ALUMINIUM is an album of avant-garde orchestral recordings consisting of past music written by Jack White. The project was conceived by, and later brought to the attention of Jack, by Richard Russell who is the founder of XL Recordings. Richard Russell co-produced the album with the renowned composer and arranger Joby Talbot. It was recorded between August 2005 and February 2006 at Intimate Studios in Wapping (London), using a specially assembled orchestra comprising many of the UK's finest young classical musicians.
The album will be available exclusively through the Aluminium website as a numbered limited edition of 3,333 CDs and 999 LPs. The download format will not be limited, and will come with an electronic booklet. The album will be available for pre-order on November 6th, 2006.
Artist Rob Jones, known for designing many posters for both The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, created a series of 10 images to accompany the album. These images will be printed up as cards and packaged with both the CD and LP formats. In addition to this, the LP format will include a section of an original Rob Jones silk screen print.
The images are available to view on the Aluminium MySpace page, and as part of a wider Rob Jones exhibition which is currently showing at the Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester, England.
Upon hearing Aluminium, choreographer Wayne McGregor included tracks from the album in a new piece that he is putting together for the Royal Ballet. The piece will be performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden this November.
I'm Bound To Pack It Up
Why Can't You Be Nicer To Me?
Never Far Away
Let's Build A Home
Who's A Big Baby?
The Hardest Button To Button
Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
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