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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Half an Album; a Quarter the Music

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not up to par

    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. <BR/>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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