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Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
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Christmas Eve and Other Stories + The Christmas Attic + The Lost Christmas Eve
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  • The Christmas Attic CDN$ 12.00
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4. First Snow (Instrumental)
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6. A Mad Russian's Christmas (Instrumental)
7. The Prince Of Peace
8. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)
9. Good King Joy
10. Ornament
11. The First Noel (Instrumental)
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

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Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, Christmas Eve can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other holiday disc, The Christmas Attic. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. --Jason Verlinde

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant From Start to Finish Aug. 31 2001
Format:Audio CD
From the enchanting cover art right through to the last notes of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," the last track, Christmas Eve and Other Stories is a rare delight.
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).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing Jan. 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well all I can say is that this is the best Xmas album I ever heard. The music is increidble and the story is stunning, they have classic songs and also some original songs, and all of them are great. I would like to give all of you a very little summary of this album.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but to religious for me Dec 18 2003
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Format:Audio CD
For the past couple years I've seen the commercials on TV advertising Christmas music for Trans-Siberian Orchestra. To me, I thought it very reminiscent of Mannheim Steamroller, with its nice jazzy, up-beat tempos. So when I saw two of their albums, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" and "The Christmas Attic" at my local music store, I didn't hesitate to buy both of them.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars TSO Sets New Standards For Holiday Music Dec 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing that I've had this cd for four years yet have never written a review before now, but this (as well as the other TSO Christmas cd "The Christmas Attic" seem to just get better with each listen. I have played this cd for so many people and almost always they love, love it. The only negatives I ever hear is that it's either too heavy or they aren't traditional enough. These are to me strong points because anyone can sing a song that has been recorded by so many artists that all the new cd's seem to contain the same selections. TSO has some traditional stuff on it, mostly instrumental (which is very nice), but they have crafted stories that really get to the heart of what the holiday is all about. Songs like "Promises To Keep", "Old City Bar", and "Prince Of Peace" are so filled with emotion and meaning, and make you you really feel good. On the other side, some really fun music is there as well like "Star To Follow", and "Mad Russian's Christmas". I won't mention every track because they are all great! This cd has no fillers, it's all quality from beginning to end. Thank you TSO for giving us a truly memorable experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful instrumental music that comes with the story book and how every song fits in to the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Flowerpower
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected.
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 more
Published on Nov. 20 2011 by Linda S
2.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Eve
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 more
Published on Aug. 13 2010 by bailib
2.0 out of 5 stars have yet to receive...
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 more
Published on Dec 14 2009 by R. Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, really good music!
Wow, I just can't say enough good things about this CD! It is absolutely fantastic.....and I'm not easy to please. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2008 by D. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars It rocks!
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 more
Published on Feb. 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit of Christmas Renewed!
I really thought that Mannheim Steamroller was fantastic, until I heard TransSiberian Orchestra. A great deal of the music played around the holiday season that I had attributed to... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Mary Gollihugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not be deceived, this CD is a Classic.
Unlike all of the other Christmas artist who try to copy classic Christmas songs the Trans-Siberian Orchestra completely reinvents them. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars A great CD...
... for the microwave, or under the short leg of your table, or as a shooting target. Tooth-rottingly sugary, pretentious, overblown, commercialized crap from a half-a$$ed... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Abe Ellape
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just instrumental...
This is a wonderful CD for the holidays. However, I purchased this cd under the pretense that it was strictly instrumental; it is not. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003
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