Thursday, May 16, 2024

Mike Batt - The Closest Thing to Crazy: My Life of Musical Adventures [2024] (13 x CDs)


Mike Batt - The Closest Thing to Crazy: My Life of Musical Adventures [2024] (13 x CDs)

This collection has been put together following Roger’s suggestion for a possible compilation back in February.  

Hope you enjoy the selections and new best of, specifically compiled for this post. 

Michael Philip Batt, LVO was born on 6 February 1949, in Southampton, England. He attended Peter Symonds School, Winchester. His blog refers to his role as cadet Company Sergeant Major at the school.

He is an English singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, record producer, director and conductor. He was formerly the Deputy Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry.

Having attained significant international recognition as a solo artist, his notable contributions in the UK include creating The Wombles pop act, writing many hits including the chart-topping "Bright Eyes", and the introduction of Katie Melua to the music scene.

He has also conducted many orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and Stuttgart Philharmonic in both classical and pop recordings and performances.

Batt began his career in pop music at the age of eighteen when he answered an advertisement placed by Ray Williams in the New Musical Express on behalf of Liberty Records. Batt initially signed as a songwriter and artist to Liberty, but became head of A&R for the label only months later, at the age of nineteen. He signed and produced Tony (TS) McPhee's The Groundhogs and produced their first album, Scratching the Surface. He produced, co-wrote and played piano on Hapshash and the Coloured Coat's second album, Western Flier. Also in 1969, Batt released as producer/artist a Liberty single, his cover version of The Beatles' "Your Mother Should Know".

In the early 1970s, aged 23, married with children, and having spent £11,000 recording half of a heavy rock orchestral album that was never released and which nearly bankrupted him, Batt was asked by the producers of a new children's television programme to write the theme music. Instead of taking his £200 fee, Batt asked for the character rights for musical production. The choice produced his first hits as a singer-songwriter/producer by The Wombles in 1974. The collaboration produced eight hit singles and four gold albums.

No longer financially unstable, Batt moved on to work with various artists as a songwriter/producer, most successfully with Steeleye Span and their single and album All Around My Hat in 1975. Also in 1975, at the end of the summer, he entered the UK Singles Chart with the only hit under his name (credited "Mike Batt with the New Edition") with "Summertime City" - used as the theme music to Seaside Special, the BBC Television series recorded in various UK seaside resorts - which reached number 4.

Batt produced Elkie Brooks' version of "Lilac Wine" in 1978. The song was a hit in the UK and across Europe. He wrote the song "Bright Eyes" for the animated film version of Watership Down. Recorded by Art Garfunkel, it reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and was number one in six countries. Batt also wrote the score for the film Caravans, released in 1978.

As a singer, Batt's solo albums included Schizophonia and Tarot Suite (1979, Epic Records) (both with the London Symphony Orchestra). From these albums came the European hit songs "Railway Hotel", "Lady of the Dawn" and "Ride to Agadir". He worked on these recordings with such fellow artists as Colin Blunstone and Roger Chapman as singers on Tarot Suite. A version of "Introduction (The Journey of a Fool)" from Tarot Suite was used as the theme for the Sydney radio station Triple M, from its first broadcast in 1980 until the 1990s. Over the course of May 2010, this theme tune, still based on the main central riff from "Introduction (The Journey of a Fool)" was re-recorded by Slash, former Guns N' Roses guitarist, as a new theme to mark the 30th anniversary of Triple M in Sydney. This was released to air at the end of June 2010.

In 1980, he released his next solo album, entitled Waves, recorded at Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum, Holland. In the same year, he went off with his family aboard his boat, Braemar, ending up in Australia after two and a half years, travelling via France, the West Indies, South America, Central America, Mexico, Los Angeles, Hawaii and Fiji.

In 1981, on the Los Angeles-Sydney leg of the sea voyage, he was commissioned to write a piece for the 50th anniversary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation which became the musical fantasy production Zero Zero. Batt designed, co-directed and starred in the studio-based production of "Zero Zero" shot at Gore Hill studios in Sydney and aired by Channel 4 TV in the UK in the week of the Channel's broadcast launch in 1982. The album, featuring Batt with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was released on Epic as a Mike Batt solo album. Batt's character "Number 17" falls in love and is sent to an emotional decontamination centre called "Zero Zero". The single, "Love Makes You Crazy", was released by Sony on Epic Records.

