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Third Man Records is thrilled to announce the release of the first three records in our highly-anticipated Document Records reissue series.
Pre-orders are available now in our online store (with a January 29th in-store release date) for Volume 1 of The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order of Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks. The first 400 customers to purchase the bundle of all three records will receive a free 5" x 8" print insert of the Rob Jones Charley Patton cover image.
Subsequent volumes will be released regularly and new artists will be slotted for release from this fantastic catalog of blues greats as soon as this first series is complete.
The recordings we'll be presenting in this reissue series are the building blocks and DNA of American culture. Blues, R&B, Elvis, teenagerism, punk rock... it all goes back to these vital, breathtaking recordings. Third Man Records is proud to present these landmark albums in conjunction with Document Records, with brand new, jaw-dropping artwork by Rob Jones and new insightful liner notes, on vinyl for the first time in decades. Every record collection should have ample room for these highly important and endlessly listenable albums.
News on how and where you can buy the limited edition colored vinyl versions of these LPs will be forthcoming.
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The LP for this round of the Vault is the first-ever live show by a short-lived band called Jack White and the Bricks. Featuring Jack White on vocals and guitar, Brendan Benson (the Raconteurs) on guitar, Kevin Peyok (the Waxwings, the See-See) on bass and Ben Blackwell (the Dirtbombs) on drums, the band gigged for only a few short months in 1999. Focusing mainly on covers and White-penned tracks that had yet to have been appropriated by his main concern the White Stripes, this live show took place on White's 24th birthday, July 9th, 1999. Sharing a bill with the Greenhornes, the stage itself was situated on lanes 11-14 (yes, the actual bowling lanes!) of the legendary Garden Bowl in Detroit. While being the longest continually-run bowling establishment in North America, the Garden Bowl, along with the Gold Dollar, was also the de facto home of the then-bustling Detroit garage rock scene. The final song of the night, a blistering cover of Michigan's 60's garage legends ? and the Mysterians "Ain't It a Shame" is to "a girl who has to go get surgery soon"...a heartfelt dedication Jack sent out to band mate Meg White prior to a tonsillectomy operation. The show was recorded to four-track reel-to-reel in lane ten by an engineer who, although forgotten to time, left his imprint on the recording with a few track cut-outs and slight audio imperfections. These mild flaws notwithstanding, the vocal performance is extremely fierce and the show captures all four musicians at the height of the Detroit garage rock scene playing with unbridled energy.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Isis (Bob Dylan)
Same Boy You've Always Known
The Union Forever
Black Jack Davy (traditional)
I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan)
Ain't It a Shame (? and the Mysterians)
Drawing from that same time period and the same collaboration-happy times this Vault package features the pre-Raconteurs demo of "Steady, As She Goes" by Jack White and Brendan Benson. Recorded at Benson's East Grand Studios in his Detroit home in May of 2004, all the signifying parts of the classic song are existent and there, but it would take the incomparable touch of Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler to get the song to its classic state that fans know and love from the Raconteurs. On the flip side is a full-band orchestration of Jack and Brendan nailing "The Same Boy You've Always Known" in 1999 a full two years before it would appear on the White Stripes "White Blood Cells" album, and in a much different state. This single serves as a wonderful document of the germinations of what would become the fruitful songwriting partnership between White and Benson in the Raconteurs.
The bonus item this go-round is a behind-the-scenes tour travelog film entitled "White Heat" and packaged in a splendid digital versatile disc. Shot and edited by Brad Holland (Whirlwind Heat) the film follows the Heat and the White Stripes on their European tour during the winter of 2002. Backstage tomfoolery, onstage pranks, the Louvre, brief insight into the malaise that is life on the road...it all culminates in a previously unseen live performance by Whirlwind Heat of "The Big Three Killed My Baby" with Jack White as featured vocalist. This is definitely a side of the White Stripes you have never seen before along with explosive and unseen footage of Whirlwind Heat in thier prime.
The White Stripes - Jimmy the Exploder
Whirlwind Heat - Black
The White Stripes - I'm Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman
Whirlwind Heat - Tan
The White Stripes - Death Letter
Whirlwind Heat - Brown
The White Stripes - I Fought Piranhas
Whirlwind Heat with Jack White - The Big Three Killed My Baby
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Third Man Records in conjunction with Columbia Records is proud to announce that Jack White's album "Blunderbuss" is the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan's vinyl charts with over 33,000 copies sold.
Knocking the Beatles' "Abbey Road" off the top spot (a position it had held the previous three years), "Blunderbuss" sales are the highest for a new album (not a catalog album) since Soundscan began specifically tracking vinyl in 2008.
White is currently nominated for three Grammys from "Blunderbuss", including Album of the Year.
England's The Sun names Jack White's Blunderbuss album of the year. Jack appears on the cover of today's Something For The Weekend magazine supplement and tops their years list of top 50 albums of the year.
We did a soft release for this amazingly innovative single a few weeks ago for Black Friday, but it is now our pleasure to announce that our Tempest StormGreen Series single is now available online and in record stores everywhere. Please note that this is not a a limited edition 45... All orders will be the Bolt-A-Trope magic moving vinyl.
We will be selling lmtd Tri Color versions of the single at a special event that we shall be announcing very soon.
You can pick up a copy HERE or check out your local indie retailer.
Side A: Interview with Tempest Storm by Jack White
Side BB: Tempest's Advice For Young Women
And see Tempest Dance via the Magic Moving Record with enclosed Bolt-A-Trope!
See how it works at the end of this video (3m 52s):
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday December 12th, at 9am CST and lasting through Friday at 5pm CST we'll be hosting some sale items, exclusives, and Pop Up Sales in our online store.
Keep your eyes open for new stocking stuffers, and 40% select T Shirts.
But what may get fans most excited is our Pop Up Sales featuring some specialty items and rare records from the TMR catalog. These items will appear in limited numbers for limited times. When you see them, act fast because they will be going fast. We won't announce when these items are going up ahead of time, so you'll need to check and refresh the site regularly in order to find them! They will appear at all hours of the day in order to give our overseas fans opportunities to purchase as well. Merry Christmas and happy hunting!