Richard Batchens is an Australian record producer and audio engineer. From 1971 to 1976 he was the main in-house producer for Festival Records' imprint Infinity Records. His work includes most of the early albums and singles for Sherbet, one of Australia's most successful pop bands of the 1970s, and the first six albums by singer-songwriter, Richard Clapton. He also produced some of the early Cold Chisel material, including the single, "Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)" (1978), and their second album, Breakfast at Sweethearts (1979).
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, audio engineer, mixer|
Richard Batchens worked in Sydney with Festival Records in-house producer, Pat Aulton, in the late 1960s. Aulton continued as main producer of Festival's pop music releases until 1973. In 1970 Festival established a new imprint label, Infinity Records, and Batchens became its main producer and engineer.
Batchens co-produced the debut album, At the Mountains of Madness (April 1971), by progressive rock and heavy rockers, Blackfeather, with their lead guitarist, John Robinson. Its associated single, "Seasons of Change" appeared in May. The material was recorded in late 1970 and featured guest appearances by two members of Fraternity, an Adelaide-based group: Bon Scott on recorder and percussion, and John Bissett on keyboards. The album reached No. 7 in the Australian national charts. The track, "Seasons of Change", had originally been written by Robinson and Neale Johns for Fraternity. It proved to be one of Blackfeather's most popular singles and became a national Top 20 hit when released, against the band's wishes, as a single. This track also crops up on Raven's Golden Miles CD compilation in 1994 along with the album track, "Long Legged Lovely".
From 1972 to 1975 he produced or co-produced five albums for pop group, Sherbet. From 1973 to 1979 he produced six albums for Richard Clapton including his first four studio albums, a soundtrack album, Highway One (1976), and a compilation album, Past Hits and Previews (1979).
Cold Chisel's debut self-titled album in 1978 had been produced by Peter Walker. For their second album, Breakfast at Sweethearts, the record company, Elektra Records, decided to use a more experienced producer. Batchens was chosen due to his work with Sherbet and Clapton. According to Australian journalist, Ed Nimmervoll, Batchens "was not all that keen on the band's individual performances in the studio and made them do things over and over". Although "he smoothed out the rough edges", however he "lost some of the life". Meanwhile, "the more sophisticated approach tended to highlight the quality of the songs". Nimmervoll noted that the "band had their reservations, but they were reasonably happy with the results". Breakfast at Sweethearts proved to be their commercial breakthrough, turning Cold Chisel into platinum selling superstars. After attempting to record a follow-up single with Batchens, Cold Chisel decided to record their next album, East (1980), with Mark Opitz producing.
|1971||Heart'n'Soul||Hot Boogie Band||Engineer||Infinity|
|Blackfeather||At the Mountain of Madness||Co-producer with John Robinson||Infinity/Festival|
|Greg Quill and Country Radio||"Radio Rag"||Producer|
|Russell Morris||"Wings of an Eagle"||Arranger (strings)|
|Peter Hiscock||"A Certain Mr. Brown"||Producer||Festival|
|1972||Sherbet||Time Change... A Natural Progression||Co-producer with Howard Gable, Pat Austin, Ross Linton||Infinity/Festival|
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|1973||Sherbet||On with the Show||Producer||Infinity/Festival|
|Sharon Sims||"To Be the One You Love"||Co-producer with Martin Erdman|
|Richard Clapton||Prussian Blue||Producer, engineer, mixer||Infinity/Festival|
|1974||Sherbet||Slipstream||Co-producer with Sherbet||Infinity/Festival|
|1975||Sherbet||Life... Is for Living||Co-producer with Clive Shakespeare, Garth Porter||Festival|
|Richard Clapton||Girls on the Avenue||Producer||Infinity/Festival|
|Split Enz||Mental Notes||Engineer||Mushroom|
|1976||Richard Clapton||Highway One soundtrack||Producer, engineer, mixer||Festival|
|Main Street Jive||Producer||Infinity/Festival|
|1977||Richard Clapton||Goodbye Tiger||Producer, mixer||Infinity/Festival|
|Cold Chisel||You're Thirteen, You're Beautiful, and You're Mine (live EP)||Consultant producer|
|1978||Cold Chisel||"Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye)"||Producer||Elektra|
|Richard Clapton||Past Hits and Previews compilation||Producer||Infinity/Festival|
|1979||Cold Chisel||Breakfast at Sweethearts||Producer||Elektra|
- McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2014. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
- Milesago entries on Richard Batchens:
- Batchens: Kimball, Duncan (2002). "Producers & Engineers 1964–1975: Richard Batchens". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. Ice Productions. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Richard Batchens Kimball, Duncan (2002). "Richard Batchens: Producer, engineer, 1970s". Milesago: Australasian Music and Popular Culture 1964–1975. Ice Productions. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- McFarlane, 'Blackfeather' entry. Archived from the original on 6 April 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Richard Batchens associated entries at Australian Rock Database:
- Blackfeather: Holmgren, Magnus; Sturm, Jonathan; Johns, Neale. "Blackfeather". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Sherbet: Holmgren, Magnus; Sather, Gary; Hart, Alison; Cahill, Anthony. "Sherbet". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Richard Clapton: Holmgren, Magnus; Meyer, Peer; Bouchard, Gary. "Richard Clapton". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Cold Chisel: Holmgren, Magnus; Shoppee, Philip; Meyer, Peer. "Cold Chisel". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- McFarlane, 'Fraternity' entry. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Crabsody In Blue website
- Richard Clapton releases:
- Prussian Blue: "Disc Details: Prussian Blue". Richard Clapton. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Girls on the Avenue: "Disc Details: Girls on the Avenue". Richard Clapton. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Highway One: "Disc Details: Highway One". Richard Clapton. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Mainstreet Jive: "Disc Details: Mainstreet Jive". Richard Clapton. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Goodbye Tiger: "Disc Details: Goodbye Tiger". Richard Clapton. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Nimmervoll, Ed. "Cold Chisel". Howlspace. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Richard Batchens | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 May 2014.