Returning to the UK in 1983, Batt wrote, produced and arranged three more Top Ten hits, "Please Don't Fall in Love" (for Cliff Richard), "A Winter's Tale" (for David Essex, with lyrics co-written by Tim Rice) and "I Feel Like Buddy Holly" (for Alvin Stardust). In the same year, he helped write lyrics for Abbacadabra. In 1983, he wrote and produced "Ballerina (Prima Donna)", which, recorded by Steve Harley, peaked at no. 51 in the UK.

He co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd Webber the title song "Phantom of the Opera", producing and arranging the single by Steve Harley and Sarah Brightman. His lyrics were later partially replaced by those of Richard Stilgoe. Batt's arrangement of the song and backing vocal recording are still in the stage version.

The album The Hunting of the Snark, based on Lewis Carroll's poem, was recorded in 1984. However, the album was withheld from sale after a dispute with Sony Music, to whom Batt had leased the self-financed masters. Batt went ahead with a promotional concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1987, which he filmed at his own expense and was shown on BBC2.

In the late 1980s, Batt also produced, arranged and conducted Justin Hayward's album with the London Philharmonic Orchestra entitled Classic Blue and the music for The Dreamstone. A number of stars performed for the Dreamstone soundtrack, notably Billy Connolly, Ozzy Osbourne, former British heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno, and Bonnie Tyler. Batt performed the programme's theme song, Better Than a Dream. The first series was completed and broadcast in 1990 and lasted for three more series, ending in 1995.

In January 1990, Batt was appointed joint Musical Director of the Melbourne Summer Music festival, with the State Orchestra of Victoria. Among the classical concerts and other programming he conducted, curated and performed on that visit to Australia, he programmed a debut costumed concert of a fuller length version of "The Hunting of Snark", with narration by Michael Parkinson and the Bellman played by Keith Michell. On a second visit that year, he took the opportunity to mount a more ambitious version of the fully expanded show score at the State Theatre, Sydney. Having tried out the show in Australia Batt moved towards securing funding and a theatre to mount the show in London's West End, and subsequently did so at the Prince Edward Theatre, opening on 24 October 1991.

The production was designed and directed by Batt and starred Philip Quast as the Bellman, David McCallum as Lewis Carroll, and Kenny Everett as the Billiard Marker. There was a 50 piece live orchestra on stage, hidden variously by venetian blinds and gauzes upon which the scenery was projected entirely from more than 200 projectors and involved 12,000 hand-prepared still slides often moving in rapid succession to create animation. This visual technique had been developed by Batt over the years since the launch of his first solo album Schizophonia and had been used in his Zero ZeroTV production of 1982. The show's revolutionary visual presentation (critic Sheridan Morley wrote in the International Herald Tribune that "the show's design will revolutionize theatre design for years to come") did not save it from a negative reaction by critics that suggested Batt's visuals were spectacular but that the score was unimpressive.

The show survived only seven weeks at the Prince Edward. There has been much argument about the merits of the piece since it closed. A theatre studies student, Andrew Loretto, even wrote his PhD thesis on the subject "The Snark and the Critics".

In 1995, he made a solo album for Sony Germany, Arabesque. Batt was then commissioned to write the official anthem for the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel by the Queen, entitled "When Flags Fly Together". This was performed for the Queen and President Mitterrand, along with many senior politicians, by The Band of the Royal Engineers, and sung by Robert Meadmore.

Batt composed and produced the four million-selling album The Violin Player, which launched classical violinist Vanessa-Mae (EMI Classics, 1995) from which the top twenty single of his arrangement of J.S. Bach's "Toccata and Fugue" was taken.

In 1997, Batt produced an album for the soprano Anna Maria Kaufmann, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; an original dramatic song cycle called Blame It on the Moon, from which his song, "Running with a Dream" was taken as the theme for Germany's national football team at the 1998 World Cup.

Also in 1998, Batt produced, arranged and conducted the album Philharmania with the Royal Philharmonic and guest singers included Joey Tempest, Roger Daltrey, Marc Almond, Bonnie Tyler, Status Quo, Huey Lewis, Kim Wilde, Justin Hayward and others. Later the same year, Batt relaunched The Wombles pop group, with two hits, "Remember You’re a Womble" and "The Wombling Song".

