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Fresh Aire Collector's Box, Vol. 1-8

Fresh Aire Collector's Box, Vol. 1-8

by Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller celebrates the 25th anniversary and conclusion of its Fresh Aire series with the final installment, Fresh Aire 8: Infinity, and the amassing of the entire series in this elegant boxed set. From the very first album, Fresh Aire 1: Spring, the eclectic music


Mannheim Steamroller celebrates the 25th anniversary and conclusion of its Fresh Aire series with the final installment, Fresh Aire 8: Infinity, and the amassing of the entire series in this elegant boxed set. From the very first album, Fresh Aire 1: Spring, the eclectic music of composer Chip Davis's Mannheim Steamroller has been an audiophile's delight; indeed, the early albums were sold exclusively through stereo stores. Davis, who is a drummer and flutist himself, engineered a unique and innovative sound -- using synthesizer, live chamber orchestra, harpsichord, recorders, winds, and drum kit -- to paint delicate impressionistic soundscapes, rock through a Renaissance faire, blast the speakers with an organ toccata, or rocket through the cosmos. The first four albums are season-themed and trade more on instrumental subtleties, while the ambitious Fresh Aire 5: To The Moon draws on the lush, robust sounds of the London Philharmonic and Cambridge Singers for a more epic effect. Greek myths are set to music on Fresh Aire 6 while Fresh Aire 7: Mystic sees Davis diving into the myriad mystical connotations of the number seven. The cover of the eighth album depicts its corresponding number horizontally for a unique musical musing on the concept of infinity. Enigmatic and enchanting, Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller have racked up sales of 24 million albums in its first quarter century, and the group's tours have been sold out the world over. Both neophytes and owners of the original individual albums will both delight in this scintillating box set, housed in a fine wooden mini-chest and remastered in HDCD.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
Mannheim Steamroller is actually Chip Davis, a virtual one-man band of several talents. This eight-disc collection contains all of Davis' monumental Fresh Aire series, starting in 1974 and concluding with the eighth and (supposedly) final disc from 2000. The Fresh Aire sessions not only encompassed the combined elements of new age and neo-classical but also created many of them. These records initially appealed to audiophiles as state-of-the-art (of the time) technology was utilized, enhancing the listening experience. Eventually, the albums were taken at face value and admired for the various themes Davis employed. Some of these records, mainly the first four, addressed the universal themes of the seasons, evoking emotions surrounding fall, spring, summer, and winter. The succeeding discs delved into interpretations of Greek mythology, futuristic explorations, and a mega-successful Christmas disc. On disc number eight, Davis attempts to summarize all of the above in titles like "Big Bang (Infinity in Cosmology)," "Leonardo (The Infinite Thinker)," and "Waterfall (Infinity in Art)." While this is a costly set with a lot of material to digest, fans of Mannheim Steamroller will want it. For the novice, start with any of the first four.

Product Details

Release Date:
American Gramaphone

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Disc 1

  1. Prelude
  2. Chocolate Fudge
  3. Interlude I
  4. Sonata
  5. Interlude II
  6. Saras Band
  7. Fresh Aire
  8. Rondo
  9. Interlude III
  10. Pass the Keg (Lia)
  11. Interlude IV
  12. Mist

Disc 2

  1. Chorale
  2. The First Door
  3. The Second Door
  4. The Third Door
  5. The Fourth Door
  6. The Fifth Door
  7. The Sixth Door
  8. Door Seven
  9. Fantasy
  10. Interlude V
  11. Velvet Tear
  12. A Shade Tree
  13. Toota Lute
  14. Going to Another Place

Disc 3

  1. Toccata
  2. Small Wooden Bach'ses
  3. Amber
  4. Mere Image
  5. Morning
  6. Interlude 6
  7. The Cricket
  8. The Sky
  9. Midnight on a Full Moon

Disc 4

  1. G Major Toccata
  2. Crystal
  3. Interlude 7
  4. Four Rows of Jacks
  5. Red Wine
  6. Dancing Flames
  7. The Dream
  8. Embers

Disc 5

  1. Lumen
  2. Escape from the Atmosphere
  3. Dancin' in the Stars
  4. Z-Row Gravity
  5. Creatures of Levania
  6. Earthrise/Return
  7. The Storm

