Third Man Records has announced Vault Package #43: The Raconteurs – Live In Tulsa, a 3 LP set capturing the band’s electric three-night run at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK in October this year. The package includes three differently-colored LPs, a Born And Razed Blu-ray featuring Jack White and Brendan Benson’s solo sets at Third Man Cass Corridor earlier this year, and a Raconteurs mystery flexi-disc. Fans have until January 31st at midnight CST to sign up to receive this package.
A more-fitting sentiment cannot be conjured and is the perfect stage banter quote from Jack White to introduce the triple LP live recording culling the best the best from the Raconteurs recent three night stand at the legendary Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma from October 2019.
As the Raconteurs are allegedly the first band to ever sell out three consecutive shows at Cain’s Ballroom, it was only fitting to mark the occasion by recording each night, culling only the best each those performances, and fusing them together for a career-spanning, masterwork an album.
Highlighting recent entries in their catalog like the infectious “Help Me Stranger” and the whirling “Bored and Razed” while paying deference to momentous sing-alongs like “Carolina Drama” and “Steady, As She Goes” to absolutely mind-bending, room-levitating blues expression “Blue Veins” and even then you’re only just scratching the surface.
Captured at the pinnacle the band’s touring behind their chart topping album Help Us Stranger, the electrifying live performances place a raw, unbound energy behind the entire breadth the band’s catalog, including gems from their 2008 LP Consolers the Lonely and their 2006 debut Broken Boy Soldiers.
Housed in a magnificent tri-fold jacket and appropriating the Matthew Jacobson-designed artwork which highlights the Art Deco frieze the Tulsa Fire Alarm building (which was used for the three Cain’s concert posters) and pressed on vibrant copper, green and black colored vinyl…the whole shebang is truly something to behold.
The fitting companion piece to this explosive 3 LP is the intimate performance Raconteurs’ dual frontmen Brendan Benson and Jack White performing as a duo on July 9, 2019.
Shot at Third Man Records Cass Corridor storefront on White’s 44th birthday, the jam-packed room still only fitting 300 attendees, Brendan and Jack laid out sparse, explorative takes on not only Raconteurs songs, but other classics from their expansive back catalogs. Performances Raconteurs faves like “Only Child” and “Now That You’re Gone” sound unlike any other version before or since, while the vibe propelling songs like the White Stripes “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” or Benson’s “Metarie” are reminiscent times back when these two guys would just go around in Detroit dive bars while a handful uninterested patrons pretended to not be bothered by their racket.
As a bonus to the mutli-camera, HD, Blu-ray, 4k, 16-channel audio with super crystal clear capture the above-mentioned performance, it felt fitting to tack on the ultra lo-fi, camcorder and condenser microphone capture the first-ever performance Jack White and Brendan Benson together. Playing for free at the Garden Bowl Lounge in Detroit on March 14th, 1999, the gig shows the two as if without a care in the world, having a blast and rolling through songs which only two had been released by that point. An intimate, charming artifact a simpler time.
Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” was performed at both these shows, twenty years apart but no less magnificent.
For something a little bit different, Third Man is fering a mystery Raconteurs flexi-disc as the bonus item in this package.