Christmas (Mannheim Steamroller album)

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Studio album by Mannheim Steamroller
Released September 15, 1984
Genre Christmas music, Synthpop
Length 33:01
Label American Gramaphone
Producer Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller chronology
Fresh Aire V
(1983)
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
(1984)
Fresh Aire VI
(1986)
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums chronology
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
(1984)
A Fresh Aire Christmas
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (also known as Christmas 1984) 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 200 album chart, peaking at #50.

On June 21, 2004, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas was certified 6× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of six million copies in the United States since its 1984 release, making it one of the best-selling Christmas/holiday albums in the U.S.[2]

Seven of the album's 11 tracks were included in the group's 2004 compilation Christmas Celebration.

As of November 2014, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas was the seventh best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S. during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold a total of 3,500,000 copies during that period according to SoundScan.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • Songs are traditional except where noted
  1. "Deck the Halls" – 3:43
  2. "We Three Kings" (Hopkins) – 3:45
  3. "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" – 2:32
  4. "Coventry Carol" – 2:38
  5. "Good King Wenceslas" – 3:29
  6. "Christmas Sweet: Wassail, Wassail" – 2:20
  7. "Christmas Sweet: Carol Of the Birds" (Bas-Quercy) – 2:03
  8. "Christmas Sweet: I Saw Three Ships" – 1:28
  9. "Christmas Sweet: "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" – 1:37
  10. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" – 4:19
  11. "Stille Nacht" (Silent Night) (Gruber) – 5:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Louis F. "Chip" Davis, Jr. - drums, percussion (including camel bells), recorder
  • Eric Hansen - bass
  • Jackson Berkey - piano, harpsichord, synthesizer, camel bells
  • Ron Cooley - 6 and 12-string guitars
  • Willis Ann Ross - flute
  • David "High D" Kappy - French horn
  • Mary Walter - harp
  • String section includes Steve Shipps (concertmaster), Richard Lohmann, Richard Altenbach, Grace Granata, Deborah Fuller, Scott Shoemaker (violins), Michelle Brill, Michael Strauss, Roxanne Adams (violas), David Low, Kim Rockshaw, Greg Clinton (celli), Wayne Anderson, and Bill Ritchie (bass violins)
  • Ron Dabbs - camel bells, sound effects engineer
  • Louis Davis, Sr. - keyboard technician

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