VAULT PACKAGE 42: THE WHITE STRIPES XX

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VAULT PACKAGE 42: THE WHITE STRIPES XX

Post by chaptertwentyone » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:14 pm

VAULT PACKAGE 42: THE WHITE STRIPES XX

An Accompaniment to the White Stripes First Album

1999 was a pivotal year for the White Stripes. From recording their first album through rumors of the band’s demise and embarking on their first-ever tour, the band worked extremely hard and was fortunate to see small but incremental gains from their efforts. Third Man Records is humbled to explore the depths of the band, their self-titled album and the entirety of their 1999 for our 42nd Vault package, THE WHITE STRIPES XX.



With only a handful of days spent recording in the cold, amenity-free studio in a Detroit January, it is of legitimate surprise the bounty of previously forgotten alternate takes and unreleased tracks that exist from said sessions. At a time when every last inch of tape meant dollars spent, the fact that ANYTHING extraneous was saved is not just remarkable, but a windfall for fans two decades later. While acolytes have previously heard “Dead Leaves” and “Let’s Build a Home” on a 7-inch single as part of Vault package 11 from 2012 (both included here), they have not heard the acoustic demo of “Dead Leaves”, the alternate takes of “Jimmy the Exploder” or “I Fought Piranhas” or “Wasting My Time.” The explosive take on Burt Bacharach's (via Arthur Lee and Love) “Little Red Book” busts the game wide open to the point of confusion, begging the question… how was something THIS amazing left OFF the album? The version of “Screwdriver” as released originally back in 1999 was recorded at Jack White’s domicile at 1203 Ferdinand in Southwest Detroit, while here we’ve uncovered the totally-different-vibe version done in the studio setting. Alternate takes of “Sugar Never Tasted So Good”? There’s two of ‘em. Multiple stabs at “Why Can’t You Be Nicer to Me?” fit in here nicely, though the tune was momentarily shelved before being reinvigorated and re-recorded for the band’s De Stijl nearly a year later.

The tracks collected here present the listener with an alternate reality version of how — after a few non-aberrant turns and divergent creative paths — the White Stripes self-titled album could exist in a completely different space. Newly mixed by Jack White at his Third Man Studios in Nashville, TN, this is the level of material that the Vault was specifically created to share.

Come September of 1999, the band was as surprised as anyone to have been invited to open three performances for indie rock favorites Pavement. Hitting respectable college towns in the South/East, the shows would find the Stripes in front of their largest crowds they’d encountered at that point in their career. A hyper-speed (read: nervous) version of the band’s set at the Recher Theater in Towson, Maryland has been shared in tape-trading circles for nearly 15 years, but it is the far-superior performance at the Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina the following evening that finds Jack and Meg in top form. From the early workouts on fan-favorite covers like Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Brendan Benson’s “Good to Me” through the off-the-cuff take on Earl King’s (via the Gories) “Trick Bag” and absolute bombastic runs of “Broken Bricks” and “The Big Three Killed My Baby” show highlights how quickly the band was to find their footing in front of unfamiliar audiences, and ultimately, win them over.

Additionally, Third Man has unearthed footage from two pivotal, game-changing live performances by the White Stripes in their hometown. The March 13th performance at Paycheck’s in Hamtramck is remarkable for many reasons: a crowd sang along to a White Stripes song for the first time (“Sugar Never Tasted So Good”), the band played their first-ever encore (“Slicker Drips”), and the group ultimately put to rest the conjecture that it would be their last-ever performance. The night was truly a watershed moment in the duo’s history.

Nearly two months later, their debut album is released and the May 30th performance celebrating its unveiling to the world is as equally groundbreaking and sublime. Highlights include the first public use of Jack’s soon-to-be-signature Airline Res-o-glass guitar, his first utilization of an ancillary, affected vocal microphone on stage, and the only known time Jack White licked a cartoonishly large faux peppermint while in the middle of a guitar solo.

Finally, the coup de grace: an exhaustive, insightful, 11.75” x 11.75” booklet containing the bevy of photos, flyers, lyrics, receipts, musings and anything/everything that, at the time, probably seemed just like garbage, but now, twenty years later, provides all kinds of context and clues into how this odd dyad from Southwest Detroit was well on their way to a path of rock and roll flag-waving

Subscriptions are open from now through October 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be the last package (Vault 42) that the Vault subscription remains priced at $60 US/$70 CAN/$80 INTL. Beginning with Vault 43 (subscription window November 1st- January 31st, package TBA) quarterly subscriptions will be increased $5, meaning $65 US/$75 CAN/$85 INTL. Subscribers can lock in at the current price point by purchasing the new option of an annual subscription (available soon!). More details to come later this month and next.


