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A Fresh Aire Christmas CD

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1988 holiday release from Chip Davis and his Mannheim Steamroller mates.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • ASIN: B0000005MV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steven R. Seim on July 15, 2002
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While the first Mannheim Steamroller "Christmas" album revolutionized contemporary Christmas music, the follow-up, "Fresh Aire Christmas," is Chip Davis' masterpiece. Instead of contrasting sharply with his more traditional interpretations, here the electronic touches and percussion blend in to create a truly unique classical/modern sound. The song selection is also uniformly strong, featuring some of the most beautiful and beloved Christmas favorites.
Together, the first two Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums may be the most musically important Christmas recordings ever released. Like it or not (and this reviewer does), Chip Davis has created some of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable interpretations of Christmas classics. And, for anyone who grew up in the 1980s, even his more questionable efforts will for ever more evoke powerful holiday nostalgia.
If you are one of the 17 people who've never heard this music, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It is, quite simply, essential Christmas music.
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How do you even begin to describe one of the best Christmas albums you've ever heard? Well, there's just something different about it. If I were a music scholar (or even student), then I could tell you about all the technical stuff and how it all affects the ear and then affects the moods, etc. etc.

But, alas, all I am is just some guy who is deeply in love with this poetic, tranquil, and hauntingly beautiful music. I listen to it all year round. (I'm listening to the song "The Holly and the Ivy" right now.)

The best way I can describe this music is as a warm blanket on a cold night; or a hot cup of delicious coffee or hot chocolate in the coldest part of winter.

(I also recommend Mannheim Steamroller's "red" album.)
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This contains some of my all time favorite Christams music. From The Holly and the Ivy to O Holy Night. It gives me chills and some tears. I have played it constantly since it arrived. If this album does not put you into the Spirit of the holiday... then you really are a Scrooge!
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Christmas with all it's magic wouldn't be Christmas for me without this CD. My A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E favorite of all of Meinheim Steamroller's Christmas music is "Veni, Veni" (O Come O Come Emanuelle). It gives me chills and a deep spirit of reverance. Beautiful! Thank you Chip Davis and gang!
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As far as I could search through the seas of mediocre Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller is definitely at the very crest of the Christmas genre. Mannheim knows how to blend the radical synthesized sounds of the new millennium with the traditional to create a truly unique category all its own.
One of four Mannheim Christmas albums, the name of this is A Fresh Aire Christmas. (Mannheim is always including the word "aire" in their album names. It must be something in the watre)
Track 1: (1:23) A slower beginning than the usual "grab your ear" track that begins a Mannheim album, yet this one is just a warm-up. It is a slow tune, yet majestic in its own way. But it merely lays down the pavement, then steamrolls over it to bring you....
Track 2: (3:27) The very kind of Mannheim you're looking for. Digital, synth, percussion, strings, bass, this tune is upbeat, fun, and enjoyable.
Track 3: (4:15) A haunting, gorgeous rendition of the traditional tune "O Come, O Come Emmanuel". It is sung in Latin, and it makes you feel as if you were hearing the song at its first playing, in a Gregorian monastery. This is precisely the Mannheim Maestro intended, and he carries it off absolutely beautifully.
Track 4: (2:58) Very simple at first, and easy listening. Primarily flute in the beginning, it reminds one of a simple holly bush silently bending in a snowy, winter wind. Very lovely track.
Track 5: (4:06) Primarily synthesized sounds for this classic drum song. It grows gradually much more majestic. Nice.
Track 6: (3:39) A very soothing, beautiful carol sung by a choir. It is almost lullaby in its tune, and an excellent track just to sit down and chill from Christmas bustle.
Track 7: (2:23) Very traditionally done, primarily by the classic orchestra sounds.
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Fresh Aire Christmas is every bit as good as "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. It has that special touch only Chip Davis can give. Their treatment of O Come O Come Emanuel as a Gregorian Chant is inspiring. Other classic carols make it a great addition to our collection. Hark! The Herold Angels Sing is done with Trumpets and it is positively regal. Still Still Still is done with choir voices and is very peaceful. Greensleeves is in strings and has always been a favorite of mine. In Carol of the Bells, you can hear a wonderful range of bells clearly. Little Drummer Boy's treatment of many percussion instruments gives it the perfect touch. O Holy Night is a perfect finale.
Attending any concert by Mannheim Steamroller is a must. We just attended our first. We have been fans of theirs since Classical Gas.
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Vibrant new interpretation of Christmas music with a bridge to the past.
I bought the album years ago and found Mannheim's interpretation of some of the great old songs incredibly refreshing.
On one song the passing horse and bells are so vivid that I find I am again a boy standing in deep snow in the midst of a cold Canadian winter, watching the sled pass by.
When veni, veni Immanuel arises I am suddenly in middle-ages Europe listening to the monks at their craft, and as the various instruments come in, I am gradually transported to the present, having glimpsed the celebration of nativity as it has been played out since the first Christmas.
I play this album yearly, and still it brings joy and tears of excitement.
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