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Detroit's White Stripes releasing "Greatest Hits" album in December

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

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The White Stripes have been dormant since 2011, but the Detroit rock duo will be remembered with a new compilation just in time for the holiday season.

"The White Stripes Greatest Hits" crops Dec. 4 from Third Man Records/Columbia, featuring 26 songs culled from the critically acclaimed group's six studio albums and other releases.

It's the White Stripes' first formal, straightforward best-of compilation, following archival releases and box sets Third Man has released over the years.

The group is keeping the track list secret for now but has revealed that the album will include "Ball and Biscuit" from 2003's "Elephant" album. To accompany the announcement the group has released a live video of the song from Oct. 22, 2003 in Tokyo.

An expanded vinyl edition of the album, available via Third Man's Vault series, will include a third LP of B-sides as well as red- and white-colored discs. It's currently available for pre-order via thirdmanstore.com.

The White Stripes was formed during 1997 by Jack and Meg White, who kept their marriage largely hidden while posing as brother and sister. The duo won six Grammy Awards and five MTV Video Music Awards, and four of its albums have been certified platinum.

The group broke up in 2011 with White going on to a successful solo career as well as bands the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather and helming Third Man's operations, which include a store and recording studio in Nashville and another store, pressing plant and mastering studio in Detroit's Cass Corridor.

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