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The White Stripes XX

Self-Titled Outtakes -

Dead Leaves

I Fought Piranhas

Jimmy The Exploder

Let’s Build a Home

Little Red Book (Burt Bacharach)

Screwdriver

Slicker Drips

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

Wasting My Time

Why Can’t You Be Nicer to Me?



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Live at the Ritz 9/26/99 LP -

Astro (partial)

Jimmy the Exploder

Do

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

Little People

Broken Bricks

Suzy Lee

Let's Build a Home

Jolene (Dolly Parton)

Good to Me (Brendan Benson cover)

I’m Bored (Iggy Pop cover)

The Big Three Killed My Baby

Trick Bag (Earl King)

Screwdriver


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Live at Paycheck’s 3/13/99 DVD

Broken Bricks

Let’s Shake Hands

The Big Three Killed My Baby

Do

Jimmy the Exploder

Wasting My Time

Cannon - John the Revelator

Screwdriver

Astro

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

One More Cup of Coffee (Bob Dylan)

Lafayette Blues

Slicker Drips


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Live at the Magic Stick 5/30/99 DVD

I’m Bored (Iggy Pop)

Broken Bricks

The Big Three Killed My Baby

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Bacharach/David)

Jimmy the Exploder

St. James Infirmary (traditional)

Astro

Cannon - John the Revelator (traditional) - Grinnin In Your Face (Son House)

Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson)

The Same Boy You’ve Always Known

Wasting My Time

When I Hear My Name

Lafayette Blues

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

Let’s Shake Hands
“I’M GONNA KILL MY BROTHER JACK
I’M GONNA KILL MY BROTHER JACK
I’M GONNA STAB HIM RIGHT IN THE BACK
PUT HIM IN THIS HOLE
AND HE’LL NEVER COME BACK
‘MEMBER THAT?”

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Re: VAULT PACKAGE 42: THE WHITE STRIPES XX

Post by Jamie » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:24 pm

I wonder why they've announced this so early? I bet it causes a lot of confusion for people who don't read properly or will be expecting it to arrive any time soon. Otherwise a great package, exactly the kind of thing I want from Vault releases.

Disappointed in another price rise though. A few recent packs haven't had enough content to even warrant the $80 price, let alone another $5. Will have to be a lot more selective going forwards.

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Post by Stl_ben » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:28 pm

Jamie wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:24 pm
I wonder why they've announced this so early? I bet it causes a lot of confusion for people who don't read properly or will be expecting it to arrive any time soon. Otherwise a great package, exactly the kind of thing I want from Vault releases.

Disappointed in another price rise though. A few recent packs haven't had enough content to even warrant the $80 price, let alone another $5. Will have to be a lot more selective going forwards.
They haven't raised the price in 10 years.....
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Post by rsimms3 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:50 pm

Annual subscription option.....hmmmm, interesting.
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Post by vandelpinkfloyd » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:44 pm

I'm in. Is this a double LP double DVD and booklet release? If so that seems worth the extra $5 so maybe future vaults will include slightly more content? Stoked for the 5/30 DVD performance, wifes bday so it guarantees I can purchase this one :lol:

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Post by Mick III » Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:56 pm

Ok, we are in August and we have the announcement of VP42, everything is normal. :D
I love it really much. The double lp could be awesome and it is a long time that we didn't have a dvd. The book is a really good news, I always love to see pictures.
The bad things is the price which incrase. 85$... It start to be a little expensive. I love US customers who say "the price didn't increase in 10 years". The price had increase already with 10$ for international members, now 5$... I am sorry but when we pay 4 vault package, we spend like you buy 5 vault package... I wonder how many US customers would be ok to pay 80$. So don't talk for international customers please

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Post by ehartsock1991 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:14 pm

Automatic buy for me on this one. Was hoping for something like this after that Instagram post from a month or so ago. Figured a price increase for US folks was coming, glad it is only 5 bucks. Will be curious to see if the annual subscription will include anything extra or just lock in the $60 per vault price.

