Published Jul 09, 2012Third Man Records boss Jack White has previously used his label's Vault subscription series to roll out some rare treasures from his beloved former band the White Stripes, but he's never dug quite so deep into the archives as this. The latest package from the Vault includes recordings of the White Stripes' very first live performances.
The package includes a white vinyl LP with a recording of the White Stripes' first proper show, which took place on August 14, 1997, at the Gold Dollar in Detroit. Recorded off the soundboard, this performance includes a cover of "TV Eye" by the Stooges, in addition to what the label promises are "radically different versions of originals like 'Screwdriver' and 'Lafayette Blues.'"
This comes with a red seven-inch culled from the White Stripes' first-ever live appearance. The gig occurred on July 14, 1997, also at the Gold Dollar, when the duo played an open mic slot and performed "Jimmy the Exploder," plus covers of the folk classic "St. James Infirmary Blues" and the Clovers' "Love Potion #9." The label describes this mini-show as a "warts-and-all" document of a band off to an "unassuming start."
These musical goodies are bundled together with a peppermint tote bag. This red and white swirl logo was designed by White and was used on a number of the band's early promotional items.
To get yours, sign up for the Vault before July 31.