Mannheim Steamroller Christmas: 25th Anniversary Collection

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805252522
  • Catalog Number: 2525
  • Sales rank: 119,643

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
Ron Cooley Guitar, Lute
Paul Winter Sax (Sopranino)
Johnny Mathis Vocals
Dale Clevenger French Horn
David Low Cello
Bobby Jenkins Oboe
Barbara Butler Trumpet
Glen Smith 12-string Guitar
Oto Carrillo French Horn
David "High D" Kappy French Horn
Tom Hartig Alto Saxophone
Alice Render French Horn
Mary Walter Harp
Doug Waddell Trumpet
Charles Geyer Trumpet
Gregory Clinton Cello
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
John Rutter Director
Johann Hermann Schein Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Bill Bradley Engineer
Sammy Cahn Composer
David Cwirko Engineer
Campbell Hughes Engineer
Hugh Martin Composer
Hank Neuberger Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Wayne Jesz Engineer
Brian Ackley Engineer
Ralph Blane Composer
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Brian Kahanek Engineer
Matthew Prock Engineer
Dixon Van Winkle Engineer
Lewis Redner Composer
Ed Wilson Composer, Lyricist, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good for newcomers, pointless for long-time fans

    This is yet another compilation of previously released material from Mannheim Steamroller. Unlike their previous Christmas compilation ("Celebration," released five years ago in honor of their 20th anniversary), this 25th Anniversary Collection, sadly, offers nothing new to entice long-time fans.

    Judging it purely for it is, rather than what it is not, this is a good collection, and I'd recommend to people who have maybe just enjoyed Mannheim's music on the radio, but who don't yet own any of their CDs. The music on this 2 CD set runs the gamut from light and whimsical ("Faeries") to strikingly poignant and beautiful ("Still, Still, Still" and "O Holy Night"), with a bit of everything in between. So you're bound to find a least a good handful of tracks to enjoy here, even if not every track is a winner. My only hesitation in recommending this to newcomers is that it omits some of Mannheim's most famous tracks, such as their energetic take on "Deck The Halls" and their classic rendition of "Silent Night" ("Stille Nacht.") Many of their most classic tracks were included on the previous compilation (the aforementioned "Celebration"), so they weren't duplicated here. While I definitely agree with MS's decision not to duplicate tracks on both compilations, it does make it a bit harder to recommend this to somebody who wants to get the best of Steamroller's material. So what I'd do is buy this, and you can probably find a cheap copy of "Celebration" somewhere by now. Then you'll have three CDs covering all of Mannheim's best work.

    On the downside, as good as this collection is for newcomers, it's disappointing that it offers nothing for longtime fans. Most of us who followed MS over the years will have every track on this collection. The only track some fans may not have is "My Little Christmas Tree," since it was previously only available on a CD that came packaged with a pop-up book. But, please, do not buy this set just to hear that one track. It's a half-hearted effort at best, and certainly not among Chip's best work (in fact, I really cannot fathom why it's included in this collection, unless, perhaps, they just wanted to have at least one track from every Christmas release they ever did, regardless of quality.)

    If they had taken the time to record two or three new, high-quality songs (NOT like the abysmal "Celebration" track included on the previous compilation disc), I think this set would have had a lot more value. As it stands now, I really don't see any reason for long time fans to spend money on this. Newcomers, though, should find plenty to like.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    As I thought, Mannheim has done it again with wonderful listening music!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Mannheim Steamroller - 25 years of history

    This CD is a great compilation of the many works of the Manheim Steamroller - has it really been 25 years?

    My enjoyment of this could have only been improved if the CD had included the "Silent Night', which was the song that originally 25 years ago began my curiosity to find out just who was playing that beautiful rendition of this time honored carol - and was being played in so many places. I remember stopping on the escalator of our May D&F in Denver to try to figure out just where that beautiful melody had come from. A few phone calls to various radio stations later (we did not have Google back then), and I learned about the Manheim Steamroller - and was overjoyed that Chip Davis was from my beloved home state of Nebraska.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Really beautiful music for the holiday season.

    I buy Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas album every year they release one and this is one of their very best yet. There is a lot of creativity in their music, you hear so many instruments and the synthetic music adds to the eclectic mix.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Essential Holiday Music

    I am a traditional Christmas music lover...so this is a welcome addition to my collection, even though many of the tracks are updates of old classics. It's soothing and perfect for those quiet moments...or if you need a boost in the kitchen when you're working on those Christmas cookies...some of the songs will make that rolling pin fly over that dough!

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