May 7, 2014
Originally published on FACT.
Probably the most tricked out wax you’ll ever hear.
Jack White’s second solo album is on the way, and the vinyl version of Lazaretto promises endless treats for analogue nerds and simpletons alike.
Let’s get into it: first of all, in addition to the album’s 11 songs, the 180g LP includes two bonus tracks hidden beneath the centre label – one that plays at 45rpm, the other at 78rpm (if you’re lucky enough to have a player that caters for that).
On Side A, the dead wax area contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, unsurprisingly “the first of its kind on a vinyl record”, which looks like an angel spinning and floating above the record (!), while Side B has a matte finish with “the appearance of an un-played 78 rpm record.”
What’s more, while Side B plays from the outside in, Side A plays from the inside out, and both sides end with locked grooves. White reckons it’s the first time a locked groove has been pressed into the outside of a record.
Possibly the coolest thing is that Side B’s first track, ‘Just One Drink’, uses dual-groove technology to play either an electric or acoustic intro depending on where needle is dropped, with the main part of the song remaining the same.
We know the former White Stripe is the king of recording gimmicks, but that is pretty damn cool.
The label notes also point out that “absolutely zero compression” was used during recording, mixing and mastering; the vinyl has a different running order from the CD/digital version; and the LP uses some different mixes to those on the CD/digital version.
Lazaretto is out on June 10.
Watch a video of White explaining some of the LP’s features and check the tracklist below. Meanwhile, find out what happened when White attempted to produce the world’s fastest record for last month’s Record Store Day.
Further more, the Nashville pressing plant (and the biggest in the USA) involved in the expeditious vinyl United Record Pressing yesterday announced it would be expanding operations by a whopping 50%.
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