I've only had one of Chip's records, and it dates way back: Fresh Aire II, which was the second release by the Steamroller. I think I last listened to it over 15 years ago and even then it sounded quite dated. It was sort of a niche audiophile release back then--it really surprised me to see how the whole Mannheim Steamroller franchise grew tremendously out of something that flew past most people's radar initially.Mannheim Steamroller -- now there's an act, much of whose music has NOT dated well for me.
I like that one too. Especially on the last run-through of the chorus where the full orchestra and band are just in top gear. I once made a MS Christmas compilation where I opened it up with the "rock" version "Merry Gentlemen," and ended it with the "baroque" version -- so if you played the CD on repeat, those two songs would sound just like they did on the album.Still, for a visit to goosebump-land, I can always count on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". We went to see Mannheim Steamroller over in Lakeland a year or two ago and when they did that song, it just really overcomes me.