In 2000, he collaborated with Roy Wood for a single which combined new versions of previous Christmas hits by Wizzard and The Wombles, released as "I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Merry Christmas".

In 1997, the year of The Queen and Prince Philip's Golden Wedding Anniversary, he was commissioned by the military to compose a piece, "Royal Gold", for the massed bands of the Coldstream, Welsh, Irish and Grenadier Guards, together with 100 pipers. The piece was performed in the presence of The Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Tournament in that year. Batt simultaneously dedicated the piece to his own parents, whose Golden Wedding Anniversary happened to be in the same year.

Later, he would compose, arrange and conduct the music for the 1999 TV series Watership Down with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. An ambitious soundtrack album starring Stephen Gately from Boyzone, Paul Carrack from Mike and the Mechanics, Cerys Matthews from Catatonia and the RPO was recorded but, owing to disagreements with the record label, was never meaningfully released and subsequently acquired by Batt for his Dramatico label some years later. His orchestral suite "Watership Down" was created and recorded by the RPO at this time and was released on Dramatico, which was released in a 2 CD set with the soundtrack to Caravans.

Also, for the 1999 release of XTC's album Apple Venus Volume 1, he wrote the orchestral arrangements for the tracks "Green Man" and "I Can't Own Her".

After conceiving and co-creating the all-girl string quartet Bond and producing their first single, he then created the eight-piece classical crossover band, The Planets. Their album Classical Graffiti was released in February 2002. It went to number one in the UK classical music chart on the day of release and remained there for three months.

He formed his own record label, Dramatico, in 2000, working with a small group of artists including Katie Melua, Carla Bruni, Marianne Faithfull, Caro Emerald, Gurrumul, and Sarah Blasko.

From 2005, Dramatico became one of the top UK based indie labels. Batt discovered Katie Melua in 2002 while scouting for a new artist with whom to work. Melua's album Call Off the Search (containing six of Batt's songs including "The Closest Thing to Crazy") was released on Dramatico in November 2003.

After six weeks at number one in the UK Albums Chart, it sold six times platinum, over 1.8 million copies, in the UK and three million copies in total, making Melua the biggest selling UK female artist of 2004. Her second album, Piece by Piece (including Batt's song "Nine Million Bicycles") was released in September 2005, and sold 3.5 million copies in Europe, going to number one in the UK, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and hitting top five chart positions in eight other countries. At this point, Melua had become the biggest female UK album artist in the world for that year according to official British Phonographic Industry sales figures.

In 2008, Batt performed and released A Songwriter's Tale, a compilation album of his hits, newly recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Henry Spinetti, Ray Cooper, Chris Spedding, Mitch Dalton and Tim Harries. The album reached position 24 in the UK albums chart. In 2011, his record label, Dramatico, released the album "Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor" by Caro Emerald, reaching more than 400,000 UK sales and paving the way for the release of "The Shocking Miss Emerald" by the same artist in 2013. This album went to number one in the UK album charts.

Melua departed the Batt (Dramatico) management stable and record label in January 2014 after a ten-year contract during which she had recorded six albums for Dramatico. Since 2014, Batt has guided his Dramatico organization towards a more theatrical/TV /film direction, albeit concentrating on projects which have his music at their core.

He has served on the boards of many industry organizations including The Performing Right Society, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), being Deputy Chairman of the BPI from 2007 until November 2015. He has been a member of the Society of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS) since 1976. His awards include five Ivor Novello Awards issued by The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, according to their records.

Batt was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to the Royal Household.

In August 2014, Batt was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.

In 2018, he produced and arranged Hawkwind's album The Road to Utopia, consisting primarily of new versions of their 1970s songs with a guest appearance from Eric Clapton. He arranged and conducted a series of concerts of Hawkwind songs featuring the band and orchestra in October and November 2018.

In September 2018, the GUILD classical label released a recording of 'Holst: The Planets Suite for Large Orchestra' played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Batt. The release coincided with the centenary of the composition's first performance.

In July 2019, Batt was made a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts by co-founder Paul McCartney.

His fantasy adventure novel The Chronicles of Don't Be So Ridiculous Valley is published by London Street Books.

In 2022, Batt launched Croix-Noire, an art project with Jean-Charles Capelli, linking music, comics and video games.

