Christmas Song

Christmas Song

2.7 8
by Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller's first all-new holiday album in six years features the legendary Johnny Mathis singing the "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)," as well as Olivia Newton-John in "Christmas Lullaby," a beautiful new song penned by Mannheim mastermind Chip Davis. Other selections include dynamic arrangements of the Yuletide favorites "Let it Snow," "Have Yourself…  See more details below


Mannheim Steamroller's first all-new holiday album in six years features the legendary Johnny Mathis singing the "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)," as well as Olivia Newton-John in "Christmas Lullaby," a beautiful new song penned by Mannheim mastermind Chip Davis. Other selections include dynamic arrangements of the Yuletide favorites "Let it Snow," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman," and more.

Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News - Mario Tarradell
Mr. Davis again whips up rich holiday pudding by putting his orchestrated, fired-up new age sound on [Christmas] staples.
New York Daily News - David Hinkley
A new Mannheim Christmas record is an event.... Lively, spirited reworkings of a dozen classics.

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American Gramaphone

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar
Paul Winter   Soprano Saxophone
Johnny Mathis   Vocals
Olivia Newton-John   Vocals
Lawrence Brown   Cello
Patrick Brennan   Viola
Chip Davis   Drums,Recorder
Dale Clevenger   Horn
Barbara Haffner   Cello
Tom Hartig   Alto Saxophone
Clara Lindner   Violin
Paul Phillips   Violin
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Michael Shelton   Violin
Collins Trier   Bass
Bobby Jenkins   Oboe
Gene Nery   Vocals,Soloist
Alice Render   Horn
Gregory Sarchet   Bass
Robert Swan   Viola
Marlou Johnston   Viola
Judy Stone   Cello
Teresa Fream   Violin
Chris Martin   Trumpet
Patrick Brennan Ensemble   Viola
Paul Winter Consort   Soprano Saxophone
Mark Brandfonbrener   Cello
Kathleen Brauer   Violin
Glen Smith   12-string Guitar
Steven Houser   Cello
Jeff Yang   Violin
Oto Carrillo   Horn
Lawrence D. Brown   Cello
Keith Conant   Viola
Larry Glazer   Cello
Channing Philbrick   Trumpet
Carmen Llop Kassinger   Violin
Elliott Golub   Violin
Frank Babbitt   Viola
Guillaume Combet   Violin
Greg Sarchet   Bass Guitar
Tom Hartig   Alto Saxophone
Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff   Viola
Dave Inmon   Trumpet
Steven Houser   Cello
Alice Render   Horn
Laura Miller Boen   Violin
Matthew Comerford   Trumpet
Collins Trier   Bass Guitar
Keith Conant   Viola

Technical Credits

José Feliciano   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Chip Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Author,Audio Production,Cover Art
Sammy Cahn   Composer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Arnie Roth   Contributor
Jule Styne   Composer
Gene Nery   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
William "Willy Gunz" Morris   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Louis Stout   Orchestral Assistant
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Brian Kahanek   Engineer
Matthew Prock   Engineer
Steve Nelson   Composer
Kevin Bosley   Engineer
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer

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Christmas Song 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MountainMomma More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mannheim Steamroller appeals to an audience that appreciates a new twist to the old. The energy of the music catches the mind and the ear. A great addition to my Christmas collection!
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