Jack White Makes History With World's Fastest Released Record

The singer also debuts new material during day of festivities at Third Man Records in Nashville.

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Jack White made history yesterday by producing the world's fastest released record during a day of festivities to mark Record Store Day at his Third Man studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

As NME reports, at 10am on Saturday (April 19), the singer took to the stage in the Blue Room of his studio to record a limited edition direct-to-acetate single. The room is the only live venue in the world where artists can record live shows straight to vinyl. The masters were then rushed over to United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, which began pressing the 45s before they were delivered back to hundreds of fans queuing outside Third Man, some of whom had queued all night to be there.

At the morning gig, White walked onto stage flanked by two men in helmets dressed like characters from 1970s cop programme "CHiPS" for the intimate studio show, tickets for which had sold out in 23 seconds. He began with the title track and first single from his forthcoming second solo album "Lazaretto," the A-Side to the Record Store Day single. He then recorded a cover of Elvis Presley's "The Power of My Love" for the B-Side.

During the performance, a screen to the right of the stage showed a close up of the acetate template for the record being produced before an announcement declared that "the records have left the building!"

"Originally, we were gonna play these two tracks then go back to sleep," White told the crowd. "But we thought you'd like it if we played a couple more."

He then launched into the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" before heading straight into "Freedom at 21" and "Three Women" – two tracks from his 2012 debut solo album "Blunderbuss." He then picked up an acoustic guitar for more solo tracks – "Weep Themselves to Sleep" and "Love Interruption." A rendition of the White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" saw the crowd sing all the vocals as White jammed along.

"We're gonna try a new song," he then told the audience, before premiering honky tonk rock track "Just One Drink." White Stripes track "Hotel Yorba" was followed by another new track, "Would You Fight for My Love" - a brooding number about a relationship breakdown, which culminates in White shrieking "I want you to fight for my love."

After the show, White then rushed off to the United Record Pressing to oversee the pressing process as more fans queued outside to get a copy in the sunshine.

Some 3 hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds later, White returned in a black car flanked by the two men on motorbikes dressed as police officers to sell the first copy of the 7" on the specially constructed stall outside the Third Man shop. The first customers were Whirlwind Heat – who then went inside to play their first gig in eight years in the Blue Room for a one-off reunion to mark the re-issue of their 2003 LP "Do Rabbits Wonder?"

"I woke up at about 4 in the morning last night, and I thought, 'Wow. I think there's about 12 or 13 things that could really go wrong tomorrow,'" he told a press conference. "I just thought how difficult it would be to explain to people if we didn't pull it off, so thank God we did.

"When you just go gangbusters and attack something, it just seems to work out. All the molecules line up or something," he added.

Speaking about Record Store Day generally, he said: "It's bigger than ever. Every neighbourhood wants to have one [an independent record store] and the thousands of people you see here at Third Man and Grimeys and record stores all around Nashville even – you can see how popular and important that is to people."

Jack White played:

The Power of My Love
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Freedom at 21
Three Women
Weep Themselves to Sleep / Love Interruption
Ball and Biscuit
Just One DrinkHotel YorbaWould You Fight for My Love

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    This is great, unfortunately in Australia it's almost impossible to try and find this because it's hard for more stores to ship in stuff from overseas and this in particular wasn't even recorded when it was record store day in Australian time.
    When was there a song called Three Women on Blunderbuss?
    Nope, article got it wrong; I was there. He did not play Ball and Biscuit either, it was Hello Operator. Also, the first song he played was High Ball Stepper.
    i think NOFX did it faster, twice
    Plenty of artists have released music faster. Hell, there are plenty of shows tht let you buy a copy of the show you just attended on CD or flash drive on your way out the door. This is the record for the fastest VINYL release.
    i wonder if it also broke records as the fastest bought by "fans" that don't even listen to his music and put up on Ebay?
    Impressive. His record time record is probably equally as shitty as anything else that he is associated with. Congrats!
    Jack White sucks. I make better music dropping dishes on the floor.
    how many albums have you sold again?
    I love Jack White but when are people going to realize that that's a shitty argument?
    Thank you. I don't understand why people have ever used that argument. As far as I'm concerned, you've lost the debate as soon as you even imply that album sales are indicative of music quality. You make that statement and you lose. Done. You have nothing left. See yourself out.
    I respect Jack White, but I just don't like his music. It is just too unoriginal for me, riffs we've heard a thousand times since the decades of classic rock. But he seems to really care about the music and loves what he does instead of the money so I can respect that.
    Stupid argument, I love Jack to bits, but that argument is ****ing stupid, you're saying that Justin Bieber is an amazing artist since he has sold millions upon millions of records with that argument
    I didn't intend it to come across as record sales=ability as a musician. but "I make better music dropping dishes on the floor." is an absurd argument
    "I make better music dropping dishes on the floor" isn't an argument, they were simply using a hypothetical scenario to express their own distaste towards the artist.
    An argument has at least one premise and a resulting conclusion. He did not make an argument. He stated an opinion. Even if it were an argument, you can't meaningfully respond to a dumb argument by making an even dumber argument. Except of course with a counter example. For example, in the case of your argument, which can be stated as, "1. Jack White has sold more albums than FroznFlames, and 2. An artist who sells more records makes better music, therefore 3. Jack White makes better music than FroznFlame," I can respond with the counterexample of "1. Justin Beiber has sold more records than Jack White, and 2. An artist who sells more records makes better music, therefore 3. Justin Beiber makes better music than Jack White," which highlights how incorrect your argument is. Isn't logic fun? (Well, no, I guess it's not, but we should all know the basics anyway before we're allowed to speak on the internet.)
    Opinion or argument it doesn't matter, what they both said was stupid
    I don't disagree. I'm just addressing somebody that doesn't know the difference between an opinion and an argument. Internet users (and people in general of course) tend to not understand the first thing about logic despite being overly quick to argue and fail at using it, so I'm spreading some knowledge. :/
    I don't like jack white based completely on the fact that he once said "stevie ray vaughan ain't no big thing" or something like that! That's funny, because I'm pretty sure SRV could play better with his eyes closed and his guitar behind his back than jack white could ever dream of playing.
    Congrats Jack White, you're the best at something that isn't making music. Now you should try to make good music.
    Eh, I've always liked this guy ever since he was in the White Stripes but I feel like he never plays to his full potential and over emphasizes the simplicity of blues/garage rock. I know the genre has worked really well for him and his songs sound good, but I'd rather see him branch out and try something new and more complex. This 'fastest record ever released' business sounds like it could mean more stripped down songs and easy to write hits. To each his own, Lazaretto might end up being great.
    "rather see him branch out and try something new and more complex." This is what all the shredders on this site say. Music doesn't have to be complex to be good.
    He's done plenty of other projects where he does other styles, I've seen him play and sing some pretty complex stuff on piano that definitely wasn't bluesy garage rock