Published Mar 28, 2012Thanks to Jack White's impending solo album and tour, it's been a little while since the busy Third Man Records boss unveiled a crazy new vinyl invention. You know, like triple decker records, seven-inches with rose petals inside, or LPs with hidden tracks on the inner label. Well, here's your latest vinyl curio from Third Man: a 3 RPM record.
This definitely seems like a major pain to play on a standard turntable, and we can't imagine how bad the sound quality must be if you do figure out how to play it, but still -- this is pretty damn cool. The records were given away at Third Man's recent three-year anniversary party.
So what's on the slab of wax? It has the self explanatory title of The First Three Years of Blue Series Singles on One LP at 3 RPM. Contributors to the label's Blue Series have include Insane Clown Posse, Black Milk, Stephen Colbert, Tom Jones, John C. Reilly, Laura Marling and JEFF the Brotherhood, among others.
Third Man's website describes the crazy product like this:
The world's first 3 RPM record is a study in contradictions -- it's cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you've ever heard. It's a compilation of 7 inch records but it's packaged like a 12 inch. But the 12 inch sleeve is made like our 7 inch sleeve (as it is one continues piece of paper folded in half and put into an acetate sleeve). A bit like a snake eating its own tail. It comes with three bumper stickers yet there is no bumper. We gave it away for free yet given what it has fetched on eBay it is proving to be fairly valuable. It's easy to play but impossible to hear. You put your finger on it to slow it down, but this is no easy task (as evidenced by these youtube videos) and we estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3rpm for X hours and X minutes.
From what we can tell, the label has no plans to release the compilation commercially. Watch someone attempt to play the record below.