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White Stripes to celebrate debut album anniversary with special package

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Detroit's White Stripes will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first album with a new, limited edition release of the title.

"The White Stripes XX" will be part of The Vault series operated by Jack White's Third Man Records, releasing this fall. The two-disc vinyl set features complements the original album with unreleased studio uttakes -- including early versions of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," which turned up on 2001's "White Blood Cells" -- a live album from a September 1999 concert in Raleigh, N.C., a DVD housing 1999 concerts in Hamtramck and Detroit, and a 24-page booklet featuring archival photos, flyers, lyrics and more.

Fans can sign up for The Vault through Oct. 31 to get "The White Stripes XX" via thirdmanrecords.com.

Jack and Meg White recorded "The White Stripes" during January of 1999 at Detroit's Ghetto Recorders with co-producer/engineer Jim Diamond. It was released on June 15, 1999 on the Sympathy For the Record Industry label and features Johnny Walker of the Soledad Brothers on two songs as well as covers of Robert Johnson's "Stop Breaking Down," Son House's "Cannon," Bob Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee" and the traditional "St. James Infirmary Blues."

The duo released five more studio albums through 2007, including 2003's double-platinum "Elephant," and three won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The White Stripes officially disbanded in 2011, and White is currently on the road with his band the Raconteurs.

Web Site: www.thirdmanrecords.com

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