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4.0 out of 5 stars TSO is Not your grandmother's Christmas CD!, October 26, 2009
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This review is from: Night Castle (2 CD) (Audio CD)
Most people that follow Trans-Siberian Orchestra know that they are also Savatage, but Trans-Siberian has the Orchestra. That being said, for those that don't follow Trans-Siberian Orchestra and want to buy a Christmas Album off of Amazon need to know what to expect. Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes magnificant Christmas Albums, but they are not what one expects to hear played over and over on the radio...(with the exception of Mad Russian's Christmas), rather it is more of a Christmas Rock Opera. A story beginning on Christmas Eve and concluding with a Christmas Miracle. The lyrics are fantastic and the music amazing. Trans-Siberian also gives the lyrics and the story in a nice little "book" in each cd it makes. That being said, read the story and lyrics while listening to the cd to really get a great picture of their meaning. Now, as far as the music, as I stated before Trans-Siberian (had/has) an alter band named Savatage. They do very similar Rock Opera type CD's, but not Christmas CD's. Savatage is a great hard rock band with amazing stories and lyrics as well. Check out Streets and Wake of Magellan as well as about 15 others. They are a huge hit in other countries, more so than in America unfortunately). Trans-Siberian is the same group of people from Savatage, but they add an equally talented group of muscians for their Christmas music thus becoming Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Although, they did Beethoven's Last Night with TSO which is OUTSTANDING. I apologize for being long winded, but I don't want people to see this CD under Christmas albums and then purchase it only to find Rudolph and Santa aren't on it! What I am hoping to do is encourage people to purchase this CD (as well as TSO's amazing Christmas Cd's) for what it is...a BEAUTIFUL Story using phenominal instrument arrangements and incredible lyrics coupled with pitch perfect voices. You will be getting a "head banging" Cd that will melt your heart! Night Castle took way to long to come out and a few songs are Savatage which causes me to give it only 4 stars, but it is without a doubt another winner for Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
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Initial post: Jun 15, 2013 10:41:59 PM PDT
Savatage, huh? No wonder song 9, Tocatta..., sounds like "Children of the Grave" (though perhaps more like the Ozzie + Randy Rhodes version than the original Black Sabbath version)
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