MARCH 28, 2012 — Another day, another vinyl oddity courtesy of Jack White's Third Man Records. The label recently celebrated it's third year anniversary with a big ol' celebration at their headquarters in Nashville. Each guest was given an LP that contained 28 bands and 56 songs -- the entire "Blue Series" single collection. Of course, that's an impossible amount of music to fit onto an LP -- unless it plays at 3 revolutions per minute. Otherwise known as an impossible amount of music fit onto an LP that's impossible to play.
Taken from the Third Man Records website:
"The world's first 3 RPM record is a study in contradictions--it's cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you've ever heard. It's a compilation of 7 inch records but it's packaged like a 12 inch. But the 12 inch sleeve is made like our 7 inch sleeve (as it is one continues piece of paper folded in half and put into an acetate sleeve). A bit like a snake eating its own tail. It comes with three bumper stickers yet there is no bumper. We gave it away for free yet given what it has fetched on eBay it is proving to be fairly valuable. It's easy to play but impossible to hear. You put your finger on it to slow it down, but this is no easy task (as evidenced by these youtube videos) and we estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3rpm for X hours and X minutes."
If you attended the party, you've already got one of these things. If you didn't, you can test your luck (and bank account) at obtaining one of these costly oddities on EBay. Good luck! [PD]