Published Apr 09, 2012Just because Jack White is releasing a solo album, don't think for a minute that he will stop turning up unseen gems from the White Stripes' archives. The latest package from Third Man Records' Vault subscription series includes the unseen White Stripes DVD Under New Zealand Lights, plus new releases from the Raconteurs and Karen Elson.
The footage from this White Stripes concert film is culled from two separate shows: one at the King's Arms in Auckland in 2000 and the other from a low-key gig at Freeman's Bay Primary School in 2003. According to an announcement on the label's website, the former was recorded during the band's first international tour, while the latter was "a nice primer on American blues history and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves in this sweet, innocent performance."
The Vault package also includes a new seven-inch from White's band the Raconteurs. The songs "Open Your Eyes" and "You Make a Fool Out of Me" were originally recorded for 2008's Consolers of the Lonely and were later redone by co-frontman Brendan Benson; "You Make a Fool Out of Me" was on his 2009 album My Old, Familiar Friend record, while "Open Your Eyes" has been retitled "Here in the Deadlights" and will appear on this year's What Kind of World.
White said in a statement, "'Open Your Eyes' sounds like a hit. Seems like it could've been released as a single and I can't remember why it didn't make the album." You can hear a short preview of that tune over at the Third Man website.
Lastly, the package includes a Live at Third Man Records LP from White's ex-wife Karen Elson. Recorded at the album release show for her 2010 full-length The Ghost Who Walks, these songs are pressed on split-colour black and peach vinyl and come in housed in a nifty die-cut sleeve.
If you're not yet a member of the Vault, you can still get this package if you subscribe by April 30.