Progrography

Mannheim Steamroller
From a most unlikely seed (advertising) grew a great tree in the "primedieval" forest: Mannheim Steamroller. Led by composer Chip Davis and featuring player of all things piano-like Jackson Berkey, the group released a quartet of ambitious, impeccable-sounding albums under the Fresh Aire aegis. Beginning as all good things with Spring, the group sought to convey the mood of the four seasons in Fresh Aire I through IV -- summer, fall and winter ensued, as Mannheim's fortunes did improve. After a delightful Christmas album, the medieval touches that were a Mannheim hallmark began to disappear in favor of electronic and light classical music. Chip Davis has since moved the brand into the modern age, tackling environmental topics (Saving the Wildlife), new age mysticism (Fresh Aire VII), and even the music of Disney. These days, Christmas music is pretty much all they make, though they've managed to spin it into a steady business.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1975 FRESH AIRe
1977 FRESH AIRe II
1979 FRESH AIRE III
1981 FRESH AIRE IV
1981 FRESH AIRE INTERLUDES
1983 FRESH AIRE V
1984 CHRISTMAS
1984 Silent Night
1986 FRESH AIRE VI
1986 SAVING THE WILDLIFE
1988 A FRESH AIRE CHRISTMAS
1989 YELLOWSTONE: THE MUSIC OF NATURE
1990 FRESH AIRE 7
1990 The 7 Metals of Alchemy
1990 The 7 Colours of the Rainbow
1993 December 18 LATIN CHRISTMAS, VOL. 1
1993 December 20 LATIN CHRISTMAS, VOL. 2
1995 Angels We Have Heard On High
1995 Joy To The World
1997 September 17 A MANNHEIM MASSAGE
1998 October 13 RENAISSANCE HOLIDAY
1998 October 27 THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL
1999 March 16 MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER MEETS THE MOUSE
1999 August 24 25 YEAR CELEBRATION
2000 FRESH AIRE VIII
2000 November 14 BOX SET: FRESH AIRE
2001 August 14 CHRISTMAS EXTRAORDINAIRE
2001 October 30 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
2003 January 21 ROMANTIC MELODIES
2003 May 23 AMERICAN SPIRIT
2003 September 23 HALLOWEEN
2004 October 5 HALLOWEEN MONSTER MIX
2004 October 12 CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
2004 ROMANTIC THEMES
2005 CHRISTMAS SWEET MEMORIES
2006 September 12 HALLOWEEN 2: CREATURES COLLECTION
2007 October 9 CHRISTMAS SONG
2008 A CANDLE LIGHT CHRISTMAS
2008 October 7 CHRISTMASVILLE
2009 October 13 CHRISTMAS 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
2011 October 11 CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY

SEE ALSO...
JACKSON BERKEY discography

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