The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights
Label: Third Man Records
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
Released: 16 Mar 2010
Genre: Rock, Stage & Screen
Style: Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Blues Rock, Soundtrack
Let's Shake Hands
The Union Forever
Ball And Biscuit
I'm Slowly Turning Into You
300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues
We Are Going To Be Friends
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
Fell In Love With A Girl
When I Hear My Name
Seven Nation Army
For fans of THE WHITE STRIPES, especially the intensity of the first few albums, this will be of great interest. This is the band,stripped bare to it's core elements of Jack and Meg, doing what they do best-Meg pounding out a primal, visceral beat, along with Jack's in-you-face distorted acoustic and electric guitar (along with keyboards and other instruments in places) in all it's glory. His vocals are a throwback to the group's formative years-very intense and immediate. The intensity of the live tracks on the earlier released "Walking With A Ghost", are only a hint of this set's power.
As an example, the first two tracks set the stage (no pun intended),and are pure WHITE STRIPES-these two tracks grab hold of you and don't let go,and are a glimpse of whats in store. Track three has Jack playing acoustic,but playing for all it's worth,with some great vocals. Then it's back to the fired-up sound they are known for. The tracks vary from there,from his trademark distorted electric guitar,to his intense acoustic sound,which help with the pacing,and add interest This concert series was an attempt to get back to what they originally became known for. Most (if not all) the venues were small,out of the way stops,and often times the group was unknown to the residents. This fact pushed the band to focus on what they do best,no frills-straight-ahead-rock. Tracks range from all through the band's albums,and all are given a no holds barred treatment.
From "Blue Orchid", to "Jolene",to "Seven Nation Army", through"Icky Thump", to other familiar (and not so familiar) tracks, this is a good example of THE WHITE STRIPES in all their glory-out to prove to an audience,that's not familiar with them,just what they're famous for doing in a live setting. The power that's only hinted at on several of these studio tracks,is unleashed in a loud,in-your-face-assault. At times,the sound, the excitement,is so immediate,that you feel you can reach out and almost touch it-such is the intensity of these performances. The only thing I don't like is the audience "participation"-there's to much of it,and intrudes on the performances. This is one of those albums that has to be played loud in order to get the full effect of what this two-person band is capable of. And with two musicians,who know how to play their instruments to maximum effect,and who want to prove themselves (again) for listeners-this is the real-deal. Be prepared to be knocked back by their intensity,as they take each tune and make it their own (again),and re-define not only their own songs,but rock music itself. This is honest music-the likes of which we don't get to experience to much today.
White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights Album Preview
White Stripes - Icky Thump
White Stripes - Slowly Turning Into You
On jack's second pedal board under the mic next to meg, he actually has a POG pedal running through the vocals when he wants to. This makes extra octaves that imitate his voice in different octaves.
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Under Great White Northern Lights)
the part between 1:20 and 1:30 is one of the best music-parts/moments i've ever heard. And i have heard a lot of rockshit and stuff. His voice is so powerful
The White Stripes - Let's Shake Hands (live)