Jack White has announced that he will release Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 on September 9th on double CD and LP via his Third Man Records. The career-spanning album collects 26 acoustic songs from throughout White’s wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased tracks.
The album, arranged in chronological order, includes acoustic songs made famous by The White Stripes and also features non album tracks and singles. All tracks were remastered earlier this year by Andrew Mendelson at Nashville, TN’s Georgetown Masters. A
All songs were written and produced exclusively by Jack White, except “Never Far Away” (produced by T Bone Burnett), “Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap” (produced by Beck), “Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)” and “Carolina Drama” (written and produced by White and Brendan Benson), and “Machine Gun Silhouette” (written by White and Rob Jones).
The album begins with “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” (originally found on The White Stripes’ second-ever 7″ single) and then lighting upon favorites like “Apple Blossom” and “I’m Bound To Pack It Up” (remixed here from the original recordings on 2000’s De Stijl), “Hotel Yorba” and “We’re Going To Be Friends” (from 2001’s White Blood Cells), “You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket” and “Well It’s True That We Love One Another” (from 2003’s GRAMMY Award-winning Elephant), “Forever For Her (Is Over For Me),” “White Moon” and “As Ugly As I Seem” (from 2005’s Get Behind Me Satan) “Effect & Cause” (from 2007’s Icky Thump), and the Beck-produced “Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap,” first found on the B-side to The White Stripes’ final single, 2007’s “Conquest.”
“City Lights” – which premiered today (Aug 11th) at jackwhiteiii.com – was written for The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man’s Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The track is the first new, worldwide commercially released White Stripes song since 2008.
“This, like (Son House’s) ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face,’ is mirror-music,” writes renowned music journalist Greil Marcus of “City Lights” in the album’s exclusive liner notes, “the singer talking to himself, trying to tell himself the truth, which he’s going to need if he’s going to step out of his door, walk into the world, and fool himself, for just a second, that he’s ready to take it on. As you listen, it’s no surprise at all that it took most of White’s music-making life to bring the song home.”
All digital pre-orders will receive an instant grat download of the spellbinding previously unreleased White Stripes track “City Lights” starting Friday, August 12th.
2 CD | 2 LP
Sugar Never Tasted So Good
Apple Blossom (Remixed)
I’m Bound To Pack It Up (Remixed)
We’re Going To Be Friends
You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket
Well It’s True That We Love One Another
Never Far Away
Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
As Ugly As I Seem
City Lights (Previously Unreleased White Stripes Track)
Honey, We Can’t Afford To Look This Cheap
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Love Is The Truth (Acoustic Mix)
Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)
Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix)
On And On And On
Machine Gun Silhouette (Acoustic Mix)
Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy (Alternate Mix)
I Guess I Should Go To Sleep (Alternate Mix)
Just One Drink (Acoustic Mix)
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