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Celebrating three years of Jack White’s Third Man Records, a 3 RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) vinyl record was given away to attendees of his anniversary party. It is the first of its kind, containing every “Blue Series” single released by the label. Although it would be difficult to play on a standard record player, it is still an interesting contraption nonetheless. Third Man Record’s describes the invention as followed.
“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.”