Woodland And Garden Birds

Now here’s a record guaranteed to make my colleague green with envy…


Originally released separately, this is actually two BBC albums combined as a double in a lovely gatefold sleeve.


Produced and narrated by Eric Simms (in flawless clipped Queen’s English) this collects a fascinating amount of bird calls along with a few other creatures, including mice, squirrels, mosquitos and even Death’s Head Hawk-moths, grouped according to the seasons and environment – a truly beautiful sonic portrait of British wildlife.

7 inchers

Addicted to Bird Sound recordings #1.

Bird Recognition – An Aural Index (Victor C. Lewis).
3 disc boxset with booklet – Mono – 7EG 8926-7-8 – 1966

I must admit to absolutly loving these discs …. forget all that Eno-esque,synth-laden,new-ageism ambient tosh – pleeeazze…- sorry – but if I feel like a bit of relaxation , nothing does it much better that a disc of naturally recorded real-world sounds – and yes – the sounds of birds in the English countryside do it for me…

Split over three 7 inchers is a detailed analysis of some 47 species of bird and 187 individual recordings covering a very-wide range of chirping emotions (we got the lot here – alarm, flight, song, sub-song, mating, roosting, feeding etc etc).

This boxset is one of a series of 3 – covering various types of birds in a grouping of various types of habitat – all recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s they are a snap-shot of a more quiet era long since lost …. as stated in the excellent book included “Due to the advent of the jet-aircraft, and the present-day multiplicity of man-made noise generally, good quality natural history sound recordings are fast becoming virtually impossible ….”

Victor C Lewis has left a stonker of an archive of recordings spread over numerous musty slabs of plastic – that I am slowly hunting down – this box cost me 50 pence – bargin or what !!

Anyway – here is the recordist in his studio – NICE !!


Bird Sounds In Close-Up


Unfortunately this record did not have a cool flexi-disc hidden inside it, but at least it did still have it’s original detailed and highly informative insert/leaflet thingy.

This record cost it’s original owner £1.25 at Leo’s. Gosh, I remember Leo’s. My mum used to do the weekly shop there every week. Of course, that building is now a Tesco Metro. So it goes.