Hot on the heels of playing the first vinyl record in space, Jack White has announced that his Third Man Records, in partnership with Columbia and XL Recordings, will release a double-LP/CD collection entitled Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 on September 9th. The career-spanning set, which the label bills as “the essential Jack White songwriting collection,” comprises 26 acoustic versions of album tracks, rarities and outtakes from the White Stripes, Raconteurs, and solo chapters of his prolific recording career.
Originally slated for inclusion on the Stripes’ 2005 album Get Behind Me Satan, the melodic “City Lights” was ultimately removed from the song suite, only to be resurrected by White earlier this year. “(‘City Lights’), like (Son House’s) ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face,’ is mirror-music,” the acclaimed music scribe Greil Marcus suggests in the album’s 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.”
Listen to “City Lights” below, then check out the album trailer, and be sure to reserve a copy of Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 now.