Jack White has done the expected by loading up the vinyl version of his forthcoming Lazaretto album with a ton of unexpected features. Naturally, everyone knew that the man who cut the world's fastest record would give his June 10 set the Third Man Records treatment, but who could have predicted a holographic angel floating above the grooves while the ULTRA edition spins? Or "dual-groove" technology that allows for alternate electric and acoustic intros to the same song?
Yes, as the press release words it, "No single innovation would suffice." There are so many bells and whistles, in fact, that it takes White and TMR's Ben Blackwell nearly 10 minutes to demonstrate all of them in the video above (hologram at 6:25, FYI). We've listed all of the features below, and you can review them while listening to "High Ball Stepper" or "Lazaretto" itself. Pre-order the ULTRA edition here, and review White's tour dates.
- 180 gram vinyl
- two vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
- one hidden track plays at 78 RPM and one plays at 45 RPM, making this a three-speed record
- Side A plays from the inside out
- 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/digital version
- Utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD/digital versions