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Third Man Records Vault #30 Subscription Review

Andy
ByAndyJan 23, 2017 | 11 comments

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Third Man Records' Vault delivers an exclusive 12" and 7" vinyl + a bonus item every quarter. On top of that, there a lot of other perks including live streams of events, pre-sale opportunities, shop access, and chat room access with Jack White and Third Man Employees.

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My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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The Subscription Box: Third Man Records Vault

The Cost: $60 per quarter (There's a $20 option as well, but that doesn't include the 12" vinyl record)

The Products: A quarterly Vault package which includes a 12” record, a 7” record, and a bonus item.

Ships to: Worldwide!

Check out all of our Third Man Records Vault reviews and the Vinyl Subscription Boxes in the Subscription Box List. Rate, review, and follow this subscription on the Third Man Records Vault profile page.

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Before we even get into the review, I have to commend Third Man on their thoughtful packaging for these vault packages! They really take great care to make sure all the contents arrive in pristine condition.

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Vault package #30 features 2 LPs, a 7”, a poster and a pennant. This package spans across several of Jack White’s musical endeavors. This is also the first time ever that they included 2 LPs!

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They include an info card detailing the story behind each of the items.

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Live at Disgraceland: From Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown LP

The first LP (still stoked that there were 2 in this shipment!) features the full live sets from The Dead Weather, The Kills and William Tyler from the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown wrap party.

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This LP introduced me to William Tyler, who I have been obsessed with now for a few weeks!

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This is a really beautiful piece of vinyl and it’s housed in a beefy sleeve, making it feel very special. The songs on here are fantastic and well-recorded of course.. this is Third Man Records after all.

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The Raconteurs - Live at Irving Plaza April 7, 2006 LP

Next up we have the first ever U.S. show from Jack White’s band The Raconteurs, recorded in April 2006 in NYC. The LP is housed in a gatefold that features artwork inspired by the original show poster, and an incredible x-ray image of Teddy Roosevelt taken after he was shot while campaigning in 1912.

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Everything about this LP feels special. Heavy duty packaging, beautifully colored vinyl, and of course this perfect show featuring a dozen boisterous tracks from The Raconteurs.

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To go along with the LP, Third Man also includes a small version of the poster that advertised the concert in New York, and later went on to inspire the artwork for this LP release.

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Jack White/The White Stripes "Love Is The Truth" & "City Lights"

The final piece of vinyl in this box is the Love Is The Truth/City Lights 7”. Love Is The Truth was originally written for a Coca-Cola ad that aired once, in Japan, and was never available anywhere. City Lights is the only brand new track from Jack White’s recent Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 compendium. 

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Both are amazing, but I think City Lights takes the true A-side. For me at least.

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Third Man Records Pennant

The final item in the vault is this awesome silkscreened Third Man Records pennant, featuring a triple-cobra design that is reminiscent of a 45 adapter. This is going to look awesome on the wall next to the turntable.

Verdict: What an incredible Third Man Records Vault. I’ve been listening to the B-side of the Disgraceland LP almost every night, and I feel like the other two records will be in heavy rotation for a while. Yes, it’s a little expensive, but I think the value is 100% there. There’s a huge resale market for these items too, because of their extreme rarity. This would make an awesome gift or just a nice indulgence for any vinyl collector out there. Check out all the past Vault releases to get a sense of what you could expect for future releases!

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Andy
Andy
Andy is a professional photographer and a vinyl record collector. He loves coffee, gin, craft beer, and playing disc golf. Getting mail is one of his favorite things and he buys a new record every week but tells his wife it's much less often.

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11 comments

Michelle

Was Teddy Roosevelt a vampire?? That picture has to be doctored, doesn’t t?

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Andy

Oh yeah, it’s definitely doctored. I tried to find more info on it but I think the artist who designed the Raconteurs poster took some liberties! Here’s the original (I think): http://bit.ly/2kprsWq – Links to image on NPS.gov

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Utena

Wow! What a box! I love the vinyl boxes and this one is amazing! Must look into subscribing to them.

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Andy

I can’t recommend it enough. The value is great and the content is stellar.

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Amanda

This review is fantastic and those records are beautiful!

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Andy

Thanks! I agree, I love a good hazy color in clear vinyl. The white slipmat really makes the colors pop! Plus such thoughtful curation to have everything match.

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mandi

I’m so jealous! I really wanted that Kills live at Alison Mosshart’s house, they looked so amazing on Anthony Bourdain. I guess I forgot to sign up again during the Holidays. 🙁

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Andy

Ahhh, I am just reading that her home is called Disgraceland, which finally brings it all together for me. Thanks for the tip! I couldn’t find much info on where these recordings happened when I was writing the review, but after your comment I did find this: http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/09/watch-the-dead-weather-play-a-private-house-party-catered-by-anthony-bourdain/

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Mandi

You should look for the episode of Parts Unknown, it aired in the fall. Anthony Bourdain tours Third Man Records and they film The Kills and The Dead Weather performing at the house party. Jack White is there, but the ep really centers around Alison and other TMR artists.

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Mallory

I ADORE Jack White, especially The Raconteurs. One of my favorite songs is “Hands” 🙂

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Andy

Yeah! Hands is a great song, and the version on here is awesome

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