The Christmas Trilogy [CD & DVD]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227399429
  • Catalog Number: 73994
  • Sales rank: 106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 An Angel Came Down (3:51)
  2. 2 O' Come All Ye Faithful/O' Holy Night (4:19)
  3. 3 A Star to Follow (3:49)
  4. 4 First Snow (3:52)
  5. 5 The Silent Nutcracker (2:22)
  6. 6 A Mad Russian's Christmas (4:42)
  7. 7 The Prince of Peace (3:32)
  8. 8 Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (3:25)
  9. 9 Good King Joy (6:35)
  10. 10 Ornament (3:37)
  11. 11 The First Noel (0:54)
  12. 12 Old City Bar (6:17)
  13. 13 Promises to Keep (2:41)
  14. 14 This Christmas Day (4:20)
  15. 15 An Angel Returned (3:52)
  16. 16 O' Holy Night (2:39)
  17. 17 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (1:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (2:15)
  2. 2 Boughs of Holly (4:24)
  3. 3 The World That She Sees (3:00)
  4. 4 The World That He Sees (4:45)
  5. 5 Midnight Christmas Eve (4:21)
  6. 6 The March of the Kings/Hark the Herald Angel (3:52)
  7. 7 The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened) (6:29)
  8. 8 Christmas Canon (4:19)
  9. 9 Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High (3:55)
  10. 10 Find Our Way Home (3:45)
  11. 11 Appalachian Snowfall (4:12)
  12. 12 The Music Box (3:01)
  13. 13 The Snow Came Down (5:43)
  14. 14 Christmas in the Air (4:12)
  15. 15 Dream Child (A Christmas Dream) (7:04)
  16. 16 An Angel's Share (3:05)
  17. 17 Music Box Blues (4:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Faith Noel (4:32)
  2. 2 The Lost Christmas Eve (5:33)
  3. 3 Christmas Dreams (3:54)
  4. 4 Wizards in Winter (3:05)
  5. 5 Remember (3:25)
  6. 6 Anno Domine (2:13)
  7. 7 Christmas Concerto (0:42)
  8. 8 Queen of the Winter Night (3:11)
  9. 9 Christmas Nights in Blue (4:18)
  10. 10 Christmas Jazz (2:16)
  11. 11 Christmas Jam (3:47)
  12. 12 Siberian Sleigh Ride (3:08)
  13. 13 What Is Christmas? (2:51)
  14. 14 For the Sake of Our Brother (3:09)
  15. 15 The Wisdom of Snow (2:01)
  16. 16 Wish Liszt (3:42)
  17. 17 Back to a Reason, Pt. 2 (4:52)
  18. 18 Christmas Bells, Carousels & Time (1:04)
  19. 19 What Child Is This? (5:57)
  20. 20 O' Come Alll Ye Faithful (1:26)
  21. 21 Christmas Canon Rock (5:02)
  22. 22 Different Wings (2:44)
  23. 23 Midnight Clear (1:38)
Disc 4
  1. 1 O' Come All Ye Faithful/O' Holy Night
  2. 2 Good King Joy
  3. 3 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. 4 Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)
  5. 5 Christmas Canon
  6. 6 O' Holy Night
  7. 7 Music Box Blues
  8. 8 Promises to Keep
  9. 9 This Christmas Day
  10. 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
Jon Oliva Piano, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Al 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
Dave Eggar Strings
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
Mark Wood Strings
David Z. Bass
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Johann Pachelbel Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
David Anthony Producer
Paul O'Neill Composer
Jon Oliva Composer
Al Pitrelli Composer
Dave Wittman Engineer, Insert
Taro Meyer Producer
Charles Wesley Composer
John Seymour Engineer
Larry Freemantle Art Direction
Dominick Barbera Engineer
Kevin Hodge Mastering
David Krebs Executive Producer
Robert Kinkel Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    TSO is one of my favorite bands of all time. Their christmas music is incredible and this dvd is amazing! TSO + Michael Crawford = greatness!!!! I love it!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A "must have" for Christmas!

    These are incredible cd's. When I told my children (ages 7, 13 and 20) that they would be listening to my music on our holiday shopping expeditions last year they literally groaned. But after listing to the first song they became hooked! <BR/>This is not your traditional holiday music. There is music for everyone's taste, and the stories behind the music are so heart warming. It makes you realize the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season. This music is for the whole family, young and old.

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