The Bottom Line
Carol of the Birds (And Other Christmas Tweets) is a fun and unique mix of holiday songs and bird songs that makes a great gift for any birder or nature lover and adds a whimsical touch to any holiday song lineup.
- Features authentic bird song and sound recordings
- Mix of both religious and secular carols
- No list of bird species appearing in the music
- Not available as a digital download from AniMelodies
- Name: Carol of the Birds (And Other Christmas Tweets)
- Number of Tracks: 14
- Total Length: 35:23
- Release Date: July 12, 2006
- Cost: $15
Guide Review - Carol of the Birds (And Other Christmas Tweets)
Created note by note by “Professor of Zoological Music” Gary Sattazahn as part of the AniMelodies label, Carol of the Birds (And Other Christmas Tweets) is a cheery and clever blend of smooth instruments and bright bird music. While holiday music may be predictable, there’s always a surprise with each carol as different birds (and in the case of "The 12 Days of Christmas" other animals) add to the harmony, right on cue and perfectly in tune.
The CD and its liner do not list the different bird species that make up the Avian Chorale and FowlHarmonic Orchestra for this compilation, but birders will be pleasantly entertained with a wide range of songbirds and waterfowl throughout each piece. Sattazahn claims to have spent more than 1,000 hours creating the music, and that work is evident in the clear tunes and outstanding incorporation of bird song. While the different species don’t always seem compatible from a birding perspective, that just lends another layer of fun listening to the music.
- “Jingle Bells”
- “The 12 Days of Christmas”
- “The Holly and the Ivy”
- “Deck the Hall”
- “Carol of the Birds”
- “Up on the Housetop”
- “Here we Come a-Caroling”
- “I Saw Three Ships”
- “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”
- “Skaters’ Waltz”
- “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”
- “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”
- “Silent Night”
- “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
A review copy was provided by the manufacturer.
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