Christmas Trilogy [CD & DVD]

Christmas Trilogy [CD & DVD]

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by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
     
 

For the hordes of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fans out there, this box set is the ultimate gift from TSO founder Paul O'Neill and his chief collaborator, Jon Oliva. Handsomely packaged, The Christmas Trilogy houses all three of the TSO's hard rock-meets-symphony epics -- their 1996 debut, Christmas Eve and OtherSee more details below

Overview

For the hordes of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fans out there, this box set is the ultimate gift from TSO founder Paul O'Neill and his chief collaborator, Jon Oliva. Handsomely packaged, The Christmas Trilogy houses all three of the TSO's hard rock-meets-symphony epics -- their 1996 debut, Christmas Eve and Other Stories; 1998's The Christmas Attic; and the final installment, 2004's The Lost Christmas Eve -- plus a DVD of a gloriously staged production of 2001's The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, featuring Ossie Davis in the role of the Caretaker and vocals by Jewel and Michael Crawford (Broadway's original Phantom of the Opera). Additionally, the glossy CD booklet includes each album's story in straight narrative form -- broadly, they're about searching for the true meaning of Christmas -- along with complete lyrics, session credits, and illustrations that evoke the mood and atmosphere of each tale. There's little in the way of subtlety here: TSO are about screaming guitars, thundering drums, and wailing vocals, all supported by a full orchestra with the brass, reeds, and tympani at full Wagnerian throttle. Occasionally, the tumult is quelled by the soothing, angelic voices of a children's choir, and that fleeting bit of tenderness adds a bracing introspection to the presentation. O'Neill and Oliva believe devoutly in what they're doing, and their passion and grand vision drive this work. It's a distinctive sound, and in the rock world the grandeur of TSO's approach, sweep, and execution is singular and compelling. These musicians' hearts are always in the right place, and it's palpable at every turn.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
In 2004, Trans-Siberian Orchestra finished their "Christmas trilogy" with the massive -- some would say ponderous -- The Lost Christmas Eve. Wasting none of the holiday season's precious shopping time, the Christmas Trilogy box set landed two weeks after that album, giving the band's loyal fan base a set to give -- some would say inflict -- to their friends. Then again, maybe they'll just want to hold on to the set since there's a DVD with appearances by Jewel and Michael Crawford and the lavishly illustrated booklet includes all the lyrics and background stories. You really should dabble in Trans-Siberian's dramatic, huge world of Christmas music through the eyes of classic rock before laying down the money for the set. If you just need a bit of this 60-piece, the first album is the most inspired, but it's not enough for most who get hooked. Although the next two albums gave diminishing returns, Trans-Siberian producer/mastermind Paul O'Neill kept pouring his heart into the music and always offered some genuine thrills. Great presentation and a packed DVD make up for a lot of note-spinning on the third disc, and what was a wintry night made for besides curling up with a precious, hope-filled story, no matter how cumbersome?

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227399429
catalogNumber:
73994

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. An Angel Came Down
  2. Medley
  3. A Star to Follow
  4. First Snow
  5. The Silent Nutcracker
  6. A Mad Russians Christmas
  7. The Prince of Peace
  8. Medley
  9. Good King Joy
  10. Ornament
  11. The First Noel
  12. Old City Bar
  13. Promises to Keep
  14. This Christmas Day
  15. An Angel Returned
  16. O Holy Night
  17. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Disc 2

  1. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
  2. Boughs of Holly
  3. The World That She Sees
  4. The World That He Sees
  5. Midnight Christmas Eve
  6. Medley
  7. The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)
  8. Christmas Canon
  9. Medley
  10. Find Our Way Home
  11. Appalachian Snowfall
  12. The Music Box
  13. The Snow Came Down
  14. Christmas in the Air
  15. Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
  16. An Angel's Share
  17. Music Box Blues

Disc 3

  1. Faith Noel
  2. The Lost Christmas Eve
  3. Christmas Dreams
  4. Wizards in Winter
  5. Remember
  6. Anno Domine
  7. Christmas Concerto
  8. Queen of the Winter Night
  9. Christmas Nights in Blue
  10. Christmas Jazz
  11. Christmas Jam
  12. Siberian Sleigh Ride
  13. What Is Christmas?
  14. For the Sake of Our Brother
  15. The Widom of Snow
  16. Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness)
  17. Back to a Reason (Part II)
  18. Christmas Bells, Carousels & Time
  19. What Child Is This?
  20. O'Come All Ye Faithful
  21. Christmas Canon Rock
  22. Different Wings
  23. Midnight Clear

Disc 4

  1. O' Come All Ye Faithful/O' Holy Night
  2. Good King Joy
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
  5. Christmas Canon
  6. O' Holy Night
  7. Music Box Blues
  8. Promises to Keep
  9. This Christmas Day
  10. First Snow

