Fresh Aire 7

Fresh Aire 7

by Mannheim Steamroller
     
 

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Chip Davis didn't have to look far for inspiration on Fresh Aire 7, using the occasion to indulge a long-standing interest in the number seven. The result is rather strict program music: the seven chakras are aligned to seven unique works, the seven colors (or "colours" if you live in the U.K. or Nebraska) of the rainbow are transcribed into seven separateSee more details below

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Chip Davis didn't have to look far for inspiration on Fresh Aire 7, using the occasion to indulge a long-standing interest in the number seven. The result is rather strict program music: the seven chakras are aligned to seven unique works, the seven colors (or "colours" if you live in the U.K. or Nebraska) of the rainbow are transcribed into seven separate notes/instruments, a seven-part rondo is recorded between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on a single day, etc. Of course, this sort of mystic numerology is a natural fit for new age, a point acknowledged when Fresh Aire 7 won the Grammy in 1991 for Best New Age Album, but luck had little to do with it. Combining synthesizers with an orchestra and choir (old pal Jackson Berkey occasionally appears behind the harpsichord), Davis bridges acoustic and electronic sounds together into a new age/classical tapestry more rich in color and effect than most of his contemporaries. Having left medieval rock behind him, Davis has evolved into a savvy electronic composer on a par with Michael Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Vangelis, but his electronics are always tempered with a human element. The disc begins with "Conjuring the Number 7," uncorking a bubbly bottle of musical champagne at the onset. "Sunday the 7th Day" re-creates the scene of fox hunts from Davis' hometown region, an engaging confection of light classical music. "The 7 Colours of the Rainbow" may be the most steeped in new age idioms, featuring soothing sounds with rolling notes; "The 7 Metals of Alchemy" is edgier, inviting comparison to contemporary Tangerine Dream or Oldfield. Both pieces rank among the best electronic compositions in the Mannheim catalog. But the album's highlight is the extended work, "The 7 Chakras of the Body." "Chakra 1" starts in the primitive forest, "Chakra 2" mixes mechanical sounds with an Eastern melody, and soon Davis has left the earth in a mix of angelic voices and keyboards that achieves the same effect as Harold Budd's best work. "The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper" closes the disc on a note of childlike wonder. Though "The 7 C's" is really just a puddle of a pun, Fresh Aire 7 is a septemfluous collection of sounds that channels Davis' creative energies, and in the end it's new age's cup that overfloweth. Mannheim Steamroller seems to just get better with age, due largely to Davis' boundless curiosity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
American Gramaphone
UPC:
0012805500722
catalogNumber:
5007
Rank:
122412

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Tracks

  1. Conjuring the Number 7  -  Cambridge Singers
  2. Sunday the 7th Day  -  Cambridge Singers
  3. The 7 Colours of the Rainbow  -  Cambridge Singers
  4. The 7 C's  -  Cambridge Singers
  5. The 7 Metals of Alchemy  -  Cambridge Singers
  6. Chakra 1  -  Cambridge Singers
  7. Chakra 2  -  Cambridge Singers
  8. Chakra 3  -  Cambridge Singers
  9. Chakra 4  -  Cambridge Singers
  10. Chakra 5  -  Cambridge Singers
  11. Chakra 6  -  Cambridge Singers
  12. Chakra 7  -  Cambridge Singers
  13. The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper  -  Cambridge Singers

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
John Rutter   Choir Master
Jackson Berkey   Harpsichord
Cambridge Singers   Vocals
Chip Davis   Conductor,Upright Bass
Martin Abrams   Viola
Caroline Ashton   Soprano (Vocal),Soloist
Nicola Barber   Alto (Vocal)
Harvey Brough   Tenor (Vocal)
Leonard Chausow   Cello
Dale Clevenger   French Horn
Donna Deam   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Andrew Gant   Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Gibbs   Bass (Vocal)
Adrian Gola   Violin
Joseph Golan   Violin
Paul Gordon   Tenor (Vocal)
Peter Gritton   Alto (Vocal)
Mary Hitch   Alto (Vocal)
Frances Jellard   Alto (Vocal)
Karen Kerslake   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Peter LaBella   Violin
Patrick Lee-Browne   Bass (Vocal)
Simone Mace   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Samuel Magad   Violin
Jocelyn Miles   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Roger Moulton   Viola
Charles Pott   Bass (Vocal)
Florentina Ramniceau   Violin
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Kim Scholes   Cello
John Sharp   Cello
Susanna Spicer   Alto (Vocal)
Penelope Stow   Soprano (Vocal)
Jeremy Taylor   Tenor (Vocal)
Collins Trier   Bass
Clare Wallace   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Catherine Brubaker   Viola
Li-Kuo Chang   Viola
Fox Fehling   Violin
Phyllida Hancock   Alto (Vocal)
Bobby Jenkins   English Horn,Oboe
Blair Milton   Violin
Everett Mirsky   Violin
Brad Opland   Bass
Alice Render   French Horn
Gail Salvatori   Violin
Gregory Sarchet   Bass
Liba Shacht   Violin
Angus Smith   Tenor (Vocal)
Otakar Sroubek   Violin
Daniel Strba   Viola
Gary Stucka   Cello
Robert Swan   Viola
Thomas Yang   Violin
Mike Chambers   Bass (Vocal)
Mary Gingrich   French Horn
Lawrence Golan   Violin
Charles Greig   Bass (Vocal)
Don Greig   Bass (Vocal)
Andrew Hammond   Bass (Vocal)
Marlou Johnston   Violin
Marlou Jonston   Violin
Jo Maggs   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Victoria Mayne   Cello
James Ottaway   Bass (Vocal)
Rachel Platt   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Walter Preucil   Cello
Alison Smart   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
James Smelser   French Horn
Florentina Ramniceanu   Violin
Kim Sholes   Cello
Laura Miller   Violin
Mark Le Brocq   Tenor (Vocal)
Stephen Hartman   Harp

Technical Credits

Chip Davis   Producer,Liner Notes
John Boyd   Engineer,Mastering
Bill Bradley   Engineer
Wayne Jesz   Mastering,Assistant Production Coordination
Campbell Hughs   Engineer
D.L. Cramer Ph.D.   Illustrations
Gregory Sadlek   Contributor
Louis Stout   Contributor,Orchestral Assistant

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