Fresh Aire II

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Fresh Aire II
Fresh Aire II Cover.jpg
Studio album by Mannheim Steamroller
Released September 15, 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre New-age
Length 35:47
Label American Gramaphone
Producer Don Sears and Chip Davis
Mannheim Steamroller chronology
Fresh Aire
Fresh Aire II
Fresh Aire III
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Fresh Aire II was the second album that new-age musical group Mannheim Steamroller originally released in 1977. Each of the first four Fresh Aire albums is based on a season; Fresh Aire II's theme is Fall.

Fresh Aire II is unique in the series as it is the only album almost entirely based on a single melody, presented consistently in the "Fantasia" music cycle (tracks 1-9) which starts off with 'Chorale,' followed by the seven "doors" and ending with the piece 'Fantasy.' This melody is heard in the closing track 'Going To Another Place' and can also be heard quoted throughout the rest of the series and even in some of the Christmas albums, usually appearing in a form closest to the first few notes in "The First Door."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Chorale" – 0:36
  2. "The First Door - Interrupted Thought" – 1:26
  3. "The Second Door - The Ugly Head of Greed" – 2:02
  4. "The Third Door - Pride" – 2:30
  5. "The Fourth Door - Relaxation" – 3:50
  6. "The Fifth Door - Frenetic Energy" – 2:59
  7. "The Sixth Door - Nostalgia" – 1:28
  8. "Door Seven - Thermal Inversion" – 1:57
  9. "Fantasy" – 1:24
  10. "Interlude V" – 3:37
  11. "Velvet Tear" – 2:44
  12. "A Shade Tree" – 4:57
  13. "Toota Lute" – 2:50
  14. "Going to Another Place" – 3:20