As if cutting the world’s fastest record, Lazaretto, wasn’t badass enough, former White Stripes member Jack White decides to take it to the next level (or, the highest level of all) by creating the vinyl record that every record collector dreams of.
This is Jack’s latest album, Lazaretto. It’s a vinyl record that looks like any other run-of-the-mill record. Right? Wrong.
Here are 7 mind-blowing facts about the ULTRA LP that’s a testament to the genius of Jack White:
1. Side A begins from the inside of the vinyl. This means the last song will be placed at the outermost edge of the record, which ends with a locked groove as well. So, when the needle reaches the end, it’ll be stuck on the last groove, playing it repeatedly.
While some records have already been made to play from the inside out, creating a locked groove at the outer edge is a first.
2. There’s a hidden song under the vinyl label. In fact, two hidden songs, considering both Side A and Side B. Just drop the needle on the edge of the label and drop your jaws to the vinyl-exclusive tracks.
3. Lazaretto plays at three different speeds. Side A’s under label groove plays at 78 RPM, while Side B’s play at 45 RPM. The rest of the record plays normally at 33 RPM. All in all, it takes a special three-speed turntable to enjoy the wholeness of this record.
4. Side B begins from the outside, as normal, but has two introductions. It has two grooves placed side by side at the beginning—one’s the electronic version of Just One Drink, and the other’s the acoustic version.
The dual-groove meets halfway to merge into one groove and one song. Are you thinking how badass Lazaretto is already? The best is yet to come.
5. Guess what the locked groove on Side B plays? Crows—birds of mystique that pretty much mirrors the obscurant nature of Jack White.
6. Side A boasts a typical glossy finish, while Side B sports a matte, flat finish. Again, something that’s never been done before.
7. Saving the best for last: Lazaretto creates a floating hologram when spinning. Did I just say “hologram” you ask? Yes, I did, without a letter of typo.
Hand-etched by artist Tristan Duke, Side A features a hologram of two miniature angels spinning opposite each other on the inner circle of the record, i.e. the dead wax area. The first-ever hologram on a vinyl, Jack White makes history yet again.
Witness the badassery explained by Jack himself here (skip to 6:25 for the hologram):