Friday, November 19, 2010

The White Stripes reissue first three albums

Jack White’s Third Man Records have announced the long-overdue reissues of the first three LP’s by The White Stripes.

Out-of-print in North America since 2005, TMR says the utmost care was taken in presenting these records in the best way possible:

“We started by mastering each LP from the original analog master tapes, the first time this process had been used for any of these titles. While extremely labor-intensive, this method ensured that the material was never converted into a digital signal. The result is an audio quality that stiffens the hairs on the back of your neck.

We pressed each record on 180-gram vinyl, again, the first time any of these three albums have been afforded this superior vinyl weight.

For artwork, we started from scratch and went back and tracked down all the source material, working from the original photographic prints to provide the crispest versions possible of these album covers.

From there, we printed the artwork on the deluxe old-style, tip-on sleeves from the wonderful folks at Stoughton Printing in California. This process involves printing the artwork on on sheet of paper (a slick) which is then folded over and hand-glued to a heavy board blank jacket. The difference in the final product of a tip-on sleeve as opposed to a regular, direct-to-board sleeve is akin to the difference between hardcover and paperback books.

Also, for the first time ever, each record comes with a coupon for MP3 downloads of the entire album.

All these factors together makes these versions of “The White Stripes,” “De Stijl” and “White Blood Cells” the DEFINITIVE editions of these albums. These are the versions The White Stripes want people to have for posterity.”

For collectors, limited numbers of each title are available on split-color red and white vinyl.

The split-color and black vinyl of “The White Stripes” will be available November 30, with the split-color and black vinyl of “De Stijl and “White Blood Cells” to follow on December 7th and December 14th, respectively.

The White Stripes – Death Letter (2000)