Published May 06, 2014Given Jack White's penchant for vinyl curios, it comes as no surprise to learn that the Third Man Records boss will be issuing upcoming solo album, Lazaretto, in a unique "Ultra LP" format. This includes an array of special features ranging from the cool to the downright bizarre.
In addition to the album's 11 songs, the 180-gram LP includes two vinyl-only bonus tracks, which are hidden beneath the centre label. One of these bonus tracks plays at 78 rpm, while the other is at 45 rpm; since the rest of the album plays at a standard 33 1/3 rpm, this means that the record plays at three separate speeds.
What's more, Side A plays from the outside in. The part of the wax not containing any music has what a production description calls "a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record."
Side B, meanwhile, has a matte finish that apparently has "the appearance of an un-played 78 rpm record." The side's opener cut, "Just One Drink," uses dual-groove technology, meaning that it plays either an electric or acoustic intro, depending on where needle is dropped. The body of the song is the same.
Adding to the unique experience, the record has a different running order than the CD and digital versions (see it below), and it uses some different mixes. Both sides end with locked grooves, and the vinyl was "pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format."
Below, watch a nine-minute video about the "Ultra LP" featuring White himself. The record is available to order here.
Ultra LP features:
- 180 gram vinyl
- 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
- 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-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 un-played 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
- LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version
A1. Three Women
A3. Temporary Ground
A4. Would You Fight for My Love?
A5. High Ball Stepper
B1. Just One Drink
B2. Alone in My Home
B3. That Black Bat Licorice
B5. I Think I Found the Culprit
B6. Want and Able