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All-Music Guide (C) 1994 by Matrix Software, Big Rapids, MI 49307 Please submit corrections or additional albums for this artist (also bios, sidemen, tracks, ratings, and reviews) at Internet Address: AMG@ALLMUSIC.FERRIS.EDU All-Music Guidelines in file: ALLMUSICHELP -------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Genres : Easy, Newage Style : Adult alternative, Neo-classical, Progressive electronic Instr. : Group Rating : importance (2) popularity (1) All-Music Guide Biography This Omaha-based group has sold a lot of albums over the years with its high production standards and accessible pop orchestral sound. Best known for their extensive FRESH AIRE series of albums, the members of Mannheim Steamroller mix a certain level of classical inspiration with piano, synthesizers, guitar, bass, drums, and sometimes full symphony orchestra. The resulting music is sometimes fascinating, yet often no better than muzak on amphetamines. In fact, it's extremely difficult to recommend one album over the next: they all offer a few arresting moments next to forgettable music that, at its worst, can be downright embarrassing. (Some of the albums are even accompanied by pretentious liner notes analyzing the music's form and inspiration, yet the compositions inside don't begin to live up to these classical references.) ~ Linda Kohanov ---------- Related Artists ----------- Searles, Richard Newton-Howard, James Josephson, Mark Yanni Lasar, Mars Van Fleet, Ed Horner, James Yamashta, Stomu Cusco ---------- Roots & Influences ---------- Classical Rock Renaissance AMG Artist ID # : P000002676 Chronological Album List |Date| Label | Number |R S T|Rating --------------------------------+----+----------+--------+-----+------ Classical Gas |1987|American G|800 |R T| Good Video Sampler II |1986|Atlantic |367 | T| Video Sampler I |1986|Atlantic | | T| Fresh Aire 6 |1986|American G|386 |R T| Good Christmas 1984 |1984|American G|1984 |R |+BestG Christmas |1984|Atlantic |1984 | T| Fresh Aire 5 |1983|American G|385 |R T| BestA Fresh Aire 7 |1982|American G|777 |R T| Fresh Aire 4 |1981|American G|370 |R T| Good Fresh Aire 3 |1979|American G|365 |R T| Good Fresh Aire 2 |1977|American G|359 |R T| Good Fresh Aire 1 |1975|American G|355 |R S T| Good Yellowstone: The Music of Natur|Z |American G|3089 |R T| Seasons: A Fresh Aire C |Z |American G|50321 | | Saving the Wildlife |Z |American G|2086 |R S T| Fresh Aire Motivator |Z | | |R | Fresh Aire Interludes |Z |American G|373 |R | Fresh Aire Collection (Fresh Ai|Z |American G|322 | | Fresh Aire Christmas 1988 |Z |American G|1988 |R | BestG Dinner Gift Pack |Z |American G|1 | | 1984 & 1988 Christmas ( |Z |American G|50120 | | All-Music Guide Album Details (Alphabetical Order) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : 1984 & 1988 Christmas ( Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000174207 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 50120 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Christmas Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage Time : 33:10 min Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000171520 --------- Album Releases --------- 1984 CD Atlantic AGCD1984 -------- Album Tracks -------- Deck The Halls We Three Kings Bring A Torch Coventry Carol Good King Wenceslas Wassail, Wassail Carol Of The Birds I Saw Three Ships God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Stille Nacht ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Christmas 1984 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Best-of-Genre (First Pick) Charts : Billboard #110, entered Dec 22, 1984, on charts 006 weeks Genre : Newage Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000129927 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 1984 1984 American Gramaphone 1984 CD American Gramaphone 1984 CD American Gramaphone AGD-1984 American Gramaphone 1984 American Gramaphone AGD-1984 CS American Gramaphone AGC-1984 LP American Gramaphone 1984 CD American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- This 1988 follow-up to our all-time best selling Christmas album has 12 pieces done in the uniquely spirited "Fresh Aire" style; they were chosen after consulting thousands of Mannheim Steamroller fans nationwide. Weaving the traditional instruments of Christmas -- bells, horns and strings with the latest of electronic instruments -- arranger and "mastermind" Chip Davis has created a dazzling musical tapestry. The album was recorded in five different places on Earth, and, featuring cover art by Gilbert Williams, is a renewal of the joy, wonder and kinship of the holiday season. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Spirited collection of Christmas music done in the unique Fresh Aire style. From "Deck the Halls" to "Silent Night" this one will surely brighten your holiday spirit. Now a certified "Platinum Record." ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Classical Christmas music, so well produced that many hi-fi shops used the album to demonstrate high-end equipment and speakers. ~ David A. Milberg ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Classical Gas Artist : Mason Williams w/ Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #118, entered Dec 19, 1987, on charts 019 weeks Genre : Easy Time : 36:28 min Date : 1987 (release) AMG ID : R000058559 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone AGCD-800 CS American Gramaphone AGC-800 LP American Gramaphone AG-800 1987 CD Atlantic AGCD800 American Gramaphone 800 CD American Gramaphone 800 American Gramaphone 800 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- With a totally new arrangement and a technically superior recording, Chip Davis and Co. have given the 1968 composition "Classical Gas" the energy it deserves. Twelve of Mason Williams' tunes are included in this beautifully balanced set of songs which blend writing skills and playing that together transcend musical categories. Released to much acclaim in 1987. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Guitarist Mason Williams teams up with the Steamroller for an orchestrated, synthesized version of his 1968 instrumental hit, plus more in the same vein. ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- Classical Gas Sunflower Samba Beach Country Idyll Saturday Night At The World Shady Dell Katydid's Ditty Greensleeves Doot-Doot La Chanson De Claudine Mccall Vancouver Island Baroque-A-Nova ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Dinner Gift Pack Artist : Day Parts Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000174205 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- American Gramaphone 1 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 1 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Genre : Newage Time : 33:22 min Date : 1975 (release) AMG ID : R000083345 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 355 1975 CD Atlantic AGCD355 1975 LP American Gramophone 355 American Gramaphone 355 American Gramaphone 355 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-355 CS American Gramaphone AGC-355 LP American Gramaphone 355 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The first release, SPRING, starts off the "Four Seasons" theme, inaugurating their unique sound of quasi-classical jazz with modern medieval overtones. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats The first in composer Chip Davis's ongoing series of instrumental new-age albums is, as the album cover says, "a collection of original music set in a hybrid musical style, combining the long-lived forms of the classics, performed on both old-world and contemporary instruments," to which we might add that Davis also mixes in the sounds of nature, especially rain, on an album meant to evoke spring. ~ William Ruhlmann ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Jackson Berkey - Keyboards Bill Buntain - Trombone Chip Davis - d/rec/prd Bill Fries - Poetry Eric Hansen - Bass Denny Schneider - Trumpet Jeff Schiller - Engineer Don Sears - syn/pro/prd/eng Ron Ubel - Engineer -------- Album Tracks -------- Prelude Chocolate Fudge Interlude I Sonata Interlude II Saras Band Fresh Aire Rondo Interlude III Pass The Keg (Lia) Interlude IV Mist ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 2 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Genre : Newage Time : 35:43 min Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000083346 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 359 1977 CD Atlantic AGCD359 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-359 American Gramaphone AGCD-359 CS American Gramaphone AGC-359 LP American Gramaphone 359 CD American Gramaphone 359 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- FALL - crisp, clear, concise. Amber music in muted shades of Autumn. Harpsichord is very predominate here on this popular title from 1979 ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Davis's "fall" collection is also a recasting of madrigal and Renaissance musical styles -- harpsichord and flute sounds in stately cadences. With typical eclecticism he mixes in drums and rhythms that would not be out of place on a rock stage. ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- First Door Second Door Third Door Fourth Door Fifth Door Sixth Door Door Seven Fantasy Interlude V Velvet Tear Shade Tree, A Toota Lute Going To Another Place Untitled ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 3 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Genre : Newage Time : 33:39 min Date : 1979 (release) AMG ID : R000083347 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 365 1979 CD Atlantic AGCD365 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-365 American Gramaphone AGCD-365 CS American Gramaphone AGC-365 LP American Gramaphone 365 American Gramaphone 359 CD American Gramaphone 365 American Gramaphone 365 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- SUMMER is the theme for this 1977 release. Wait 'til you hear the burn of a hot summer day! ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats The "summer" album is dominated by a version of a 16th-century toccata, played rapidly and evoking the energy and life of the season. ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- Toccata Small Wooden Bach'ses Amber Mere Image Morning Interlude VI Cricket Sky Midnight On A Full Moon ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 4 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Genre : Newage Time : 33:36 min Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000083348 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 370 1981 CD Atlantic AGCD370 American Gramaphone 370 CS American Gramaphone AGC-370 LP American Gramaphone 370 American Gramaphone 370 CD American Gramaphone 370 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The icy cold of WINTER and months to come evokes broken images of dancing flames, reflected through frozen window panes and expressed through a futuristic crystalline sound. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Bach is the touchstone for this 18th-century tribute that constitutes the "winter" selection in the FRESH AIRE series, appropriately filled with organ-like sounds. ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- G Major Toccata Crystal Interlude VII Four Rows Of Jacks Red Wine Dancing Flames Dream Embers ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 5 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Newage Time : 34:38 min Date : 1983 (release) AMG ID : R000083349 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 385 1983 CD Atlantic AGCD385 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-385 American Gramaphone 385 CS American Gramaphone AGC-385 LP American Gramaphone 385 1983 American Gramaphone 385 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- FRESH AIRE V, was the first release incorporating a more electronic sound. Inspired by Kepler's dream of going to the moon (from 1609!), Mannheim performs here for the first time with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Cambridge Singers Choir. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Accompanied by the London Symphony and the Cambridge Singers, Mannheim Steamroller journeys back in time to 1609, then takes off for the moon. It's all a dream, but makes for some of the liveliest music of the series. ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- Lumen Escape From The Atmosphere Dancin' In The Stars YYZ Creatures Of Levania Earthrise/Return Storm ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 6 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #155, entered Dec 13, 1986, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Newage Time : 44:46 min Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000083350 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 386 1986 CD Atlantic AGCD386 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-386 American Gramaphone AGCD-386 CS American Gramaphone AGC-386 LP American Gramaphone AG-386 American Gramaphone 386 CD American Gramaphone 386 CS American Gramapohne ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Age-old lore of Ancient Greece combined with contemporary musical creations takes the listeners across splendid legendary seas to an enchanted, timeless world. With the London Symphony and Cambridge Singers, this is an epic work with superior sound, magnificent images, and that Fresh Aire feel. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats Siren-like sounds and stately melodies dominate on an album whose theme is "impressions of Greek mythology." ~ William Ruhlmann -------- Album Tracks -------- Come Home To The Sea Twilight At Rhodes Night Festival At Rhodes Sunrise At Rhodes Olympics Nepenthe Descent Into The Underworld Dialog With The Devil Ascent From Hell Sirens ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire 7 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Charts : Billboard #077, entered Dec 1 , 1990, on charts 016 weeks Genre : Newage Time : 46:19 min Date : 1982 (release) AMG ID : R000123461 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone AGCD-777 American Gramaphone 777 CS American Gramaphone AGC-777 American Gramaphone 777 CD 1990 CD Atlantic AGCD777 CD American Gramaphone 777 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- FRESH AIRE VII, the latest chapter in the continuing evolution of the Fresh Aire series, is the culmination of three years of extensive research into the significance of the mystical number 7. The cuts range from the energized and confident to chamber music delights, complete with eloquent harpsichords and strings, to deeply moving keyboard melodies that balance delicate emotional spaces with the familiar Mannheim Steamroller momentum. Lush strings and choral polyphony are juxtaposed with high-energy synthesizers and some daring rhythmic experimentation, as master-mind Chip Davis explores themes such as the seven chakras, the seven days of the week, the seven colors of the rainbow, and the seven stars of the Big Dipper. As meticulous in detail as it is epic in scope, FRESH AIRE VII is a truly grand statement, fusing the past with the present, creating music of the future. FRESH AIRE VII is a powerful album, and was recently awarded the Grammy in the New Age category. