Over the Hills and Far Away [US Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Finally released stateside, a few years after first emerging in Europe and Japan, and boasting additional tracks to boot, Nightwish's Over the Hills and Far Away combines four studio cuts with six live offerings from the unconditional lords of Finnish wimp-metal. With the imposing operatic wail of classically-trained soprano Tarja Turunen's leading the way as always, the band starts off covering the secondary hit from Irish guitar hero Gary Moore which lends its name to this release, and it goes without saying that Nightwish's affected take on an already dramatic song pushes the cheese-o-meter rating into the bursting red. By comparison, ensuing band originals like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Finally released stateside, a few years after first emerging in Europe and Japan, and boasting additional tracks to boot, Nightwish's Over the Hills and Far Away combines four studio cuts with six live offerings from the unconditional lords of Finnish wimp-metal. With the imposing operatic wail of classically-trained soprano Tarja Turunen's leading the way as always, the band starts off covering the secondary hit from Irish guitar hero Gary Moore which lends its name to this release, and it goes without saying that Nightwish's affected take on an already dramatic song pushes the cheese-o-meter rating into the bursting red. By comparison, ensuing band originals like the power metallic "10th Man Down," the power balladic "Away," and the 2001 remake of "Astral Romance," actually sound rather grounded, if that's possible, and certainly boast all of the sterling musicianship and diverse songwriting that has made Nightwish a Scandinavian power. The same broad range and variety pervades the remaining live material highlights including "She Is My Sin," "Beauty & the Beast," and "Wishmaster", which, perhaps most interestingly, proves to recent arrivals that the band was already remarkably advanced within their craft all the way back in 2000, from when these recordings date. In conclusion, as with everything Nightwish, the contents are always over-the-top, wildly histrionic, but strangely as likely to appeal to unsuspecting pop consumers as they are to actual metal-heads -- therein lies the group's secret.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • EAN: 6417871173421
  • Catalog Number: 134
  • Sales rank: 146,215

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nightwish Primary Artist
Tuomas Holopainen Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tarja Turunen Vocals, Group Member
Emppu Vuorinen Guitar, Group Member
Sami Vänskä Bass, Group Member
Jukka Nevalainen Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Hanna Wilska Vocals
Tony Kakko Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Moore Composer
Howard Blake Arranger, Composer
Mikko Karmila Producer, Engineer
Peter Dell Artwork
Mika Jussila Mastering
Nightwish Arranger, Producer
Tuomas Holopainen Composer
Sami Vänskä Cover Image
Tero Kinnunen Arranger, Engineer
Tomi Laurén Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Somethings old,something new,and something borrowed.

    The only reason to pick this up is if you need more of there music.But most of the songs you've allready heard.There just live.They have one of the best live shows though,the crowd really gets into the music with shouts and claps and cheers.Good stuff.But if your looking for the best one to pick up,pick up Once or Wishmaster instead.The remake song is a little better then the origanel.And over the hills is the best new track here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cool!!!

    One thing I want to say is, alot of people say that teens can't appreciate Nightwish, and I am proof that that is not true. I am 13 and LOVE them! Now for the CD.... Over the Hills and Far Away has 3 new songs, a remake of Astral Romance where Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica guest sings, and six live songs. The live songs are pretty good, but not great. "Over the Hills and Far Away"= Very good, sounds...like Celtic metal, if that's even a genre of music "10th Man Down"= Very fast paced chorus, and I love the drumming "Away"= And okay ballard "Astral Romance remake"= Much better than on Angels Fall First!!!

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