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Should have been better,
This review is from: A Songwriter's Tale (Audio CD)
Mike Batt has written some truly great music over the past thirty-odd years and some pretty naff stuff. Unfortunately this collection has more than its fair share of the latter. Winter's Tale is a dreadful dirge and Feel Like Buddy Holly so corny I gag whenever I hear it. Also most of the new recordings in this collection are a little on the bland side, so even the good stuff like Soldier Song and Ride To Agadir sound washed out compared to the wonderful orchestrally OTT originals.
There should have been more up-tempo songs to balance the bland. Why wasn't Summer Time City included (after all, it is the only hit single he's had under his own name)? A Womble song or two would have livened things up.
Don't get me wrong, I've been a Mike Batt far for over thirty years and he's created so much great music in that time, but he ends up releasing...this! If I were you I'd forget this collection and buy The Winds Of Change (still available here on Amazon) - it's a much better representation of what he's capable, and contains the original (and mostly superior) recordings. Better still wait for his back-catalogue to be re-released on CD and buy the lot (check out dramatico.com for release dates).