The White Stripes Announce First-Ever Greatest Hits Album

Watch a previously unseen performance of "Ball and Biscuit" from 2003

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The White Stripes, photo by Pieter M. van Hattem

The White Stripes have announced their first-ever greatest hits compilation. Dubbed simply The White Stripes Greatest Hits (with the message “My Sister Thanks You and I Thank You” printed on the cover), the compilation is due out December 4th via Third Man Records in conjunction with Columbia.

In typically mysterious White Stripes fashion, the 26-song tracklist for Greatest Hits hasn’t been fully revealed. In fact, only one song has been confirmed: “Ball and Biscuit”. To celebrate the announcement, the band has shared a previously unreleased live performance of the Elephant track captured at Tokyo, Japan’s Shibuya-AX on October 22nd, 2003. Check it out ahead.

Update – November 13th: The White Stripes have unveiled the album’s full tracklist, which you can see below.

Additionally, an expanded version of The White Stripes Greatest Hits will be available through the Third Man Vault subscription program. Alongside the double-vinyl of the standard presentation, the Vault exclusive will include a third disc of “largely overlooked, previously scattered B-sides.” The bonus tracklist has been detailed, and it includes tracks like “Lafayette Blues”, “Good to Me”, “Black Jack Davey”, “St. Ides of March”, and “Though I Hear You Calling, I Will Not Answer”.

That’s not the only difference between the standard and Vault versions. The latter will also be housed in a jacket featuring separate artwork by longtime Stripes collaborator Rob Jones, and it’s the only place fans will be able to get colored pressings of Greatest Hits. The main LPs will be pressed on white and red vinyl, with the bonus B-sides disc coming on “detonation” black, white, and red vinyl. Also included in the Vault package will be three, randomly inserted Jones 8×10 silk-screen prints, and a set of lyric magnets.

The release looks to be the first in a wave of new White Stripes excitement. In addition to relaunching their Instagram account, the band is planning to release “upgraded” high definition versions of all their music videos. The clips are expected to hit their YouTube page in December, alongside “more from the archives.”

All of this comes as Jack White has signed a historic agreement between Third Man and Sony Music Entertainment. According to a press release, the deal brings worldwide distribution for the majority of White’s work with The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and solo under one label group for the first time.

Pre-orders for the standard edition of The White Stripes Greatest Hits are live now. To get the Vault exclusive version, sign up at the Third Man store by October 31st. Find the artwork for both editions, as well as the Vault’s B-sides bonus disc tracklist, below.

The White Stripes Greatest Hits Artwork:

the white stripes greatest hits album cover artwork

The White Stripes Greatest Hits Vault Artwork:

the white stripes greatest hits album cover artwork vault exclusive

The White Stripes Greatest Hits Tracklist:
01. Let’s Shake Hands
02. The Big Three Killed My Baby
03. Fell In Love With A Girl
04. Hello Operator
05. I’m Slowly Turning Into You
06. The Hardest Button To Button
07. The Nurse
08. Screwdriver
09. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
10. Death Letter
11. We’re Going To Be Friends
12. The Denial Twist
13. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
14. Astro
15. Conquest
16. Jolene
17. Hotel Yorba
18. Apple Blossom
19. Blue Orchid
20. Ball And Biscuit
21. I Fought Piranhas
22. I Think I Smell A Rat
23. Icky Thump
24. My Doorbell
25. You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
26. Seven Nation Army

The White Stripes Greatest Hits Vault Bonus Disc Tracklist:
01. Look Me Over Closely
02. Lafayette Blues
03. Red Bowling Ball Ruth
04. You’re Pretty Good Looking (Trendy American Remix)
05. Rated X (Live at Hotel Yorba)
06. Who’s to Say…
07. Good To Me
08. Black Jack Davey
09. St. Ides of March
10. Who’s A Big Baby?
11.Though I Hear You Calling, I Will Not Answer
12. Shelter Of Your Arms
13. Walking With A Ghost