As you would expect, Jack White and Third Man Records have a number of goodies planned for Record Store Day (April 16th).
Most notably is the first-ever commercial release of The White Stripes’ Peel Sessions. Twice in support of their 2001 album White Blood Cells, Jack and Meg White hit the studio with legendary radio DJ John Peel. Songs from the sessions were played on BBC Radio and subsequently bootlegged by fans, with many considering it to be one of the band’s definitive live performances.
For Record Store Day, the entirely of both sessions will be stuffed onto limited edition red and white vinyl. A wider release on standard black vinyl will follow later in the year.
Listen to The White Stripes’ Peel Session performances of “Hello Operator” and “Baby Blue”. The full setlist follows.
Peel Session 1 Setlist:
Let’s Shake Hands
When I Hear My Name
Jack the Ripper
I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman
We’re Going to Be Friends
You’re Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)
Baby Blue (Gene Vincent cover)
Peel Session 2 Setlist:
Lord, Send Me an Angel (Blind Willie McTell cover)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
I Think I Smell a Rat
Well It’s True That We Love One Another
Let’s Build a Home
The Union Forever
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known
Look Me Over Closely (Terry Gilkyson cover)
Looking at You(MC5 cover)
St. James Infirmary
Rated X (Loretta Lynn cover)
Also for Record Store Day, Third Man will release a limited edition 7-inch containing White’s two covers of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”. Recorded in conjunction with his recent appearance on The Muppets, one version features White with Miss Piggy’s house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, the other includes all the other Muppets singing along.
The vinyl comes pressed on “It’s Not Easy Being Green”, because Kermit the Frog.
Watch White performing “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” with the Electric Mayhem: