Jack White’s sophomore solo album, Lazaretto, debuts at #1 on the U.S. album chart this week. The album is White’s second #1 debut, selling 137,732 copies in the first week, surpassing that of White’s solo debut, 2012’s Blunderbuss, which also debuted at #1.
Additionally, the vinyl version has broken the record for the highest first-week vinyl sales in the Soundscan era with over 40,000 copies being sold.
Lazaretto also debuted at #1 in Canada and Denmark which the Los Angeles Times claims is “easily the best rock album so far this year.”
White dubbed the vinyl version of Lazaretto an Ultra LP for its first one-of-a-kind features such as being the first three-speed record with two vinyl only hidden tracks beneath the center label on both sides with one playing at 78 RPM and one at 45 RPM while the main album plays at 33 1/3 RPM. Side A plays from the inside out with both sides ending in locked grooves that play endlessly.
The disc also features dual-groove technology on the opening track of Side B, “Just One Drink,” where it plays an electric or acoustic intro, depending on where needle is dropped, and then converge into one grove for the remainder of the track.
Side B features a matte finish, giving the appearance of an unplayed 78 RPM record, while the dead wax area of Side A features a first ever hand-etched hologram of angels during playback.
Finally, the LP utilizes different mixes and was mastered tape-to-tape without any compression, and feature a different running order than its CD and digital counterparts.
This isn’t the first record White has broken this year for his vinyl releases. On Record Store Day in April, White broke the record for the fastest studio to store single in history known as the “World’s Fastest Released Record” at his Third Man Records in Nashville. White took the stage of Third Man’s Blue Room and recorded a direct-to-acetate live mono version of the single “Lazaretto” and b-side cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power Of My Love,” and then had the masters immediately driven across town to United Record Pressing where they pressed the tracks on a special edition 7″ with printed artwork from photos taken during the show in a record 3 hours 55 minutes and 21 seconds from recording to sale back at Third Man for hundreds of awaiting fans.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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