Wednesday, May 7, 2014

City Slang: Jack White to release “ultra” version of Lazaretto

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

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Third Man Records has revealed plans to release a deluxe “ultra” version of Jack White recent Lazaretto album.

“Over the past five years, Jack White & Third Man Records have brought to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. So when it came time for the creative hive to discuss the vision for the pressing of Jack's Lazaretto, Third Man were keenly aware of what it would take to produce a piece of wax worthy of the music it would contain... No single innovation would suffice. We needed to go big. We needed to go bold. We needed to press an ULTRA LP.

Details are as follows:

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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 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
Utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD/digital versions

Watch White and Ben Blackwell discuss the project here:


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