I am captivated by the inventive genius of Jack White. I am relishing how Jack White and his team at Third Man Records are keeping the fire burning brightly for his recording, Lazaretto. We are five days away from the drop date of June 10th, I love it!
My son sent me the link for the Jack White title track video, “Lazaretto”. It’s invigorating to say the least 😉
Jack White continues to receive strong publicity for his next album, Lazaretto which drops on June 10th. He appears on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine which will be available on newsstands and as a digital magazine for the iPad on Friday May 23rd.
I am interested in gaining an insider’s glimpse into the private world and psyche of one our best innovative, creative music minds. I complement Rolling Stone Magazine’s contributing editor Jonah Weiner for orchestrating what portends to be an illuminating view of Jack White and his world.
For those of you who feel similar I encourage you to read the RS Web article, “Jack White’s Private World: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue”.
Jack White has shared out via SoundCloud and Rolling Stone, “Just One Drink”, the latest preview track from his forthcoming album, Lazaretto.
The composite sketch Lazaretto resonates with a tighter focus now. I read that many of the Lazaretto tracks were recorded during the 2012 Blunderbuss tour. I readily feel how Lazaretto builds upon Blunderbuss.
However I am not pigeonholing Lazaretto as Blunderbuss II. I interpret Lazaretto as a separate drinking fountain that satisfies our musical thirst.
It was reassuring to witness late night television serve as the validation of the Neil Young and Jack White collaboration that I have been very intent upon owning. Jimmy Fallon is devout a fan of music box sets. He has previously hosted a week long series of shows that highlighted the The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street collector’s box set (which I also own). Last night he honored the Neil Young/Jack White collaboration, A Letter Home a forthcoming limited edition box set (May 27th).
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon arranged for delivery and setup of Jack White’s 1947 Voice-O-Graph vinyl recording booth on the NBC Tonight Show stage in New York City. This was a magnanimous gesture that allowed a large viewing and studio audience to witness Neil Young record the hit by Patsy Cline, “Crazy”, a song written by Willie Nelson inside that booth.
My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Setwas first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.
Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.
I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?
I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.
At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded onancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.
What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!
I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.
Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?
I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…
I have been waiting for the Neil Young low-fidelity recording, A Letter Home to become available. I anticipated it would be released on Record Store Day 2014. A Letter Home proved to be a low-key, release with silent fanfare. I did not learn about that the recording was made available at a discreet number of Record Store Day locations until today.
Thankfully I was able to order a vinyl copy on the Third Man Records Store today. I understand that Third Man Records is backlogged on orders but I am a patient soul when it comes to music 🙂
Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s A Letter Home. “An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever…” —Homer Grosvenor
Jack White presents his new album Lazaretto, to be released June 10th on Third Man Records. Lazaretto will inhabit an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012′s gold-certified international #1 Blunderbuss, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” to be released later this month (See Step 3). While we await the début of that first official single, listeners can experience a first taste of new music from the album and watch the video for new instrumental track “High Ball Stepper”.
Step 2: Third Man Records’ Vault Package #20
In celebration of the new album and their 20th Vault package, Third Man has unveiled their most unique Vault package yet.
The LP for Third Man Records’ Vault package #20 will be the ONLY limited version of Lazaretto to be released. Pressed on split-color blue-and-white vinyl and coupled with exclusive album art, this alternate presentation of the album is both insightful and deserving. Also exclusive to the Vault is a fold-out poster accompanying the album, featuring a classic National Archives photo that serves as a recurrent image throughout the album art.
Unlike the lightning bolt and inverted lightning bolt pressings Third Man did for Jack White’s Blunderboss, this alternate art and colored vinyl will be the only time ANY variation on Lazaretto will be made. Once subscriptions are closed and records are pressed… that’s it. Don’t sleep. Get in now or regret it later.
The 7-inch includes two early demos of songs that appear on Lazaretto in their completed form. Both “Alone in My Home” and “Entitlement” are solo recordings by Jack White, done while he was in Mexico. Pressed on lustrous blue vinyl and housed in the standard felt-weave, die-cut Third Man Vault 7-inch sleeve, both tracks offer a unique glimpse into the creative process and evolution of a song from it’s original germination to its final delivery.
The bonus item is a lavish 40-page hard bound companion piece book full of lyrics, exclusive musical notations, photos and art from Lazaretto. This is the perfect accompaniment to the listening experience and insight into both the album creation method and some of the inspiration (visual and otherwise) behind it.
