Jack White records and releases a record in one day

Jack White performing with his band in Third Man Records'

Jack White performing with his band in Third Man Records' "Blue Room" on Record Store Day. (Courtesy Third Man Records)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

NASHVILLE - “The records have left the building.”

Jack White, the 38-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist, summed it up best to a small live audience after recording the “world’s fastest record” on Saturday at his Third Man Records compound.

The idea was to record a song at 10 a.m. - in this case the title track from his upcoming new solo album, Lazaretto (due June 10) plus a B-side of Elvis Presley’s The Power Of My Love - and release it for sale hours later as a freshly pressed $30 seven inch vinyl at a booth on the grounds outside the shop as part of Record Store Day.

At just under four hours, White had recorded his special Record Store Day album and had begun to sell them to his army of fans.

“I woke up at about four in the morning (Friday) night and thought, ‘Wow, I think there’s about 12 or 13 things that could really go really go wrong on (Saturday) and I’m not going to look good,’” he said with a chuckle at a press conference.

“I just thought how difficult it’d be to explain to people if we didn’t pull it off so thank God we did," White admitted. "When you just sort of go gangbusters and attack something, it just seems to work out. It’s funny that way. I think all the molecules line up or something.”

Still, White said there was “a horrible moment (Friday night) at around 11 p.m. where the record cutter cutting mechanism blew up and the stereo cutter didn’t work anymore. The only other cutter that we could use that was in town was a mono head so we actually cut the single in mono which I think is actually even cooler than the way we were going to do it."


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