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Post by rsimms3 » Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:38 pm

Mick III wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:56 pm
Ok, we are in August and we have the announcement of VP42, everything is normal. :D
I love it really much. The double lp could be awesome and it is a long time that we didn't have a dvd. The book is a really good news, I always love to see pictures.
The bad things is the price which incrase. 85$... It start to be a little expensive. I love US customers who say "the price didn't increase in 10 years". The price had increase already with 10$ for international members, now 5$... I am sorry but when we pay 4 vault package, we spend like you buy 5 vault package... I wonder how many US customers would be ok to pay 80$. So don't talk for international customers please
The core price didn't change, they just started charging realistic prices for shipping. If you don't like it, don't buy it. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. Move to the US or get a friend in the US to buy a copy and ship it to you via African swallow.
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Post by Stl_ben » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:58 pm

rsimms3 wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:38 pm
Mick III wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:56 pm
Ok, we are in August and we have the announcement of VP42, everything is normal. :D
I love it really much. The double lp could be awesome and it is a long time that we didn't have a dvd. The book is a really good news, I always love to see pictures.
The bad things is the price which incrase. 85$... It start to be a little expensive. I love US customers who say "the price didn't increase in 10 years". The price had increase already with 10$ for international members, now 5$... I am sorry but when we pay 4 vault package, we spend like you buy 5 vault package... I wonder how many US customers would be ok to pay 80$. So don't talk for international customers please
The core price didn't change, they just started charging realistic prices for shipping. If you don't like it, don't buy it. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. Move to the US or get a friend in the US to buy a copy and ship it to you via African swallow.
This. I buy stuff from other countries all the time and know how much shipping costs. They haven't raised the price of the vault in 10 years. They have adjusted to proper international shipping prices in that time.
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Post by Melon » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:08 pm

This package is the same price, it's the NEXT package 43 & beyond that increase.

Looks like a solid bundle. Wonder if we'll get the companion piece for each albums 20 year anniversary!? :D
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Post by Jamie » Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:55 pm

Stl_ben wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:58 pm

This. I buy stuff from other countries all the time and know how much shipping costs. They haven't raised the price of the vault in 10 years. They have adjusted to proper international shipping prices in that time.
Yes, I know that, but when you make a purchase you factor in all costs - including shipping. For me and other international subscribers our end price has gone from $60 to $80 and now to $85. Was this a fair increase because of shipping costs? Absolutely, I've not complained about that at all. I just commented that $85 per package will make me be more selective when deciding to purchase. Deciding to charge for shipping is still a price increase, even if it is a reasonable one.

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Post by arewhyehen » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:40 pm

Jamie wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:55 pm
Stl_ben wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:58 pm

This. I buy stuff from other countries all the time and know how much shipping costs. They haven't raised the price of the vault in 10 years. They have adjusted to proper international shipping prices in that time.
Yes, I know that, but when you make a purchase you factor in all costs - including shipping. For me and other international subscribers our end price has gone from $60 to $80 and now to $85. Was this a fair increase because of shipping costs? Absolutely, I've not complained about that at all. I just commented that $85 per package will make me be more selective when deciding to purchase. Deciding to charge for shipping is still a price increase, even if it is a reasonable one.
That and with the Canadian exchange rate, Vault packages will be costing me over $100. The price hasn't changed for US members to this point, just international. 10 years ago our dollar was on par with the USD or better, meaning a $60 vault was $60. Now with the two increases for shipping and the exchange rate, I am looking at about a 75% increase.

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Post by love_islander » Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:51 pm

The USD:AUD has taken a huge hit since the early days. This will be like A$130! But I've been hanging out for some new White Stripes stuff for some time, so have some pennies saved.

Annual subscriptions sound interesting too

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Post by Jamie » Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:26 am

Ours slipped as well before we politically shot ourselves in the foot a few years ago and caused it to bottom out. Back in 2006 it was nearly $2 to £1, now it's about $1.2 to £1. I'm glad I bought the bulk of my collection back then.

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Post by shaneoftheroad » Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:46 am

Oh, this is a no-brainer. Every once in a while we'll say "THIS is why I joined the Vault" and this certainly fits the bill with a bullet. Hell yeah. And I'll throw them an extra $5 a quarter, no sweat. It's worth it.

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