MIKE READ Singles
Mike Read is most famously known for his stint as a Radio One
DJ (and he still DJ’s to this day currently on the Big L radio station) and
for banning Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’. He has also written
numerous books, appeared on TV and written a stage show that didn’t do too
As if this didn’t keep him busy enough during the years he has recorded many
singles under his own name and various guises such as the Trainspotters and
Rock-olas, which are compiled here (although his top 40 hit of a few years
ago as the Jungle Men isn’t on here).
Review by Jason Ritchie,
www.getreadytorock.com (September 2008)
...the DJ's dalliance with
rock 'n' roll stretches back to the '60s...one can attribute any of the
songs to some other artist...
MIKE READ & SIR JOHN BETJEMAN Sound
Of Poetry (SJPCD288)
The whole project has a
certain charm to it and Read acquits himself well as a composer,
complementing the Englishness of Betjeman's words. It's worth a try.
Nigel Filby, Diss Express (October
ambitious and beautifully realized collection, not to mention one of
those extraordinarily rare moments when pop sensibility and poetic
beauty truly come together...an unexpected joy
Dave Thompson, All Music Guide (November 2008)
Easy on the ear, but with
less stress on the text than it could have been...it's most alluring for the
fans of the artists involved...Often generic, if very pleasant...A good gift
for your loving one.
...more than enough
good moments...make it a worthwhile investment
Kevin Bryan, Stirling
Advertiser (January 2009)