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White Stripes to release special "De Stijl" album anniversary set

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

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The White Stripes is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its second album, "De Stijl," with a special package featuring unreleased material.

The Detroit garage rock duo will release "The Accompaniment To De Stijl: The White Stripes' Sophomore Album as part of the Vault Series from frontman Jack White's Third Man Records label. The set will include two vinyl LPs -- one red, one white in homage to the group's trademark color scheme -- a DVD and a booklet filled with previously unseen photos and other memorabilia.

"The Accompaniment..." will also feature 25 unreleased tracks, including covers of AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock" and "Dog Eat Dog" and the Velvet Underground's "After Hours" along with early, alternate versions of tracks for "De Stijl," which came out during June of 2000, and its follow-up, 2001's "White Blood Cells." The DVD, meanwhile, features two concerts from the "De Stijl" era, which Third Man promises have never been seen before and are "taken directly from the original tapes deep within the archives, never previously shared, exciting and insightful as all get-out."

"De Stijl's" title references the early 20th century Dutch art movement. The album was dedicated to furniture designer Gerrit Rietveid as well as blues artist Blind Willie McTell.

"The Accompaniment..." will be shipped to Vault subscribers during the spring; Those who sign up by April 30 at thirdmanstore.com will receive the set.

The White Stripes, which announced its breakup during 2011, won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for each of its last three releases.

Web Site: www.thirdmanstore.com

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