Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse

Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse

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Mannheim Steamroller leader Chip Davis has achieved major fame with his new age ensemble, particularly because of the Steamroller's enormously successful Christmas album series. Now Davis puts the unmistakable Steamroller stamp on classic Disney songs, and the result is an easy-listening album with the potential for kid appeal. The word "potential" is used because

Overview

Mannheim Steamroller leader Chip Davis has achieved major fame with his new age ensemble, particularly because of the Steamroller's enormously successful Christmas album series. Now Davis puts the unmistakable Steamroller stamp on classic Disney songs, and the result is an easy-listening album with the potential for kid appeal. The word "potential" is used because many of these should-be-familiar tunes, in particular "Hakuna Matata," are virtually unrecognizable once they get the full Mannheim Steamroller treatment. But as always, you have to admire Davis's creativity, and his signature blend of synthesizers and real orchestral instruments serve these tunes nicely. "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is a cheery toe-tapper with icy synth flourishes; "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" coalesces around Native American shaken percussion and bird whistles, eventually settling into a favorite, driving Mannheim rhythm (you've heard it on their "Deck the Halls"). The melody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" is cleverly interspersed with that of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"; "Mickey Mouse March" makes a surprisingly pretty ballad, with guest vocals from original head Mouseketeer (and song composer) Jimmy Dodd. All in all, a decidedly pleasant listening experience.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse provides just what the title suggests, a collection of some of Disney's best-known songs interpreted by Mannheim Steamroller's Chip Davis. His versions of "Chim Chim Cheree," "Under the Sea," "You've Got a Friend in Me," and "When You Wish Upon a Star" provide a whimsical, affectionate tribute to Disney's best composers and songwriters.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/1999
Label:
Walt Disney Records
UPC:
0050086064175
catalogNumber:
60641

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Michael Allen Harrison   Violin
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Jimmie Dodd   Vocals
Richard Todd   Horn
Chip Davis   Conductor,Vocals,Track Performer
John Acevedo   Viola
John Acosta   Cello
Robert Adcock   Cello
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Rev. Dave Boruff   Alto Saxophone
Richard Elegino   Viola
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Juliann French   Violin
Glenn Grab Strings   Cello
Mark Kashper   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Joy Lyle   Violin
Michael Markman   Violin
Cynthia Moussas   Violin
Maria Newman   Viola
Edward Persi   Viola
Joel Peskin   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Arnie Roth   Violin,Concert Master,Soloist
Daniel Rothmuller   Cello
David Shamban   Cello
Brad Warnaar   Horn
Gary Woodward   Flute,Alto Flute
Paul Fried   Flute,Alto Flute
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Robert Peterson   Violin
Rochelle Abramson   Violin
Jeff de Rosa   Horn
Mark Baranov   Violin
Nicole Bush   Violin
Robert Sanov   Violin
Julie Rogers   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Bing Wang   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Deborah Buck-Matthews   Violin
Andrew Cook   Cello
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Darrel Sims   Viola
Samuel Formicola   Viola
James Atkinson   Horn
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin

Technical Credits

Richard Todd   Principal
Chip Davis   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
John Acosta   Principal
Howard Ashman   Composer
Rick Baptist   Principal
David Cwirko   Engineer
Harold J. Kleiner   Executive Producer
John Richards   Engineer
Daniel Rothmuller   Principal
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Robert B. Sherman   Composer
David Zippel   Composer
Paul Fried   Principal
Brian Ackley   Engineer
George Bruns   Composer
Robert Peterson   Principal
Luis Fernandez   Art Direction
Tulio Torrinello   Engineer
Andrew Cook   Principal
Samuel Formicola   Principal
Studio B   Sound Effects
James Atkinson   Principal

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Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first 30 seconds or more of each selection are typically repeated ad nauseum. The act has worn thin & the Disney tunes barely recognizable. Only for the most devout Steamroller devotees, and they'd probably only play it once or twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree. Our expectations were much higher from Chip Davis for this one. Almost all tunes are unrecognizable and for the most part they are not cheerful. Where's the Disney spirit? Unfortunately, it's a miss for adults and kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree with the 2 previous reviews before me in that the songs are certainly different from the original Disney versions. However, I believe that is the reason why I find it so appealing. Having grown up on Disney music and an avid Disney fan, it's refreshing to hear old favorites in a new way. And while it's not upbeat and sing-songy like the original versions, I find it refreshing and great to either focus completely on or have playing in the background while doing other things. I consider it a wonderful addition to not only my Mannheim Steamroller collection, but to my Disney collection as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome CD. Especially if you love Disney. I am a new Manneheim fan and I love Disney Music, this is a perfect match. Everytime I hear the Mickey Mouse March with the voice of Jimmy Dodd, I get tears in my eyes. The review above by Barnes and Nobel describes the album well. It's different as far as Disney Music goes, but we love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been a Mannheim Steamroller fan, but I do enjoy the Disney music, so I thought I'd take a shot. I love this cd! For those reviewers who didn't like it, I will admit that these songs are quite different than the originals, but why else would it be worth remaking? In my experience when artists remake a song without drastic change, they simply fall flat because I can't help but compare them to the original version, with which I'm already familiar. I like that MSO made these songs their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge disney fan and I love Manheim as well. At first I was unsure of the cd but it quickly found it's way into my heart. The haunting rendition of Mickey Mouse March is worth the cd on it's own. My dad, whom is not one to cry, cry's when he hears it. As I am writing it is sending chill's down my spine.
EAW More than 1 year ago
This CD is great for nostalgia among grownup Mouseketeers. It's upbeat. It's also great fun listening to it with children - helping them get to know and sing Disney songs and playing "Name that Tune".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago