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Back to Hunt the Snark again,
This review is from: The Hunting Of The Snark From The Mike Batt Archive Series (CD+DVD Set) (Audio CD)
Yes it is finally back after years of promise. This is a fabulous star-studded concept album. There are two discs in this set. Dramatico have finally re-released the original album but now bundled with a DVD of the concert. The first disc is the CD of the wonderful, wonderful concept album narrated by Sir John Guilgud and John Hurt and featuring great vocal performances by Roger Daltrey, Art Garfunkel, Julian Lennon, Cliff Richard, Mike Batt, Captain Sensible, Denice Williams and Maggie Reilly and instrumental performances from Stephane Grappelli (violin), George Harrison (guitar) and Chris Spedding (guitar). What a cast! I cannot recommend this CD too much!! And then, to top that, the second disc is a DVD of the hour long TV Concert version of the album at The Royal Albert Hall featuring many of the artists from the original album, with some replaced by Billy Connolly, Justin Hayward and Midge Ure. BRILLIANT.
I saw the shortlived full length London West End theatre show (not the hour long concert version) which was prematurely closed due to idiot critics who don't know a great thing when they see it. I asked at the box office for the best single seat they had and found myself sat next to the master, Mike Batt himself. I was so in awe, I was unable to strike up an appreciative conversation - something I regret to this day. A great show - and a great album. I have the concert on video already which I recorded off the tv when broadcast by the BBC. If only the full length show were available (Mike Batt has said he wants to record the full length show which has more songs and a tighter plot - one day) but this album/concert bundle is certainly worth having.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2010 13:27:40 GMT
R Cohen says:
That's funny, I also sat near Mike Batt - at the very last performance (Vince Clarke of the group Erasure was there too) and also couldn't say anything to him. I have always wished for a full length cast recording from 1991 which starred Philip Quast, David Mccallum and Kenny Everett amongst others. I heard a rumour a recording was made but didn't come out due to the show closing early but as Mike doesn't say this in his CD notes, maybe it is not true after all.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2011 19:12:40 GMT
I spoke to Mike Batt recently. He told me that there was no official cast recording from the West End Show but he has heard that an unofficial (and illegal!) recording had been made. He would very much like to get hold of it himself and, who knows, maybe a release will emerge one day! Mike Batt himself is planning a brand new recording of the full show, with songs additional to the one hour CD, sometime in the near future. Can't wait!
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