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Here at Christmas HQ, we've hit the right note every holiday season since 1985. This Christmas, we're serving a mix of nostalgia (Where Are You Christmas?) and flat-out fun (You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch! And 'Humbugs'!
'Christmasville' is the album the whole family will listen to as you travel over the river and through the woods this season!
This record was born out of a once-in-a-lifetime project: Universal Theme Parks commissioned Chip Davis to create music WITH vocals-- for a holiday show called 'Grinchmas'. Thus, for the first time, you'll hear Mannheim Steamroller with voice as the final instrument
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The first thing you should know is that this is NOT a typical Steamroller Christmas album, and maybe it's not even fair to compare it to the previous ones. Unlike those earlier albums, almost every song on this CD has lyrics, and the styles of music occasionally depart drastically from what we've come to expect from a Steamroller album. There's a big-band number, for example, and a screeching electric guitar solo on the finale. There's also an R&B song, and even a bizarre kiddie song ("Humbugs.") On one hand, I'm glad they're stretching themselves creatively, but sadly, it stills ends up feeling very half-hearted.
The biggest problem with the album is the length. This CD is barely half and hour long... WAY too short to be charging full price. This should be priced as an EP. With the amount of money Chip Davis rakes in from fans for these albums every year, it's practically offensive that he can't take the time to release a proper length album. Three of the 12 tracks clock in at under 2 minutes, which is ridiculous. Adding insult to injury, two of the longer songs are recycled from previous albums ("Messengers Of Christmas" appeared on "The Christmas Angel" CD, and "The Sign Of Love" appeared on both "Impressions" and "Romantic Melodies." The only difference this time is that they added schmaltzy lyrics to it.)
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and time wasted.
Buy their Christmas box set or any earlier cds and you will be pleased. Just stay away from this one. And one last pet peeve, Buy the original soundtrack to the Jim Carry/ Ron Howard movie and you will be very pleased. The versions here of songs from the movie are horrible. maybe Chip Davis should of saved these for their Halloween Vol. three release. Nuff said
Try to defend this effort if you want, using whatever twisted logic you chose, but this Christmasville Album was horrible. It was as if I had purchased what was traditionally a bottle of fine wine from a classic winery packaged in a manner that I had trusted over many years, to shockingly discover "Mannheim 2008" was a sickenly bitter lemonade instead. Buyer Beware! Chip Davis has sadly lost his way.
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Great Xmas music by Chip Davis, this is part of overall collection of Mannheim Steamroller. It pumps up your sole putting you into the xmas feelingPublished 9 months ago by Joe
You just can't get better than Mannheim at Christmas. It would be nice to hear them steamroll other songs though.Published 15 months ago by burplepatti