The White Stripes continued the ongoing celebration of their Greatest Hits album on Wednesday with the premiere of the band’s appearance on From The Basement. The session was originally recorded at London’s Maida Vale Studios in November 2005 and first aired in 2007 as the From The Basement pilot episode.
The five-song performance features Jack and Meg White performing an array of originals plus one cover, including “Blue Orchard” which is found on Greatest Hits. Along with the performance, the 20-minute video contains never-before-seen B-roll footage of the session. This marks the first time that the entire performance has been made available in full.
The session was recorded alongside From The Basement co-creator/producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) and Grammy-winning video director Sophie Muller (The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, The Kills, Gwen Stefani & No Doubt).
“The dream of From The Basement is to capture great performances with the most direct and beautiful coverage possible, both sonically and visually,” Godrich said in a press release. “We were so fortunate early on to have the support of Jack and Meg who instinctively understood the concept of the show and so came to be part of it. As a result, we have this amazing snapshot of their fantastic energy and style. It’s an intimate and direct performance, something magic, powerful and special. A day I will not forget.”
The White Stripes’ From The Basement session focuses mostly on the band’s then-recent 2005 album, Get Behind Me Satan. The set hosts performances of “Blue Orchid”, “Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)”, “As Ugly As I Seem”, “Little Ghost”, and “Red Rain”. The duo deviates from Get Behind Me Satan with a well-placed cover of Captain Beefheart‘s “Party Of Special Things To Do”, a song they released in 2000 as a 7″ single.
“It was beautifully filmed and the sound quality makes a performance on a regular TV show sound like a wax cylinder recording,” Jack White said. “No host. Thank God.”
Watch The White Stripes’ 2005 performance on the 2007 pilot episode of From The Basement.
The White Stripes – From The Basement
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