As part of his label Third Man Records' "Vault Package" series, Jack White is issuing a live double-LP of rare White Stripes recordings titled Live Under the Lights of the Rising Sun. The duo, which broke up in 2011, recorded the tracks on their first overseas trip during Tokyo gigs in October 2000.
The album captures two complete sets, right down to their shout-out to headliners the 188.8.131.52's, as well as a cover of that group's Kill Bill Vol. 1 soundtrack contribution "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield." The live collection also features an early version of the White Blood Cells track "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," a rare cover of Iggy Pop's "I'm Bored" and an improvised medley interpolating Screaming Lord Sutch's "Jack the Ripper." The colored-vinyl release also features previously unseen photos taken at one of the Tokyo shows and a die-cut gatefold jacket.
Listen to a clip of the De Stijl track "Hello Operator" from the live album here:
The other release featured in what is officially known as Third Man Vault Package Number 21 is a two-song Dead Weather 7-inch, containing two new songs by the band on golden vinyl. The supergroup reported that it recorded the songs – "Buzzkill(er)" and "It's Just Too Bad" – during downtime between their commitments to Queens of the Stone Age, the Kills and White's solo work.
Here's a 30-second clip of the bass-heavy reverb rocker "Buzzkill(er)":
The releases are available only to members of the label's Third Man Vault. The label said it would ship the releases six to eight weeks after the cutoff for joining the Vault club, which is July 31st.
Vinyl has proven to be a major asset to Jack White. His latest album, Lazaretto, sold 40,000 LPs in mid June, making it the biggest vinyl seller since music sales statisticians SoundScan began tracking purchases in 1991. Comparatively, the album sold 41,000 CDs and 57,000 downloads that week.