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Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Trans-Siberian OrchestraAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)

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listen  1. An Angel Came Down 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. O Come All Ye Faithful/ O Holy Night [Instrumental] 4:19$0.69  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. First Snow [Instrumental] 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Silent Nutcracker [Instrumental] 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Mad Russian's Christmas [Instrumental] 4:42$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Prince Of Peace 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Christmas/ Sarajevo 12/24 [Instrumental] 3:25$0.69  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Ornament 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. The First Noel [Instrumental]0:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Old City Bar 6:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Promises To Keep 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. This Christmas Day 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. An Angel Returned 3:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
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It’s been 14 years since Trans-Siberian Orchestra debuted with the single “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24),” inspiring generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera.

TSO has sold more than seven million copies of its first five rock operas -- 1996's CHRISTMAS EVE & OTHER STORIES, 1998's THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC, BEETHOVEN'S ... Read more in Amazon's Trans-Siberian Orchestra Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: © 1996 Atlantic Recording Corp. / Lava Records
  • ASIN: B000002JX6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (410 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, Christmas Eve can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other holiday disc, The Christmas Attic. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. --Jason Verlinde

Product Description

This is a concept album all the way, with tales of Christmas kindness intertwined with masterful musicianship as they play traditionals plus their own An Angel Came Down; First Snow; Ornament; Old City Bar , and more!

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142 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant From Start to Finish August 31, 2001
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From the enchanting cover art right through to the last notes of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," the last track, Christmas Eve and Other Stories is a rare delight.
In fact, although this is supposed to be a Christmas album, I find I can listen to it year 'round (as I am right now and it's August 31st).
You probably already know this from reading other reviews, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is the alter ego of Savatage, a mostly heavy metal/progressive rock band whose albums tend to lean toward the "concept" side of creativity, which is to say they're generally quite a few notches above most music these days...and often contain flashes of brilliance not found anywhere else on the planet.
There's a feeling I get every year around Christmastime, and TSO "director" Paul O'Neill (who produces Savatage's albums) captured it exactly on this CD. As a matter of fact, on TSO's web site, O'Neill writes, "I love writing stories and I've always been staggeringly fascinated with Christmas. It's such a magical time of the year. If you're walking down a New York City street around Christmastime and it starts to snow, the potential for magic can be felt in the air. That's what I tried to capture on this record, while bringing a fresh musical treatment to the holiday."
To capture that "magical" feeling on Christmas Eve and Other Stories, O'Neill took mostly traditional Christmas songs and infused them with electric guitar power and energy to create a majestic, emotional, captivating sound that tends to overwhelm me with emotion or awe (such as on the incredible "A Star To Follow" track or in the dynamic "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" track, which also appeared on Savatage's Dead Winter Dead CD).
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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC December 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a classic cd that you will not tire of! I actually removed it from my Christmas storage this year in October (couldn't wait for Thanksgiving). There are several qualities to this cd. First, the arrangements are incredible. They are agressive and powerful and often combine themes from several songs into 1 (Carol of the Bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen form Christmas Eve/Sarajevo). To pull this off, T.S.O. incorporates phenomenal musicianship to back these arrangements.
There is more to this cd than just great music. There is a Christmas tale which weaves the songs together into one work. The section of this story that always gets to me is from 'The Ornament' to 'This Christmas Day'.
Finally, what brings it all together is the choice of vocalists throughout the story - all fantastic. The emotion that is heard in these songs relating to the part of the story they are telling is as if they are living the story and we are observing it. Just listen to the vocalist of 'This Christmas Day' and I believe you will understand. I literally get chills at the end of this song.
All in all, this will be a favorite for years to come. Enjoy!
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas album with year-round appeal August 5, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Well, usually around December sometime this album and its worthy successor become my two favorites to listen to - not to say you won't find me listening to it throughout the rest of the year, either. The album's 17 tracks, every single one of them excellent, are divided nearly equally between instrumental and non-instrumental tracks. The songs tell the story of an angel's quest and a runaway returned home for the holidays in an implied rock opera style. In doing so, Paul O'Neill and company are able to somehow capture the magic and spirit of the season with incredible accuracy. The style of the music varies greatly, from light to heavy and everything in between. Here you'll find piano / vocal driven Broadway moments, string filled symphonic moments, solo-guitar laden heavy metal moments, not to mention the tasteful inclusion of a children's choir and a song each to touch on folk and blues. Many of the album's melodies are borrowed from Christmas favorites, meaning plenty of the tunes will be very familiar to even the first time listener, and the original material on the album is just as spectacular as the reworkings of the classics. With at least six different lead singers, the album is both a musical and vocal treat. A definite essential.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this CD! December 1, 1999
By Darrell
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing CD. The songs range from beautiful (Promises To Keep, Prince of Peace) to thoughtful (Old City Bar, Ornament) to outright rockin' (Christmas Eve Sarajevo, Mad Russian Christmas). I've had it for two years and it's been my favorite Christmas record. No matter what kind of music you like, you'll like this!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! November 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Magnificent is just one of the words I can think of to describe TSO music! They are taking Christmas music and putting a new, much-needed twist on it. "This Christmas Day" is one of my favorites and poses the question "Should we be charitable all year or only during the Christmas season?" It really makes you think. I'm pretty excited about the upcoming special on Fox Family Channel! I made a note to record it. I first heard of TSO about 3 years ago when I saw a picture ad for "Christmas Eve and Other Stories". I was so taken with the beauty of the album artwork, so I ran to the nearest record store hoping beyond hope that I could find it! I did and I was more than impressed with what I heard. The music and lyrics are both beautiful and thought provoking. I am recommending both cd's to friends and family all over and I am looking forward to the new release this holiday.
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Published 2 days ago by Ron Williams
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Nice music. We'd been looking for this CD for a couple of songs we especially love, and could not find it in stores ! So happy to have it in our collection.
Published 17 days ago by L. Nietering
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Rock!
I love this album. My wife gets annoyed as I will randomly listen to some of the instrument tracks at any point throughout the year. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
once again this cd is great to listen to any time of the year not just around the holidays. If you have the chance to see this group live , let's just say it is a show you will... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Carl Currier
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Love anything the Trans-Siberian Orchestra does. I'd like to purchase everything they have ever recorded. So upbeat and fun to listen to.
Published 1 month ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Recently got turned on to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ordered a few different CD's. This one was a great price here on Amazon, and came both with both the hard copy and MP3... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Music
After hearing TSO's Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 for the umpteenth time on the radio I decided to get "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" - the CD that includes this song. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dcbl
5.0 out of 5 stars No one does Christmas music like Trans- Siberian Orchestra!
I love this CD. the music is superb, and I can listen to it over and over again and not get tired of it. I would definitely recommend this to all my friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by janet lamont
3.0 out of 5 stars Tried listening once
Usually love Trans-Siberian Orchestra and saw them live in concert a couple of years ago. Immensely entertaining and creative. But this is just a little too "rocky" for us. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Valerie Hellums
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for Christmas
This music is not just for Christmas. The orchestra sounds wonderful in your car. If you are lucky enough to own a Bose System WOW, it is like being there.
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Carol of the Bells
It is on Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The name of the song is "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24", it is based on Carol of the Bells.
Dec 7, 2007 by Brian77 |  See all 6 posts
Where can i find this CD?!?!?
I'm pretty sure they never produced or sold such a version...I would suggest finding youtube videos of them in concert and using a converter program to change them to mp3 files.
Nov 21, 2011 by Debbie |  See all 2 posts
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