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats -------- Album Tracks -------- Conjouring The Number 7 Sunday The 7th Day 7 Colours Of The Rainbow, The 7 C's, The 7 Metals Of Alchemy, The Chakra 1 Chakra 2 Chakra 3 Chakra 4 Chakra 5 Chakra 6 Chakra 7 7 Stars Of The Big Dipper, The ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire Christmas 1988 Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : Best-of-Genre Genre : Newage Type : christmas AMG ID : R000133101 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 1988 CD American Gramaphone 1988 American Gramaphone 1988 CD American Gramaphone AGCD-1988 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A worthy successor to their first CHRISTMAS ALBUM. ~ David A. Milberg ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire Collection (Fresh Aire I-Iv) Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000174206 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 322 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire Interludes Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000083344 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 373 CD American Gramaphone AGC-373 American Gramaphone AGC-373 CS American Gramaphone AGC-373 LP American Gramaphone 373 American Gramaphone 373 CS American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- INTERLUDES consists of the softer, mellow pieces from the "Four Seasons" series of FRESH AIRE I-IV. Consistent, resonant keyboard-centered pieces provide a pleasing backdrop, with environmental sounds mixed in, showing a more sensitive Steamroller side. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fresh Aire Motivator Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000131465 --------- Album Releases --------- CS ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Originally designed for runners, this sixty-minute tape is a collection of the most uptempo cuts from the Fresh Aire catalog. A map and graph are even included to help guide your most optimal run. This is like a "greatest hits", from FRESH AIRE I-V. Get motivated! ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Saving the Wildlife Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage Time : 35:36 min AMG ID : R000083341 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 2086 1986 CD Atlantic AGCD2086 American Gramaphone 2086 CS American Gramaphone 2086 LP American Gramaphone 2086 American Gramaphone 2086 CS American Gramaphone 1986 American Gramaphone 2086 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- This 1986 release is the soundtrack from a PBS Special about endangered species. Each cut is devoted to a particular country and species, such as India, Africa, China, etc. Tributes to seals, pandas, grizzlies, penguins and whales and others are done in uniquely playful ways which are cross-cultural and delightfully typical of the dynamic "Mannheim style". ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- Ron Agnew - Guitar Jackson Berkey - Keyboards John Boyd - Engineer Chip Davis - PRD/D/REC Joey Gulizia - Percussion Don Sears - Engineer Ric Swanson - Percussion -------- Album Tracks -------- Rhinos And Elephants (Africa) Dolphins And Whales (Come Home To The Sea From Fresh Aire V Wolfgang Amaedeus Penguin (Argentina) Florida Suite: Barbeque (USA) Florida Suite: Everglades (USA) Florida Suite: Sunset (USA) Wolves (USA) Tamarin Monkees (Rio De Janeiro) Grizzly Bears (USA) Tigers And Lions (India) Eagles (USA) Amanda Panda (China) Harp Seals (Canada) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Seasons: A Fresh Aire C Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage AMG ID : R000174208 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 50321 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Video Sampler I Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000171522 --------- Album Releases --------- 1986 VHS Atlantic -------- Album Tracks -------- Come Home To The Sea (From Fresh Aire VI) Africa (From Saving The Wildlife) Crystal (From Fresh Aire IV) Deck The Halls (From Mannheim Steamroller Christmas) Stille Nache (From Mannheim Steamroller Christmas) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Video Sampler II Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Genre : Newage Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000171521 --------- Album Releases --------- 1986 VHS Atlantic AGV367V -------- Album Tracks -------- Interlude I (From Fresh Aire I) Door IV (From Fresh Aire II) Mere Image (From Fresh Aire III) Escape From The Atmosphere (From Fresh Aire V) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Yellowstone: The Music of Nature Artist : Mannheim Steamroller Rating : not rated yet Charts : Billboard #167, entered Feb 17, 1990, on charts 008 weeks Genre : Newage Time : 72:20 min AMG ID : R000083343 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD American Gramaphone 3089 1989 CD Atlantic AGCD3089 American Gramaphone 3089 American Gramaphone 3089 CD American Gramaphone ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Growing out of an attempt to bring positive awareness to the natural cycles and outstanding beauty of Yellowstone National Park, Chip Davis' inspiration for this album began with his visit there last Fall. 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