Tradition (Michael Angelo Batio album)

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Tradition
MABTradition.jpg
Studio album by Michael Angelo Batio
Released 1998 (1998)
Recorded Monster Mix Studio
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre
Length 56:22
Label M.A.C.E.
Producer Michael Angelo Batio
Michael Angelo Batio chronology
Planet Gemini
(1997)
Tradition
(1998)
Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity
(2000)

Tradition is the third studio album by American heavy metal musician Michael Angelo Batio. Recorded at Monster Mix Studio in Chicago, Illinois, it was released in 1998 by his own label M.A.C.E. Music as a companion to the video release Jam with Angelo. Batio performed all instruments on the release, as well as producing, engineering and mixing the album.

Background and production[edit]

Michael Angelo Batio's third solo album, Tradition, was recorded and mixed at Monster Mix Studio in his hometown Chicago, with Batio handling all production, engineering and mixing, and performing all instruments.[1] The album was mastered at Kingsize Sound Laboratories.[1] The final five tracks on the album are backing tracks without lead guitar.

Reception and legacy[edit]

Guitar Nine Records highlighted several songs on Tradition: on "China", Batio was praised for "making the unbelievable [guitar] passages seen easy and effortless", "Voices of the Distant Past" was described as a "progressive rock masterpiece with ... some of the most complex mixed meter passages that have been written", and "Prog" was noted to feature "one of the "coolest" grooves and melodies that Michael has written".[1]

Five of the seven main songs on the album were later remastered for inclusion on the 2004 compilation album Lucid Intervals and Moments of Clarity Part 2 – "China", "The Finish Line", "Prog", "Video Jam" and "Prog Revisited".[2]

A number of songs were also included on Batio's instructional video releases: "China" and "The Finish Line" on Performance,[3] "Prog" on Speed Kills 3,[4] and "The Finish Line" on Speed Lives 3: The Neo Classical Zone.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Angelo Batio, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "China" 4:31
2. "The Finish Line" 5:24
3. "Prog" 5:27
4. "I Can't Take It No More" 5:27
5. "Video Jam" 3:37
6. "Prog Revisited" (co-written by L. Samcyzk) 4:21
7. "Voices of the Distant Past" 6:06
8. "Video Rhythm Track: Song One" ("Prog" backing track) 5:28
9. "Video Rhythm Track: Song Two" ("The Finish Line" backing track) 5:25
10. "Video Rhythm Track: Song Three" ("Jazz Ballad" backing track) 3:23
11. "Video Rhythm Track: Song Four" ("China" backing track) 4:32
12. "Video Rhythm Track: Song Five" ("Video Jam" backing track) 2:41
Total length: 56:22

Personnel[edit]

Personnel credits adapted from the album's booklet.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Michael Angelo Batio "Tradition" - In Review". Guitar Nine Records. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michael Angelo Batio "Lucid Intervals And Moments Of Clarity Part 2"". Guitar Nine Records. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "More MAB DVDs". M.A.C.E. Music. Archived from the original on May 28, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ ""Speed Kills 3" instructional DVD and on screen booklet by Michael Angelo Batio". Speed Kills DVDs. M.A.C.E. Music. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ ""Speed Lives 3 - The Neo Classical Zone" instructional DVD and on screen booklet by Michael Angelo Batio". Speed Lives DVDs. M.A.C.E. Music. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  6. ^ Tradition (Media notes). Michael Angelo Batio. M.A.C.E. Music. 1998.