Friday Mix Tape: Many Shades of White

Last week we all got to have a listen to a track from Jack White’s upcoming solo debut, Blunderbuss, which is due to hit shelves on April 24. For this week’s Mix Tape we’re going to take a chronological stroll through the works of White as he plays guitar, piano, drums and even a little bass.

Leading off is Let’s Shake Hands, a single released prior to The White Stripes self-titled debut in 1998. Then, we head over to Jimmy The Exploder – the first track off that self-titled 1999 LP. Moving to 2000, we mellow out with the Zeppelin-esque I’m Bound To Pack It Up from the De Stijl. From 2001’s White Blood Cells we get a little bit country with Hotel Yorba. Things get a bit more mainstream with 2003’s Elephant, so it has to be Seven Nation Army that gets the nod from that album. Also in 2003, White contributed a few tracks to the soundtrack for Cold Mountain including Wayfaring Stranger.

2005 saw a hit with My Doorbell from Get Behind Me Satan. Also in 2005, White co-wrote Go It Alone on Beck’s album Guero – White also got to play bass on the track. 2006 saw the first record from The Raconteurs and we have the Jack White screamer almost-title-track Broken Boy Soldier. One of my favorite White Stripes songs of their later era is You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As Your Told) from the last White Stripes LP, 2007’s Icky Thump. Getting to some of White’s work behind the piano, we have a track from the second Raconteurs record, Consolers of The Lonely, and the track is You Don’t Understand Me. In 2008, White collaborated with Alicia Keys on Another Way To Die.

In 2009, White started playing the drums in The Dead Weather and wrote the song I Cut Like A Buffalo for the group’s debut album – Horehound. Another year, another album from The Dead Weather (Sea of Cowards), this time we have the first track, which White is co-credited writing, entitled Blue Blood Blues. Last year, White provided vocals on a few tracks of Danger Mouse and Daniele Lpupi’s Rome including Two Against One.

And that is the journey that takes us to Love Interruption, the first track we have to listen to from White’s upcoming solo LP.

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