Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Christmas Eve and Other Stories

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by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
     
 

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).See more details below

Overview

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/1996
Label:
Lava
UPC:
0075679273628
catalogNumber:
92736
Rank:
102918

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trans-Siberian Orchestra   Primary Artist
John Clark   French Horn
Babi Floyd   Vocals
Nancy Jackson   Background Vocals
John Margolis   Vocals
John Middleton   Bass
Paul O'Neill   Rhythm Guitar
Jon Oliva   Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Pitrelli   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mary Wooten   Cello
Peter Valentine   Background Vocals
John Seymour   Overdubs
Dominick Barbera   Overdubs
Robert Kinkel   Piano,Keyboards,Overdubs
Michael Fawcette   Vocals
Anthony Piccolo   Choir Master
Jeff Plate   Drums
Steve Sola   Overdubs
Jeffrey Stackhouse   Background Vocals
Zachary Stevens   Background Vocals
Latasha Spencer   Background Vocals
Nigel Tangredi   Choir, Chorus
Warren Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Peggy Harley   Background Vocals
Adrian Ross   Choir, Chorus
Ken Williams   Vocals
Caroline Ross   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Paul O'Neill   Producer
Jon Oliva   Composer
Dave Whittman   Engineer
John Seymour   Engineer
Kevin Hodge   Mastering
Robert Kinkel   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Edgar Jerins   Illustrations,Cover Design
Traditional   Composer

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