Earlier this week, Jack White’s label, Third Man Records, revealed that they were to have another dip in Mr White’s archive to find an exclusive release to dish out to subscribers on vinyl. This time? They’ve picked out two acoustic performances from Jack’s haphazard yet brilliant $3 ticket tour in 2015.
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 acoustic flung over his shoulder too, as the new release will prove. Inspired by the single, 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’.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jack takes to a palace in France with violinist Lillie Mae Rische for a towering version ‘Lazaretto’ album cut, ‘Entitlement’.
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.
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…