Fresh Aire 7

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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
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: 9/12/2000
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805500722
  • Catalog Number: 5007
  • Sales rank: 268,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Conjuring the Number 7 - Cambridge Singers (4:02)
  2. 2 Sunday the 7th Day - Cambridge Singers (3:52)
  3. 3 The 7 Colours of the Rainbow - Cambridge Singers (5:31)
  4. 4 The 7 C's - Cambridge Singers (0:25)
  5. 5 The 7 Metals of Alchemy - Cambridge Singers (3:26)
  6. 6 Chakra 1 - Cambridge Singers (1:16)
  7. 7 Chakra 2 - Cambridge Singers (4:16)
  8. 8 Chakra 3 - Cambridge Singers (3:21)
  9. 9 Chakra 4 - Cambridge Singers (5:31)
  10. 10 Chakra 5 - Cambridge Singers (4:24)
  11. 11 Chakra 6 - Cambridge Singers (3:40)
  12. 12 Chakra 7 - Cambridge Singers (3:56)
  13. 13 The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper - Cambridge Singers (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Rutter Choir Master
Jackson Berky 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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