Disc 6

  1. Come Home to the Sea
  2. Rhodes Suite: Twilight at Rhodes
  3. Rhodes Suite: Night Festival at Rhodes
  4. Sunrise at Rhodes
  5. The Olympics
  6. Nepenthe
  7. Orpheus Suite: Descent into the Underworld
  8. Orpheus Suite: Dialog With the Devil
  9. Orpheus Suite: Ascent from Hell
  10. Sirens: Crash and the Call/The Dance/The Singing Contest/Farewell

Disc 7

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

Disc 8

  1. Main Titles
  2. Greek Suite: Day Party
  3. Greek Suite: Interlude 8
  4. Greek Suite: Night Party
  5. Greek Suite: Goddesses in the Forest
  6. The Big Bang
  7. Leonardo
  8. Fractals
  9. Waterfall
  10. The Circle of Love
  11. The Steamroller
  12. The Heart and The Feather

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
John Rutter   Choir Master
Jackson Berkey   Synthesizer,Piano,Celeste,Clavichord,Conductor,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Bells,Chant,Pipe organ,fender rhodes,Tack Piano,Toy Piano
Ron Cooley   Guitar
Mike Davis   Concert Master
Cambridge Singers   Track Performer
Paul Todd   Strings
Chip Davis   Dulcimer,Synthesizer,Percussion,Conductor,Drums,Recorder,Chant
Bob Jenkins   English Horn,Oboe
Martin Abrams   Viola
Ray Adams   Cello
Caroline Ashton   Soprano (Vocal)
Nicola Barber   Alto (Vocal)
Harvey Brough   Tenor (Vocal)
Hugh Brown   Strings,Violin,Concert Master
Jeffrey Bryant   Horn
Bill Buntain   Trombone
Leonard Chausow   Cello
Dale Clevenger   French Horn
Donna Deam   Soprano (Vocal)
Deborah Fuller   Violin
Andrew Gant   Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Gibbs   Bass (Vocal)
Adrian Gola   Violin
Joseph Golan   Violin
Paul Gordon   Tenor (Vocal)
Janice Graham   Violin
Peter Gritton   Alto (Vocal)
Eric Hansen   Bass,Electric Bass,Lute,Classical Guitar
Tom Hartig   Saxophone
Hilary Jones   Cello
Mary Hitch   Alto (Vocal)
Frances Jellard   Alto (Vocal)
Pam Kalal   Emulator,Siren
Karen Kerslake   Soprano (Vocal)
Peter LaBella   Violin
Patrick Lee-Browne   Bass (Vocal)
London Philharmonic Orchestra   Track Performer
David Low   Cello
Simone Mace   Soprano (Vocal)
Samuel Magad   Violin
Walt Meskell   Rhythm Guitar
Jocelyn Miles   Soprano (Vocal)
Roger Moulton   Viola
Colin Paris   Bass
Charles Pott   Bass (Vocal)
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master
Denny Schneider   Trumpet
Kim Scholes   Cello
Don Sears   Conductor
John Sharp   Cello
Susanna Spicer   Alto (Vocal)
Clare Wallace   Soprano (Vocal)
Liz Westphalen   Emulator,Siren
Nick Worters   Double Bass
Craig Fuller   Musician
Mortimer Alpert   Strings,Violin
Dorothy Brown   Strings,Violin
Catherine Brubaker   Viola
Li-Kuo Chang   Viola
Miriam Duffelmeyer   Strings,Cello
Ginni Eldred   Strings,Violin
Fox Fehling   Violin
Lucinda Gladics   Strings,Viola
James Hammond   Strings,Viola
Phyllida Hancock   Alto (Vocal)
Jean Hassel   Strings,Cello
David Kappy   French Horn
Joe Landes   Strings,Violin
Beth McCollum   Strings,Cello
Blair Milton   Violin
Everett Mirsky   Violin
Brad Opland   Bass
Alice Render   French Horn
Gail Salvatori   Violin
Gregory Sarchet   Bass
Liba Shacht   Violin
Merton Shatzkin   Strings,Violin
Steve Shipps   Strings,Concert Master
Angus Smith   Tenor (Vocal)
Alex Sokol   Strings,Viola
Otakar Sroubek   Violin
Ray Still   Oboe
Daniel Strba   Viola
Gary Stucka   Cello
Robert Swan   Viola
Thomas Yang   Violin
Gene Badgett   Trumpet
Milt Bailey   Chant
John Boden   Horn
Robert Bourton   Bassoon
Noel Bradshaw   Cello
Ruth Bransby   Violin
Robin Brightman   Violin
Duff Burns   Viola
Ann Cannell   Violin
Leslie Carter   Bass
