Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse

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Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Moira McCormick
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050086064175
  • Catalog Number: 60641
  • Sales rank: 46,172

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chim Chim Cher-Ee - Chip Davis (2:31)
  2. 2 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Chip Davis (3:17)
  3. 3 Under the Sea - Chip Davis (3:49)
  4. 4 Hakuna Matata - Chip Davis (2:40)
  5. 5 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Chip Davis (3:07)
  6. 6 Go the Distance - Chip Davis (3:23)
  7. 7 The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Chip Davis (4:21)
  8. 8 Heigh-Ho - Chip Davis (3:47)
  9. 9 You've Got a Friend in Me - Chip Davis (3:50)
  10. 10 When You Wish Upon a Star - Chip Davis (2:41)
  11. 11 Reflection - Chip Davis (5:24)
  12. 12 Mickey Mouse March - Chip Davis (2:56)
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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 Jr. Engineer
Andrew Cook Principal
Samuel Formicola Principal
Studio B Sound Effects
James Atkinson Principal
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disney Rocks

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE IT

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not your ordinary remake

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It! Love It! Love It!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different, But Definitely Appealing

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Prefaces Galore

    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.

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