The Ultra LP is the world’s first three-speed record
Jack White has been a long-time advocate of vinyl and there’s no doubt he’s attempted several firsts over the years. His latest disc, Lazaretto, dropping June 10th on his Third Man Records, will contain a variety of hidden gems within the vinyl disc itself in what White calls the Ultra LP.
The vinyl will be pressed on 180-gram material and use a flat-edged format that is rarely used on vinyl. It will feature two vinyl-only hidden tracks beneath the center label on both sides. It may also be the world’s first three-speed record as one hidden track plays at 78 RPM and one plays at 45 RPM with the main album playing at 33 1/3. Also, Side A plays from the inside out with both sides ending with locked grooves that repeat endlessly.
The disc also features dual-groove technology on the opening track of Side B, “Just One Drink,” where it will play an electric or acoustic intro, depending on where needle is dropped, and then converge into one grove for the remainder of the track.
There will be a matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an unplayed 78 RPM record, while the dead wax area of Side A features a first ever hand-etched hologram during playback. The hologram of angels was etched by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Services.
The LP utilizes different mixes and was mastered tape-to-tape without any compression. It will also feature a different running order than its CD and digital counterparts.
Both the standard version and Third Man Records Vault version will contain the Ultra LP features as well as an MP3 download card.
Watch masterminds Jack White and Ben Blackwell discuss and demonstrate the Ultra LP features in this video.
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