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White Stripes Reissuing Captain Beefheart Covers


The White Stripes will pay homage to Captain Beefheart, who died in December, by rereleasing their 2001 covers of ‘Party of Special Things to Do,’ ‘China Pig’ and ‘Ashtray Heart,’ which were originally recorded for Sub Pop’s Singles Club. Jack White’s Third Man Records made the announcement Monday that the single — replete with new artwork — will be part of its First Quarter Vault Package.

“As a tribute to two folks near and dear to our hearts who passed away this past year, Don Van Vliet and Sub Pop Vice President of Sales and Marketing Andy Kotowitz, we are ecstatic to announce the reissue of the White Stripes 7-inch,” the label wrote on its official website. The new incarnation will be released on tri-color vinyl.

In addition to these new collector’s items, which will only be available bundled with a double LP of 2010’s Third Man singles and a new 7-inch by the 5.6.7.8’s, there are plans for Sub Pop to digitally release the audio at some point in the future.

The 5.6.7.8’s single features, at Jack White’s special request, the track ‘I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield’ with a medley of Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire’ and Tommy James and the Shondells’ ‘Hanky Panky.’ Both of these tracks, which were recorded at Third Man Studios, include guest guitar work by White.