"Snowflake" - The Rainbow Collections Christmas album

Snowflake is Volume 3 of our Rainbow Collections series of music for children (and grown ups too). Here are some reviews ...

Published

27.11.2010

Merry Christmas! 

OK, so admittedly I’m writing to you from the east coast of Australia in blistering (mid summer) 35 degree heat… but hey..

Earlier this year, in an England iced in snow and frost, Sophie Barker and I and some friends attempted to recapture the lost magical spirit of traditional, childhood Christmas’ past, by creating SNOWFLAKE – an album full of new arrangements of festive favourites from yesteryear.

Snowflake childrens Christmas album

Snowflake is Volume 3 of our Rainbow Collections series of music for children (and grown ups too), and features the following lovingly crafted seasonal tracks :

1. Jingle Bells
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Little Donkey
4. Santa’s Little Helpers (new song!)
5. O Little Town
6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
7. O Christmas Tree
8. Let it Snow!
9. Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas
10. White Christmas
11. Deck the Halls
12. Sleigh Ride
13. The First Noel
14. We Wish You a Merry Xmas
15. Winter Wonderland
16. The Night Before Christmas


A festive treat or humbug?.. Here's what the bloggers had to say about it...  

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Snowflake (by Sophie Barker & KK)

This is a truly lovely album. I would happily have purchased this and I think that if you like Christmas then you should too. Children love to sing and listen to Christmas tracks and this CD offers a super twist on the traditional. It hits the spot for both kids and adults as the songs are known and accessible to the children and there are even some kids singing on some of the tracks but Sophie Barker who sings the tracks has the most beautiful voice and makes it easy for an adult to listen and enjoy.

The kids and I have already chosen our favourite tracks –
Miss E – Santa’s Little Helpers
Miss M – Frostie The Snowman
Me – Let It Snow!
JJ – Little Donkey

…. and for your delight (well that might be going a bit far actually) is JJ singing Little Donkey, accompanied by the CD playing. You will see him using the words in the lovely little hard back book that the CD comes in.

http://mdplife.blogspot.com/2010/11/music-reviews-cbeebies-song-time.html

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Snowflake – Christmas Songs CD

It’s nearly December ! Time to get the Christmas CDs out and leave them permanently in the CD players in the car and the house ! Well, thanks to the lovely people at Sony, I now have a new one to add to my collection. Aptly called Snowflake, its cheery red colour and smiley snowflake design are guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy even before you hit play.

The cover declares that this is a CD of “fun festive favourites for children and grown-ups”, and I totally agree with that. It has the classic songs that most children will know and be able to join in with and the singer pronounces the words extremely clearly so if your little ones are trying to learn the words it’s perfect. It’s parent friendly too because it’s not annoying to listen to, like some kid-oriented music compilations which end up doing your head in after a few listens, and it’s not at all headachey.

Snowflake is the final album in a trilogy created by Rainbow Collections, the first two being Lullaby, a children’s bedtime CD, and Toybox, a collection of nursery rhymes for playtime. Judging by the fact that 5-year-old Juliette can’t help getting up and bopping around the room while singing loudly along and Pierre giggles and bounces in his chair waving his arms around every time I put it on, I’m sure the other two CDs would be great for toddlers and young children too.

The blurb says : “Snowflake brings to life traditional Christmas songs recreated by the voice of trip-hop band, Zero 7, lead singer Sophie Barker and producer KK who has worked with many famous artists including Bjork and Brian Eno.” Don’t expect trip hop or rock music though – this is a very “easy listening” calming CD to listen to that is ideal for calming the kids down ready for nap time (afte a boogie around the room).

It features 16 tracks and many of the popular Christmas classics are on there, including ‘Jingle bells’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘Deck the halls’, ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. The album also features a brand new Christmas song called ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ sung by Sophie Barker and accompanied by the London children’s choir. You can’t get more Christmassy than a kids’ choir !

Some of the Christmas CDs I’ve got are overly cheesy or sound really old-fashioned (anyone for a bit of Bing Crosby ?!) but that’s not the case for Snowflake. It sounds a bit like the type of songs you’d get on CBeebies which probably explains why the kids have so readily adopted it and sing and dance along happily. But even the adults can’t help grinning and singing along when the kids falter on the words of Frosty the Snowman ! The arrangements are really jazzy and guaranteed to make you do a bit of armchair-dancing which will help to burn off some of those mince pies and Christmas cocktails !

