The White Stripes - The White Stripes

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The White Stripes is the Debut studio album by American alternative rock duo The White Stripes, originally released in July 2001 via Sympathy For The Record Industry.

The White Stripes were founded in 1997 and consisted of husband and wife duo Jack White (songwriter, vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards) and Meg White (drums and occasional vocals). After releasing several singles and three albums within the Detroit music scene, The White Stripes rose to prominence in 2002, as part of the garage rock scene. Their successful and crucially acclaimed albums White Blood Cells and Elephant drew attention from a large variety of media outlets in the United States and the United Kingdom, with the single “Seven Nation Army” and its now iconic guitar line becoming a huge hit.

The duo were noted for their low-fidelity approach to writing and recording. Their music featured a melding of garage rock, blues influences and a raw simplicity of composition, arrangement and performance. The pair were also noted for their fashion and design aesthetic – a simple colour scheme of red and white, which was used on every album and single cover the band released.

The White Stripes album recorded in January 1999 at Ghetto Recorders and Third Man Studios in Detroit was produced by Jim Diamond and Jack White. White dedicated the album to deceased blues musician Son House.

Johnny Walker of the Soledad Brothers played slide guitar on two songs: "Suzy Lee" and "I Fought Piranhas". Walker is credited with having taught Jack White how to play slide, a technique featured heavily on the White Stripes' first two albums. Walker explains, "[Jack] had a four track in his living room and invited me to come by and do some recording. In return, I showed him how to play slide."

The duo covered "St. James Infirmary Blues" after, according to Jack, he and Meg were introduced to the song from a Betty Boop cartoon

Minimal to the point of sounding monumental, The White Stripes make the most of their aesthetic choices and the spaces between riffage and the big beat. The White Stripes sounds like arena rock as hand-crafted in the attic.

Jack White's voice is a singular, evocative combination of punk, metal, blues, and backwoods while his guitar work is grand and banging with just enough lyrical touches of slide and subtle solo work to let you know he means to use the metal-blues riff collisions just so. Meg White balances out the fretwork and the fretting with methodical, spare, and booming cymbal, bass drum, and snare cracks. In a word, economy (and that goes for both of the players).

The Whites' choice of covers is inspired, too. Jack's voice is equally suited to the task of tackling both the desperation of Robert Johnson's "Stop Breakin' Down" and the loneliness of Bob Dylan's "One More Cup Of Coffee."

The album received mostly positive reviews with much of the media feedback coming two or three years after its initial release, after the duo's fame spread beyond Detroit. John Peel, the late, influential DJ for the BBC, first spotted the album in a record store and said, "I just liked the look of it and I looked at the titles - you develop an instinct, d'you know what I mean? And it looked like the sort of record I would like, so I took it out and I did like it, and started playing it." His endorsement was key in heightening their popularity in the UK.

Check out the tracks: The Big Three Killed My Baby; St. James Infirmary Blues and When I Hear My Name.

This Limited LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with printed insert and album digital download is pressed in the USA by Third Man Records in November 2010.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Jimmy The Exploder

2:29

A2

Stop Breaking Down

2:20

A3

The Big Three Killed My Baby

2:29

A4

Suzy Lee

3:21

A5

Sugar Never Tasted So Good

2:54

A6

Wasting My Time

2:13

A7

Cannon

2:30

A8

Astro

2:42

B1

Broken Bricks

1:51

B2

When I Hear My Name

1:54

B3

Do

3:05

B4

Screwdriver

3:14

B5

One More Cup Of Coffee

3:13

B6

Little People

2:22

B7

Slicker Drips

1:30

B8

St. James Infirmary Blues

2:24

B9

I Fought Piranhas

3:07

SKU 093624959496
Record Label Third Man Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number TMR 042
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 30 November 2010
Original Release Date (Year) 15 June 1999
Barcode # 093624959496
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Remastered, Printed Insert, Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Garage Rock
Format VINYL LP

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