Third Man Records is proud to announce the Raconteurs third album “Help Us Stranger” will be the focal point of our 40th Vault package. Their first full-length studio recording in eleven years, “Help Us Stranger” finds the band in top form, at fighting weight, as powerful as they’ve always been. The twelve songs on this album explore all the bravado and bluster, sincerity and sensitivity you’d hope for in a classic rock album. Soaring riffs, earnest lyrics, machine gun drumming, heartfelt harmonies, bass for days, and four guys coming together to be more than the sum of their parts, firing on all cylinders like an absolute unit. The exclusive 180-gram version offered only to Third Man Vault members showcases the LP on electric green/black/copper swirled vinyl and is astutely paired with a stunning moving image lenticular cover. The kind of thing you can stare at for hours.
The companion 7-inch single in the package features early, demo recordings of two songs that are included on the album in a final, finished form. “Help Me Stranger” is a “get the idea down” version recorded with Jack White playing all instruments, complete with different lyrics and simplified instrumentation from what ultimately ended up on the album. “Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)” showcases Brendan Benson exclusively performing everything in an intriguing, embryonic take that, along with White’s song, help illustrate how this band can take a song that’s solid to start with and once all four of them are in the room together, truly push it over the edge. The band, as one entity, works to make these songs great.
Additionally, we’re including a Patrick Keeler-designed Raconteurs bandana. Wrap it around your head “Rambo” style, tie it around your leg as a tourniquet, use it to sop up grease around your garage…the uses are metaphorically endless.
Finally, just to push the package over the top, we’re including an exclusive Raconteurs slip mat. As far as we can remember, this is the first Raconteurs slip mat ever and will provide decades of soft rotational comfort separating your records from your turntable platter.
Subscriptions are open now and close on April 30th. Come join us.
Help Us Stranger
1. Bored and Razed
2. Help Me Stranger
3. Only Child
4. Don’t Bother Me
5. Shine the Light On Me
6. Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)
7. Hey Gyp (Dig the Slowness)
8. Sunday Driver
9. Now That You’re Gone
10. Live a Lie
11. What’s Yours Is Mine
12. Thoughts and Prayers
Jack White - Help Me Stranger (demo)
Brendan Benson - Somedays (I Don’t Feel Like Trying) (demo)
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