This has been an exciting year for Jack White and Third Man Records with the release of Blunderbuss and Third Man Records’ 3 year anniversary. Vault package #14 is a collection that celebrates these accomplishments.
The Vault 14 LP for this quarter is a double album recording of Jack’s live show, and solo debut, at Third Man Records from their 3 Year Anniversary Party on March 8th of this year. LP one features The Peacocks, backing up Jack and LP two is the second set featuring The Buzzards. The set took in classics from throughout Jack’s career and showcased plenty of songs from Blunderbuss, which were heard for the first time that night for many. The LPs come housed in amazing packaging which will be a first for Third Man Records… a Lenticular gatefold cover! For those of you who may not be well versed in multiple dimensions, the Lenticular cover will show two separate images, in one. What you see depends on how you hold the record or which angle you look at it. The LPs, of course, will be pressed on split color Black & Blue vinyl.
The accompanying 7″ for this package is very special as well and features demos of Freedom At 21 b/w Love Interruption and Hypocritical Kiss. Three Jack White bursts of inspiration captured in the moment only to be fleshed out in the studio later with a full backing band. These recordings were done on Jack’s trusty field recorder, and give an intimate glimpse into his recording and songwriting process. The 7″ will be pressed on signature Jack White BLUNDERBLUE vinyl.
And onto the third item in this package, which is another first for Third Man. After the last Dead Weather tour in 2010 (that is to say, the last they’ve done, not the last EVER tour…) Alison Mosshart self published a book titled Shark Infested Soda Fountain of her photos compiled from their adventures on the road as a gift to the other members of the band. Beyond every page being packed with beautiful ethereal photographs, when viewed as a complete work, the book is a touching and one of a kind document to the unique love and camaraderie of the Dead Weather and the cast of characters that surrounded them in their international travels. Alison has been kind enough to allow Third Man Records to reprint this book in it’s entirety and share it with the members of The Vault.