The 'impossible to hear' track to feature Tom Jones and Laura Marling
David Renshaw
17:02 29th March 2012

Jack White has revealed plans to release the world's first ever 3 RPM vinyl.

Most vinyl works at 78rpm and the 3rpm speed is said to be near impossible to listen to for any great length of time.

Despite this however, White is celebrating the 3rd birthday of his Third Man record label by releasing a 12" record featuring all of the label's Blue Series songs on it. This collection includes songs by First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, Tom Jones, Wanda Jackson and White's bizarre collaboration with Insane Clown Posse.

A post on the Third Man Records website explains how the release will (or won't) work.

"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). It's easy to play but impossible to hear. You put your finger on it to slow it down 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 3 rpm for X hours and X minutes."

Meanwhile, if you prefer music delivered by MP3 and CD that you can actually hear then Jack White is releasing his debut solo album later this year.