Published Apr 21, 2014This weekend, Jack White celebrated Record Store Day by setting out to create the "world's fastest released record." This meant recording a live track, pressing it on vinyl and selling it within a day. He accomplished the feat in less than four hours, and the song has subsequently emerged online.
A stopwatch on Third Man's website proudly declares that music went from studio to store in three hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds. The first copies were sold to the members of Whirlwind Heat (whose Do Rabbits Wonder? was reissued by Third Man on RSD). White is claiming that this is the fastest that a vinyl record has ever been made, although we're not sure if Guinness World Records will acknowledge it; he was previously was denied when he tried to claim the world's shortest show.
The record was a live version of "Lazaretto," the title track from his upcoming solo album. It came backed with a cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love." Both of the songs were recorded in front of an audience at 10 a.m. local time at Third Man's facility in Nashville, and then rushed to United Record Pressing to be made into 7-inches.
Below, hear the song (along with an account of the day) from Edmonton's Sonic 102.9. The music starts at around the 7:20 mark in the video, and while it's fairly low quality, it will give you a taste of what the funky rock tune sounds like.
Lazaretto, meanwhile, will be out on June 10 through Third Man Records/Columbia.