Obsessive archivist Jack White has a new collection of acoustic recordings, appropriately titled Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016, which will be released this Friday, September 9th. Accompanying the record is an interactive, circular online “timeline” of its 26 tracks, showcasing archival material like a 2006 Coca-Cola ad featuring White’s song “Love Is the Truth,” a 1998 photo of a very young Jack White and Meg White (above), and other assorted ephemera: recording studio schedules, photos of master reels, handwritten lyrics, and show flyers.
The career-spanning Acoustic Recordings track list includes songs from White Stripes and Raconteurs albums, as well as solo work and rarities. It also features “City Lights,” a previously unreleased Get Behind Me Satan-era White Stripes song completed this year with assistance from bassist Dominic Davis.
In the meantime, watch the White Stripes’ 2002 Saturday Night Live performance of “We’re Gonna Be Friends” (introduced by John McCain, of all people) and listen to “City Lights.” You can also explore Jack White’s new timeline of acoustic recordings here.