American Spirit

American Spirit

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by Mannheim Steamroller
     
 

Offering a collection of classic patriotic tunes and new music inspired by America, Mannheim Steamroller's American Spirit is a stirring musical tribute to the USA. Backed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chip Davis -- the talent behind the Steamroller -- performs updated versions of such standards as "America the Beautiful," "Home onSee more details below

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Offering a collection of classic patriotic tunes and new music inspired by America, Mannheim Steamroller's American Spirit is a stirring musical tribute to the USA. Backed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chip Davis -- the talent behind the Steamroller -- performs updated versions of such standards as "America the Beautiful," "Home on the Range," and more, while narrator Bill Fries lends his voice to three tracks. Inspired by popular demand, the album tips its hat to fans while paying homage to a nation.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
American flag-waving hit a fever pitch following the events of 9/11, and along with it came a flood of Americana-related merchandise and music that utilized the Stars & Stripes in just about every way imaginable. As this patriotic sentiment was still riding high on amber waves of grain, Chip Davis chose to exhibit his American Spirit from atop his famous Mannheim Steamroller. Not unlike most superstar acts, Mannheim Steamroller has become more of a corporation than a musical entity with recent discs and related products that seem to focus more on theme and sales rather than the intricate and fascinating sounds of the early Fresh Aire and Christmas series. American Spirit is comprised of popular American songs, sentimental spoken word recitations, and even a couple of old hit songs, all of which are tied together with a big red, white, and blue bow to craft a perfect patriotic gift. Several of the songs are either re-recorded or taken directly from previous releases, like the track "Yellowstone Morning," here celebrating its third incarnation; or "Convoy" and "Wolf Creek Pass," Davis' early hit collaborations with Bill Fries (aka C.W. McCall). The Davis original, "Mt. McKinley," features the signature Mannheim synthesizer/orchestral sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
Label:
American Gramaphone
UPC:
0012805177627
catalogNumber:
1776
Rank:
12003

Tracks

  1. The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chor  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  2. American Spirit  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  3. America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  4. Convoy  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  5. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  6. Yellowstone Morning  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  7. Heritage  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  8. Wolf Creek Pass  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  9. Home on the Range (original version)  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  10. Mt. McKinley  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  11. Cloudburst  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  12. Tin Type  -  Mannheim Steamroller
  13. Battle Hymn of the Republic  -  Mannheim Steamroller

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist,Ensemble
C.W. McCall   Vocals
Jackson Berkey   Keyboards
Ron Cooley   Bass,Frets
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Chip Davis   Percussion,Conductor,Drums,Toy Instruments
Dale Clevenger   Horn
Greg Flint   Horn
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Bobby Jenkins   Oboe,Soloist
Charles Vernon   Bass Trombone
Doug Waddell   Timpani
Charles Schuchat   Tuba
Chicago Symphony Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Ted Atkatz   Percussion
Oto Carrillo   Horn
Children of American Gramaphone   Recitation
Melanie Cottle   Horn
Gregory Flint   Horn
Adam Moen   Tenor Trombone
Ward Stare   Tenor Trombone
John Hagstrom   Trumpet
Mark Ridenour   Trumpet
Charlie Vernon   Bass Trombone
Douglas Waddell   Timpani
Michael Folker   Percussion
Duain Wolfe   Conductor
Mannheim Steamroller Symphony   Ensemble
Tage Larson   Trumpet
Bill Fries   Vocals

Technical Credits

Aaron Copland   Composer
C.W. McCall   Contributor
Ron Cooley   Instrumentation
Chip Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Boyd   Engineer
David Cwirko   Engineer
James Pankow   Composer
Walter Parazaider   Composer
Daniel Seraphine   Composer
Chris Sabold   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer,Mastering
Mycle Konopka   Engineer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
John Stafford Smith   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Dick Lewsey   Engineer
Dan Kelly   Composer
Daniel Barenboim   Music Direction
Francis Scott Key   Composer,Text
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer,Text
Ferde Grofé   Composer
Abraham Lincoln   Text
Traditional   Composer
Children of American Gramaphone   Contributor
Julia Ward Howe   Composer,Text
Brewster M. Higley   Composer,Text
Mike Konopka   Engineer
Dave Cwirko   Engineer
Duain Wolfe   Music Direction
Terry Redlin   Cover Art
Bill Fries   Composer,Text

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