The White Stripes captured at their most uncompromising, uncommercial best, performing to an enthusiastic audience as part of BBC Radio 1's 'Big Weekend' back in 2003.
Jack's on blistering form and manically ploughs through a short but dynamite punk/blues set of the most hyperbolic order.
Boy is he into this; solipsistically doing his thing and having what seems like a whale of a time.
True, they do perform 'the hits', but perform them with such vitriol and gusto you get the impression Jack just wants to get on with reinterpreting Leadbelly and Sophie Tucker numbers.
Although the version here of 'The Hardest Button to Button' is immense; a real freak out: quite superb and well worth the download on its own.
Meg does what Meg does, but even she seems infected by Jack's mania; managing to perform the most animated version of 'In the Cold, Cold Night' I've ever heard.
The briskness of it all (just over twenty minutes in total) adds a great deal to the intensity of this set; they're determined to pack it in, and the way they've decided to do that is by going flat out.
Quite takes your breath away.
White Stripes - Live in Manchester
Originally broadcast as part of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend event, 4th May, 2003.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
I Think I Smell a Rat - Take a Whiff On Me
Blues Jam & Medley
The Hardest Button to Button
Seven Nation Army
In the Cold, Cold Night
Excellent cassette rip @320kbs
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