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Born in Southampton, Batt's first venture was as a staff songwriter with Liberty records for whom he also recorded a few early 45s. He later became their A Manager and produced The Groundhogs' first album as well as putting together Hapshash and The Coloured Coat. He also worked as an independent writer/producer - his credits included the strings on Family's Music In A Doll's House album and several advertising jingles for the likes of Guinness and Smarties. However, his most successful venture and the one which made him famous was The Wombles, which also spurred him on to a few minor hits in his own name. He was also the man behind Phase 4. His career continued to blossom well beyond the time span of this book
unknoun sorce:He has conducted many of the world's great orchestras including the London Symphony, The London Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Victoria and The National Symphony Orchestra Of Ireland.
Mike Batt is one of Britain's best-known songwriter/composers. His consistent track record of success includes production, composition and conducting on projects as diverse as "Watership Down" (music and lyrics to Art Garfunkel's international number one single, "Bright Eyes"), "Phantom of The Opera" (producing, orchestrating and contributing lyrics to the first hit) and a great deal of symphonic work, including many television and film scores. He has won five Ivor Novello Awards including "Best Film Song or Music" two years in succession, once with "Watership Down" and once with "Caravans" the epic adaptation of Michener's novel, starring Anthony Quinn.
He began his career in popular music at the age of eighteen, as a signed artist with and subsequently Head of A&R for Liberty/United Artists Records. Leaving to form his own music publishing company two years later, and simultaneously working as a recording artist. His first hits as a singer/songwriter/producer were by The Wombles, in 1974.
After eight hit singles and four gold albums with The Wombles, he moved on to work with Steeleye Span ("All Around My Hat"), the Kursall Flyers ("Little Did She Know"), Elkie Brookes ("Lilac Wine"), Barbara Dickson ("Caravan Song") and Art Garfunkel ("Bright Eyes") all of which were top five in at least the UK.
01 - Caravan On The Move 4:03
02 - Main Title 2:57
03 - Russian Dance 1:46
04 - Inside Sardar Khan's Palace 1:35
05 - Journey To Badek 1:47
06 - The Camp At Qualir 3:04
07 - The Desolate Valley 1:26
08 - Caravan Song 2:06
09 - Qualir At Night 1:48
10 - Storm In The Desert 6:39
11 - Becky's Waltz 1:05
12 - Kochi Dancer 1:14
13 - The Aftermath 3:50
14 - Theme From 'Caravans' 3:40
Fiddle [Ethnic] - Johnny Derrick
Flute [Ethnic], Ocarina - Adrian Brett , Chris Taylor
Oud, Bouzouki - Alan Parker , Dick Abel
Percussion [Ethnic] - Chris Karan , Ray Cooper
Producer, Composed By, Orchestrated By, Conductor - Mike Batt
Santoor - John Leach
Shawm - Keith Thompson (4)