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trans-Siberian Orchestra   Primary Artist
Andrew Hill   Choir, Chorus
John Clark   Horn,French Horn,Soloist
Joslyn Brown   Choir, Chorus
Joe Cerisano   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Peter Day   Choir, Chorus
Tommy Farese   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Gary G. Giles   Vocals
Enrique Hernandez   Choir, Chorus
Nancy Jackson   Background Vocals
John Margolis   Vocals,Soloist
John Middleton   Bass
Johnny Lee Middleton   Bass
Paul O'Neill   Guitar
Jon Oliva   Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Pitrelli   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Ryder   Choir, Chorus
Alex Skolnick   Guitar
Will Stanley   Choir, Chorus
Dave Wittman   Bass
Mary Wooten   Cello,Soloist
Garo Yellin   Strings
Angus Clark   Guitar
John O'Reilly   Drums
Peter Valentine   Background Vocals
Chris Caffery   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Robert Kinkel   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tristan Avakian   Guitar
Michael Fawcette   Vocals,Soloist
Vincent Metallo   Choir, Chorus
Anthony Piccolo   Choir Conductor
Jeff Plate   Drums
Jeffrey Stackhouse   Background Vocals
Zachary Stevens   Background Vocals
Sylvia Tosun   Choir, Chorus
Yolanda Wyns   Background Vocals
Latasha Spencer   Background Vocals
Nigel Tangredi   Choir, Chorus
Tamira C. Sanders   Background Vocals
Warren Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Peggy Harley   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Maurice Lauchner   Background Vocals
Bobby Floyd   Vocals,Soloist
Katrina Chester   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Benjamin Cole   Choir, Chorus
Adrian Ross   Choir, Chorus
Anton Spivak   Choir, Chorus
Doug Thoms   Background Vocals
James Lewis   Vocals
Hiroko Taguchi   Strings
Martha Danielle   Vocals,Soloist
J. Mark McVey   Vocals
Bart Shatto   Choir, Chorus
Ken Williams   Vocals,Soloist
Marilina Acosta   Choir, Chorus
Amy Helm   Human Whistle,Soloist
Caroline Ross   Choir, Chorus
Jill Gioia   Choir, Chorus
Bett Butler   Choir, Chorus
Natalie Cenovia Cummins   Strings
Carmine Giglio   Keyboards
David Gold   Strings
Jane Mangini   Piano
Steve Broderick   Choir, Chorus
Latasha Jordon   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Daniel "Shaolun" Chen   Choir, Chorus
Danny Moriarty   Choir Conductor
James Murray   Choir, Chorus
Michael Lanning   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jeff Allegue   Bass
Stephanie Rice Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Jennifer Cella   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Caleb Eboch   Choir, Chorus
Wendy Eggers   Vocals
Robert Evan   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dina Fanai   Choir, Chorus
Martin Flynt   Choir, Chorus
Cedar Georgevich   Choir, Chorus
Kristin Lewis Gorman   Choir, Chorus
Logan Hill   Choir, Chorus
Takeytha Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Mee Eun Kim   Keyboards
Gretchen Kinkel   Vocals,Soloist
Marshall Kock   Choir, Chorus
Danielle Landherr   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Guy Lemonnier   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Liu   Strings
David Maliakel   Choir, Chorus
Sanya Mateyas   Choir, Chorus
Bashawn Moore   Choir, Chorus
Takanori Niida   Drums
Daryl Pediford   Vocals,Soloist
Michelle Satris   Strings
Martin Shedd   Choir, Chorus
Kelsey Surdan   Vocals,Soloist
Jonathan Tetelman   Choir, Chorus
Marilyn Villamar   Choir, Chorus
Tucker Wheatley   Choir, Chorus
Brendan Burgess   Choir, Chorus
Timothy Carose   Background Vocals
Julian Drabik   Choir, Chorus
Shoshana Frishberg   Choir, Chorus
Julia George   Choir, Chorus
Nina Gottlieb   Choir, Chorus
Cabiria Jacobson   Choir, Chorus
Paul ONeill   Rhythm Guitar
Michelle Repella   Choir, Chorus
Rachel Rosenfield   Choir, Chorus
Allie Sheridan   Choir, Chorus
Jody Ashworth   Vocals,Soloist
Dave Eggar   Strings
Mark Wood   Strings
David Z.   Bass

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Composer
Johann Pachelbel   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
David Anthony   Producer
Paul O'Neill   Composer,Audio Production
Jon Oliva   Composer
Pitrelli   Composer
Dave Wittman   Engineer,Insert
Taro Meyer   Producer
Charles Wesley   Composer
John Seymour   Engineer
Larry Freemantle   Art Direction
Dominick Barbera   Engineer
David Krebs   Executive Producer
Robert Kinkel   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,Choir Arrangement,Music Direction
Vincent Metallo   Music Direction
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
Steve Sola   Engineer
Hart Perry   Director
Maria Calabrese   Costume Design
Gloria Gabriel   Producer
Jin-Won Lee   Engineer
Edgar Jerins   Cover Illustration
Joe Johnson   Engineer
Sheldon Guide   Engineer
Michael Shielze   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Tim Ronaghan   Engineer
Mike Zinczenko   Engineer
Latasha Jordon   Background Coordinator
Michael Owen   Producer
Gabrielle E. Lettire   Cover Model
Chena Life   Copy Coordination
Paul ONeill   Poetry,Producer

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