2022: The Wombles songwriter destroys master tapes to avoid The Beatles-style remasters:

Mike Batt’s autobiography will be published on 26 September 2024 by Nine Eight Books. It will also be available as an audiobook, narrated by Mike himself, and can be ordered here:



Included in the set are the following:

01 The Wombles - Wombling Songs (1973)

02 The Wombles - Remember You're a Womble (1974)

03 The Wombles - Keep on Wombling (1974)

04 The Wombles - Superwombling (1975)

05 The Wombles - Wombling Free (1977)

06 Mike Batt - Zero Zero (1982)

07 Justin Hayward - Classic Blue (2005 Digital Remaster) (1989)

08 Katie Melua - The Katie Melua Collection (2008)

09 The Wombles - The W Factor: 20 Wombling Greats (2011)

10 Mike Batt - The Penultimate Collection (2CD) (2020)

11 Mike Batt - The Closest Thing to Crazy - My Life of Musical Adventures (2CD) (2024)






Track lists


The Wombles - Wombling Songs (1973)

01 The Wombles - The Wombling Song (TV Version) 1:47

02 The Wombles - Wombles Everywhere 3:32

03 The Wombles - Exercise Is Good For You (Laziness Is Not) 2:33

04 The Wombles - The Wombles Warning 3:31

05 The Wombles - Tobermory 3:39

06 The Wombles - Dreaming In The Sun 4:12

07 The Wombles - Madame Cholet 3:52

08 The Wombles - Great Uncle Bulgaria's March 3:32

09 The Wombles - Wellington Womble 3:58

10 The Wombles - Bungo's Birthday 2:36

11 The Wombles - Wombling Along 0:56

12 The Wombles - The Wombling Song (Full Version) 2:26


The Wombles - Remember You're a Womble (1974)

01 The Wombles - Remember You're A Womble 3:10

02 The Wombles - Minuetto Allegretto 3:37

03 The Wombles - Non-Stop Wombling Summer Party 4:02

04 The Wombles - Wombling In The Rain 3:57

05 The Wombles - Womble Burrow Boogie 2:56

06 The Wombles - Wellington Goes To Waterloo 3:36

07 The Wombles - The Return Of Cousin Yellowstone 3:07

08 The Wombles - The Womble Square Dance 3:13

09 The Wombles - Wimbledon Sunset 1:50

10 The Wombles - Banana Rock 3:04


The Wombles - Keep on Wombling (1974)

01 The Wombles - Womble Of The Universe 3:42

02 The Wombles - The Orinoco Kid 3:17

03 The Wombles - The Jungle Is Jumping 3:21

04 The Wombles - Underground Overture 2:39

05 The Wombles - Hall Of Mountain Womble 1:44

06 The Wombles - Look Out For The Giant 2:24

07 The Wombles - The Wombling Twist 3:00

08 The Wombles - Tobermory's Music Machine 2:18

09 The Wombles - Wipe Those Womble Tears From Your Eyes 3:42

10 The Wombles - Invitation To The Ping-Pong Ball 3:49

11 The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas 3:20


The Wombles - Superwombling (1975)

01 The Wombles - The Womble Shuffle 2:41

03 The Wombles - Down At The Barber Shop 2:10

04 The Wombles - The Empty Tidy-Bag Blues 3:59

05 The Wombles - Wombling White Tie And Tails 3:33

06 The Wombles - Superwomble 3:26

07 The Wombles - Miss Adelaide (She's Got A Lot Of Knowledge) 3:58

08 The Wombles - Wombles On Parade 3:41

09 The Wombles - To Wimbledon With Love 3:48

10 The Wombles - Nashville Wombles 4:54


The Wombles - Wombling Free (1977)

01 The Wombles - The Wombling Song (Film Version) 4:19

02 The Wombles - The Creation Of The World (Main Title) 3:10

03 The Wombles - Edinburgh Rock 2:45

04 The Wombles - Introduction From Minuetto Allegretto 1:32

05 The Wombles - Introduction To The Womble Burrow 2:45

06 The Wombles - Wombling White Tie & Tails (Film Version) 3:32

07 The Wombles - Under The Hills And Not Far Away 1:43

08 The Wombles - Madame Cholet 3:25

09 The Wombles - Mr Roland Frogmorton's Music 0:54

10 The Wombles - Miss Felicity Kim Frogmorton's Music 0:40

11 The Wombles - Frogmorton's Theme 1:57

12 The Wombles - The March Of The Machines 2:38

13 The Wombles - Exercise Is Good For You (Film Version) 0:57

14 The Wombles - The Underground Garden 1:28

15 The Wombles - Count Down And Lift-Off 1:11

16 The Wombles - Womble Of The Universe 3:41

17 The Wombles - The Queen 0:22


Mike Batt - Zero Zero (1982)

