 20 years of their first album. Two 12", one 7" and a photo book. It is worth it. I like to discover the past and the youth of Jack White.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:01 am
by arewhyehen
Yeah, I was stuck with this vault no matter what because of signing up early for the last vault for the TMR 10 tickets and my renewal date a few weeks ago, but I am pretty happy with the announcement.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Wed Jul 03, 2019 5:29 am
by G-squared
I'm in.
This announcement reminded me how much I liked The Go show from the Gold Dollar Vault. Re-listening to that record now and The Go play
Hey Gyp :D
Go find it

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:03 am
by Mick III
I watched again and, to me, this package looks great, I love covers and colors !
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And I always love photo books !
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Re: Vault #41

Posted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:19 pm
by vandelpinkfloyd
I want the remix but not the extras, going to wait for the inevitable standard/non-VP release.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:10 pm
by rsimms3
Back to USPS shipping....at least for me.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:49 pm
by chaptertwentyone
rsimms3 wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Back to USPS shipping....at least for me.
+1

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:39 am
by chaptertwentyone
JEEZE.
I’ve already seen a “B” overseas receive their package.
Crazy.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 1:50 am
by rsimms3
Received. Reminds me of the early days. Records and covers shipped separate, not sealed up. Book and 7" in a bubble envelop. No soft touch covers! (thank the gods!) The 7" was in a nice black inner sleeve that was inserted into the cover sideways so it didn't come out of the cover. Overall basic but exactly what I like. I'm not fan of The Go so I'll likely never listen to it but it's on the shelf if I change my mind. The most striking thing...seeing pictures of a young Jack White playing a Gibson SG.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:32 pm
by Mick III
Received mine too (in France). It was pretty fast, one week.
I like this vault package a lot. Exactly what I expect with a VP. Something about Jack White that I didn't know so much or listened. Two beautiful lp, one 7" and a booooook.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:09 pm
by Jettkoral
Surprised by the lack of ‘Get You Off’ on this remix- just odd listening to the album with it not included.

Re: Vault #41

Posted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:26 pm
by elduderino
a booooook?