Jack White Issuing 20th Anniversary Edition Of White Stripes Debut


Jack White's Third Man Records has announced it will release a 20th anniversary edition of the White Stripes' self-titled debut LP. The White Stripes XX will be available as part of the label's Vault subscription service, and the deadline to sign up for the package is October 31st at 1:00 a.m. ET.

The new edition, freshly mixed by White at his Third Man Studios in Nashville, will feature previously unreleased studio outtakes, a DVD including two 1999 shows in Michigan, live LP documenting a show in Raleigh, North Carolina and a 24-page booklet with photos, flyers, lyrics, receipts and other archival material.

Jack White explained the Stripes' recording philosophy to us a while back: "The whole point of the band was about constriction and minimizing opportunity. I think when you go into a studio and then you can record on a computer and record 600 tracks and all that jazz, you open yourself up to way too much opportunity to spend seven months on a record and spend two million dollars making it. That's not exactly, you know, John Lee Hooker recording a record, you know. I'd rather aim more towards that soulfulness than to this computerized perfection."

Third Man has previewed the collection with "Little Red Book," a studio cover of Burt Bacharach's "My Little Red Book." The package also includes multiple versions of "Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground," which eventually showed up on the duo's 2001 album, White Blood Cells, plus alternate takes of songs like "Jimmy The Exploder," "I Fought Piranhas," "Screwdriver," "Sugar Never Tasted So Good" and "Why Can't You Be Nicer To Me?"

White is currently touring the country with his other acclaimed rock band, The Raconteurs, who recently released their first album in 11 years, Help Us Stranger.