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CHRISTMASVILLE CD

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Product Description

Who knows what you want for Christmas better than Mannheim Steamroller?

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

About the Artist

Mannheim Steamroller is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time and one of the top fifty best-selling artists of the last two decades, outselling prominent artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, REM, Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi. Composer and creator Chip Davis started Mannheim Steamroller more than 30 years ago with his Grammy Award-winning Fresh Aire series. With more than 32 million albums sold, an annual Christmas tour that is consistently ranked as the best selling of any artist, a successful Mannheim Steamroller gourmet food line, and a new medical endeavor helping hospital patients recover quicker through audio technology (Ambience Medical), Chip Davis is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Christmasville Fanfare
  2. Messengers of Christmas
  3. Welcome Christmas
  4. You re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  5. Where Are You Christmas?
  6. (Everybody s Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
  7. Something You Should Know
  8. Humbugs
  9. Stirrin Up Christmasville
  10. The Fruitcake Song
  11. The Sign of Love
  12. Trim Up The Tree
  13. Welcome Christmas (Reprise)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • ASIN: B001B8Y0G0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let me start by saying I've always enjoyed Steamroller's Christmas albums. The first two were brilliant, the rest were, at the very least, enjoyable. But something about this latest one is just lacking.

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.)

There ARE a few highlights, though.
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Full price for a cd that's not even 31 minutes long, and a half-hearted effort at that. Chip Davis and Co. are coasting big time on this release. I have listened to the cd one time and cannot think of a single reason to listen to it again.
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Terrible, disappointing, I am sorry that I bought 3 of these cd's for Christmas gifts. I am a 10+ year Mannheim fan, have almost all their CD's/DVD's and driven 3 hours to attend concerts. I give all new CD's to my 2 sons and their families when they are released. Thus when I heard about Christmasville, I ordered 3 cd's. Today I listened to it and was very disappointed. I do not think that I will give them to my sons. Money
and time wasted.
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OK , I admit I bought this without an preview because I basically have loved for the most part all their earlier releases. Or maybe I was caught up in the "gee its Nov 1, it's time to start adding to my Christmas catalog. The official Amazon review makes me suspect the reviewer is paid for not listening to the actual cds? but to transcribe fiction.Even being generous or die hard fans will be hard pressed to enjoy this. Am I voicing my dissatisfaction just to trash Steamroller?, no I really love their music but this just falls short in so many ways.
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
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Having purchased Mannheim Steamroller since the original Fresh Aire series on record albums of the '70s--I probably have every Chip Davis creation since. THIS album entitled "Christmasville" should NOT have been produced and sold under the "Mannheim Steamroller" name. Call this effort "Chip Davis' Singing Christmas" or "Chip Davis at Christmasville"; but to have labeled this uncharacteristic collection of non-instrumental music under the traditional Mannheim Steamroller brand is a serious if not dishonest misrepresentation.
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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Yes, this music was written for a theme park. I will not diss on Chip Davis or Mannheim Steamroller. Just a word of caution; as other's have mentioned, this is not typical Mannheim Steamroller. If you are looking for more of that, avoid this album. It will appeal to some, and that's fine. It does sound to me like an album more suited to the kids; I may buy it just for that reason. My kids loved Mannheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse; they are sure to like this as well. Long time Steamroller/Chip Davis fan, and will continue to be. This one won't be going on my iPod though.
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My favorite Christmas music came from some of their earlier work. And even with some wordiness in some CD's, I kept the faith. But this is more than a disappointment. I feel like someone is milking a reputation. A fanfare? Try about a half a thought of one! Where did the steam for this group go? I learned my lesson on this disaster. No more Mannheim Steamroller for me!
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