The White Stripes' 2005 disc Get Behind Me Satan could very well be the weird band's' weirdest record. Recorded on the stairway in Jack's house at 1731 Seminole Indian Village, it saw Jack trade in his signature guitar sounds for piano and even a marimba.
It's also an anomaly for being the only White Stripes record to not see a commercial vinyl release, only getting produced in small quantities on vinyl for promotional purposes.
That all finally changes this Record Store Day. Ten years after its original release, Satan will finally be available to vinyl fans with a limited edition release on colored 180-gram vinyl.
The record Store Day edition will be double LP featuring red and white discs, a 12-inch by 12-inch gatefold lenticular jacket, and "newly-created inner artwork reprising themes of the original promo-only version of the Satan LP." An MP3 download code will be included. As is typical of Record Store Day releases, this version will be available only at participating record stores on Record Store Day, April 18, 2015.
If that all sounds too fancy, a non-exclusive, ordinary black vinyl will see a general release later this year.
Why did the vinyl-fetishizing band not release Satan on that format? We emailed Third Man Records dude Ben Blackwell for answers.
He explains that the original idea was to record the vinyl version live direct-to-acetate in New Zealand. "By the time the Stripes got down there in January 2006 (about seven months after the album's initial release) the studio they'd hoped to record at had gotten rid of all their vinyl cutting equipment," he says. "So the recording never happened and neither did a standard commercial release."
Blackwell adds that the recording was to be done at Joe Gubay's Studio in Devonport, just outside Auckland. "FYI I don't think anyone's ever known/had that information," he says.