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Jack White‘s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format.
Still, it appears White has outdone himself with plans for the pressing of his new solo album Lazaretto, which will appear as an ULTRA LP to be released June 10.
Here are some of its unique features:
— 180 gram vinyl
— 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
— 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM and 1 plays at 45 RPM, making this a three-speed record
— Side A plays from the outside in
— Dual-groove technology plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
— Matte finish on side B, giving the appearance of an unplayed 78 RPM record
— Both sides end with locked grooves
— Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
–Dead wax area on side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
— Absolutely zero compression used during recording, mixing and mastering
— Different running order from the CD and digital versions
— Utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital versions
Watch masterminds Jack White and Ben Blackwell discuss and demonstrate the ULTRA LP features in the video below.
Both the Lazaretto ULTRA LP and the Vault version of the Lazaretto LP contain all ULTRA LP features. Each will also come with an MP3 download card. Pre-orders for the Lazaretto ULTRA LP begin today. Lazaretto will be officially released June 10 on Third Man Records/Columbia.
Jack White will also be hitting the road this summer for a slew of tour dates across North America and Europe, starting May 29 in Tulsa, Okla., and including the Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Open’er, Forecastle, Osheaga and Sonic Boom Music Festivals.