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Jack White Cuts 'Fastest' Single

Cuts live version of 'Lazaretto' in 3 hours, 55 minutes
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2014 7:33 AM CDT
Jack White Cuts 'Fastest' Single
This Dec. 9, 2012 file photo shows Jack White performing at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – At 10am yesterday, Jack White took the stage in Nashville, thanking the crowd for joining him "for breakfast." Less than four hours later, White had in his hot little hands the so-called "World's Fastest Released Record"—a hot-off-the-presses recording of two live songs that he slammed together to capture a Guinness record in honor of Record Store Day, reports the Tennessean. The single, "Lazaretto," is also the title track from his coming solo album; White and his band included a cover of Elvis' "Power of My Love" for the B-side. The recording was rushed to the nearby United Record Pressing plant, and White was hawking vinyl copies at his Third Man Records a scant three hours and 55 minutes later.

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"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,'" White said. "I just thought how difficult it was going to be to explain to people if we didn't pull it off, so thank God we did." Meanwhile, Rolling Stone notes that Neil Young released a surprise covers album on White's Third Man Records; A Letter Home features tracks from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, and more. (Read more Jack White stories.)

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