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Early White Stripes albums returning to vinyl

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White Stripes fans who want their Jack and Meg on vinyl are in luck.

Jack White’s Third Man Records label is reissuing “definitive” versions of the Detroit-formed duo’s first three albums on 180-gram vinyl, promising they’ve been made with the “utmost care ... 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 ... The result is an audio quality that stiffens the hairs on the back of your neck ... These are the versions The White Stripes want people to have for posterity.”

The group’s self-titled 1999 debut came out earlier this week, while 2000’s “De Stijl” is due out Tuesday, Dec. 7, and “White Blood Cells” hits on Dec. 14. There are limited edition colored vinyl copies in red and white, and the reissues come with a coupon for MP3 downloads of the album as well.

All three title have been out of print on vinyl since 2005.

The White Stripes have not recorded or toured since 2007, though it did release a documentary about its Canadian tour that year, “Under Great White Northern Skies,” in 2009. Jack White has spent the interim working with his other bands, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. He also produced the new album by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson, “The Party Ain’t Over,” which comes out Jan. 25; the first single, “Thunder on the Mountain/Dust on the Bible,” will be released Tuesday, Dec. 7.

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