Jack White is famed for his skills with an electric guitar, and his frenzied playing and thunderous live shows have produced some incredible live moments. But White is pretty amazing with an acoustic flung over his shoulder too. Inspired by this thought, we collected 10 of Jack White’s finest acoustic moments.

10. ‘Apple Blossom’

Taken from an early live show back in 2000, Jack’s vocals are at their most vulnerable and raw, making for a ragged yet brilliant performance of the best moment from sophomore album ‘De Stijl’.

The White Stripes- Apple Blossom (live acoustic)

The White Stripes October 23, 2000 1. Your Southern Can Is Mine 2. Sugar Never Tasted So Good 3. Apple Blossom Jack: Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Meg: Box, Tambourine *Photos by John Baker

9. ‘Steady As She Goes’

The original, brooding version of this single helped Jack announce his arrival back on the scene with his side-project The Raconteurs in 2006, but we like this jaunty, acoustic rendition which featured as a B-side on 7”.

The Raconteurs – Steady As She Goes (acoustic)

Acoustic version of “Steady As She Goes” by The Raconteurs

8. ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’

The original, electric version appears on the band’s final album ‘Icky Thump’ but for the single release, Jack and Meg White unplugged the guitars for a stripped-back interpretation of this embittered and snarky ballad.

The White Stripes – (Acoustic Version) You Don’t Know What Love Is

awesome b -side version (7″ vinyl) 🙂

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7. ‘As Ugly As I Seem’

Fifth album ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ is considered by some as a bit of a blip in the otherwise stellar discography of The White Stripes, but that’s not to say the album is without its charms. ‘As Ugly As I Seem’ is heartfelt and delightfully intimate and never more so than in this acoustic version.

The White Stripes – As Ugly As I Seem

The White Stripes perform “As Ugly As I Seem” at the BBC Studios in Madia Vale for “From The Basement” in 2005.

6. ‘Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground’

No one does ramshackle quite like Jack White does. If there’s a car park, a microphone and a gathering of people – you best believe that he’s going to pick up the guitar and sing a couple of tunes for the crowd. His vocals are a bit rough round the edges, but this rendition of ‘Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground’ encapsulates his no-nonsense approach to live music perfectly.

Jack White Plays A Surprise Parking Lot Show At SXSW 2011

Watch White and Seasick Steve play an impromptu concert in front of the mobile record store/studio.

5. ‘Black Jack Davey’

Here’s Jack performing Bob Dylan’s ‘Black Jack Davey’ in an open air performance in Canada, as seen in the fantastic concert film Under Great White Northern Lights.

The White Stripes perform Black Jack Davey – live & acoustic

A pre-gig open air show in Whitehorse, Canada in 2007…also featured in the documentary “Under Great White Northern Lights”

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4. ‘We Are Going To Be Friends’

Although the recorded version on ‘White Blood Cells’ is technically already an acoustic moment, this live version from Under Great White Northern Lights provides an atmospheric crowd backing yet succeeds in retaining the chummy significance of the original.

The White Stripes- We are going to be friends “Under Great Northern Lights”

UNDER GREAT NORTHERN LIGHTS

3. ‘Entitlement’

Jack takes to a palace in France with violinist Lillie Mae Rische for a towering version ‘Lazaretto’ album cut, ‘Entitlement’.

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau I A Take Away Show

Subscribe for more: //bit.ly/blogosubs Watch Jack White performing “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” and “Entitlement” for La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows. Don’t miss our Take Away Show with Alicia Keys : //bit.ly/AliciaInParis This was filmed in Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle, on June 30th, 2014.

2. ‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’

Filmed (secretly) via iPhone, Jack’s pipes are typically stunning in this haunting rendition of ‘Elephant’ album track ‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’. The upcoming vinyl release will feature similar renditions of these tracks from this tour, so you now know it’s going to be real good.

Jack White AMAZING acoustic impromptu live performance in Anchorage

At an intimate & small theater, Jack White, YES, JACK WHITE did this for the love of music, he only charged 3$ a ticket! I have so much respect for the guy, and he just keeps getting better and better.

1. ‘Same Boy You’ve Always Known’

When Jack embarked on his solo career in 2012, the garage rock ethos him and Meg championed was partially discarded in favour of a country twang. Accompanied by a violin, a double bass and a mandolin, the country approach gives ‘Same Boy You’ve Always Known’, originally released in 2001 on ‘White Blood Cells’, a new lease of life. Not a bad venue, too…

Jack White at Château de Fontainebleau I A Take Away Show

Subscribe for more: //bit.ly/blogosubs Watch Jack White performing “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” and “Entitlement” for La Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows. Don’t miss our Take Away Show with Alicia Keys : //bit.ly/AliciaInParis This was filmed in Saint-Saturnin Chapel, Fontainebleau Castle, on June 30th, 2014.

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