Jack White announces “Ultra” version of Lazaretto, and it’s ridiculous


    It may be hard to believe, but Jack White has something unique planned for the vinyl release of Lazaretto. The man who previously released a single via 1,000 helium balloonsinvented the triple decker vinyl record, and recorded, pressed, and released a song all in one day has pulled out all the stops for the “Ultra” 12-inch vinyl edition of his sophomore LP.

    — Side A begins on the inside of the record and plays outward. The outside edge of the record contains a locked groove that plays over and over again. Apparently, this is the first time something like this has ever been done before.

    — There are two vinyl-only songs hidden beneath the center labels.

    — The first song on Side B (“Just One Drink) contains two different intros: an acoustic and electric. Utilizing “double-groove technology”, the two versions eventually come together to become one song.


    — Its the first record to have both a flat and flashy finish. The matte finish on Side B gives the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record.

    — Side A contains a hand-etched hologram of a floating angel.

    — The vinyl contains different mixes of songs than the digital versions, plus different running order. It was mastered without any compression.

    Here’s the hologram looks like:

    Jack White hologram

    Watch Jack offer a guided tour of the record below. Lazaretto arrives officially on June 10th through Third Man Records. Pre-orders are ongoing.

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