Has it been 25 years? Yes, in the 25 years of Mannheim Steamroller, has sold more than 24 million albums - without the backing of a major label and significant radio air-play..."Fresh Aire" series pioneered the New Age and Adult Contemporary genres, and its Christmas albums comprise the best-selling series consistently topped the Billboard New Age, Catalog and Christmas charts - three are multi-platinum, one platinum and 10 others gold. Always following his basic instincts, Chip never looked back only to the horizon, and this 2-CD-Set definitely has "happy trails" written all-over-it. Mannheim Steamroller has even managed to crack the Top Jazz Albums and Adult Contemporary charts - "Fresh Aire VI" was Top Jazz Album - where it resided for seven weeks. A quarter of a cenury later, we're still at it...listening, collecting and anticipating each new Mannheim Steamroller release and what delights they bring...may they always charm the listeners old and new with their special magic! Total Time: Disc One 45:45 on 12 Tracks & Disc Two 43:34 on 13 Tracks...American Gramaphone AG25-2...(1999)
18th-century rock 'n' roll? Neo-classical? Progressive electronic? Whatever you call the music of Omahan Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller, this is an adequate sampling of the music they've been churning out for the past 25 years. [At less than 90 minutes over two discs, it's not over-generous, but there are 25 tracks. (25 tracks, 25 years--get it?)] Virtually every album from the Steamroller catalog and Davis' Day Parts series is represented. The music is at times raucus, the next moment introspective and serene (and even sometimes a bit formulaic) as it combines elements of classical music with plenty of synthesizers and percussion into its trademark pop orchestral sound. True fans will probably already own all of the individual CDs sampled on this collection. But for the unitiated who perhaps are wondering why Steamroller has managed to sell more than 20 million albums, this is an excellent place to start. RECOMMENDED
Perfect for those who like Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas work and want to hear more of what Mannheim Steamroller has to offer. The 25th Year Celebration set takes its listeners to "Another Place," (as the song is entitled). with a wonderful integration of the greatest songs in the early Fresh Aire series with the newest work on the upcoming DVD, Fresh Aire 8. If you want the greatest songs in the Fresh Aire series (or never heard them before) and don't want to buy all the albums, this is the next best thing! For "Aireheads" and new Steamroller fans, this is a must have!
I am a huge fan of the Fresh Aire Christmas series and it has become my favorite Christmas music of all time. To tell the truth though I only have a couple of other Mannheim Steamroller CDs (Classical Gas and Fresh Aire 7). The other ones I have listened to and have found that there are some numbers that I like and others that are just okay. This new collection brings out the best of Mannheim Steamroller. There is one song from 25 different CDs including one from the upcoming Fresh Aire 8 which is excellent. So if you are a huge fan or even like just a little of Mannheim Steamroller's music, you must buy this CD set.
My first listening experience with Mannheim was the purchase of Fresh Aire 7.....and I was hooked. I recently purchased the 25 Year Celebration and it is truly awesome. If these CDs were LPs, they would be worn out. The 2nd CD of the set is especially awesome with renditions of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, The Holly & The Ivy, Sonata Bach's Lunch being totally unique. Their music is a treat to the ears and calming to the soul. I have a diverse collection of music and Mannheim adds to the diversity.
I just picked this Anniversary Collection up. I totally love it, even though they didn't include my all time favorite M. Steamroller song (Dancing Flames) on it. It is a wonderful collection to listen to if you want to listen to M. Steamroller and can't decide which cd to listen to. I have everything Chip and the gang have ever put out. And I must add, I have never been disappointed. I recommend buying this set if you want to start experiencing the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller. Go get it now!!!!