Mike Batt has produced a lot of hits both for himself as an artist and for others. Sometimes (nearly always) that involves arranging. Artists Mike has produced include The Groundhogs, Steeleye Span (All Around My Hat) Elkie Brooks (“Lilac Wine”) Hawkwind (latest album) , Art Garfunkel (Bright Eyes and several other tracks), David Essex (the hits, A Winters Tale and “Oh What A Circus” among many others – including two albums of covers with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestral) – Barbara Dickson (“Caravan Song”, “Surrender To The Sun” and the album “All For A Song”. Katie Melua (5 albums, selling 11 million copies on his own DRAMATICO label and including many of his own songs “The Closest Thing To Crazy, Nine Million Bicycles”). Violinist Vanessa-Mae (4million selling album “The violin Player” on EMI Classics) Justin Hayward, Huey Lewis, Status Quo, Lemmy, Kim Wilde, Cliff Richard, Roger Daltrey, Marc Almond and many others.
Arranging has always been an important part of his production work, and there are links below, (once again some of these links will appear on other pages of this site). He has made several albums with solo artists and symphony orchestra (notably “Stage Heroes with Colm Wilkinson and the LPO, “Classic blue” with Justin Hayward and the RPO, and “Gary Wilmot, the Album” with the RPO.) Another favourite project of Mike’s is Philharmania – an album of covers performed by famous rock singers with the RPO (examples of which are linked below). His album “The Hunting Of The Snark – a multi-artist project containing star performances in a mix of songs and instrumental work where the songs and compositions are all part of a dramatic construction. (See “Projects” page for a fuller account of the The Hunting Of The Snark, with some links here, below).
SELECTION OF PRODUCTION/ARRANGEMENT TRACKS
“Your Mother Should Know Mike Batt 1969 single