Published Jan 04, 2016Jack White's Third Man Records has offered up plenty of rare treasure through the imprint's Vault subscription series, but fans may have hit the Holy Grail with the rarities offered up in the next instalment. The latest package salutes White's early bands Two Star Tabernacle, the Go and Jack White and the Bricks, including songs that were later recorded by the White Stripes.
A press release issued today (January 4) explains that the latest collection features three live LPs that were recorded at Detroit venue the Gold Dollar between 1998 and 1999.
First up is a platter from Two Star Tabernacle, a duo White had formed with Dan John Miller, later of Blanche. The set took place in January of 1998, and found the two performing "twangier" versions of "Hotel Yorba" and "Now Mary," which would later show up on the White Stripes' White Blood Cells LP in altered form. The pair also performed material Miller would take with him to Blanche, an unreleased track titled "Itchy" and a cover of Merle Travis' "Sixteen Tons."
The second release highlights a performance from Motor City rock band the Go, shortly before they had signed to Sub Pop. White had played guitar in the band briefly, and this November 1998 concert finds he and the band playing his original song, "Turn Your Little Light Bulb On."
Though the final new Vault release is credited to Jack White and the Bricks, it's explained that the show (which was an opening slot for Royal Trux in 1999) presented in the box was actually billed as the "Jack White Band." The outfit included White's future Raconteurs partner Brendan Benson, and they performed future White Stripes songs "Candy Cane Children" and "You've Got Her in Your Pocket." The set also features an unheard track titled "One and Two."
In addition to the ages-old live recordings, the next Vault entry comes with a 7-inch from the Dead Weather. It includes "Let Me Through" and "Be Still," which both appeared on the band's recent Dodge and Burn.
You can hear a few clips from the set down below, while more info the release can be found here.