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Founded by multi-instrumentalist Chip Davis in 1972, Mannheim Steamroller is probably best known for their New Age approach to Christmas classics like “Carol Of The Bells” and “Deck The Halls.” (Assuming you’re not an existing fan of symphonic pop, of course. If you are, then you probably know the band better from their series of Fresh Aire albums.) Their creative orchestral compositions of Yuletide favorites have a slight prog-rock feel to them, mostly because of consistent use of synthesizers and harpsichord, but the group never veers too far off the carols’ traditional snow-covered path.
Mannheim Steamroller have become so synonymous with Christmas that, every year, talk-radio stations broadcast “Mannheim Steamroller’s An American Christmas,” which is a 12-hour special filled with music and narrated stories. “I had no idea at all that it was going to skyrocket like this,” Davis told AL.com back in 2009. “When I put that first Christmas record out in ’84, they said, ‘Hey, Chip, guys only do a Christmas record when they’ve run out of ideas or have to fulfill a contract.’ I thought, well, I love Christmas music, and I’d like to put a Mannheim spin on it.”
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