Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Ray / Livingston, Jay Evans, Catalan Traditional, Alfred S. Burt|
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Christmas Extraordinaire is an innovative collection of seasonal treasures played on a combination of 18th-century instruments and modern-day synthesizers, drums, and electric guitars. For material, Mannheim Steamroller as... more »
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Christmas Extraordinaire is an innovative collection of seasonal treasures played on a combination of 18th-century instruments and modern-day synthesizers, drums, and electric guitars. For material, Mannheim Steamroller asked their fans to choose their favorite holiday selections and vote on their Web site. The results of the poll are a mix of old and new, with slightly more emphasis on the modern. Format: Audio CD, one disc Label: American Gramaphone ISBN: 012805122528Tracks:1. Hallelujah 4:43 2. White Christmas 3:35 3. Away in a Manger 3:23 4. Faeries 2:29 5. Do You Hear What I Hear? 4:06 6. The First Noel 3:38 7. Silver Bells 4:28 8. Fum, Fum, Fum 4:51 9. Some Children See Him 3:34 10. Winter Wonderland 3:42 11. O Tannenbaum / Johnny Mathis 3:01 12. Auld Lang Syne 3:42
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Donna T. from APO, AE
Reviewed on 1/11/2012...
I like all the Mannheim. I can put it on during the Christmas season and get a great musical backdrop for our family comings and goings, tempers, the mood I want to create with our Christmas decorations and baking. No irritation. No elevator music. The thinking person's music.
Amanda E. from TROY, NY
Reviewed on 1/27/2011...
This is not one of Mannheim Steamroller's best albums. I would recommend the albums Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, A Fresh Aire Christmas, or Christmas in the Aire instead.
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One of their Best!
rodboomboom | Dearborn, Michigan United States | 12/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having enjoyed their efforts over the years, this one is in my humble offering, the finest to date!This is fusion music at its best--jazz, classical, folk, new age, all woven into tasteful and well thought out, produced and performed works.The "Hallelujah" effort is breathtaking! Outset gave me reserve to tamper with such, but The Steamroller pulls it off with delight and reverence! Their renditions of "Away in A Manger" "Do You hear what I hear" and my favorite: "Faeries."The addition of UofM Glee Club and Johnny Mathis are nice touch, which adds to the enjoyment and variety. This is just happy, relaxing, reverent updates of scores we all like to hear. Provides nice variety to pop into the CD and place on "Scramble" mode, jumping from CD track to CD track, providing bit of every style. Highly recommend!"
"Extraordinaire" Nostalgia At It's Best!
S. Kelley | Cleveland,Ohio United States | 11/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a bit perplexed over the past few weeks, reading the reviews for this year's Mannheim Steamroller Christmas cd. It seems like one really, really loved it or one didn't. While out doing my early Christmas shopping, I ran across a copy and picked it up for my Mannheim Steamroller music library. I popped it in my car's cd player as I went from one place to the next. I found this year's offerings utterly relaxing and delightful. It brought memories of the classic Christmas movies and I could actually invision Bing Crosby gliding along on skates singing along in my mind as I listened to "White Christmas".This year's offerings are just what Chip said he was looking to do...."bring Christmas Carols back to the sound of their origins in the Reniassance". He succeeded, in my opinion, 100%. Haven't we all remembered fondly a Christmas of Yesteryear and wish just for a moment to be able to revisit that time?...I do feel that Johnny Mathis is rather out of place in this particular recording. Mr. Mathis is a renowned singer who many would not do Christmas sounds without during their holiday season and he is talented. It's just the two sounds didn't blend too well as I found personally, it kind of jerked me out of the mellow nostalgia I was experiencing.This is a must for any Mannheim Steamroller library and Christmas collection. Thanks Mr. Davis, I so enjoy the walk down Christmas memory lane! In this age of hustle and bustle, it is nice to find music so relaxing and nostalgic."