Do you like the White Stripes? Do you like experiments? Do you like the Vault? Do you like combining all three? We do.
For our 19th installment of the Vault, we’re doing something we’ve never done before. Something that Vault members have been clamoring for…the exclusive, limited, colored vinyl edition of a record.
As you probably know, TMR tries to release a limited version of every record we do. That limited edition is usually available only at certain locations or stores, while the black vinyl version is kept in print forever.
This package will consist of limited colored vinyl pressings of all of the White Stripes singles from their album Elephant.
“Seven Nation Army”
“I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself”
“The Hardest Button to Button”
“There’s No Home For You Here”
The b-sides consist of covers of some of Detroit’s most pre-eminent artists in 2003…
“Good to Me” written by Brendan Benson and Jason Falkner and originally released on Benson’s 2002 album Lapalco.
“Who’s to Say…” written by Dan Miller and released by his outfit Blanche in 2003 on their album If We Can’t Trust the Doctors…
“St. Ides of March” written by the Soledad Brothers and released on their self-titled album of 2000.
As well as a White Stripes live medley of “I Fought Piranhas / Let’s Build a Home” recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York.
Each of these tracks has been remastered from the original analog sources, and in the case of “…March” and “Piranhas” where there were no analog masters, we used only the finest digital files that could withstand sitting unused on a hard drive for over ten years.
The artwork on all the singles has been tidied up, spell-checked and given that special Third Man “je ne sais quoi”
“There’s No Home For You Here”, which was originally coupled with a generic company sleeve, now has stunning new artwork. It looks electrifying!
And these sleeves FEEL amazing. Employing a process called (we’re not making this up) “soft touch aqueous coating” each of these glue-pocket sleeves feels like a hybrid between rubber and lambskin. It’s difficult to describe, but immediately noticeable and amazing in person.
Each record will be pressed on clear vinyl with with an added vinyl highlight color insertion of either red, black or white. For “There’s No Home…” all three of those colors will be added to clear vinyl, to make something truly exciting.
All of this will be housed in a custom-made telescoping box, so that these singles can forever live together with distinction in your record collection.
Later in 2014 each of the singles will be available individually, on black vinyl, with no box, to the general public.