“A pure blast of the fierce joy of live rock 'n' roll.” MSN
“A true gem.” Spin
“Arty but accessible, this is a treat for any White Stripes fan: a document of a global band visiting the ends of the
Earth to deliver their delicious clatter to their most out-of-way followers.” NME
“Can credibly be included alongside such canonical rock-docs as ‘Gimme Shelter’ & ‘Don't Look Back’.” LA Times
In the summer of 2007, The White Stripes embarked on a cross-country Canadian tour to accomplish their goal
of performing in every province & territory across the expansive northern nation.
March 15th sees the enigmatic duo releasing their first-ever official live album, featuring 16 songs on both vinyl &
CD, as well as the Emmett Malloy-directed documentary film, Under Great White Northern Lights on DVD.
These two incredible pieces will come packaged together (CD with DVD) & are a unique documentation of that
journey, providing a fascinating look into the on & off stage lives of one of the world’s most enigmatic bands.
Having first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009, Under Great White Northern Lights
documents the band playing to crowds in towns of all sizes across the Great White North – from traditional venues
to matinee gigs at unusual locations such as a bowling alley, a boat & even on a city bus – culminating in a
momentous White Stripes 10th Anniversary show at the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.
A captivating mix of striking live footage & poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring & emotive feature
length film celebrates the band’s 10yr history; while the live album continues that celebration & is a perfect
companion piece to the film, featuring 16 songs recorded at various shows throughout the Canadian tour – a
collection that captures all the aural intensity & spontaneity that The White Stripes have become known for.
1. Let’s Shake Hands
2. Black Math
3. Little Ghost
4. Blue Orchid
5. The Union Forever
6. Ball & Biscuit
7. Icky Thump
8. I’m Slowly Turning Into You
10. 300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues
11. We Are Going to Be Friends
12. I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself
13. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn
14. Fell In Love With a Girl
15. When I Hear My Name
16. Seven Nation Army
Under Great White Northern Lights Documentary
The White Stripes' recent decision to go their separate ways makes 'Under Great White Northern Lights' a must have for fans of Jack & Meg White, or of rock music in general. The CD captures the raw energy and emotion of the band on stage. It needs to be listened to loud, preferably at eleven. With "Let's Shake Hands", "The Union Forever" and "We Are Going To Be Friends" being some of the standouts, it will really wake up the neighbourhood.
Whilst the CD makes for greatest listening, it's the film that shines in this package. This is one of the greatest concert tour documentaries ever made. The concert footage shows the awesome intensity of the 'Stripes on stage - intensity which bands with two or three times as many members could never dream of attaining. The live footage is spliced with interviews with the Whites (mainly Jack, but several quiet words with Meg) and moments across the "The Great White North" (The "One Note Show" in particular) that makes for great watching. The film is beautifully shot and stays true to the band's three colour ethos by using black and white for outside shots and colour for concert footage. In conclusion, the CD & Film are a testament to one of the few truly groundbreaking bands of modern times. The White Stripes will be sorely missed.
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