Over the past 5 years, Third Man Records has brought to life many ideas that are 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 Whiteâ€™s Lazaretto, we were keenly aware of what it would take to produce a piece of wax worthy of the music it would containâ€¦ No single innovation would suffice. We needed to go big. We needed to go bold. We needed to press an ULTRA LP.
- 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 inside out
- Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for â€śJust One Drinkâ€ť 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
- Zero compression used in the mastering
- Different running order from the CD/digital version
- LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version
Watch masterminds Jack White and Ben Blackwell discuss and demonstrate the ULTRA LP features:
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Vault members neednâ€™t worry â€“ the Vault version and the standard version of Lazaretto both contain all ULTRA LP features. The LP will come with an MP3 download card. Pre-order begins today. Lazaretto will be officially released June 10th.