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Consolers Of The Lonely'
Consolers of the LonelyWith this release, The Raconteurs are forgoing the usual months of lead time for press and radio set up, as well as forgoing the all important first week sales. We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and THEN marketing and promoting it thereafter. The Raconteurs would rather this release not be defined by it's first weeks sales, pre-release promotion, or by someone defining it FOR YOU before you get to hear it...
Another purpose was to also allow people to have their own choice as to exactly which format they would like to hear the album in IMMEDIATELY, rather than having to wait for their favorite format to become available. The band are also not releasing any version of this record that contains bonus tracks. Musically this album will be the same as the band created it no matter what format it is purchased in (The sound quality of each format however, is a different story. The Raconteurs recommend hearing it on vinyl, but the choice is of course up to the listener)...
We hope not to confuse anyone with too many options, or deny them the formats that they like best. The Raconteurs feel very strongly that music has worth and should be treated as such. Thank you to all those who respect music in this fashion, and thank you to our label partners for working with us to get this album to fans in as many formats as possible all at once... - The Raconteurs1. Consoler Of The Lonely
2. Salute Your Solution
3. You Don't Understand Me
4. Old Enough
5. The Switch And The Spur
6. Hold Up
7. Top Yourself
8. Many Shades Of Black
9. Five On The Five
11. Pull This Blanket Off
12. Rich Kid Blues
13. These Stones Will Shout
14. Carolina Drama$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 collects 26 acoustic songs from throughout White's 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 ''I'm Bound To Pack It Up'' (remixed here from the original recordings on 2000's DE STIJL), ''Hotel Yorba'' and ''We're Going To Be Friends'' (from 2001's WHITE BLOOD CELLS), ''You've Got Her In Your Pocket'' and ''Well It's True That We Love One Another'' (from 2003's GRAMMY® Award-winning ELEPHANT), ''Forever For Her (Is Over For Me),'' ''White Moon'' and ''As Ugly As I Seem'' (from 2005's GET BEHIND ME SATAN) ''Effect & Cause'' (from 2007's ICKY THUMP), and the Beck-produced ''Honey, We Can't Afford To Look This Cheap,'' first found on the B-side to The White Stripes' final single, 2007's ''Conquest.''
''City Lights'' (below) was written for The White Stripes' GET BEHIND ME SATAN but then forgotten until White revisited the 2005 album for Third Man's 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 2003's COLD MOUNTAIN: MUSIC FROM THE MIRAMAX MOTION PICTURE) and ''Love Is The Truth'' (written and recorded for Coca-Cola's 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. White's two chart-topping solo albums, 2012's BLUNDERBUSS and 2014's 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 House's) 'Grinnin' In Your Face,' is mirror-music,'' writes renowned music journalist Greil Marcus of ''City Lights'' in the album's exclusive liner notes, ''the singer talking to himself, trying to tell himself the truth, which he's going to need if he's going to step out of his door, walk into the world, and fool himself, for just a second, that he's ready to take it on. As you listen, it's no surprise at all that it took most of White's 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, TN's Georgetown Masters. All songs were written and produced exclusively by Jack White, except ''Never Far Away'' (produced by T Bone Burnett), ''Honey, We Can't 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).LP 1
1. Sugar Never Tasted So Good
2. Apple Blossom (Remixed)
3. I'm Bound To Pack It Up (Remixed)
4. Hotel Yorba
5. We're Going To Be Friends
6. You've Got Her In Your Pocket
7. Well It's True That We Love One Another
8. Never Far Away
9. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
10. White Moon
11. As Ugly As I Seem
12. City Lights (Previously Unreleased White Stripes Track)
13. Honey, We Can't Afford To Look This Cheap
14. 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)
8. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy (Alternate Mix)
9. I Guess I Should Go To Sleep (Alternate Mix)
10. Just One Drink (Acoustic Mix)
12. Want And Able$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Abandoned City"It's a joy to listen to, and one of the
brightest, most invigorating records
I've heard all year." - Pitchfork
"It's as infectious and disarming as it
is genre-defying." - Mojo
Hauschka is a composer, songwriter and experimental musician who
has brought an exciting new perspective to the prepared piano - a
technique for getting new sounds from the acoustic keyboard by
resting pieces of paper or drumsticks on the strings of the instrument.
Abandoned City was recorded in Hauschka's home studio in a burst
of creative energy following the birth of his first son. The songs were
recorded using nine microphones. Six recorded the sounds coming
from the piano strings through an analogue console feeding directly
into a computer to preserve the instrument's full, warm sound. Three
others passed the tones through a mixer full of effects - delay,
distortion, echo - that can be triggered separately or used
simultaneously. Hauschka creates the music and the arrangements
as he goes, trusting the music to take him in the proper direction.
"Most of the songs were played on one piano; I was mixing as I
played. If I needed more piano, I overdubbed with another twiddling of
effects. All the sounds - harp, balafon, Melodica, drums - are
produced by the keyboard," Hauschka explains. The compositions on
Abandoned City awaken the loneliness and unattainable romance of
timeless, unfamiliar places, with cinematic melodies full of resonant
overtones, bright cheerful keyboard patterns and dark percussive
touches. The tracks all bear the names of actual vacant cities.
Hauschka chose Abandoned City as the title of the album to convey
the sense of hope and sadness that consumes him when he's sitting
alone at the keyboard. "I was interested in finding a metaphor for the
inner tension I feel when I'm composing music, a state of mind where
I'm lonely and happy at the same time," Hauschka professes. "When I
saw photos of abandoned cities, I felt it was perfect. People once lived
there, but they left in a rush and now nature has taken over in a
beautiful way, things are growing up from the sidewalk and the
seasons are changing colors. The music is dark, but in a quiet,
uplifting way. The piano is singing the melody but, because of the
effects, you can't hear it directly. It's like the sound of a choir under the
earth, something you feel without realizing it."1. Elizabeth Bay
3. Thames Town
4. Who Lived Here?
6. Sanzhi Pod City
9. Stromness$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now