Mike Chambers   Bass (Vocal)
Norman Clarke   Violin
Eric Crees   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Charles W. Cronkhite   Strings
Lurene Ekwurtzel   Cello
Denise Fackler   Emulator,Siren
Chris Farber   Strings
Mary Gingrich   French Horn
Lawrence Golan   Violin
David Goodall   Violin
Don Greig   Bass (Vocal)
David Hagy   Violin
Andrew Hammond   Bass (Vocal)
Marlou Johnston   Violin
John Lawley   Oboe
Lou Lynch   Cello
Karl Lyon   Strings
Lennox Mackenzie   Violin
Jo Maggs   Soprano (Vocal)
Bob Malec   Strings
Melody Malec   Harp
Victoria Mayne   Cello
Ian McDonough   Violin
Virginia Moriarity   Strings
Pat Morrow   Viola
Lou Newman   Strings
Gerald Newson   Double Bass
Ervin Orban   Violin
James Ottaway   Bass (Vocal)
Rachel Platt   Soprano (Vocal)
Walter Preucil   Cello
Dorothy Rendina   Strings
Colin Renwick   Violin
Robert Retallick   Violin
Sue Robinson   Strings,Viola
Joe Rosenstein   Strings,Violin
Stephen Rowlinson   Violin
Francis Saunders   Cello
Bill Schroen   Viola
Mike Shultz   Bass
Alison Smart   Soprano (Vocal)
James Smelser   French Horn
Claire Sokol   Cello
Mary Sokol   Violin
Kathie Spratt   Violin
Jess Stern   Strings
Larry Sutton   Strings
Phillip Wachowski   Viola
Jonathan Welch   Viola
Susan Winslow   Violin
Andrew Marriner   Clarinet
Nigel Broadbent   Violin
Warwick Hill   Violin
Richard Holttum   Viola
P. Norriss   Viola
Gerry Ruddock   Trumpet
Moray Welsh   Cello
Florentina Ramniceanu   Violin
Simon Carrington   Timpani
Dominic Morgan   Bassoon
David Alberman   Violin
Jeremy Cornes   Percussion
Elizabeth Greaves   Violin
Paul Robson   Violin
Edward Vanderspar   Viola
Dave Wompler   Musician
Robert Turner   Viola
Ian Rhodes   Violin
Nicole Wilson   Violin
Joice Nixon   Violin
Silvain Vasseur   Violin
Mark Coniglio   Drums
Peter Manning   Violin
Matthew Gardner   Violin
Min Yang   Violin
Martin Parry   Flute
Ginette Decuyper   Violin
Tom Norris   Violin
Andrew Pollock   Violin
Sarah Quinn   Violin
Malcolm Johnston   Viola
Gina Zagni   Viola
Nicolas Gethin   Cello
Kieron Moore   Oboe
Chi-Yu Mo   Clarinet
William Haskins   Horn
James Maynard   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Alastair Blayden   Violin,Cello
Axel Bouchaux   Bass
Paul Edmund-Davies   Flute
Michael "DJ Heat" Humphrey   Violin
David P. Jackson   Percussion
Jenny Brown   Cello
Neil Evans   Horn
Michael Spencer   Violin
Jonathan Vaughan   Double Bass
Belinda McFarlane   Violin
Richard Blayden   Violin
Carmine Lauri   Violin
Claire Parfitt   Violin
Karen Vaughan   Harp
Rebecca Scott   Violin
Timothy Hugh   Cello
Mark Le Brocq   Tenor (Vocal)
Tim Jones   Horn
Collins Trier   Bass
Robert G. Hughes   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Roy Carter   Oboe

Technical Credits

Jackson Berkey   Programming
Chip Davis   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes
John Boyd   Engineer
Bill Bradley   Engineer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Ron Dabbs   Engineer
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
John Richards   Engineer
Jeff Schiller   Engineer
Don Sears   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Jim Wheeler   Engineer
Peter Sidhour   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
Carol Davis   Art Direction
Campbell Hughs   Engineer
Tim Pennington   Engineer
D.L. Cramer Ph.D.   Illustrations
Louis Stout   Orchestral Assistant
John Svoboda   Art Direction
Gilbert Williams   Paintings
Mark Coniglio   Sequential Circuits
Gavin Landless   Engineer
Dan Charette   Engineer
Bill Fries   Poetry

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