Jack White has unveiled an innovative interactive timeline, allowing fans to explore his extraordinary musical history through a broad range of often exclusive multimedia. The newly launched website celebrates this week’s arrival of JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia). The 26-track double-LP/double-CD/digital download collects alternate versions, mixes and previously unreleased recordings, along with original album versions, from all of White’s GRAMMY® Award-winning projects including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and his solo career, all newly remastered for this release. JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 is available for pre-order now; the album is released worldwide on Friday, September 9th.
The jackwhiteiii.com timeline provides unparalleled new background, detail, and perspective on White’s continuing artistic evolution, beginning October 23rd, 1998 with “Sugar Never Tasted So Good,” the b-side to the second ever White Stripes 7″ single. From there the chronology travels through The White Stripes’ remarkable career, showcasing rare live footage like the duo’s first-ever TV performance, a May 28th, 2000 rendition of “Apple Blossom” on Detroit Public Television’s Backstage Pass. Never-before-seen photos, classic posters and gig flyers, handwritten lyrics, studio records, revealing historical facts, commentary, and other archival ephemera are joined by official videos, remastered audio, and classic TV performances, among them, The White Stripes’ 2002 debut appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and a 2005 rendition of “As Ugly As I Seem” from the UK music series, From The Basement, directed by Sophie Muller and audio produced by Nigel Godrich.
Other rare visuals include Coca Cola’s 2006 What Goes Around Comes Around commercial, soundtracked by White’s “Love Is The Truth” – available commercially for the first time ever on JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 as an acoustic mix; a 2012 NPR interview chronicling the making of BLUNDERBUSS; White’s 2012 Saturday Night Live solo debut, performing “Love Interruption” with his crack backing band, The Peacocks; a 2014 promotional film introducing Third Man’s innovative LAZARETTO ULTRA LP; and a 2014 version of “Entitlement” (from LAZARETTO) performed with Lillie Mae Rische for France’s La Blogothèque atop the Château de Fontainebleau.
2016 is marked by the arrival of “City Lights,” the first new, commercially available White Stripes song in six years. Written for GET BEHIND ME SATAN but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man’s Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue, the song was completed this year and is available now as an instant grat download with all pre-orders of JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016.
JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 was heralded last week by the premiere of “Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix),” a stripped-down version of the epic murder ballad originally found on The Raconteurs’ GRAMMY® Award-winning 2008 album, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY, and available now as an instant grat download with all pre-orders of JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016. “Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix)” is streaming now at the official Jack White VEVO channel.