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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Didn't roll me over...

    I was disappointed with the selections on this Christmas CD, although the musical quality was excellent. The selections were a bit snoozy...that's my own fault...I should have previewed it more closely before I bought it to be sure it was what I wanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Skip this one

    Of my collection of many older Steamroller Christmas recordings, this is my least favorite with only a couple of selections that are pleasing. Three songs are repeats, two traditional selections "Christmas Song" and "Feliz Navidad" simply are too "Welk-like" and drag. I will be much more cautious before buying another Chip Davis recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Out of steam?

    I really wanted to like this album being a big fan of Mannheim's Christmas music but after listening to it twice I have to reluctantly declare that Mannheim Steamroller appears to be running out of steam, pardon the pun. Chip Davis frankly sounds bored on this record as if he has lost the enthusiasm for making high quality Christams music that has made his past efforts so enjoyable. His apparent boredom is contagious. There is not a single track on this record that stands out. "Let it Snow. . . . is anemic attempt to recreate the sound and feel of "Silver Bells" and "Winter Wonderland" from the last Christmas album. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" sounds like a tepid redo of "Rudolph" from the disappointing third Xmas record. And did we really need a Mannheim take on "Feliz Navidad?" As if Celine Dion's version wasn't torture enough. Davis contributes two originals on this record: "Catching Snowflakes on Your Tongue" and "Above the Northern Lights" neither of which rise to the level of the beautiful "Traditions of Christmas" from A Fresh Aire Christmas or even "Christmas Lullaby" from Christmas in the Aire. "Northern Lights" sounds like a lost Alan Parsons Project recording with the lead vocalist doing his best Eric Woolfson imitation. David even recycles the aforementioned originals "Traditions" and "Lullabye" on this record, the latter featuring newly recorded vocals by Olivia Newton-John. If this does not suggest he is running out of ideas for Christmas records, I do not know what will. If you have the first four Mannheim Christmas albums trust me that is all you need. I did not necessarily like all of the songs on the last record, Christmas Extraordinaire, but at least that record showed that Davis was trying to recapture the excitement of the earlier Christmas albums after the lackluster third record. On this record, he has taken a definite step backward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Stale Aire Christmas

    I'd like nothing better than to buck the trend of the reviews posted here already, but I just can't. I've been a fan of this group forever, but it pains me to admit that with "Christmas Song" Chip & the gang have managed to produce something I didn't think possible- an unspiring Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album! I don't know what happened here. The arrangements are formulaic at best, as if the tunes were run through the MS arrangement machine "which, I guess, they WERE on some level". Instrumentations are dismayingly predictable, material selection is curious at times, and the whole thing just lacks, well, LIFE for want of a better word. Feliz Navidad on Prozac. It describes not just one track of this album, but the bulk of the tracks. There can't be a serious argument raised that these aren't talented musicians, but there ain't no magic going on here. And that's the one thing we would have loved to have gotten from Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    stop the music

    I have to agree with reviewer #1. Chip has run out of steam. I expected at least one blockbuster song, but not a single one of the tracks was worthy. I won't play this CD to make my Christmas merrier. Back to his early releases for that.

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