- Deck the Halls
- We Three Kings
- Bring A Torch, Jeannette, Isabella
- Coventry Carol
- Good King Wenceslas
- Christmas Sweet: Wassail, Wassail
- Christmas Sweet: Carol Of The Birds
- Christmas Sweet: I Saw Three Ships
- Christmas Sweet: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
Christmas 1984 is the first holiday album the Mannheim Steamroller released, and it remains their definitive work. Chip Davis never strayed from the clean, airy instrumental style that he exhibits here (and earlier perfected on his Fresh Aire albums), but it is here where it all sounded fresh. It's also where he had his best selection of songs, tackling a variety of classic carols like "Deck the Halls," "We Three Kings," "Good King Wenceslas," "Wassail, Wassail," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "I Saw Three Ships." Some listeners never found the Mannheim formula that engaging, but anyone who his been captured by one of their holiday records should investigate Christmas 1984, which is where it all began.
Performance CreditsMannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
Jackson Berkey Synthesizer,Piano,Clavichord,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,fender rhodes,Toy Piano
Ron Cooley Guitar,12-string Guitar
Chip Davis Percussion,Conductor,Drums,Recorder,Vocals,Bells,Hammered Dulcimer,Crumhorn,Soprano Dulcian
Richard Altenbach Strings
Ron Dabbs Bells
Eric Hansen Bass,Lute
David Low Cello
Roxanne Adams Strings
Grace Granata Strings
Bobby Jenkins Oboe
David Kappy French Horn
Richard Lohmann Strings
Bill Ritchie Strings
Steve Shipps Violin
Wayne Anderson Strings
Michelle Brill Strings
Ron Darbs Bells
Willis Ann Ross Flute
Michael Strauss Strings
Mary Walter Harp
Technical CreditsRon Cooley Contributor
Chip Davis Arranger,Producer
John Boyd Engineer
Carol Davis Art Direction
John Mason Neale Composer
John Henry Hopkins Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christmas 1984 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Mannheim Steamroller is one of my favorites, and somehow I missed this one when it came out, so I was overjoyed to find it still available--a great Christmas present to myself!
I am 12 and i love this CD! It takes all my favorite x-mas songs and turns them into really cool remixes! get this CD
Actually, it's not even half of what I'd give this album. More like 20 stars! If you've never heard the Steamroller before, you're missing out. All of their Christmas albums just blew me away - they're so good!
I remember being blown away by the recording of Deck the Halls when I first heard it at the age of 14. It's still a great recording, although it's impact has been diluted somewhat by its ubiquity. At Christmas time, it's hard to get away from all the radio ads and TV ads that use this as background music. It's still an exciting and interesting reinterpretation of the old familiar tune. What's nice is that the rest of the album delves into other textures, especially the second ''side'' (excuse the anachronism) where lutes and harpsichords predominate. Silent Night is lush and gorgeous, especially in its use of strings. Much of their more recent stuff repeats ideas that work well here, or water them down in New Agey cliches (sometimes hovering frighteningly close to elevator music) but this album is still a staple and joy to hear, around Christmas time.
This is an awesome selection of Chip Davis' holiday music. Every piece gets you into the spirit ... well done !!!