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Elton John & Millie Jackson – Act Of War (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on November 23rd, 2011

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

“Act Of War” is a duet from legend Elton John and soul singer Millie Jackson, written by Elton with lyricist Bernie Taupin. Originally “Act Of War” was released only as a single, but later it was added to Elton’s “Ice on Fire” CD, having been recorded the same year. The song also features guitar by Nik Kershaw. “Act Of War” was a top 40 hit in the UK reaching #32 but failed to chart in the US. The song’s music video was directed by Russell Mulcahy.

SIDE A:
Act Of War (Part 3) (Extended Remix) 8:32

SIDE B:
Act Of War (Part 4) (Instrumental) 5:04

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Geffen Records – 0-20347
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Bass – Deon Estus
Drums – Mel Gaynor
Engineer – Stuart Epps
Guitar – Davey JohnstoneFred MandelNik Kershaw
Piano – Elton John
Producer – Gus Dudgeon
Written-By – Bernie TaupinElton John

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using  iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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31 Responses to “Elton John & Millie Jackson – Act Of War (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Ryan Clark Says:

    Yay! I have this 12″. Great song! Thanks.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ryan.

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    Ryan Clark Reply:

    Do you have any other Millie Jackson 12″ that you could upload? She released some for her late 80s albums from Jive.

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  2. Bookwormwa Says:

    Paul,

    I never knew that Millie and Elton had recorded together – what a pairing!

    Thanks for digging out the unexpected and unique.

    Erwin

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    dana Reply:

    This was originally intended as a guet with Tina Turner but scheduling (and I’m sure label politics) prevented that. Millie Jackson did a marvelous job here, but without Tina radio just wasn’t interested.

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    ric Reply:

    Thanks for this, Paul. Do you know what happened to Parts 1 & 2? The 7″?
    Yeah, radio just wasn’t interested in Millie, and music buyers were like Millie Who?
    I myself remember Millie most for her Back To The S##t! album cover, where she was sitting at a toilet with her panties down to her ankles! LOL!

    Everybody wanted Tina after 1985, on the back of her Private Dancer comeback success. Eurythmics wanted her for Sisters Are Doin’ It. Even Parlophone wanted Pet Shop Boys to do What Have I Done To Deserve This with her!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Ric

    Tina was in big demand at that time. Here is what I know about the different parts of “Act Of War”. Not sure of the duration of Parts 5 & 6 which was a limited Edition UK 12″ with Julian Mendelsohn remix. Not sure who mixed Parts 1 thru 4 as it is not stated on the 12″

    Act Of War (7″ Version) (Part 1) 4:41
    Act Of War (Part 2)(Instrumental) 4:43

    Act Of War (Part 3) (Extended Remix) 8:32
    Act Of War (Part 4) (Instrumental) 5:04

    Act Of War (Part 5) (Remix Number Two)
    Act Of War (Part 6) (Instrumental)

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    ric Reply:

    5 and 6 too!?!?! and still not selling enough to crack the Top 20! LOL!
    That Mendelsohn Remix should be interesting! Love his remix and production but never knew he did this!

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  3. Kent Says:

    Paul,
    Thanks! I have 3 fair versions of the 12″. Can’t wait to listen to the promo remix. At the time where I was living this was not being played in the clubs.

    Have a GREAT Thankgiving! 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have a great Thanksgiving Kent. By the way is Part 5 &6 different mixes than Part 1& 2?

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    Kent Reply:

    Paul,
    The 3 versions I have (from friends off the internet several years ago) are the same as your post here, they have been slowed down to add another 30 seconds to the track time. Also 1 version as had the bass enhanced. Sorry :(, maybe someone who follows your post may have part 5 & 6.

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  4. cdmaniac Says:

    I’ve been wanting this one too!! Thanks!

    Happy Thankgiving!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    happy Thanksgiving my friend 🙂

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  5. Rolls B. Goode Says:

    Awesome post. I have been a long time fan of Millie Jackson and her career. It’s kind of odd of me because I really only am into the dance/electronic genre and having all of her work from the 1970’s and almost all from the 1980’s and 1990’s seems weird to me regarding the rest of my collection however she’s really is the exception to the rule. I didn’t know all the info on this single. I only had one 12″ single of this. Amazing I have heard this in a nightclub a few times when it first came out for about a couple of weeks, give or take a day. Early night almost before 10:30 PM kind of thing. I remember being a fan of of Julian Mendelsohn remixes at that time so I am amazed I don’t have the import as well.

    Oh and by the way as of this post time the 24bit 96khz link is not working. Can’t wait to hear the transfer. Thank You!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Rolls B. Goode the link should be working now. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Rolls B. Goode Reply:

    After listening to this US edition of what I would call “second phase” promo due a set of 12″ test pressings preceded this general promotional copy. I have got to say who ever listened to the test pressings either didn’t know what to listen for or they simply didn’t care as long as it didn’t skip/stick. The audio issue here is fairly extremely “sibilant” Elton and Millie vocals are so crazy. But the instruments suffer as well.

    I know it’s not from DJPaulT transfer, It’s just one of those thing a major label let fall through the cracks. Looking forward to hearing the import with the Julian Mendelsohn remix It was cut over across the pond so it may be quite a better. Hopefully someday! Still all in all Thank You!

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  6. Andy Says:

    Thank you Paul. Any Elton remixes/alt versions are a sure download for me.

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  7. Paul MacDonald Says:

    Great post! 24bit download is coming up “Unavailable” at this time when i try to download.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Paul 24bit should be working now. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Spring Says:

    That’s so great! I just love both of them – Elton and Millie. I like this Elton’s album (“Ice on Fire”) and this song from it. I like everything that connected with every note of this track which have a lot of energy. And does anybody have seen a video of ~Act Of War~? OMG! – it’s so funny and progressive (for that time specially I think).
    Thanks Paul. Can’t wait to listen more Elton’s songs from 80s dear Paul. Thank you very much. And once again speciall thanks for the Rip in 24/96!!!
    G R E A T !

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Spring “Ice On Fire” is one of two of my favorite Elton albums the other being “Too Low For Zero”. 🙂

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    Spring Reply:

    As for me my favorite Elton’s albums are “Ice On Fire”, “Jump” & “The Fox”… 🙂

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  9. music fan Says:

    Act of War reached number 32 in the UK top 40 chart in June 1985.

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  10. music fan Says:

    Does DJ PaulT have any versions of Elton John/George Michael’s Wrap Her Up. That’s another cool pop duet from the same period. 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    The “Wrap Her Up” 12″ is already posted on the blog.

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  11. music fan Says:

    I didn’t look at the side list of artists. Doh! My mistake.

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  12. music fan Says:

    I think this song – the original or the 12 inch – would be cool in a film, perhaps over the end credits. It would be ideal for a war film! 🙂

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  13. Kevin Says:

    Hey Paul
    Prob with the megaup page?
    It seems at this time that it was deleted…
    Would you check it and re-up please?
    Great Blog! big hand to you.

    Kev<

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  14. Kevin Says:

    Sorry, that’s Multiup Page error

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Links have been fixed. Enjoy!

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  15. Jason Says:

    Hi Paul. Don’t know how I missed this one over the years. Thank you very much.

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