01 Mike Batt - Introduction (The Birth of Number 17) 1:35

02 Mike Batt - System 605 6:07

03 Mike Batt - Love Makes You Crazy 3:37

04 Mike Batt - Delirium 8:49

05 Mike Batt - Whispering Fools 4:36

06 Mike Batt - Zero Zero 5:19

07 Mike Batt - The Dance of the Neurosurgeons 5:54

08 Mike Batt - No Lights in My Eyes 3:00

09 Mike Batt - Love Makes You Crazy (Instrumental Reprise) 3:12


Justin Hayward - Classic Blue (2005 Digital Remaster) (1989)

01 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - The Tracks Of My Tears 3:20

02 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - MacArthur Park 7:12

03 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Blackbird 2:28

04 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Vincent 4:50

05 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - God Only Knows 3:30

06 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Bright Eyes 3:50

07 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - A Whiter Shade Of Pale 4:24

08 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Scarborough Fair 4:15

09 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Railway Hotel 3:19

10 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Man Of The World 3:25

11 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Forever Autumn 5:11

12 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - As Long As The Moon Can Shine 4:17

13 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Stairway To Heaven 7:42


08 Katie Melua - The Katie Melua Collection (2008)

01 Katie Melua - The Closest Thing to Crazy 4:15

02 Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles 3:17

03 Katie Melua feat. Eva Cassidy - What a Wonderful World 4:19

04 Katie Melua - If You Were a Sailboat 4:01

05 Katie Melua - Piece By Piece 3:24

06 Katie Melua - Call Off the Search 3:25

07 Katie Melua - On the Road Again 4:38

08 Katie Melua - Mary Pickford 3:13

09 Katie Melua - Spider's Web 3:56

10 Katie Melua - Thank You, Stars 3:40

11 Katie Melua - I Cried for You 3:38

12 Katie Melua - Crawling Up a Hill 3:25

13 Katie Melua - Tiger in the Night 3:09

14 Katie Melua - When You Taught Me How to Dance 3:24

15 Katie Melua - Two Bare Feet 3:00

16 Katie Melua - Toy Collection 3:13

17 Katie Melua - Somewhere in the Same Hotel 3:50


The Wombles - The W Factor - 20 Wombling Greats (2011)

