Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve (CD)

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Characterized by its Capra-esque quality, this acclaimed holiday recording features an ensemble that joins talents from the hard rock, Broadway musical and classical arenas.
Categories
ChristmasMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Easy Listening
  3. Orchestral
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Media
CD
BarCode
075679273628
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Lava Records (USA)
Distributor
WEA (Distributor)
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
00075679273628
Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Angel Came Down, An
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Ornament
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] First Noel, The
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Old City Bar
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Promises To Keep
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] This Christmas Day
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Angel Returned, An
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] O Holy Night
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Star To Follow, A
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] First Snow
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Silent Nutcracker, The
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Mad Russians Christmas, A
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Prince Of Peace, The
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Good King Joy
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Angel Came Down, An
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] O Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Star to Follow, A
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] First Snow
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Silent Nutcracker, The
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Mad Russians Christmas, A
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Prince of Peace, The
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Good King Joy
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Ornament
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] First Noel, The
  12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Old City Bar
  13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Promises to Keep
  14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] This Christmas Day
  15. [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Angel Returned, An
  16. [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] O Holy Night
  17. [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Genre
Christmas
Release Date
23 December 1997
Country
USA
Notes

Trans-Siberian Orchestra includes: Paul O'Neill (conductor).
What would happen if members of Savatage decided to write some Christmas songs? Easy: Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This "supergroup" is the brainchild of Jon Oliva and Paul O'Neill (respectively the leader-keyboardist and the producer of Savatage). They hired Al Pitrelli (Asia, Savatage) to play guitars, Robert Kinkel to help with keyboards, John Middleton (also a member of Savatage) on bass, and Jeff Plate on drums. Lead vocals are shared by six vocalists, while some of the backing vocals are handled by Savatage lead singer Zachary Stevens. Christmas Eve and Other Stories is a concept album: all the songs are built as chapters of a book, each telling part of a larger story. The plot here is of a young angel sent down to Earth to find and bring back to the Lord "the one thing that best represents everything good that has been done in the name of this day." The angel's quest takes him all over the world, through Russia and Sarajevo, until he finally hears the prayer of a father. This last piece is the strongest moment on the album and makes for a miniature story within the larger story. It is basically told in a trilogy of songs: in the first, "Ornament," we hear the father's prayer, explaining how he hasn't seen his daughter in many years. In "Old City Bar," the angel finds the daughter, standing alone outside a bar, and talks to the bartender who, out of a random act of kindness, takes all the cash from his register drawer and gives it to the girl so she can go home. The third song, "This Christmas Day," has the father praising God, thanking him for bringing his daughter back to him on this night of all nights. It is a very touching story, pondering the thought that "If you want to arrange it/This world you can change it/If we could somehow make this/Christmas thing last/By helping a neighbor/Or even a stranger." Musically, the band has taken some traditional Christmas songs ("O Come All Ye Faithful," "O Holy Night," "The First Noel") and mixed in some modern rock music. The result is stunning and very impressive. It is filled with energy that simply blows you away. The already classic "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" is a gripping instrumental based on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (although you might have to listen carefully to hear it). Fans of progressive music should like this one. And if you're into the more recent works of Savatage (like Handful of Rain or Dead Winter Dead) you'll really love this. ~ Alex S. Garcia

Duration
62m 3s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Producer
Paul O'Neill
Artists
  1. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Date Released
1999-01-01

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