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5.0 out of 5 stars Batt - Singer/Songwriter at his best, 28 Sep 2008
This review is from: Winds Of Change (Audio CD)
This is a compilation of Mike Batt's recordings at the post-Womble, pre-Melua phase of his career and features some of his absolute best compositions.

I still adore the album Tarot Suite and we have some of the best tracks from that album on this compilation: "Lady Of The Dawn" and both the Roger Chapman vocalled tracks; "Imbecile" and "Run Like The Wind". From the superb Schizophonia album we have two tracks which have become Batt classics, namely "Railway Hotel" and "The Walls Of The World" but as well as those there is the exciting "The Ride To Agadir" and the track that was always my favourite but which is heard far less often; "It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time". Incidentally, I always loved a version of this recorded by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra which as far as I can find, has never been released on CD.

There are numerous other tracks including some from the lesser known Waves album including the brilliant "Mona" but sadly missing is the equally good "Portishead Rdio".

There are also tracks from Batt's theatrical and film career. From The Dreamstone we have "Better Than A Dream" and, dueting with Bonnie Tyler, "Into The Sunset" that are two strong Batt compositions. From Caravan there is "Theme From Caravan". From Batt's innovative Zero Zero is "The Birth of Number 17" and hit single "Love Makes You Crazy" (though unfortunately missing is "Whispering Fools") and sadly the only representation of his brilliant, and criminally short running, stage show The Hunting Of The Snark is the superb Batt vocalled opening number "Children Of The Storm".

A couple of classy instrumentals complete this compilation which illustrates finely Mike Batt's career from 1977 to 1990. A highly recommended album for those who have followed this artist for years or for those who have only recently discovered him due to "A Songwriter's Tale". And it looks like it is in limited supply - don't let it escape you!
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