Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 collects 26 acoustic songs from throughout Whites wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased tracks. The album, arranged in chronological order, includes acoustic songs made famous by The White Stripes, beginning with Sugar Never Tasted So Good (originally found on The White Stripes second-ever 7-inch single) and then lighting upon favorites like Apple Blossom and Im Bound To Pack It Up (remixed here from the original recordings on 2000s De Stijl), Hotel Yorba and Were Going To Be Friends (from 2001s White Blood Cells), Youve Got Her In Your Pocket and Well Its True That We Love One Another (from 2003s Grammy® Award-winning Elephant), Forever For Her (Is Over For Me), White Moon and As Ugly As I Seem (from 2005s Get Behind Me Satan) Effect & Cause (from 2007s Icky Thump), and the Beck-produced Honey, We Cant Afford To Look This Cheap, first found on the B-side to The White Stripes final single, 2007s Conquest.
City Lights was written for The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Mans Record Store Day 2015 vinyl reissue and finished the recording in 2016. The track is the first new, worldwide commercially released White Stripes song since 2008.
Also featured are Never Far Away (recorded for 2003s Cold Mountain: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture) and Love Is The Truth (written and recorded for Coca-Colas 2006 What Goes Around campaign) as well as the Bluegrass Version of Top Yourself and an acoustic mix of the epic murder ballad, Carolina Drama, both written by White and Brendan Benson for The Raconteurs Grammy® Award-winning 2008 album, Consolers Of The Lonely. Whites two chart-topping solo albums, 2012s Blunderbuss and 2014s Lazaretto, are represented by a remarkably diverse range of material including Love Interruption, On And On And On, Blunderbuss, Entitlement, Want And Able, and alternative mixes of Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy, Just One Drink, I Guess I Should Go To Sleep, and B-side, Machine Gun Silhouette.
This, like (Son Houses) Grinnin In Your Face, is mirror-music, writes renowned music journalist Greil Marcus of City Lights in the albums exclusive liner notes, the singer talking to himself, trying to tell himself the truth, which hes going to need if hes going to step out of his door, walk into the world, and fool himself, for just a second, that hes ready to take it on. As you listen, its no surprise at all that it took most of Whites music-making life to bring the song home.
The 26 tracks featured on Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 were remastered by Andrew Mendelson at Nashville, TNs Georgetown Masters. All songs were written and produced exclusively by Jack White, except Never Far Away (produced by T Bone Burnett), Honey, We Cant Afford To Look This Cheap (produced by Beck), Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version) and Carolina Drama (written & produced by White & Brendan Benson), and Machine Gun Silhouette (written by White & Rob Jones).
Remastered by Andrew Mendelson at Nashville, TNs Georgetown Masters
Includes limited time digital download card
12" x 12" Insert
1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good
2. Apple Blossom (Remixed)
3. Im Bound To Pack It Up (Remixed)
4. Hotel Yorba
5. Were Going To Be Friends
6. Youve Got Her In Your Pocket
7. Its True That We Love One Another
8. Never Far Away
1. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
2. White Moon
3. As Ugly As I Seem
4. City Lights (Previously Unreleased White Stripes Track)
5. Honey, We Cant Afford To Look This Cheap
6. Effect & Cause
1. Love Is The Truth (Acoustic Mix)
2. Top Yourself (Bluegrass Version)
3. Carolina Drama (Acoustic Mix)
4. Love Interruption
5. On And On And On
6. Machine Gun Silhouette (Acoustic Mix)
2. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy (Alternate Mix)
3. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep (Alternate Mix)
4. Just One Drink (Acoustic Mix)
6. Want And Able