Jack White has cracked open The White Stripes‘ vault once again for the release of a new live album and concert film. The latest installment of Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series contains Under Amazonian Lights, a previously unreleased live recording of the band’s show in Manaus, Brazil on June 1st, 2005.
The double LP will be pressed on blood red vinyl with stark black wisps and packaged with DVD footage of the performance (portions of the concert previously aired on MTV). The 23-song setlist featured both acoustic and electric renditions of “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known”, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lovesick Blues”, and an unamplified version of “We’re Going to Be Friends”. According to a press release:
Words do not ably describe the beauty of the Teatro Amazonas nor the furor riled up by the White Stripes appearance. Not only was there fear that the amplification of the band would cause the plaster in the building to crack and possible fall and injure attendees, but out of custom/fear/lord-knows-what the crowd remained seated until being explicitly asked to stand from the stage by Jack White himself. If that wasn’t enough, during the show Jack and Meg ventured outside the venue to play an entirely unamplified version of “We Are Going to Be Friends” for the assembled multitude of fans unable to purchase tickets and watching the performance via closed-circuit feed. The resultant melee was arguably a riot and was lovingly captured by the film crew documenting that evening’s importance. All together what it makes is one of the best true rock and roll moments of the past decade. Heck, Jack White even got married that day.
The Vault package also includes a 7-inch containing two unreleased White Stripes demos: “Let You Down” (later repurposed into 2005’s “The Nurse”) and “Ain’t No Sweeter Than Rita Blues”. There’s also original artwork from Grammy Award-winning designer Rob Jones.
Here’s what it all looks like:
Fans cab subscribe to The Vault at Third Man Records’ website.
Under Amazonian Lights Tracklist:
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Love Sick (Bob Dylan)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (electric)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (acoustic)
When I Hear My Name
I Asked For Water (Howlin Wolf)
Fell in Love With a Girl
Death Letter (Son House)
St. James Infirmary (traditional)
Passive Manipulation (reprise)
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
(I’ll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time (Albert Von Tilzer/Neville Fleeson)
I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself (continued)
Seven Nation Army