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About Third Man Records Vault
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.
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Third Man Records Vault #35 Review
Vault package #35 is all about Jack White’s wild new album Boarding House Reach! The vault edition of the album includes an exclusive, special edition vinyl with a special edition cover, distinguishing it completely from every other edition of the album. The 7” comes packaged in the LP jacket, and the bonus goodies were packaged in a padded envelope to keep everything safe in shipping. Let’s get into it!
They include a card every month detailing all the items.
The Vault edition of Boarding House Reach is absolutely gorgeous and is the only variant version being made available. The jacket has holographic foil all over the front and back, and the insert with the lyrics is only available in this version of the LP. The vinyl itself is a heavyweight 180-gram and is pressed by the Third Man plant in Detroit. That covers the physical, but what about the music? In my opinion, this is White’s most ambitious project to date. It’s weird but good, and it’s very interesting. It doesn’t contain the hooks and radio-friendly jams of his past two solo albums, but I think long-time Jack White fans will still enjoy it. All of Jack’s eccentricities and talent are swirled up in these 13 tracks, featuring 24 session musicians throughout.
Included within the LP jacket is this 7” featuring 2 demos, also an exclusive item only available in this vault. The 7” is the standard Third Man jukebox style with the wide center hole, and comes in a standard Third Man style sleeve. The vinyl itself is a translucent blue and black swirl. It’s always awesome to hear the early versions of songs. You can really hear what the artist wanted out of the song when you can compare the demo to the final track.
One of the bonus items this month is a set of three photos from the recording sessions for Boarding House Reach. The photos were taken by David Swanson, whose work has been featured in past vaults, and shows Jack and some of the other session musicians inside and outside the two studios where the album was recorded: Sear Sound in New York and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.
The next bonus item is this set of foil-stamped broadsides featuring lyrics from three songs on the album. Broadsides was a new term to me but seem fitting for a bit of Jack White ephemera:
Historically, broadsides were used as posters, announcing events or proclamations, commentary in the form of ballads, or simply advertisements.
The prints are perfect for framing, and the papers have a bright sheen to them in the right light.
Finally this month, we get the 2018 Third Man Challenge Coin! There was no description of the challenge coin in last year’s vault, so it’s cool to learn that it grants the holder a 10% discount at the physical Third Man stores in Nashville and Detroit. It also doubles as a 45 adapter, perfect for the 7” in this vault.
Verdict: The 35th Third Man Records Vault was excellent. As someone who was anxiously awaiting Jack White’s new album, I had a feeling the vault would contain Boarding House Reach and I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how exclusive every part of the LP was. Check out all the past Vault releases to get a sense of what you could expect for future releases!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but order by today, 4/30 to receive Vault 36.
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