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

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805012829
  • Catalog Number: 128
  • Sales rank: 149,395


Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude - London Symphony Orchestra (1:33)
  2. 2 Chocolate Fudge (2:54)
  3. 3 Interlude I (2:55)
  4. 4 Sonata (2:32)
  5. 5 Interlude II (2:33)
  6. 6 Saras Band (3:37)
  7. 7 Fresh Aire (5:31)
  8. 8 Rondo (2:36)
  9. 9 Interlude III (2:37)
  10. 10 Pass the Keg (Lia) (2:33)
  11. 11 Interlude IV (2:11)
  12. 12 Mist (1:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chorale (0:36)
  2. 2 The First Door (1:26)
  3. 3 The Second Door (2:02)
  4. 4 The Third Door (2:30)
  5. 5 The Fourth Door (3:50)
  6. 6 The Fifth Door (2:59)
  7. 7 The Sixth Door (1:28)
  8. 8 Door Seven (1:57)
  9. 9 Fantasy (1:24)
  10. 10 Interlude V (3:37)
  11. 11 Velvet Tear (2:44)
  12. 12 A Shade Tree (4:57)
  13. 13 Toota Lute (2:50)
  14. 14 Going to Another Place (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Toccata (4:36)
  2. 2 Small Wooden Bach'ses (2:42)
  3. 3 Amber (2:46)
  4. 4 Mere Image (6:51)
  5. 5 Morning (2:55)
  6. 6 Interlude 6 (2:58)
  7. 7 The Cricket (2:36)
  8. 8 The Sky (5:01)
  9. 9 Midnight on a Full Moon (3:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 G Major Toccata (5:06)
  2. 2 Crystal (4:21)
  3. 3 Interlude 7 (3:04)
  4. 4 Four Rows of Jacks (3:13)
  5. 5 Red Wine (4:20)
  6. 6 Dancing Flames (6:56)
  7. 7 The Dream (3:11)
  8. 8 Embers (3:23)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Lumen - Cambridge Singers (1:29)
  2. 2 Escape from the Atmosphere - Cambridge Singers (10:38)
  3. 3 Dancin' in the Stars - Cambridge Singers (5:13)
  4. 4 Z-Row Gravity - Cambridge Singers (3:50)
  5. 5 Creatures of Levania - Cambridge Singers (3:51)
  6. 6 Earthrise/Return - Cambridge Singers (8:58)
  7. 7 The Storm (0:42)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Come Home to the Sea - Cambridge Singers (4:52)
  2. 2 Rhodes Suite: Twilight at Rhodes - Cambridge Singers (2:00)
  3. 3 Rhodes Suite: Night Festival at Rhodes - Cambridge Singers (3:53)
  4. 4 Sunrise at Rhodes - Cambridge Singers (3:48)
  5. 5 The Olympics - Cambridge Singers (2:24)
  6. 6 Nepenthe - Cambridge Singers (5:30)
  7. 7 Orpheus Suite: Descent into the Underworld - Cambridge Singers (4:08)
  8. 8 Orpheus Suite: Dialog With the Devil - Cambridge Singers (2:07)
  9. 9 Orpheus Suite: Ascent from Hell - Cambridge Singers (4:09)
  10. 10 Sirens: Crash and the Call/The Dance/The Singing Contest/Farewell - Cambridge Singers (11:53)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Conjuring the Number 7 (4:02)
  2. 2 Sunday the 7th Day (3:52)
  3. 3 The 7 Colours of the Rainbow (5:31)
  4. 4 The 7 C's (0:25)
  5. 5 The 7 Metals of Alchemy (3:26)
  6. 6 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 1 (1:16)
  7. 7 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 2 (4:16)
  8. 8 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 3 (3:21)
  9. 9 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 4 (5:31)
  10. 10 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 5 (4:24)
  11. 11 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 6 (3:40)
  12. 12 The 7 Chakras of the Body: Chakra 7 (3:56)
  13. 13 The 7 Stars of the Big Dipper (3:02)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Main Titles (2:43)
  2. 2 Greek Suite: Day Party (3:09)
  3. 3 Greek Suite: Interlude 8 (3:12)
  4. 4 Greek Suite: Night Party (2:41)
  5. 5 Greek Suite: Goddesses in the Forest (2:37)
  6. 6 The Big Bang (6:48)
  7. 7 Leonardo (3:22)
  8. 8 Fractals (6:45)
  9. 9 Waterfall (4:19)
  10. 10 The Circle of Love (5:41)
  11. 11 The Steamroller (4:38)
  12. 12 The Heart and The Feather (7:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
John Rutter Choir Master
Jackson Berky 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)
Collins Trier Bass
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
Robert G. Hughes Trombone, Bass Trombone
Roy Carter Oboe
Technical Credits
Jackson Berky Programming
Chip Davis Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes
John Archer Mastering
John Boyd Engineer, Mastering
Bill Bradley Engineer
David Cwirko Engineer
Ron Dabbs Engineer
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Dick Lewzey Engineer
John Richards Engineer
Jeff Schiller Engineer
Don Sears Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ron Ubel Engineer
Jim Wheeler Engineer
Wayne Jesz Mastering
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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