Mak­ing vinyl es­sen­tial for mu­sic lovers (again)

LAZARETTO UL­TRA LP

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JACK WHITE

There are prob­a­bly tribes­men in the Ama­zon more au fait with mod­ern tech than Jack White, who swears by ana­logue record­ing tech­niques, has per­formed to a back­drop of ’50s tel­lies and once de­cried any­thing with a com­puter chip in

it to be a “de­stroyer of emo­tion and truth”. Pre­sum­ably he goes on tour in a horse-drawn cart. Any­ways, all this is not to say the for­mer White Stripe isn’t still break­ing new ground. This year’s Lazaretto be­came the big­gest-sell­ing vinyl in 20 years thanks to wax sa­vants who turned the ‘Ul­tra’ ver­sion of the record into a sort of grouchy blues Ru­bik’s Cube of dis­cov­ery. Play the record at dif­fer­ent RPMs and you’ll un­earth hid­den songs. Strip back the LP’s cen­tre la­bels

and you’ll find fur­ther sur­prises too.

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