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CHIP DAVIS

Grammy Award winning composer/ musician Chip Davis is one of the most successful innovators and
entrepreneurs in music today. He is the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, the #1 Christmas music artist in history and one of the top 50 best-selling artists of all times with over 40 million records sold, 27 million in the Christmas genre alone.

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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 22, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • ASIN: B00004WFMK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Titles
2. Greek Thinkers Suite (Infinity In Philosophy): Day Party
3. Greek Thinkers Suite (Infinity In Philosophy): Interlude 8
4. Greek Thinkers Suite (Infinity In Philosophy): Night Party
5. Greek Thinkers Suite (Infinity In Philosophy): Goddesses In The Forest
6. The Big Bang (Infinity In Cosmology)
7. Leonardo (The Infinite Thinker)
8. Fractals (Infinity In Mathematics)
9. Waterfall (Infinity in Art)
10. The Circle Of Love (Infinity In The Wedding Band)
11. The Steamroller (Infinity In Music)
12. The Heart & The Feather (Infinity In The Egyptian Afterlife)

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The eighth installment in the Chip Davis-Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire series is actually a soundtrack for a video and DVD production that Davis (who's the composer, arranger, CEO, and Svengali behind all things Steamroller) developed concurrently with the music. Independent of the video, the music appears supplemental to the visuals because the 12 selections--the first track is carved up into a five-part "suite"--often struggle to deliver much lyricism or linear flow, making the audio-only experience a marginally interesting event, even for Mannheim loyalists. Always thematic affairs, the eighth Fresh Aire (involving the London Symphony) addresses infinity. Knock an 8 on its side and it becomes the symbol for infinity; it can also be turned into a stylish logo for the disc's commemorative T-shirt.

Davis takes a musical stab at infinite topics such as philosophy, big bang theory, math, art, etc. For the topic of music, Davis creates (and this is not a joke) an ode to "Steamy," a personified steamroller, and the track opens with an electronic hammer rhythmically whacking a synthesized rail. A bouncy saxophone line eventually follows and the liner notes tell us Steamy eventually is dancing with "Dreamy." Hmmm.... Davis aims for clean, wholesome, Disneyesque fun in his works, and that's commendable. Yet clean and wholesome can also be compelling and inventive. On its own, other than some exceptions such as the Middle Eastern-flavored "Night Party" in the opening suite, this music is neither. --Terry Wood

Customer Reviews

If you like New Age they are great.
David C.
Chip Davis and Co. have another great Fresh Aire on their (and our) hands.
Jack Tiggleman
A few tracks do stand out, but overall I was a little dissapointed.
Elizabeth R. Stevens

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Wilson on October 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fresh Aire 8 was the first non-holiday, Mannheim Steamroller CD I purchased and at the time I thought the criticism against it was unfair. But after purchasing and listening to the rest of the Fresh Aire series, I understand where the long time fans of Chip's music are coming from.

Simply put Fresh 8 has a great concept (Infinity) but just is not executed up to the standards set by the prior 7 Fresh Aire albums. A few tracks stand out, 'Leonardo (The Infinite Thinker)' and 'Circle of Love (Infinity in the Wedding Band)' are exceptional tracks that in themselves validate the purchase of this album. Unfortunately the remaining tracks slide into mediocrity and keep this effort from being great.

Anyone looking to complete the Fresh Aire series should proceed without hesitation, but anyone looking to make the leap from Mannheim Holiday music to the Fresh Aire series should start elsewhere (I personally recommend Fresh Aire 7,5 & 2 as my favorites).

In conclusion, Fresh Aire 8 is good but doesn't stand up against the rest of the series.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Troska on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's been ten years and several inferior albums since Fresh Aire 7, but the Steamroller is finally back on track. While Fresh Aire 7 is still the undisputed champ of the series, Fresh Aire 8 is one of the stronger competitors, with a rich, full sound that offers a well-balanced blend of synthesizers and orchestra.
The topic this time is "infinity," and this allows for some rather bizarre musical pieces. "The Big Bang" (Infinity in Cosmology) is an extremely effective piece. I don't normally like pieces that are so heavily laden with sound effects and so light on melody, but this one actually works quite well. Listen to it in the dark through big speakers for the best effect.
"Circle Of Love" (Infinity in The Wedding Ring) is one of the best pieces of music Chip Davis has written in several years, showcasing the fact that he does, indeed, still know how to write great music without using MIDI keyboards.
"Leonardo" (The Infinite Thinker) is classic Mannheim, opening with some solemn Renaissance-style chord changes and then going into a style of music similar to earlier pieces like "Four Rows Of Jacks" and "Baroque A Nova."
"The Heart And The Feather" is an overly long Egyptian-themed piece. It's not bad, but there's a lot of wasted time. The piece is close to 8 minutes, but you can skip to the last four and get your money's worth.
"The Waterfall" is based on M.C. Escher's painting. There's something oddly mesmerizing about this bolero-style piece, and again, I was glad to see Chip making use of a full-orchestra. It also does a great job of musically telling the story that's given in the liner notes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thomasbc on August 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Chip Davis must be a graduate student at heart. His grand plan was to have eight albums represented in his Fresh Aire series which he started way back in 1974 (my first "new age" album). He "rushed" right through the first seven albums, releasing Fresh Aire 7 by 1990. But, like any doctoral candidate, he got caught up in all his other diversions and took FOREVER to finish his thesis, Fresh Aire 8. TEN YEARS later we finally get the pleasure of listening to his crowning achievement. And what an achievement it is!

The Fresh Aire series has always been at the forefront of sound recording technology. Whenever an audio store needed to demo a piece of expensive equipment, invariably the music chosen to sample on the equipment was by Mannheim Steamroller. That trend will continue even today as Fresh Aire 8 will be the definitive medium by which to judge new digital surround-sound audio systems (and video home-theater systems with the upcoming DVD version).

The music, itself, continues to explore new realms of the human condition which is the general theme of the second quartet of albums, FA 5 through 8 (the first four celebrated the four seasons or conditions of nature). In Fresh Aire 8, Chip tackles the topic of Infinity and how it relates to all facets of human life: love, art, philosophy, mathematics and of course music, to name a few.

Classic Mannheim Steamroller riffs weave their way through the tapistry of new sounds; the most obvious of which is the song 'Leonardo' whose "Renaissance Le-do-dah" sound harkens back to classics like 'Four Rows of Jacks' on FA 4 and 'The Olympics' on FA 6.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Fresh Aire VIII is based on the concept of infinity. All of the songs are (loosely) written with this in mind. One big problem with this album is that it is largely recycling old Mannheim Steamroller material. The opening Greek Suite is a ripoff of the beginning of Fresh Aire VI. "The Big Bang" is mostly a spacey sound effect fest. "Leonardo" is good, but sounds very much like previous Fresh Aire material. "Fractals" is insanely repetitive and annoying, apparently trying to show us the mathematical concept of fractals. "The Circle of Love" isn't bad, but "The Steamroller", with it's ho-hum melody and irritating saxes, is quite bad. "The Heart and the Feather" is one of the best songs on the album. Overall, it contains way too many simplistic melodies. It's a shame that Chip Davis couldn't close the Fresh Aire series gracefully.
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