Published Nov 22, 2010This is shaping up to be a Christmas to remember for White Stripes fans. First, the band announced that they would be releasing a massive box set, which will come complete with a record player and headphones. Now, the beloved garage rockers are planning to reissue their first three albums.
On November 30, Jack White's Third Man Records will re-release 1999's The White Stripes, 2000's De Stijl and 2001's White Blood Cells. According to a post on Third Man's website, "We started by mastering each LP from the original analog master tapes, the first time this process had been used for any of these titles. While extremely labor-intensive, this method ensured that the material was never converted into a digital signal. The result is an audio quality that stiffens the hairs on the back of your neck."
The records will be available on 180-gram vinyl and the packaging will get a boost, as the label "started from scratch and went back and tracked down all the source material, working from the original photographic prints to provide the crispest versions possible of these album covers."
These covers will be printed onto "ld-style, tip-on sleeves" and each copy will come with a MP3 download coupon. Third Man says, "All these factors together makes these versions of The White Stripes, De Stijl and White Blood Cells the DEFINITIVE editions of these albums."
Along with standard black vinyl, each album will be released on two-colour red and white vinyl. The two-colour vinyl versions will only be available from the Third Man Records store in Nashville, TN.
All three were originally released on indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry, with White Blood Cells being the White Stripes' commercial breakthrough, spawning the hits "Fell in Love with a Girl," "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" and "Hotel Yorba."