White Stripes Open Up The Third Man Vault

By Zachary Swickey

The White Stripes may have called it quits in February, but being an obsessive of the band is still a full-time job, thanks mainly to Jack White. His Third Man Records is seemingly working overtime to keep the band's legacy alive, with the release of a brand-new, career-spanning retrospective, which seems made for no one but obsessives.

The Stripes package features a live recording of the band's final performance, recorded on July 31, 2007 in Southaven, Mississippi, and available — of course — only as a double LP pressed on 180 gram vinyl. As the accompanying Third Man announcement boldly states, "This recording is (arguably) the band at the top of their game," and features a plethora of appropriately Delta covers (from the songbooks of Robert Johnson, Son House, Leadbelly).

But that's not all. The second component of the package is an exclusive 7", featuring a pair of the earliest White Stripes songs ever recorded — cover versions of Love's "Signed DC" and Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Jack and Meg recorded the tunes just two months after their first live show and the recordings even pre-date their first official single.

And finally, there's a live DVD, dubbed "Under Moorhead Lights All Fargo Night," (a nod, of course, to their 2010 Canadian concert film), which was filmed way back in June 2000 at Ralph’s Corner Bar in Moorhead, Minnesota. The performance captures the band in their earlier days playing for just a handful of people, and features a cover of Iggy Pop's "I'm Bored."

The package is available only to members of the Third Man Vault, which, if you've read this far, you're probably a member of already.