The White Stripes announce 20th anniversary ‘White Blood Cells’ companion album
on April 6, 2021

updated td-module-date” datetime=”2021-04-06T20:12:02+01:00″>6th April 2021


The White Stripes. CREDIT: Press

The White Stripes have announced ‘White Blood Cells XX’, a 20th anniversary companion to their seminal 2001 album.

Set to be released by Jack White‘s Third Man Records, the new package will include a red vinyl containing 13 previously unreleased tracks as well as a separate white LP containing a previously unreleased live recording from Headliner’s in Louisville, KY.

‘White Blood Cells XX’ will also include an hour-long DVD containing behind-the-scenes footage of the ‘White Blood Cells’ recording process, and a 12″ x 12″ full-colour booklet containing rare posters and flyers, unseen photos and more.

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A press release for the companion album reads: “In February 2001, Jack and Meg White hopped into their trusty Dodge van and made their way down south to Easley-McCain Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired and electrified by their recent overseas touring and the increasingly rabid reaction to their live performances, the White Stripes would, for the first time, record an album outside of their hometown Detroit.

“Interviews at the time had Jack postulating that the record might stretch to a double LP length and while that didn’t happen, the fruit born from the sessions proved markedly unique in the band’s canon.”

Captured by photographer David Swanson, you can check out a behind-the-scenes clip from the ‘White Blood Cells’ recording sessions below:

See the tracklist for ‘White Blood Cells XX’ below:

DISC ONE (DEMOS, OUTTAKES AND ALTERNATE MIXES)

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Side A:
1. ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’ (previously unreleased boombox demo take 1)
2. ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’ (previously unreleased boombox demo take 2)
3. ‘Hotel Yorba’ (previously unreleased alternate take live at the Hotel Yorba)
4. ‘Fell In Love With a Girl’ (previously unreleased alternate take)
5. ‘The Union Forever’ (previously unreleased working mix without interlude)
6. ‘Offend In Every Way’ (previously unreleased acoustic boombox demo)
7. ‘That’s Where It’s At’ (previously unreleased outtake)

Side B:
8. ‘Ooh-Aah’ (previously unreleased demo)
9. ‘I Can’t Wait’ (previously unreleased alternate mix)
10. ‘Hey Mary’ (previously unreleased demo)
11. ‘Feel Like I’m Three Feet Tall’ (previously unreleased boombox demo)
12. ‘Rated X’ (previously unreleased alternate take live at the Hotel Yorba)
13. ‘This Protector’ (previously unreleased alternate take)

DISC TWO (LIVE AT HEADLINERS, LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 6th, 2001)

Side C:
1. ‘When I Hear My Name’
2. ‘Death Letter / Grinnin’ In Your Face’
3. ‘Lord, Send Me An Angel’
4. ‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)’
5. ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’
6. ‘Hotel Yorba’
7. ‘Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise’
8. ‘I Think I Smell A Rat’

Side D:
1. ‘Jolene’
2. ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’
3. ‘Expecting’
4. ‘The Union Forever’
5. ‘The Same Boy You’ve Always Known’
6. ‘Apple Blossom’
7. ‘Cannon / John The Revelator’
8. ‘Astro’
9. ‘Boll Weevil’

You can listen to an alternate version of Jack and Meg White’s ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ below:

In order to get your hands on a copy of ‘White Blood Cells XX’, you can sign up on the Third Man Records official website up until April 30.

In February, The White Stripes shared a vintage performance of ‘Hotel Yorba’ from Later… With Jools Holland.

Shared to celebrate the release of The White Stripes Greatest Hits, the performance was recorded in 2001 and was Jack and Meg White’s first appearance on UK television.

Meanwhile, Jack White has bought a £3,600 guitar for a busker in Edinburgh after his own instrument was smashed up by a woman on the street.


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