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Christmas Eve and Other Stories
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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 ›
In the first two pages lies the story, you should read it first to understand better the whole album. After you read the first two pages, you can play the music and read carefully every lyric, and the reason of this is that every song in this album is a part of the story. In the booklet you can read a bit of the history before each song, so you understand better the lyrycs or the rithm of that song, and also you can feel better the feeling of the season ;)
But you shoul keep tis on mind before buy it, and REMEMBER that: This album is from a band called Trans Siberian Orchestra wich is a side project of a Power Metal Band called Savatage so if you like power metal it's sure you love this piece of art BUT if you don't like power metal maybe you won't like this album 'cause they put their unique style in the whole album. Of course you don't need to be a metallian to hear this album, my mother like it and she is 52 years old.
So my final quote is: If you like power metal BUY IT, else Try Amazon's music sampler to hear song samples from this album.
If you aren't into Christian music or some of the more religious Christmas carols, you sadly, like me, probably won't like the music. I prefer instrumental Christmas music because I'm not a religious person and although I can do "Silent Night", and others, I prefer not to have to listen to the words. (I must point out that I did like the instrumental pieces) Anyway, The CD is full of music that any fan of Mannheim Steamroller would probably greatly enjoy, with Christmas Carols that have a more religious connotation than I can handle (I think they might be originals as well which was kind-of neat).
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Beautiful instrumental music that comes with the story book and how every song fits in to the story. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2014 by Flowerpower
This cd was not what I expected at all - in part I believe that it was not described appropriately. I thought I was getting a dvd so when it arrived I decided my mother should... Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2011 by Linda S
I was disappointed with this cd. I'm a big fan of T-S O. Their instrumental music is so powerful but on this cd there's singing and it detracts from what I like about the group. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2010 by bailib
I may have typed in the wrong city for my delivery, but every other bit of info - postal code, street adress, province - said the correct location. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2009 by R. Waugh
Wow, I just can't say enough good things about this CD! It is absolutely fantastic.....and I'm not easy to please. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2008 by Canadian Max
This is one of my favorite CD's, and you don't have to listen to it just at Christmas. I especially like the instrumental songs, some of the vocals aren't my favorite, but it's... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004