American Spirit

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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.
All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
American flag-waving hit a fever pitch following the events of 9/11, and along with it ...
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Barnes & Noble
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805177627
  • Catalog Number: 1776
  • Sales rank: 90,485

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist, Ensemble
C.W. McCall Vocals
Jackson Berky 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a fan

    I was very impressed with this CD. Top notch! Maybe they'll come out with a second edition that has more well known music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Disappointment!

    Wow! I was really looking forward to this album. With a few exceptions the music was lack-luster. And, there was way too much talking (narrative?). Mannheim Steamroller let me down on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Let's Hear it from Mannheim Steamroller!!

    This CD is so unusual for Mannheim Steamroller that you can't help but like it. You are able to tap your toes to more than one number or "sing along" It's Great!!

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    Posted March 1, 2010

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