Jack White - Lazaretto - Ultra Edition - 2014 Indie Blues Rock Etched 180 Grm LP

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Jack White - Lazaretto

Label: Third Man Records
Cat#: TMR-271
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 45 RPM, 78 RPM, Etched, Ultra LP
Country: US
2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels.
1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record.
Side A plays from the inside out.
Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song.
Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record.
Both sides end with locked grooves.
Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format.
Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record.
Zero compression used in the mastering.
There is a different running order from the CD/digital version.
The LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version.
Released: 10 Jun 2014
Genre: Rock
Style: Alternative Rock, Blues Rock, Country Rock


A1 Three Women
A2 Lazaretto
A3 Temporary Ground
A4 Would You Fight For My Love?
A5 High Ball Stepper
A6 Untitled

B1a Just One Drink (Electric Intro)
B1b Just One Drink (Acoustic Intro)
B2 Alone In My Home
B3 That Black Bat Licorice
B4 Entitlement
B5 I Think I Found The Culprit
B6 Want And Able
B7 Untitled

Copyright (c) – Third Face, LLC
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Third Man Records, LLC
Manufactured By – United Record Pressing


Design, Layout – Ryon Nishimori
Edited By – Lars Fox
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Joshua V. Smith
Photography By – Mary Ellen Matthews
Photography By [Additional] – Lewis Hine
Producer, Written By, Mixed By, Design, Layout – Jack White
Recorded By – Joshua V. Smith, Vance Powell
Recorded By [Assisted By] – Mindy Watts

Tracks A1-A5 and B1-B6 are listed continuously from 1 to 11 and play at 33 1/3 RPM. Tracks A6 and B7 are untitled, hidden tracks printed on the A (Runs At 78 RPM) and B-side (Runs At 45 RPM) labels, respectively.

Information about this release:

Great Jack White's solo album! Much more eclectic, retro than first album. Sometimes sounds like old Dixieland band and Led Zeppelin.
Excellent artwork... I love sounds of strings and woman's chorus.
And White`s guitar still sounds crazy.

Once again Jack White, lover of blues, funk, soul, and good old fashioned rock and roll, has dipped into his bag of inventiveness and has created an album more eclectic than his 2012 release "Blunderbuss." It's taken him a year and a half to make it, and if the rumors are true it is said he destroyed the original versions and started from scratch.

In interviews he has said the lyrics were inspired by old stories and writings from his 13 year old self. He said some of it was laughable, but I listened, because... it's who he is and not what he does, at least not that much. He's a truly independent artist, and rarely asks for anyone's help, unless he's recording in digital, which is NOT what he does. You DO know Jack records strictly in analog (on two old 8-track recorders), because "it just sounds more real."

Here's my 30 second gut review of each song - the album is only 39 minutes long...

01 - Three Women - 1972 called but is FINE with you re-creating their sound, fuzzy guitars and dirty soul organ grinding and all, about his love for the number one subject of every rock and roll teen boy playing his guitar - times three!

02 - Lazaretto - I like this song, not just because it's an instant guitar player's classic, but the music and lyrics are top notch and reminds us why we like Jack and his unique sound - he's everywhere on this single and it shows. From Catholic rites to Jack Chick religious tracts and several philosophers, he circles the globe in your mind.

03 - Temporary Ground - this duet with Nashville artist Lillie Mae Rische (who also play a little fiddle) takes you on a ride around the block to the country side of his world, and it's it's pretty good.

04 - Would You Fight For My Love - channeling his best Neil Young, he weaves a wonderful tale of love - and asking her to fight for it. Guitars play out his pain in this wonderful low-key stunner.

05 - High Stepper Ball - this song - an amazing bit of instrumental riffing - was our first taste of the album to come, and I have to say it again - the grinding guitars are amazing. I really do dare anyone around his age to create this kind of virtuosity and sell it like only Jack can.

06 - Just One Drink - this reminds me so much of some 1973 Rolling Stones stuff, a lost track from the "Exile on Main Street" sessions. Simply great.

07 - Alone In My Home - (the beginning sounded so familiar, then it caught me - "Romeo's Tune" by Steve Forbert, 1979. 1979???) Another duet with Rische, and you can feel the wonderful analog-ness along with the great lyrics. He's almost daring the listener to understand him as he fades away...

08 - That Black Licorice Bat - vocalist Ruby Amanfu (from his all-female backup band The Peacocks) helps through his vocal attack on this hands-down rocker, and Jack has stated as much on NPR that it was "I really put in the album of my own personality".

09 - Entitlement - his deep Catholic background is present here, a song about paying Caesar what is due, paying pennance, apathy, and "being tired of being told what to do." It's like a really really ironic country-rock version of "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against The Machine. Strange, but very truthful. Will the message get through?

10 - I Think I Found The Culprit - with the six-string of Dean Fertita present and almost dominating the song, Jack takes us once again into his flighty world as his mirror is reflected towards his overall self - and the guilt that he's taking away by looking too long. Are the "birds of a feather" lyrics refrencing himself? Only the piano knows.

11 - Want And Able - Speaking of birds... this song is a complete Jack White production, dubbing and singing and all of it. This is part two of a "song trilogy," part one being the song "Effect and Cause" from his 2007 White Stripes album "Icky Thump." From the lyrics, it's biblical in tone, being this time the forces of good and bad at war with even themselves, represented by Cain and Able... I mean, Want and Able. It plays like a light bit of fluff, but the odd serousness and playfulness only shows Jack refusing to submit to his demons or his needs or happiness.

Jack White's Ultra LP is Full of Firsts

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Jack White - Lazaretto at Glastonbury 2014

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Jack White - High Ball Stepper

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Jack White - Just One Drink

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More Information
Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Third Man Records
Artist Jack White
Color Black