01 The Wombles - Remember You're A Womble 3:12

02 The Wombles - The Wombling Song 2:30

03 The Wombles - Superwomble 3:28

04 The Wombles - Invitation To The Ping-Pong Ball 3:51

05 The Wombles - Wipe Those Womble Tears From Your Eyes 3:45

06 The Wombles - Wombling White Tie And Tails 3:36

07 The Wombles - Wombling In The Rain 4:02

08 The Wombles - The Orinoco Kid 3:20

09 The Wombles - Exercise Is Good For You (Laziness Is Not) 2:37

10 The Wombles - Wellington Goes To Waterloo 3:39

11 The Wombles - To Wimbledon With Love 3:53

12 The Wombles - The Womble Shuffle 2:45

13 The Wombles - Minuetto Allegretto 3:40

14 The Wombles - Down At The Barber Shop (Singing In Harmony) 2:14

15 The Wombles - Nashville Wombles 4:58

16 The Wombles - Tobermory 3:43

17 The Wombles - Banana Rock 3:08

18 The Wombles - Madame Cholet 3:28

19 The Wombles - Bungo's Birthday 2:39

20 The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas 3:19


The Penultimate Collection CD1

01 Mike Batt - Children Of The Sky 5:31

02 Mike Batt - Bright Eyes 3:53

03 Mike Batt - The Winds Of Change 3:58

04 Mike Batt - Lady Of the Dawn 4:05

05 Mike Batt - Railway Hotel 3:26

06 Mike Batt - Imbecile (feat. Roger Chapman) 5:10

07 Mike Batt - Please Don't Fall In Love 3:20

08 Mike Batt - Love Makes You Crazy 3:39

09 Mike Batt - A Winter's Tale 4:16

10 Mike Batt - Soldier's Song 4:26

11 Mike Batt - Better Than A Dream 3:08

12 Mike Batt - Into The Sunset Duet (with Bonnie Tyler) 3:30

13 Mike Batt - The Closest Thing To Crazy 4:36

14 Mike Batt - Voices In The Dark 4:07

15 Mike Batt - Nine Million Bicycles 3:18

16 Mike Batt - Caravan Song 3:43

17 Mike Batt - Caravan Theme 3:41

18 Mike Batt - I Feel Like Buddy Holly 4:27

19 Mike Batt - The Ride To Agadir 6:36


The Penultimate Collection CD2

01 Mike Batt - Waiting For A Wave 2:02

02 Mike Batt - Six Days In Berlin, Pt. 1 9:14

03 Mike Batt - Warsaw 5:45

04 Mike Batt - Tarota 6:17

05 Mike Batt - On Watership Down 6:06

06 Mike Batt - The Fires Of Rabat 2:58

07 Mike Batt - Summertime City 3:37

08 Mike Batt - Your Mother Should Know 2:08

09 Mike Batt - It's Only Pain 3:27

10 Mike Batt - Tiger In The Night (feat. Colin Blunstone) 3:02

11 Mike Batt - Run Like The Wind (feat. Roger Chapman) 4:28

12 The Wombles - The Wombling Song 2:26

13 The Wombles - Minuetto Allegretto 3:37

14 The Wombles - The Orinico Kid 3:16

15 Mike Batt - The Aspidistra Suite (2nd Movement) 5:41

16 Mike Batt - The Walls Of The World 3:24


Mike Batt - The Closest Thing to Crazy - My Life of Musical Adventures CD1

01 The Wombles - The Wombling Song (Original 1973 7" Single Version) 2:26

02 Mike Batt with the New Edition - Summertime City 3:37

03 Alvin Stardust - I Feel Like Buddy Holly 3:52

04 Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes 3:55

05 Kursaal Flyers - Little Does She Know (Original 1976 7" Single Version) 3:45

06 Mike Batt - Your Mother Should Know 2:08

07 Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat 4:07

08 Elkie Brooks - Lilac Wine 3:57

09 The Wombles - Minuetto Allegretto 3:36

10 Katie Melua - Nine Million Bicycles 3:13

11 Mike Batt - I See Wonderful Things in You 2:45

12 Mike Batt - Mr. Poem 2:26

13 Justin Hayward with Mike Batt - Forever Autumn 5:11

14 XTC - Greenman 6:17


Mike Batt - The Closest Thing to Crazy - My Life of Musical Adventures CD2

01 The Wombles - Remember You're a Womble 3:09

02     Mike Batt    -    Love Makes You Crazy (Original 1982 7_ Single Version)    3:39

03 The Wombles - Banana Rock 3:04

04 Mike Batt - Fading Yellow 3:43

05 Mike Batt - Suddenly 2:20

06 XTC - I Can't Own Her 5:26

07 The Hollies - Soldier's Song 4:00

08 Mike Batt vs Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Colin Blunstone - Tiger in the Night 3:01

09 The Wombles - Superwomble 3:24

10 Katie Melua - The Closest Thing to Crazy 4:12

11 Cliff Richard - Please Don't Fall in Love 3:12

12 Steve Harley - Ballerina (Prima Donna) 4:56

13 David Essex - A Winter's Tale 4:11

14 The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas 3:19




  1. What a supreme collection of a truly gifted artist's work! Thanks so much!

  2. What a great collection, thank you guys, marvelous stuff. Always been a place in my collection for Mike Batt involved projects. You may want to check out the 1981 album Rapid Eye Movements by Autopilot - a sort of concept album written and produced by Mike Batt. Also 6 Days In Berlin by Mike Batt from the same year. Much appreciated.

  3. Great collection,but it would have been nice to have included on of the two final CDs,Barbara Dickson's version of Caravan Song or her track Run Like The Wind (which Mike wrote & produced)

    1. Hi ian s,
      I was unaware of these two tracks when I compiled my 2CD set, but I can add them. Appreciate the heads up.

  4. Thanks so much for taking up my suggestion K. You've done the incomparable Mike Batt proud. Such a prolific and great songwriter. Looking at the list of credits I had forgotten how many songs have his name attached to them. A remarkable compilation and thanks so much again for the time and effort.Looking forward to his memoir. Hopefully the BBC or Sky will do a proper retrospective on the great man.