Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Extraordinaire 180g LP
Triple Platinum Christmas Album Released on 180g Vinyl
Features Holiday Classics Like "White Christmas," "Away In A Manger" & Winter
Christmas Extraordinaire, released in 2001, was the sixth Christmas album from
the group Mannheim Steamroller lead by Chip Davis. The album was certified
triple Platinum as of June 21, 2004 by the RIAA.
Grammy® Award winning composer/musician Chip Davis is one of the most successful
innovators and entrepreneurs in music today. Davis changed popular instrumental
music over 35 years ago by combining classical compositions with rock rhythms
and instruments. He is credited with creating the New Age music genre.
Today, Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller are synonymous with Christmas. He
revolutionized the sounds of the holiday with the release of his first Christmas
album, transforming the season into the huge music industry it is today.
Mannheim Steamroller is the #1 Christmas music artist in history. Total records
sold are over 40 million albums; 28 million have been Mannheim Steamroller
With 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum certified records, Davis is among
an elite group of artists — including U2, Jay-Z, and the Beach Boys — holding
the most such certifications.
David turned his attention to music that he called "18th century classical meets
Rock 'n' Roll". He called the music Fresh Aire and named his band Mannheim
Steamroller. When he couldn't sell his first Fresh Aire album to record
companies, he started his own label (American Gramaphone) in 1974, one of the
most successful independent labels in the country.
In 1984 Davis released his first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
and the rest is history. Mannheim versions of songs as “Joy To The World,” “The
First Noel,” and “Silent Night.” consistently top the charts every holiday
"Longtime holiday favorite Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas Extraordinaire is
yet another holiday collection by the group. It's not much of departure from
Mannheim's other holiday collections. If anything, it aims to resurrect the
spirit of preceding holiday releases by Mannheim. There's a good chance if you
enjoy other Mannheim holiday albums you'll enjoy this one... it should please
Mannheim's devoted following. Some of the featured songs include 'Hallelujah,'
'White Christmas,' 'Away in a Manger,' and 'Winter Wonderland,' among others."
- Jason Birchmeier, allmusic.com
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Certified triple Platinum as of June 21, 2004 by the RIAA
• Mastered for vinyl by Brian Ackley
Chip Davis, drums, recorders
Jackson Berkey, harpsichord
Ron Cooley, guitar, lute, bass
Roxanne Layton, recorder, crumhorns
Arnie Roth, violin solo "The First Noel", concertmaster
Bobby Jenkins, oboe solos
Johnny Mathis, vocals "O Tannenbaum"
2. White Christmas
3. Away In A Manger
4. Faeries ("Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite)
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
6. The First Noel
7. Silver Bells
8. Fum, Fum, Fum
9. Some Children See Him
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Tannenbaum (vocals by Johnny Mathis)
12. Auld Lang Syne