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.
There are currently 2 Mannheim Steamrollers touring the US.
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. Another one for the kids, but 's My Little Christmas Tree is one with more synth dreamscapes than Christmasville. First things first: God, I wish I was there.
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 group has sold 28 million albums in the U. Mannheim Steamroller began as an alias for record producer and composer Chip Davis. The name "Mannheim Steamroller" comes from an 18th-century German musical technique, Mannheim roller German : Mannheimer Walze , a crescendo passage having a rising melodic line over an ostinato bass line , popularized by the Mannheim school of composition. Before the fame of Steamroller, Davis had been best known for collaborating with his friend Bill Fries on the songs of the country music character " C.