Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The White Stripes - "Under Great White Northern Lights" Vinyl LP

The White Stripes - "Under Great White Northern Lights" 2xLP Vinyl
Third Man Records
Original Release - 2010

I'm a live album freak, and by now you know that. So I jumped at the chance to have The White Stripes melt my face on live wax. This double LP live set acts as a soundtrack of sorts to the documentary film "The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" which is being shown at the SXSW festival in Austin this year. If you don't already know the backstory, this documentary follows The White Stripes on their Canadian tour of 2007, mostly playing small towns and communities along the way.

This sixteen song set gives the listener a nice feel for the career to this point of Jack and Meg. Most of the songs are played at TWS usual blistering pace, but they manage to simmer down to a smoldering pace for a few tracks. "Blue Orchid", "I'm Slowly Turning Into You", and "Seven Nation Army" all hit you like a punch to the gut. Jack really digs deep on "Jolene" and TWS show their more vulnerable side on "We Are Going To Be Friends". At any rate, this live set is a must have for any fans of TWS, even late bloomers like myself.

Interesting note, this album is being released by Jack's record label: Third Man Records, which is a return to the "old school" label of yesteryear. TMR releases most of their talent's music on vinyl, and also releases 7'' singles. I recently read in Rolling Stone Magazine, that when TMR releases a new 7'', the line is stretched around the block. Way to go Jack, way to go.

Album - A-

Vinyl - B

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