In addition to these items, Vault package #20 will also include a linen, letter-pressed postcard with the same eye-popping color separations as shown in classic chromatic postcards popular in the first half of the 20th century. Stamps not included.
Step 3: Jack White Recording World’s Fastest Released Record
(Exclusive, Unique, Record Store Day 2014 Event At Third Man Records Store in Nashville, Tennessee Only!)
First thing in the morning, Jack White will take the stage in Third Man’s blue room and record direct-to-acetate what will serve as the limited edition version of his next single, a live rendition of the title track from his upcoming LP Lazaretto. The masters will be rushed over to United Record Pressing who will immediately begin pressing 45s. The sleeves will be printed from pictures taken at the show. The finished records will be whisked back to Third Man to sell to awaiting fans. All in the same day. All in a matter of mere hours. As long as there are fans in line waiting to buy the single, United will continue to press and deliver them to Third Man to sell. Even if it takes all day.
In addition, Whirlwind Heat will appear at Third Man to play their first live show since 2006 (and likely their last ever), as their TMR classic Do Rabbits Wonder? LP is reissued on a variety of colored vinyl for Record Store Day.
Tickets for this whole day – “Ultra Tickets” – are extremely limited and will be available exclusively through The Third Man Records Vault to Platinum Members. Ultra Ticket holders will get to watch Jack White live recording his World’s Fastest Record, Whirlwind Heat’s afternoon performance, and will receive copies of both The World’s Fastest Record 7″ and the Whirlwind Heat Record Store Day LP release–all without having to wait in line! Vault Platinum members who are ticket holders need only show up, see Jack White play, hang out for a bit and eat, watch Whirlwind Heat (last show EVER??) and then, as they leave, pick up their bag with both RSD releases. No lines. No stress.
For those who can’t score tickets, The World’s Fastest Record will be made available for sale from the front of Third Man Records as soon as copies are pressed. Anybody who shows up that day during business hours wanting to buy a copy will get one. Third Man promises to deliver until all customers are satisfied (one per customer, obviously!). The World’s Fastest Record will only be available at Third Man Records on Record Store Day. One time only!
The news about Nashville Cats, Jack White and Neil Young is captivating the music of our heart. It made perfect sense when Neil Young validated this week that his new album, A Letter Home will be released on Jack White’s Third Man Records. Jack White and Neil Young share a vital bond for achieving audio excellence and sound preservation. Their music partnership builds upon their mutual respect for quality in sound recording.
Neil Young has been focused on a dedicated mission to deliver us the PONO music system. He wages heavy peace with PONO to provide 100% high-resolution audio for listeners. Neil Young informed us that the SXSW 2014 Music Festival (March 11-16) will serve as the PONO product announcement platform for PONO. SXSW is the ideal spot to hold this historic announcement with its pivotal role in music technology. I am grateful that Neil Young has stayed on target to bring this appealing technology to market. We stand to benefit significantly hearing the totality of sound instead of having it scrunched into a 5% music output form (MP3).
Third Man Records made the decision on Record Store Day (as you may recall Jack White was the 2013 Record Store Day Ambassador) to use the highest quality aluminum substrate lacquers in The Third Man Recording Booth. These blanks offer the best fidelity for cold needle record cutting and can be played dozens and dozens of times without any noticeable audio degradation. They switched to clear vinyl several months ago.
Neil Young recorded in the Third Man Recording Booth that day which started him on the path towards A Letter Home. Here’s a picture of Neil holding his prized record in the sleeve afterwards.
Jack White later recorded “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on Record Store Day. He did the song “so you can hear the warm analog fidelity that radiates out of this booth”.
What transpired during Record Store Day in the Recording Booth probably fueled speculation about Neil and Jack recording “duets” together. 😉
Third Man Recording Booth is a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine that records up to 2 minutes of audio and dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6″ phonograph disc to the user. An arcade staple through the middle of the 20th century and famously used by Martin Sheen’s character in the film Badlands, these “make your own record” booths were popular audio peculiarities that fell out of vogue in the 1960s and 70s. Like the records of old, users of the Third Man Recording Booth are encouraged to mail their recording to a loved one. Third Man even offers custom-printed envelopes and postage stamps to make that happen.
The Third Man Recording Booth is the only machine of its kind in the world that is both working and open to the public. The booth will run on custom Third Man tokens already in use in the Third Man Novelties Lounge.