Halloween

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All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Halloween is further proof that Chip Davis and his American Gramaphone outfit plan to provide and market proper musical accompaniment for all holidays, themes, and moods. Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller hit that categorical trifecta in 2003 by releasing three discs within months of each other: Romantic Melodies mood, American Spirit theme, and Halloween holiday. While Romantic Melodies collected previously released compositions from the Fresh Aire series and American Spirit combined old and new material, Halloween features original, Mannheim-style arrangements of appropriately dark classical pieces and a few new Davis compositions, with only a couple of catalog songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Aaron Latham
Halloween is further proof that Chip Davis and his American Gramaphone outfit plan to provide and market proper musical accompaniment for all holidays, themes, and moods. Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller hit that categorical trifecta in 2003 by releasing three discs within months of each other: Romantic Melodies mood, American Spirit theme, and Halloween holiday. While Romantic Melodies collected previously released compositions from the Fresh Aire series and American Spirit combined old and new material, Halloween features original, Mannheim-style arrangements of appropriately dark classical pieces and a few new Davis compositions, with only a couple of catalog songs revisited to pad the disc. This ultimately helps make Halloween's music the best among these three highly marketable products. Creepy classical pieces usually heard around the holiday by composers such as Bach, Wagner, and Mussorgsky are given the signature synthetic Mannheim flare while going light on the scare. Davis' playful approach gives these standards a more comical feel, as if they were to be included on a soundtrack to a Munsters movie rather than a frightening monster movie. Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" is the most effective of these pieces as ghostly groans accompany the pizzicato string melody that is backed by an almost danceable drumbeat. Davis' own compositions, both old and new, serve the theme quite well, with the chugging rhythm of "Rite of Twilight" being the most interesting and amusing as strains from the theme song to TV's Twilight Zone provide the song's foundation. In addition to the music, a second disc of sound effects is included that is meant to be "shuffled" along with the music disc on a multi-CD player. While it may be utilized to good effect in conjunction with the music, on its own the "EFX" disc is quite repetitive and banal with a large portion of the tracks centered around the sounds of a nighttime forest enhanced by a synthesizer and only a few eerie sounds heard during "The Other Side" and "Mountain King." Although Mannheim Steamroller may not provide any real thrills or chills for the holiday, it does emphasize and synthesize the happy in "Happy Halloween," as the disc's jovial atmosphere makes one prone to having simple, pumpkin-carving fun rather than actually Smashing Pumpkins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805103121
  • Catalog Number: 1031
  • Sales rank: 18,096

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist, Performing Ensemble
Dale Clevenger Horn
Larry Gray Double Bass
Barbara Haffner Celli
Clara Lindner Violin
Paul Phillips Violin
Arnie Roth Violin, Concert Master
Michael Shelton Violin
Fox Fehling Violin
Daniel Strba Viola
Gary Stucka Celli
Alison Dalton Violin
Marlou Johnston Viola
Ronald Satkiewicz Violin
David Earl Taylor Violin
Sando Xia Violin
Robert Kassinger Double Bass
Mark Agnor Violin
Steven Houser Celli
Nisanne Graff Violin
Christine Worthing Horn
Benton Wedge Viola
Carmen Llop Violin
Clara Takarabe Viola
Robert Barris Bassoon
Steven Boe Violin
Jennifer Cappelli Violin
Vikki Mayne Celli
Ann Monson Celli
Amy Cutler Violin
Jocelyn Davis Celli
Karen Dirks Viola
Brenda Donati Double Bass
Scott Rosenthal Double Bass
Lewis Kirk Bassoon
Gregory Flint Horn
Roberta Freier Violin
Loretta Gillespie Viola
Jason Herrick Horn
Technical Credits
Paul Dukas Composer
Charles Gounod Composer
Edvard Grieg Composer
Modest Mussorgsky Composer
Richard Wagner Composer
Chip Davis Composer, Producer, Cover Photo
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
David Cwirko Engineer
Chris Sabold Engineer
Brian Ackley Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
Louis Stout Orchestral Assistant
Kelly "Mikey" Davis Engineer
Mathieu Lejeune Engineer
Brian Pinke Engineer
Dave Cwirko Engineer
Kelly Davis Engineer
Mat Lejeune Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Halloween-- CD--- Spooky

    Mannheim Steamroller has put together one of the best Halloween Sound CD's I have ever heard. I used it this Halloween while passing out candy from my garage/driveway to the children. The mood was set and the sounds were a success!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    spooktacular

    As always Chip puts a great twist on some old songs. He dares to go beond the norm. The sounds in disk two are what we were looking for to compliment our evel castel theam we created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing new here

    Typical Mannheim Steamroller arrangements of some really great classical pieces. The arrangements seem to somehow cheapen the originals. The treatements Chip Davis gives the originals are nothing new either.... alot of things reminded me of his Christmas albums. Save your money, pass on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Comical

    While Chip Davis add much to the holiday genre, the selection here are more comical than anything else. The original pieces are nice, however, the adaptations are laugh out loud funny. I'd pass on this one given a second chance.

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