Hands Without Shadows CD - release date 2005 by M.A.C.E. Records
“Hands Without Shadows”® features guest appearances by Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed, Rudy Sarzo of Ozzy, Whitesnake and Quiet Riot, Doug Marks, founder of Metal Method, Drummer extraordinaire Bobby Rock, virtuoso guitarist Bill Peck and more. The primary bassist William Kopecky is a 6 string and fretless virtuoso. Chris Wisco engineered and mixed the CD, famed graphic designer Stephen Jensen designed the “HWS” artwork and the disc was mastered by Trevor Sadler.
I started recording “Hands Without Shadows”® in July of 2004. 15 months later, the CD was completed. In between recording I performed over 100 shows on 3 different continents, filmed an instructional DVD and recorded numerous sessions for other artists. I wanted the CD to include some of my new songs plus my versions of some of the best rock songs of the past- to pay tribute to some of the legendary Rock Guitar greats like Jimmy Page, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix and more. I also wanted the CD to be cohesive and have a central theme, sound and continuous atmosphere from beginning to end. “HWS” is my uncompromising vision.
All of the rhythms on “HWS” were recorded with Dean Guitars using one Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amp with a matching 4 by 12 cabinet.
All of the solos on “HWS” were recorded using various single Marshall amps with an assortment of Dean Guitars. With the exception of “All Along the Watchtower”, all of the lead guitars were recorded dry, with no FX, except where a “Wah-Wah” pedal is heard. When the “Wah” is played there are still no other FX.
Hands Without Shadows ®
by Michael Angelo Batio - in Michael’s own words...
My initial mixing discussions with engineer Chris Wisco were based around two “schools of thought”. Do we make a really “wet” mix with a lot of reverb, ambiance and effects or take a different approach and make clarity the issue over the use of FX? We both thought that keeping the over all mix “drier” was the way to go. There is virtually nothing added to the guitars. Again, I recorded almost everything completely dry and we left much of the CD’s mix of the guitars that way
Track listing in order: 1. Burn 2. Tribute to Randy 3. Zeppelin Forever 4. Hands Without Shadows 5. Wherever I May Roam 6. Dream On 7. Pray On, Prey 8. All Along the Watchtower