If you're reading this, you already know what a joy the animated classic, The Snowman, is. Released in the early 1980s, this beautifully animated short film, based on the children's book by Raymond Briggs, was made all the more enjoyable by the imaginative and lovely soundtrack that accompanied it. Written by Howard Blake (Violin Concerto "The Leeds"), the music follows the animation very closely as there are no words in the film. But this CD is just as enjoyable as the film, even mandatory, if not just for the chance to add "Walking On Air" to one's music collection. This hauntingly beautiful piece alone is a compelling reason to purchase this CD. This song has been recorded by the likes of George Winston; heavy metal/opera band Nightwish; Celtic Woman; Kevin Bowyer; and Placido Domingo. But none can compare to the original, sung by "Boy Singer" Peter Autry, found on this CD.
As a bonus, the CD is tracked in such a way that you can listen to "The Story of the Snowman" with narration by Bernard Cribbins, or, more enjoyable in my opinion, without narration. You can sit back and close your eyes and enjoy the music and it's nuances, or let your mind replay the story in your head as you imagine the boy waking-up to build the snowman; the playful interaction in the boy's house; the motorbike ride through the forest; the flight to The North Pole; and the heartrending ending. In both versions, "Walking in the Air" is offered just like in the film; seamlessly segued within the soundtrack. Additionally, you could play the song by itself by selecting track 5.
The CD boasts excellent sound quaity and a nice little illustrated booklet.