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… See more details below

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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 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.

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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
David Zippel   Composer
Paul Fried   Principal
Brian Ackley   Engineer,Mastering
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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