25 Year Celebration Mannheim Steamroller

25 Year Celebration Mannheim Steamroller

by Mannheim SteamrollerMannheim Steamroller




To celebrate Mannheim Steamroller's 25th anniversary, Chip Davis -- the mastermind behind this new age juggernaut -- has released this two-disc retrospective. Each track is taken from a different Steamroller album, creating what Davis calls "a musical timeline." The course of Mannheim's musical evolution was set from their very first track, "Prelude/Chocolate Fudge" on FRESH AIRE 1, an eclectic manifesto that showed Davis was never shy about mixing musical styles. Jazz, classical, funk, and pop are whipped together into a smooth, frothy concoction, something he originally termed "18th-century rock 'n' roll." As descriptions go, it's a perfect fit, especially when Davis adds in baroque-style ornaments that glitter in their electronic getup -- check out "Interlude I" from INTERLUDES. But in listening to this collection, what's most striking is the scope of the music; no two songs here sound alike. Even the three Christmas tunes here -- a Steamroller specialty -- celebrate the holiday with merry variety. Only the most maniacal Mannheim fans will have all 25 of the tracks here, so this provides a fine overview -- and with the bonus of "The Steamroller," a track from the forthcoming FRESH AIRE 8, it's clear this train ain't stopping anytime soon.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805002523
catalogNumber: 25

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Chip Davis   Conductor
Ashley Årbuckle   Concert Master
Arnie Roth   Concert Master
Steve Shipps   Concert Master

Technical Credits

Mason Williams   Composer
Chip Davis   Composer,Producer
Clete Baker   Engineer
John Boyd   Engineer
Bill Bradley   Engineer
David Cwirko   Engineer
Ron Dabbs   Engineer
Hank Neuberger   Engineer
John Richards   Engineer
Don Sears   Producer
Malcolm Stokes   Engineer
Simon Tindall   Engineer
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Jim Wheeler   Engineer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Wayne Jesz   Engineer
Peter Sidhour   Engineer
Brian Ackley   Engineer
Campbell Hughs   Engineer
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Greg Manchess   Artwork
Dick Lewsey   Engineer
Gilbert Williams   Artwork
Allan Blye   Composer

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