All together now … Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way … !

star rating : 4.5/5

http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.com/2010/11/snowflake-christmas-songs-cd.html

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The Rainbow Collections – Snowflake CD

The rainbow collection – snowflake is a delightful CD filled with Christmas music that is great for children and adults sung with a modern twist.

Initial Thoughts: I have to say I wasn’t filled with much hope for Snowflake, which is aimed at children and adults. I was sure it would be too twee for me to listen too. However, the boys were keen to get on in the car where it has remained since.

We liked: This is a delightful CD fill with 16 traditional Christmas songs including Frosty the Snowman, White Christmas, The First Noel and Oh Little Town. It is sung by Sophie Baker and I have to say that is a really classy Christmas Album. I love the fact that the boy sign along to all the songs and as of yet I have not tired of hearing this Album.

We weren’t keen: There was nothing at all off putting about this album. It was a big hit.

Overall: Snowflake is a fantastic Christmas Album which will be played again and again over the festive season. Even my mum asked who was signing the songs as she loved her voice. It is a very serene album without the normal lack of tune you often get with arrangement done for children.
Jen [The Mad House]

http://www.greattoyguide.com/2010/11/the-rainbow-collections-snowflake-cd/

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Snowflake: Beautiful Christmas songs for you and your family

This year we’re very excited, ok, I’m very excited, as it’s bubba’s first Christmas. This means I get to go completely over the top with buying Christmas presents, putting the decorations up and generally getting into the Christmas spirit earlier than ever. So I was very happy to review Snowflake, the new CD from The Rainbow Collections.

Following the success of Lullaby, a children’s bedtime CD, and Toybox, a collection of nursery rhymes for playtime, the Rainbow Collections has released the final album in its trilogy – Snowflake. Snowflake brings to life traditional Christmas songs.

The album includes 16 tracks of new arrangements of classic Christmas songs and festive favourites the whole family can enjoy over the festive period. as well as a brand new Christmas song called ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’.

We’ve been playing the CD over the last few days and it’s lovely music to relax too. I’m sure Edward isn’t too aware of what’s going on but he’s happy to watch me sing along and dance with me! The CD features some of my favourite songs including Jingle bells and We wish you a Merry Christmas. This is a definite keeper and will be brought out every year to get us in the mood for Christmas.

http://gingerbreadhouse.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/snowflake-beautiful-christmas-songs/

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Review: Snowflake CD & The Night Before Christmas
Snowflake, The Rainbow Collections (Sony Music UK)

We like this CD. It has all the classics (Jingle Bells, Let it Snow, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer) as well as some more American Christmas songs (Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Little Helpers). It is jolly, it is happy and well Christmassy, can’t say fairer than that. You may say it is slightly jazzier version of the favourites, but I am not a music expert, so not sure if that is a fair description. The Englishman seems to like it and he is usually the one to reject things. We played this CD whilst making our Christmas cookies and we played it again yesterday, when we decorated the living room and had our first nibble at said cookies. And it worked. I think it’s lovely.

http://www.redtedart.com/2010/11/29/review-snowflake-cd-1st-advent-vanille-kipferl/

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I Do Love Christmas Music
by Marylin on December 1, 2010

Even though it starts far too early for my liking in shops and such.
When I see the Christmas Coca Cola advert on the telly, I know that it’s almost time to start decorating.

I do have quite a few Christmas cd’s, but none of them seem to have the good old favourites.

Luckily we got our hands on a lovely new album in the post recently, called Snowflake.
“Fun festive favourites for children and grownups” is what it says on the tin, and I’ve got to agree.

Zack knew straight away that it was “Christmas music Mummy!!”

It’s got some of my favourite carols, like Little Donkey, Jingle Bells (every child’s favourite, or at least from those I know!), along with some more recent (and I use that word loosely!) songs like Let It Snow, and White Christmas.

Sophie Baker (singer from Zero 7) does a great job, such a lovely soft voice, often accompanied with a choir in the background.

All in all? Well, the boys are dancing away to this as I type, and I’m not sick of listening to it yet, so it’s a thumbs up for me!

I can see me playing this while putting up the Christmas decorations very soon…
Oooh I do love Christmas time! Don’t you?

You can get Snowflake on Amazon and Play both at very reasonable prices. I’d definitely recommend it to those of us with pre-school aged kids. Even Max loves it. Well, I assume that as he’s swaying to A Little Town of Bethlehem at the moment…

http://www.softthistle.net/i-do-love-christmas-music

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Snowflake : album review

Oh the weather outside is frightful… and yet there’s still something delightful about seeing London and her lambs blanketed with snow in the run-up to Christmas.
As we crunched and shuffled our way to school yesterday morning, Ezra declared ‘Snow is my favouritest weather ever!’

It seems like the perfect moment to tell you about a new CD release called Snowflake filled with songs to get you in the festive mood.

Snowflake compiles various Christmassy songs rejigged, from classic carols like O’ Little Town to more modern ditties e.g. Jingle Bells. Sung by Sophie Barker, lead singer of trip hop band Zero 7 and produced by KK who’s worked with Bjork among others, this is easy listening with a hipster edge.

The Babes and I have been playing the album since November and it always puts a swing in our evening. Ezra digs the jaunty version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer while Jed likes to get his stomp on to Frosty the Snowman.
There’s even a brand new song called Santa’s Little Helper featuring the London Children’s Choir and guest appearance from Old Red Suit himself!

When you’re feeling more bah humbug than ho ho ho, simply pop Snowflake in your player and before long you’ll be lighting candles, cracking open the egg nog or maybe even giving your neighbours a hug. It’s that full of cheer.

http://babesabouttown.com/2010/12/win-a-snowflake-for-christmas/

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Snowflake (by Sophie Barker & KK)

This is a truly lovely album. I would happily have purchased this and I think that if you like Christmas then you should too. Children love to sing and listen to Christmas tracks and this CD offers a super twist on the traditional. It hits the spot for both kids and adults as the songs are known and accessible to the children and there are even some kids singing on some of the tracks but Sophie Barker who sings the tracks has the most beautiful voice and makes it easy for an adult to listen and enjoy.

The kids and I have already chosen our favourite tracks –
Miss E – Santa’s Little Helpers
Miss M – Frostie The Snowman
Me – Let It Snow!
JJ – Little Donkey

…. and for your delight (well that might be going a bit far actually) is JJ singing Little Donkey, accompanied by the CD playing. You will see him using the words in the lovely little hard back book that the CD comes in.

http://mdplife.blogspot.com/2010/11/music-reviews-cbeebies-song-time.html

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The Rainbow Collections - Snowflake - album review

Would could more appropriate to review than a CD called Snowflake ? Scotland is snowy central just now and it is forecast all week . My kids are thrilled.

From the makers of Lullaby, a children’s bedtime CD, and Toybox, a collection of nursery rhymes for playtime, the Rainbow Collections is proud to announce the release of the final album in its trilogy – Snowflake.

Snowflake brings to life traditional Christmas songs recreated by the voice of trip-hop band, Zero 7, lead singer Sophie Barker and producer KK who has worked with many famous artists including Bjork and Brian Eno.

Featuring popular all time Christmas classics including ‘Jingle bells’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘Deck the halls’, ‘Little Donkey’ and ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’, Snowflake includes 16 tracks of stunning new arrangements and festive favourites the whole family can enjoy over the festive period. The album also features a brand new Christmas song called ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ sung by Sophie and accompanied by the London children’s choir.

Snowflake is available from November 6th at Amazon.co.uk, Play.com and HMV.

We have been big funs since the first listen , the kids all love to get up and sign/dance along . It is really the perfect kids Christmas CD and i am sure it will be a well used CD around here every year. It is a great sing along CD for the car also . I admit the slow tempo Jingle Bells gets us each time and the girls have been requesting i skip it lately (when it is normal there favorite ) , but apart from that one song its as perfect as perfect gets.

http://allaboutmummy.blogspot.com/2010/11/snowflake.html

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