- CD de audio (27 de abril de 2011)
- Imported ed. edición
- Número de discos: 1
- Formato: Audiolibro, CD, CD+DVD, Dual Disc
- Sello: Varios
- ASIN: B00356Q7QC
- Disponible también en: CD de audio | Disco de vinilo | DVD | Blu-ray | HD DVD
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Under Great White Northern Lights Cd Audiolibro, CD, CD+DVD, Dual Disc
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2 x disc set. First-ever official live album, recorded on their 2007 Canadian tour! Comes with a BONUS DVD of the accompanying documentary film, featuring live footage and poignant off-stage moments. Includes "Fell In Love With A Girl" ; "Seven Nation Army" ; "Blue Orchid" ; "Jolene" and more.
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This is probably the world's first black and white AND red film, making it very Emily Strange throughout. For the footage done in the north, it is still daylight at 11:15 PM. Jack agonises over the criticism of the band's image-consciousness, noting how Spin wrote "The White Stripes are simultaneously the most fake band in the world and the most real band in the world. Everything about the White Stripes is a lie." (Jack should probably be reassured that Jim Jarmusch finds them the real deal at least). When they are in Yellowknife the mayer picks them up from the airport and drives them in to town! Interesting to know that Meg and Jack bowl all over the world, and that Meg never talks and hardly sings. Meg does lead vocals on one song. Another song is synchronized with a 1930s film. They go to Iqaluit in Nanavut territory, many things are red and white, mud town, Rita guitar. They sing songs for the Inuit council, which Jarmusch notes is when they seem at their happiest and most engaged. Jack uses guitars that don't stay in tune, no set list, keyboard far away, these components force them to create. Plays in a kilt at one point.
There's a touching scene of Meg weeping as Jack plays a guitar at the end. Very nice video.
The only downside was the impact on the fans. I got into the band long after their heyday, and after this extensive tour of Canada, Meg's anxiety had reached higher levels than usual, causing them to cancel their US leg of the Icky Thump tour. It's a little bit heartbreaking for longtime fans, but it's all over now, and we'll always remember the White Stripes, from their humble beginnings to their "thump" of an ending.
I have a couple WS boots because I had to relive the live sound I have heard just a couple times, so this first official release is right up there with those efforts and to a large degree the best live releases ever. I too haven't watch the DVD but look forward to it for one simple detail, the length.
Why when the CD has capacity for 80 minutes does any band limit the length of a live release unless it a pure audio documentary of a historic show such as many have been the case. In this case, this CD is a mix of songs from shows across this brave and historic tour so of course there was more than 80 minutes of unique music/songs that could and should have been represented here. This concept is why I love the live releases from jam bands like The Grateful Dead and Phish; they fill the empty spaces with real music and rare gems, to give the fan the full value and the full listening experience. When this CD ended at less than 60 minutes, knowing that is the length of the real show of course, I felt why not fill this void with some rare gems or candid moments from the balance of the tour.
The same thing happened with the double CD release from another favorite band Wilco, with their official release a few years ago. That release was the compilation of a set of shows in Chicago and I heard a boot from those nights, so why did Wilco leave out many songs and leave empty void on both discs? There is no valid explanation, same with this truly wonderful and long overdue White Stripes live release. Is it possible they did this to ensure a fan also bought the DVD?
Oh well, more my crazy ramblings and for what that is all worth do yourself the major favor of buying this CD and enjoying the Stripes like all mortal humans should in the live amazing energy amazing ability style that only Jack could seem put out there. Good for them overall and thank you.
For those unfamiliar with the Stripes, they are a Detroit-based duo of Jack and Meg White (whom Jack presents as brother/sister though they were actually married AND divorced before their second album was released). Jack loves novelties and is obsessed with the number 3, and the band's motif of red, white, and black. If you are a fan of most types of rock, you will love them (or at least some of their assorted songs, there's at least one for everyone). I watched this with my parents (my mom loves Elvis and my dad is a Zeppelin fan), and immediately afterward they wanted me to add the White Stripes to their computers/iPods.
The movie follows the band as they tour each Canadian province and play shows, not only in concert halls, but in parks, on boats, on buses, in schools, and with native Canadians. It gives you a look into the day-to-day of Jack and Meg, and what their ambitions for the band and themselves are as far as the tour goes; Jack also gives great insight into what direction he follows and what creative process he uses for the band. Meg even talks, and they talk about why she never talks, to some laughs for those of us who know Meg as a shy, rarely-interviewed introvert. Interspersed as well are the novelty concerts that are paired with each major show, which show really not the novelty of each show but of Jack and Meg themselves, two oddballs with an idea that a band can be creative within the confines of an idea and a motif, and to explore this motif to its limit.
Now, on to the concerts themselves: blown away. Jack's live shows are heartfelt performances, and he plays to each different audience as if it were a group of his closest friends, knowing exactly what songs to play, including the fa- favorite B-Side cover version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," which always seems so passionate (even though it's told from the point of view of a woman). Each song is a concert-ready version of its album counterpart, generally not played the same way ("Fell In Love With A Girl" uses chords strummed individually with little distortion, as opposed to the ever-popular studio version), and you can see that they work to make each show special. They play without a set list, and so it's more of a jam session of your favorite White Stripes songs. When Jack plays the B-Side Black Jack Davey in a park with Meg on the tambourine, giving very little or no notice that they were playing there, it conjures images of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. It's those small town where maybe they've never even heard anything the Stripes have done, only in name do they know them, maybe a rumor of their tour of Canada, but you can tell the people know something special is happening, and in each town a crowd gathers that is very substantial for how small the town itself is.
By the end of the tour, you can see why they canceled their U.S. tour: they seem very weary and stressed out. And when the video ends with Meg crying as Jack plays piano and sings "White Moon", you can tell they've been stretched thin, but it seems like they loved the journey, and you will, too.
Nothing is deliberately said about the two bandmates that wasn't already known by many. There are a lot of interesting undertones, but nothing about them is ever confirmed. Meg breaking down in tears at the end of the movie is moving, but it's nearly impossible to determine what she was crying about. There are a lot of pieces of the movie like this. It can be frustrating for the interested viewer, but it does help maintain the mystique that The White Stripes have built around themselves and their band. That's probably the way they wanted it. It left me wondering though. Maybe they wanted that too.