by Mannheim Steamroller



With sales of more than 30 million Christmas albums to date, Mannheim Steamroller is tops in holiday music. Their latest CD, Christmasville, offers seasonal favorites like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" along with new songs from Mannheim mastermind Chip Davis.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805123129
catalogNumber: 1231

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Mike Smith   Alto Saxophone
Rob Parton   Trumpet
Chip Davis   Track Performer
Josie Aiello   Vocals,Soloist
Scott Bentall   Trombone
Dale Clevenger   French Horn
Joel Cohen   Percussion
Josie Falbo   Vocals,Track Performer
Clara Lindner   Violin
Jeffrey Morrow   Vocals,Track Performer,Soloist
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Michael Shelton   Violin
Joel Spencer   Drums
Cheryl Wilson   Vocals,Soloist
Gene Nery   Vocals,Soloist
Alice Render   French Horn
Judy Stone   Cello
Charles Vernon   Bass Trombone
Mick Mulcahy   Tenor Trombone
Paul Mertens   Baritone Saxophone
Pat Brennan   Viola
Lori Ashikawa   Violin
Mark Brandfonbrener   Cello
Larry Kohut   Bass
Craig McCreary   Guitar
Gene Pokorny   Tuba
Jeremy Kahn   Piano
Robert Bowker   Vocals,Track Performer
Kathleen Brauer   Violin
Oto Carrillo   French Horn
Melanie Cottle   Horn
Jennifer Cappelli   Violin
Larry Glazer   Cello
Adam Moen   Trombone
Mark Fry   Trombone
Claudia Lasareff Mironoff   Viola
Channing Philbrick   Trumpet
Fritz Hocking   Trombone
Mark Fisher   Tenor Trombone
Christmasville Singers   Track Performer
Jonathan Boen   French Horn
Michael Buckwalter   Horn
Melanie Cottle   Horn
Neil Kimel   Horn
Adam Moen   Trombone
Mark Fry   Trombone
Randall Carey Deadman   Trumpet
Mark Ridenour   Trumpet
Carol Lahti   Violin
Judy Storey   Vocals
Josie Falbo   Vocals
Lori Ashikawa   Violin
Pat Brennan   Viola
Doug Wadell   Percussion
Craig McCreary   Guitar
Frank Babbitt   Viola
Guillaume Combet   Violin
Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff   Viola
Matthew Comerford   Trumpet
Stephen Eisen   Tenor Saxophone
Alice Render-Clevenger   French Horn
Mark Fisher   Tenor Trombone
David Inmon   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Chip Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Audio Production,Cover Illustration
James Horner   Composer
Dudley Brooks   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Arnie Roth   Arranger,Composer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
Albert Hague   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Matthew Prock   Engineer
Bill Fries   Composer

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2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a disappointing album. I understand that the bulk of this album was music written for the Universal Studios "Grinch" Christmas attraction, and if I had purchased the CD there, as a memory of the park, I would likely have had a different opinion. But when I buy a "Manheim Steamroller Christmas Album" I don't expect it to be only 30 minutes long and be mostly a Chip Davis rework of the music from the classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (but without Boris Karloff) with a couple of other tracks thrown in (two of which aren't actually "new" either). If your intermix these tracks randomly with other albums it adds a bit of variety, but as a "stand-alone" album, it's just plain sub-standard. It was certainly better than the REALLY terrible "Halloween II" they also released this year, but still way at the bottom of the MS Christmas list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. There was a time when seeing the words "Mannheim Steamroller" and "Christmas" on the cover of an album ensured a certain level of quality. And while the past two Christmas releases from Steamroller were a bit shakey, this one completely obliterates that guarantee. Chip wrote this as the soundtrack for a live show at Universal Studios, but I think it was a mistake to release it as a Steamroller Christmas album. It's ridiculously short (barely 30 minutes), it rehashes two previously released tracks, and the famous Steamroller sound is oddly missing from many of the tracks. Don't expect to hear anything remotely resembling their classic renditions of "Deck The Halls" or "Stille Nacht" on this CD. Instead, the innovative sound that launched Steamroller to fame is replaced by lackluster (and highly forgettable) easy-listening tracks. There's just one track here that sounds a bit like vintage Steamroller, and it's called "Messengers Of Christmas." But the reason it sounds like vintage Steamroller is because it's rehashed from an album that's now about 10 years old. Rehashing tracks on an album that's barely half-an-hour long is inexcusable.
The first two Steamroller albums remain great classics. The third, fourth and fifth albums are all enjoyable enough in their own right. But this one? Not so much. Here's hoping Chip rediscovers what made Steamroller so appealing to begin with, and bounces back with a much better Christmas album in the near future.
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This was so disappointing, I threw it away after one listening. It is NOT like any other Mannheim Steamroller I have ever heard! I wish I had my money back!
pudljmpr More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best "Christmas" CD's ever. It is so different and an absolute joy to listen to. I'm still playing it 6 weeks after Christmas and enjoy and appreciate its individuality even more. I would advise not to delay in purchasing this CD for next it and listen to it now, you won't be disappointed.
1huskerlady More than 1 year ago
I love all of Mannheim Steamrollers music but their Holiday music is the best. Their latest Christmas CD, Christmasville, is a wonderful addition to any Christmas collection. The kids will really enjoy it.
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