Jack White Records and Releases New Song, "Lazaretto," in Less Than Four Hours

by Guitar World Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at 5:09pm

Over the weekend, Jack White succeeded in his attempt to break the speed record for recording and releasing a single.

White announced his plan earlier this month, declaring that "Lazaretto" would be "the world's fastest-released record ... in the history of mankind."

At 10 a.m. Saturday — in the Blue Room at Third Man Records' Nashville HQ — White and his band recorded two tracks live, including "Lazaretto," the title track from his upcoming solo album, and a cover of Elvis Presley's "Power of My Love."

The songs were cut directly to acetate, and the masters were rushed from the Blue Room to United Record Pressing, where the 45s were made.

"Originally, we were just gonna do this record and go back to sleep," White told the crowd after a live video screen showed the acetate taken off its machine, according to The Tennessean. Instead, they played a complete hour-long set that included new songs and White Stripes faves.

By recording, pressing and releasing the live version of "Lazaretto" in less than four hours, White broke the Guinness World Record that was set by Swiss polka trio Vollgas Kompanie, who released their album Live on August 16, 2008, the day after they recorded it.

Below, you can hear the recently posted studio version of "Lazaretto," which will be featured on White's upcoming album of the same name.