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Elton John/Millie Jackson – Act Of War (Remix Number Two) (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on January 22nd, 2015

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

A. Front

“Act Of War” is a 1985 single with lyrics by Elton John’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, this song uses war as a metaphor for a stormy interpersonal relationship. It was the era of the Cold War, when the United States and Russia had nuclear weapons ready for attack. Explosions appear in the song to encourage the theme, and the video opens with the United States president answering his phone near the “button” which would supposedly launch the missiles. The jelly beans he eats are a reference to Ronald Reagan, the real president at the time who enjoyed the treats. It’s a catchy and upbeat tune from a resurgent Elton John, perhaps with an anti-nuclear sentiment similar to “99 Luftballons,” but it couldn’t get traction in America, where the song was ignored. “Act Of War” was a top 40 hit in the UK reaching #32.

Elton duets with soul singer Millie Jackson on this song. Jackson is an R&B star well known in the black community, but just under the mainstream radar. Like Tina Turner, who was first offered the duet but turned it down, Jackson has impressive looks and a stunning voice, and she could have crossed over to the Pop world had things gone a bit differently. In an interview with Millie Jackson, she explained: “Didn’t happen. Don’t care. In America I think in order to be a pop star you’ve got to have management. And I always managed myself. I was never looking to become that crossover pop star. Let white folks cross over to me. I call myself the poor people’s queen. Because once you get to the top there’s only one way to go.”

“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.

Several remixes were released for “Act Of War” this UK only limited edition contains exclusive remixes by Australian remixer/producer Julian Mendelsohn.

SIDE A:
Act Of War (Part 5) Vocal 7:30

SIDE B:
Act Of War (Part 6) Instrumental 4:20

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: The Rocket Record Company ‎– EJSR 812
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop

CREDITS:
Producer – Gus Dudgeon
Remix –Julian Mendelsohn (tracks: A), Stuart Epps (tracks: B)
Written-By – Bernie Taupin, Elton John

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EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Platter: Pro-Ject Acryl-It platter
Stabilizer: Pro-Ject Record Puck 
Speed Control:
Pro-Ject Speed Box S
Phono Pre-amp:
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Tube:
Tung-Sol 12AX7ECC803-S Gold Electron Tube
Soundcard:
ESI Juli@
Record Cleaning:
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Artwork Scans:
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Recording/Editing: Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Down Sampling: iZotope RX Advanced 2
Artwork Editor: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Click Removeal: Manual
FLAC/MP3 Conversion: dBpoweramp
M3U Playlist: Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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22 Responses to “Elton John/Millie Jackson – Act Of War (Remix Number Two) (UK 12″)”

  1. Jeff Says:

    You’re absolutely too much Paul!!!! WOW!!! and OMG!!!! This is one of my favorite tunes!! I first heard it care of Razormaid! and was, forgive the pun, BLOWN AWAY!! When I first discovered you and BTG and I saw you had the song, I was in bliss. Now to have another version, I’m just besides myself. This jam should have been a hit. Elton and Millie are fierce on this record. And the sound f/x I just LOVE! I think you’re a genius too for releasing this song, especially with all the news and war stories concerning “American Sniper” and “The Interview” and all that Hollywood stuff. Today I read about the Doomsday Clock has moved two minutes closer to midnight. Scary stuff, actually. But, music really helps me escape. One of your loyal readers (forgive me ’cause I can’t remember his name) equated what you do actually helps with depression. You are better than Prozac Paul!! I Do suffer myself from sadness, but with Burning The Ground and all of your hard work and your wonderful readers and their comments, make me feel so much better. This place can heal Paul and destroy the blues a person can have. Thank you for consistently surprising and delighting me DjPaulT. You are so very important in my life!!

    Most sincerely,

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Jeff you made me tear up a bit. I appreciate you so much. You are a valuable asset to BTG. When I started BTG my goal was to bring people from all over the world together because as you said music does heal. With all the negative in the world we need a place to feel good 🙂

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    Ezequiel Reply:

    This is such an eloquent speech! I realise now how lucky we are, music lovers. In this BTG space where we gather around, I feel close to you people.

    Thanks a lot.

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  2. woz Says:

    ^^^ Can Jeff write one comment for everyone fron now on? Kind of like how Anthony Michael Hall in the Breakfast Club writes one essay for the group. He always nails it and expresses his sentiments well 🙂

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    Jeff Reply:

    Woz,

    Thank you for the compliment! It’s just that Paul and his rips (along with you guys too) bring out the best in oneself. I just love it here and I know all of you do too. Burning The Ground really brings people together that’s for sure. Woz, have a great day and thanks again!!!

    Jeff

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    I couldn’t agree with you mor Woz. Jeff alwys knows exactly what to say. His comments and friendship really brighten my day 🙂

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  3. woz Says:

    And thank you for the rip, DJPT 😎

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re most welcome Woz 🙂

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  4. dazz22 Says:

    spot on guys great song by the way i remmber it as well the album with 2 songs that george michael done backing vocals on as well Ice on fire

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you Dazz22 🙂 “Ice On Fire” is my fav Elton album.

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  5. Ezequiel Says:

    Thanks Paul for the outstanding rip!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Ezequiel 🙂

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  6. Ezequiel Says:

    Paul, a stupid question: Why this is the “Remix number two”? I think this must be the part 3, or something like that.

    Hugs

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Not sure Ezequiel maybe because it was the second UK 12″ release 🙂

    Hugs

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  7. Kent Says:

    Thanks very much Paul! what Jeff said goes for me. 🙂

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  8. Marty Says:

    It’s a weird coincidence – this song came into my brain the other day, and I was trying to remember what Part # the 12-inch version(s) were known as ‘cos I knew it went past “Part 2”. Amazing share, DjPaulT – thank you! 🙂

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  9. Ryan Says:

    Thanks so much for this one! I LOVE this song and I don’t have these remixes! Elton and Millie are so good together. They should have done an album together like the one Millie did with Isaac Hayes!

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  10. cdmaniac Says:

    YES!!!!!! I love this song!
    Thanks again Paul!

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  11. Stefano Says:

    Another excellent post Paul! And a rare one, I love those! Thanks, very appreciated.

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  12. manofamillionchords Says:

    Thanks for the Act Of War tracks. Believe it or not, I am pretty sure their is actually a 7th and 8th remix available. I will dig out my old vinyl and let you know if my memory serves me right.

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  13. Spring Says:

    Thanks so much for this one dear Paul! So great to have this rare singe with your help!!!

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  14. Jason Says:

    Thank you Paul.

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