The hits just keep on rolling with the 12th installment of Third Man’s Vault subscription series.
First up is a 7” vinyl single featuring two previously unreleased recordings by the Raconteurs from their Consolers of the Lonely sessions. “Open Your Eyes” b/w “You Make a Fool Out of Me” are two songs that would later be re-recorded and repurposed for Brendan Benson solo albums. “Fool” would appear on Benson’s 2009 release My Old Familiar Friend while “Open” has morphed into “Here in the Deadlights” on his upcoming album What Kind of World. The versions on the 7” are not outtakes, demos, B-sides or anything of a cast-off nature. Rather, they are songs that just did not find a spot on the LP.
As Third Man’s own Jack White puts it, “’Open Your Eyes’ sounds like a hit. Seems like it could’ve been released as a single and I can’t remember why it didn’t make the album.”
For the LP component Third Man literally dug into its physical vault and dusted off Karen Elson’s live performance from Third Man on May 24th, 2010. That evening’s performance celebrated the release of Elson’s debut LP The Ghost Who Walks and the live record documents Elson backed by her crack band in a truly ethereal, vibrant recording that breathes a life into the songs that is wholly different from their studio versions.
Paired with this elegant recording is an interactive record sleeve. The front cover depicts Elson in a field of peach with the striking image of her dress is die-cut. Coupled with a specially designed inner-sleeve, the listener can effectively play “dress-up” with four different looks for Elson, depending on the orientation of the sleeve. If that’s not enough, get rid of the sleeve completely and you can arrange the vinyl itself, pressed on split-color peach and black vinyl, to create a 100% unique dress design.
The bonus item for this Vault package is a DVD of the White Stripes titled Under New Zealand Lights. Made up of two different performances by the band on separate trips to the island nation.
The first finds them performing at the King’s Arms in Auckland in November 2000. This is some of the earliest known footage of the White Stripes outside North America (it was their first international tour) and finds them confident and captivating before a unexpecting crowd.
Come October 2003, the White Stripes were slightly more known but still in front of a crowd they had to work considerably to win over. The audience was the student population of Freeman’s Bay Primary School. Jack and Meg provided a nice primer on American blues history and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves in this sweet, innocent performance that has been kept mostly under wraps in the nine years since it took place.
Subscribe now as Third Man will stop accepting orders for this package on April 30th.