Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection

by Mannheim Steamroller



Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 25th Anniversary Collection marks the 25th anniversary of the very first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album -- the one that started the phenomenon.

The new two-CD set features 25 tracks hand-picked by founder Chip Davis from the previous Christmas albums: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (1984), A Fresh Aire Christmas (1988); Christmas In The Aire (1995); Christmas Extraordinaire (2001); Christmas Song (2007); and Christmasville (2008).
-- From the label

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805252522
catalogNumber: 2525
Rank: 243161

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Ron Cooley   Guitar,Lute
Paul Winter   Sax (Sopranino)
Johnny Mathis   Vocals
Dale Clevenger   French Horn
David Low   Cello
Bobby Jenkins   Oboe
David Kappy   French Horn
Barbara Butler   Trumpet
Glen Smith   12-string Guitar
Oto Carrillo   French Horn
Tom Hartig   Alto Saxophone
Alice Render   French Horn
Mary Walter   Harp
Doug Waddell   Trumpet
Charles Geyer   Trumpet
Gregory Clinton   Cello

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
John Rutter   Director
Johann Hermann Schein   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Bill Bradley   Engineer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Campbell Hughes   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Hank Neuberger   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Wayne Jesz   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Brian Kahanek   Engineer
Matthew Prock   Engineer
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer
Lewis Redner   Composer
Ed Wilson   Composer,Lyricist,Engineer

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is yet another compilation of previously released material from Mannheim Steamroller. Unlike their previous Christmas compilation ("Celebration," released five years ago in honor of their 20th anniversary), this 25th Anniversary Collection, sadly, offers nothing new to entice long-time fans. Judging it purely for it is, rather than what it is not, this is a good collection, and I'd recommend to people who have maybe just enjoyed Mannheim's music on the radio, but who don't yet own any of their CDs. The music on this 2 CD set runs the gamut from light and whimsical ("Faeries") to strikingly poignant and beautiful ("Still, Still, Still" and "O Holy Night"), with a bit of everything in between. So you're bound to find a least a good handful of tracks to enjoy here, even if not every track is a winner. My only hesitation in recommending this to newcomers is that it omits some of Mannheim's most famous tracks, such as their energetic take on "Deck The Halls" and their classic rendition of "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht.") Many of their most classic tracks were included on the previous compilation (the aforementioned "Celebration"), so they weren't duplicated here. While I definitely agree with MS's decision not to duplicate tracks on both compilations, it does make it a bit harder to recommend this to somebody who wants to get the best of Steamroller's material. So what I'd do is buy this, and you can probably find a cheap copy of "Celebration" somewhere by now. Then you'll have three CDs covering all of Mannheim's best work. On the downside, as good as this collection is for newcomers, it's disappointing that it offers nothing for longtime fans. Most of us who followed MS over the years will have every track on this collection. The only track some fans may not have is "My Little Christmas Tree," since it was previously only available on a CD that came packaged with a pop-up book. But, please, do not buy this set just to hear that one track. It's a half-hearted effort at best, and certainly not among Chip's best work (in fact, I really cannot fathom why it's included in this collection, unless, perhaps, they just wanted to have at least one track from every Christmas release they ever did, regardless of quality.) If they had taken the time to record two or three new, high-quality songs (NOT like the abysmal "Celebration" track included on the previous compilation disc), I think this set would have had a lot more value. As it stands now, I really don't see any reason for long time fans to spend money on this. Newcomers, though, should find plenty to like.
barnsey More than 1 year ago
I buy Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas album every year they release one and this is one of their very best yet. There is a lot of creativity in their music, you hear so many instruments and the synthetic music adds to the eclectic mix.
ChattyK More than 1 year ago
As I thought, Mannheim has done it again with wonderful listening music!!
Huskerfan More than 1 year ago
This CD is a great compilation of the many works of the Manheim Steamroller - has it really been 25 years? My enjoyment of this could have only been improved if the CD had included the "Silent Night', which was the song that originally 25 years ago began my curiosity to find out just who was playing that beautiful rendition of this time honored carol - and was being played in so many places. I remember stopping on the escalator of our May D&F in Denver to try to figure out just where that beautiful melody had come from. A few phone calls to various radio stations later (we did not have Google back then), and I learned about the Manheim Steamroller - and was overjoyed that Chip Davis was from my beloved home state of Nebraska.
MPinJERSEY More than 1 year ago
I am a traditional Christmas music this is a welcome addition to my collection, even though many of the tracks are updates of old classics. It's soothing and perfect for those quiet moments...or if you need a boost in the kitchen when you're working on those Christmas cookies...some of the songs will make that rolling pin fly over that dough!
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