Mannheim Steamroller Christmas also known as Christmas is the first Christmas album and sixth studio album released by American musical group Mannheim Steamroller. It was the band's first album to chart on the Billboard album chart, peaking at No. Seven of the album's 11 tracks were included in the group's compilation Christmas Celebration. The anniversary is celebrated with a 35th Anniversary edition Vinyl and Compact Disk. The Christmas Tour will feature the album performed live in its entirety. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mannheim Steamroller. Louis F. Recording Industry Association of America.
There are currently 2 Mannheim Steamrollers touring the US.
The story of Christmas Day, as recounted in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, is fairly radical : a virgin mother gives birth to a son in a remote and frigid barn, while an angel descends to a group of shepherds and declares the baby the Saviour of all of mankind, fulfilling eons of messianic prophecies. The enduring exception to this, of course, is the heavy, enveloping wave of the neoclassical act Mannheim Steamroller, a sound so plainly nuts and uncanny that it suggests anything is possible. The McCall character—a smooth-talking long-haul trucker, part Chuck Yeager , part Waylon Jennings —was so instantly and thoroughly beloved that Davis and Fries were offered a record deal. Fries voiced the character; Davis wrote the music. How to characterize the Steamroller aesthetic? The vibe is extreme. His pieces are largely instrumental, and each part is performed with precision and vigor.
This accounting is a bit skewed, as the electronic minstrel band has primarily released holiday albums. While the two records at 3 have sold about 6 million copies each, Mannheim Steamroller has sold over 27 million Christmas albums, between studio and live recordings. Considering the peak of success for most artists is going Diamond 10 million records sold , this great a number is nearly unheard of for all but the most culturally influential performers. The monumental success of Mannheim Steamroller all started with Chip Davis, the founder of the band and the driving creative mind behind the music.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is pretty cool, too. To celebrate 30 years of Mannheim Steamroller Christmases, I have ranked their albums below. If you got a problem with it, get the hell out of my face and go listen to Dave Koz or some other shit. Christmas Angel features old Steamroller compositions, which are good. However, spoken word vocals are laid on top of these tracks, which is bad. To be fair, the album came out during the post-Biggie and Tupac hip-hop vacuum of , and no one was really producing any noteworthy hip-hop tracks at the time. Another vocal-heavy album, 's Christmasville is, in part, an ode to Dr. Leave this for the young ones and save the high-proof stuff for after they go to bed.