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The White Stripes: Elephant

The White Stripes: Elephant

Analogue Productions  CAPP 150 SA

Stereo Hybrid

Pop/Rock


The White Stripes


The White Stripes' Elephant

Hybrid Stereo SACD release from Analogue Productions!

Mastered direct to DSD by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound

Plays in all CD and SACD players

Includes 12-page booklet featuring song lyrics and credits

The fourth studio album by the American rock duo the White Stripes was an extraordinary success. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard charts and topped the U.K. Albums Charts. To date it's sold 4 million copies worldwide, achieving platinum-sales certification from the Recording Industry Association of America and 3x platinum from the British Phonographic Industry. It spawned the hit single "Seven Nation Army," the band's signature track that's become a sports anthem, plus the hits "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself," "The Hardest Button to Button" and "There's No Home for You Here." Elephant has received critical acclaim and it's often cited as the White Stripe's best work, including receiving a nomination for Album of the Year and a win for Best Alternative Music Album at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004.

Rolling Stone ranked the album No. 449 on its 2020 list of the 500 Best Albums of All Time. The Stripes, it said, exploded out of Detroit with a minimalist garage-blues attack: just Jack White on guitar and Meg White on drums, taking on the world.

To give Elephant the sonic perfection and signature packaging it deserves, Analogue Productions and Third Man Records have teamed up for the ultimate reissue edition. We present in UHQR format on Clarity Vinyl this rock masterpiece, limited to 10,000 copies. It comes with gold foil numbered jackets, housed in a premium slipcase with a wooden dowel spine.

Jack and Meg insisted they were a brother and sister, even after people learned they were secretly a divorced couple. But against all odds, the low-budget duo became a global sensation for their sheer rock power. Rolling Stone says Elephant "seethes with raw desperation and lust" in "Seven Nation Army," "Hypnotize," and "The Hardest Button to Button." Jack plays guitar hero in the seven-minute jam "Ball and Biscuit."

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Comment by Downunderman - November 26, 2023 (1 of 1)

Now you can listen to this album as the artist originally recorded it - on an eight-track reel-to-reel in the UK. The mixing also being analogue.

Something of a rescue remaster and the sound of the album has changed (for the better) a lot. It now sounds like the gear it was recorded on and has a very organic analogue sound.

When first released on CD back in 2003 it had an average DR reading of 9. This SACD has an average DR of 12.

So, we are looking at a pretty flat transfer here and there does not appear to be any tinkering or cleaning up of the sound. It sounds murky and sludgy, with a much bigger bottom end.

It now rewards being turned way up and there is not the listener fatigue that I have previously experienced with the CD. So much so that I had to double check that the album really was 50 minutes long.

Enjoy!

Nb. This release is the first that I am aware of that Analogue Productions have included SPARS Codes on, something that they look to be continuing for the Atlantic 75th Anniversary series. For this release we have "CD Layer/AAD . SACD Layer AADSD".