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Our White Stripes tribute continues today with a massive live collection. The Stripes were known for their concert presence as much as anything and, with the freedom that only a two-person band can bring, they frequently performed covers both expected (delta blues) and not (Mazzy Star). Some songs appeared frequently over the years, others popped up for one night only. Sometimes they were planned performances, other times Jack White just started singing some lyrics.

Below, we give you a collection of cover songs the band performed on their 2005 Get Behind Me Satan tour. The set was originally compiled by a user over at the Little Room forum and his/her efforts amaze us to this day. Thirty-three songs, all available as MP3 downloads below. The audio quality ranges from pretty-good to fantastic. Download them individually or as a full set.

These exclude the covers played so often they might as well be originals (“Jolene,” “Death Letter”) in favor of surprises and one-offs. In addition to the standard blues excursions, Jack exhibits an unexpected fondness for Broadway musicals, covering songs from The Music Man and Fifty Miles from Boston. Then there’s the seven seconds of “Hollaback Girl,” which speaks for itself.

White Stripes 2005 Cover Collection

Baby Blue (Gene Vincent cover)
Black Jack Davey (Traditional cover)
Boogie Chillen (John Lee Hooker cover)
Cool Drink of Water Blues [snippet] (Tommy Johnson cover)
Five String Serenade (Mazzy Star cover)
Fixin’ to Die Blues (Bob Dylan cover)
Folk Singer (Brendan Benson cover)
Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash cover)
Harrigan [snippet] (George M. Cohan cover)
Hollaback Girl [snippet] (Gwen Stefani cover)
House of the Rising Sun (Traditional cover)
I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine (Patti Page cover)
I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan cover)
If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (Robert Johnson cover)
I’m Sorry (Flat Duo Jets cover)
Jack on Fire (Gun Club cover)
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) [snippet] (Hank Williams cover)
John the Revelator [snippet] (Son House cover)
Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning (Mississippi Fred McDowell cover)
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
Love Sick (Bob Dylan cover)
Man (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
Music Man [snippet] (Meredith Willson cover)
Party of Special Things to Do (Captain Beefheart cover)
Small Faces (Public Nuisance cover)
St. James Infirmary Blues (Joe Primrose cover)
Stones in My Passway (Robert Johnson cover)
Take a Whiff on Me [snippet] (Traditional cover)
Walking with a Ghost (Tegan and Sara cover)
Whispering Sea (Loretta Lynn cover)
You Belong to Me (Pee Wee King/Redd Stewart/Chilton Price cover)
You Can’t Get that Stuff No More (Tampa Red cover)
300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy (Howlin’ Wolf cover)

Download the full set here.

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  1. You need to know that “Five String Serenade” is a song written and performed by the late, great Arthur Lee of Love from his album Once More Again. Mazzy Star covered Arthur Lee and so did the White Stripes, terrible as it is.

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