by Mannheim Steamroller



Halloween is further proof that Chip Davis and his American Gramaphone outfit plan to provide and market proper musical accompaniment for all holidays, themes, and moods. Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller hit that categorical trifecta in 2003 by releasing three discs within months of each other: Romantic Melodies (mood), American Spirit (theme), and Halloween (holiday). While Romantic Melodies collected previously released compositions from the Fresh Aire series and American Spirit combined old and new material, Halloween features original, Mannheim-style arrangements of appropriately dark classical pieces and a few new Davis compositions, with only a couple of catalog songs revisited to pad the disc. This ultimately helps make Halloween's music the best among these three highly marketable products. Creepy classical pieces usually heard around the holiday by composers such as Bach, Wagner, and Mussorgsky are given the signature synthetic Mannheim flare while going light on the scare. Davis' playful approach gives these standards a more comical feel, as if they were to be included on a soundtrack to a Munsters movie rather than a frightening monster movie. Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" is the most effective of these pieces as ghostly groans accompany the pizzicato string melody that is backed by an almost danceable drumbeat. Davis' own compositions, both old and new, serve the theme quite well, with the chugging rhythm of "Rite of Twilight" being the most interesting and amusing as strains from the theme song to TV's Twilight Zone provide the song's foundation. In addition to the music, a second disc of sound effects is included that is meant to be "shuffled" along with the music disc on a multi-CD player. While it may be utilized to good effect in conjunction with the music, on its own the "EFX" disc is quite repetitive and banal with a large portion of the tracks centered around the sounds of a nighttime forest enhanced by a synthesizer and only a few eerie sounds heard during "The Other Side" and "Mountain King." Although Mannheim Steamroller may not provide any real thrills or chills for the holiday, it does emphasize (and synthesize) the happy in "Happy Halloween," as the disc's jovial atmosphere makes one prone to having simple, pumpkin-carving fun rather than actually Smashing Pumpkins.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805103121
catalogNumber: 1031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble
Dale Clevenger   Horn
Larry Gray   Double Bass
Barbara Haffner   Celli
Clara Lindner   Violin
Paul Phillips   Violin
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Michael Shelton   Violin
Fox Fehling   Violin
Daniel Strba   Viola
Gary Stucka   Celli
Alison Dalton   Violin
Marlou Johnston   Viola
Ronald Satkiewicz   Violin
David Earl Taylor   Violin
Sando Xia   Violin
Robert Kassinger   Double Bass
Mark Agnor   Violin
Steven Houser   Celli
Nisanne Graff   Violin
Christine Worthing   Horn
Benton Wedge   Viola
Carmen Llop   Violin
Clara Takarabe   Viola
Robert Barris   Bassoon
Steven Boe   Violin
Jennifer Cappelli   Violin
Vikki Mayne   Celli
Ann Monson   Celli
Amy Cutler   Violin
Karen Dirks   Viola
Brenda Donati   Double Bass
Scott Rosenthal   Double Bass
Lewis Kirk   Bassoon
Gregory Flint   Horn
Roberta Freier   Violin
Loretta Gillespie   Viola
Jason Herrick   Horn
Jocelyn Davis-Beck   Celli

Technical Credits

Paul Dukas   Composer
Charles Gounod   Composer
Edvard Grieg   Composer
Modest Mussorgsky   Composer
Richard Wagner   Composer
Chip Davis   Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Chris Sabold   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer,Remixing
Louis Stout   Orchestral Assistant
Kelly "Mikey" Davis   Engineer
Mathieu Lejeune   Engineer
Brian Pinke   Engineer
Dave Cwirko   Engineer
Kelly Davis   Engineer
Mat Lejeune   Engineer

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Halloween 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Typical Mannheim Steamroller arrangements of some really great classical pieces. The arrangements seem to somehow cheapen the originals. The treatements Chip Davis gives the originals are nothing new either.... alot of things reminded me of his Christmas albums. Save your money, pass on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always Chip puts a great twist on some old songs. He dares to go beond the norm. The sounds in disk two are what we were looking for to compliment our evel castel theam we created.
SanMoo More than 1 year ago
Mannheim Steamroller has put together one of the best Halloween Sound CD's I have ever heard. I used it this Halloween while passing out candy from my garage/driveway to the children. The mood was set and the sounds were a success!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Chip Davis add much to the holiday genre, the selection here are more comical than anything else. The original pieces are nice, however, the adaptations are laugh out loud funny. I'd pass on this one given a second chance.