- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Special Edition, Extra tracks
- Label: Lava Records
- ASIN: B0007854W4
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (598 customer reviews)
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Christmas Eve And Other Stories Special Edition, Extra tracks
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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).Read more ›
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!
One of the neatest things about it is that the music tells the story of an angel sent on a mission, looking for something that best represents all the good people do one another for Christmas. The listener travels with the angel and listens in as he does on the lives of various characters until at last he comes across a father's prayer for a daughter that had run away from home. He follows the prayer to where the daughter is, and in helping her return home, finds what he is looking for and returns to heaven.
I have also listened to "The Christmas Attic", and that album is also nice, but the music just isn't as catchy as "Christmas Eve and Other Stories".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Christmas music, if you like orchestral renditions of the common songs sung around ChristmastimePublished 12 days ago by Maeonides
This has become my favorite Christmas album of all time. Easily the best album they have made.Published 2 months ago by B. Ford
This CD is still one of my favorites for Christmas! It is a beautiful collection of orchestra music that makes Christmas awesome!Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Meg