Battle Axe

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Battle Axe

Post by Rob » Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:00 pm

Has the thought of reworking any of the tracks with Alice on vocals ever been kicked around ?
It must be true A_Michael said so

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Post by Dreary » Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:13 pm

That would be up to Alice and Bob Ezrin. "Battle Axe" into "Winner" would be cool.

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Post by pitkin88 » Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:31 pm

Rock n Roll Radio with an Alice vocal would be epic. This song has hit written all over it. Am I correct in saying the master tapes are lost?

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Post by Dreary » Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:38 pm

Years ago, we tried to buy the masters but Polydor wanted too much. I don't know if they still exist.

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Post by tuneylune » Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:38 am

Too bad about that...I enjoyed BA very much when I got it in 1977. It was so good seeing and hearing the three of You again!
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Post by Logan » Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:41 pm

Battle Axe is one of my favorite post AC albums I still play. I've seen photos of those few performances but is there any film of these concerts?

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Post by Dreary » Sun Mar 07, 2021 5:50 pm

Unfortunately, I've never heard of any film of the Battle Axe show. If we hadn't spent so much of our own personal money, and if we could have done more than four shows, we probably would have had it filmed.

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Re: Battle Axe

Post by pitkin88 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 3:34 am

Michael has claimed there was an issue regarding the mastering of the album that caused the stylus to jump. Is this true? I have a German Polydor copy and the quality is terrific.

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Post by Dreary » Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:03 am

Upon hearing reports of the needle jumping, it was mistakenly assumed that it was due to the mix, and so we paid Jack Richardson to remix the album. As it turned out, the defective albums only existed on copies that were pressed at one of four different pressing plants. But by then, it was so far beyond regaining lost momentum, that I'm not even sure if Jack's mixes were used. It was a very expensive error.
The best quality I've heard was the 12" promo copy, which had about 5 songs and the sound was superior to the actual album.

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Post by pitkin88 » Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:16 am

Thanks for clearing that up! I'm wondering if there are maybe two mixes out there. Not sure how we would find out unless someone has multiple copies from either different countries or plants and they could compare them.

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Post by Dreary » Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:58 am

I don't know if they are out there, but there were two mixes of the album.

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Dreary wrote:
Mon Mar 08, 2021 5:03 am
Upon hearing reports of the needle jumping, it was mistakenly assumed that it was due to the mix, and so we paid Jack Richardson to remix the album. As it turned out, the defective albums only existed on copies that were pressed at one of four different pressing plants. But by then, it was so far beyond regaining lost momentum, that I'm not even sure if Jack's mixes were used. It was a very expensive error.
The best quality I've heard was the 12" promo copy, which had about 5 songs and the sound was superior to the actual album.
Thanks, Dr. D!
I just checked & I do have the 12" promo. You're right, now that I think about it. I prefer to play that over the Lp.
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Post by Dreary » Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:21 am

I don't know how many were pressed. They were shipped to radio stations, which suggests it was more than a few.

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Post by Dreary » Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:46 am

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Re: Battle Axe

Post by ericc2000 » Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:34 pm

I’ve got the 12”, 5 song promo and also the 12” white label promo full album. The mixes are different, and better than the retail album.

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Re: Battle Axe

Post by Dreary » Sat Mar 13, 2021 6:30 pm

ericc2000 wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 5:34 pm
I’ve got the 12”, 5 song promo and also the 12” white label promo full album. The mixes are different, and better than the retail album.
Yes, we paid Jack Richardson to remix the album but it was too late - we had lost our momentum.

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Re: Battle Axe

Post by Saint&Sinner » Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:01 am

I have never heard the Battleaxe album. Do you guys own the rights to it? has a reissue recently ever been considered (people like rock candy records seem to do well re-releasing albums like this)

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Post by Dreary » Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:17 am

Saint&Sinner wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:01 am
I have never heard the Battleaxe album. Do you guys own the rights to it? has a reissue recently ever been considered (people like rock candy records seem to do well re-releasing albums like this)
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