White Stripes Get Classical

Published: 2006-10-06
A new album of White Stripes music is set to be released in November but instead of guitars and drums, the rock duo's songs will get an orchestra.

Recorded at London's Intimate Studios between August 2005 and February 2006, Aluminum features 10 White Stripes songs that have been made into avant-garde orchestral tracks. A special orchestra, made up of the best UK musicians, was assembled for the project.

XL Recordings founder Richard Russell co-produced the album with composer Jody Talbot. The album will be available through the Aluminum website on Nov. 6 "as a numbered limited edition of 3,333 CDs and 999 LPs," according to the project's official MySpace. Artist Rob Jones, who has previously collaborated with the White Stripes, created prints that will come with the CD and LP. Downloads will come with an electronic booklet.

Choreographer Wayne McGregor has chosen tracks from the album to accompany a new ballet he is working on for the Royal Ballet. The ballet will be performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden this November.

Here are the 10 tracks appearing on Aluminum:

I'm Bound To Pack It Up
Why Cant You Be Nicer To Me?
Never Far Away
Little Bird
Lets Build A Home
Who's A Big Baby?
The Hardest Button To Button
Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)

Writer: Meghan Wubs



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