A couple years ago I put together this one disc compilation in an attempt to open some doors for friends of mine.
Jack White has many doors.
Most of them shut you out but if you keep searching you'll find one that leads you to a wonderful world of musical expression.
White's development has continued in the time since this was put together. He's currently stretching the boundaries of what he can accomplish in a 'rock ensemble' setting, with his friends from the Motor City, in a band called The Raconteurs.
These recordings capture him in the period just before he broke on the mainstream scene to the apex of the White Stripes portion of his career, The Satan Tour '05.
It's built around his choice of blues covers originally performed by the likes of Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson and Son House...with a handful of other songs tossed into the mix.
Interspersed among the classics are some of his own songs, more derivative examples than interpretive.
There's a lot of good stuff in here but the NOT TO BE MISSED tracks are #2,7,9,10,12,13,14 and 15. And at least one of the "Death Letters".
And #10...which i said, but i really mean.
01-I Just Can't Keep From Cryin' - Death Letter 2005-08-17 Los Angeles CA
02-Lord Send Me An Angel 2001-03-01 Silverlake CA
03-Ball & Biscuit - Instinct Blues - Ball & Biscuit 2005-09-16 Toronto ON
04-House of the Risin' Sun 2005-09-09 Indianapolis IN
05-Lafayette Blues 2001-09-14 Houston TX
06-Sister Do You Know My Name 2005-08-17 Los Angeles CA
07-Hello Operator 2005-09-16 Toronto ON
08-Little Bird>Got Your Money - Little Bird 2004-08-01 Naeba Japan
09-St James Infirmary Blues 2005-09-19 Providence RI
10-The Big 3 Killed My Baby 2005-09-30 Detroit MI
11-Lovesick 2001-11-29 Montpellier France
12-You're Southern Can Is Mine 2001-03-01 Silverlake CA
13-Dyin' Crapshooter Blues 2001-06-03 Detroit MI
14-Stop Breaking Down 2002-06-30 Los Angeles CA
15-Stones In My Passway 2005-09-21 Boston MA
16-Instinct Blues 2005-09-30 Detroit MI
17-Let's Build A Home - Goin' Back to Memphis 2003-07-02 Chicago IL
18-Outlaw Blues 2003-11-24 Camden NJ
19-Rat Tease - Take A Whiff On Me 2003-05-30 Vienna Austria
20-You Can't Get That Stuff No More - Death Letter 2005-09-13 Louisville KY
21-Boll Weevil Blues 2005-08-17 Los Angeles CA