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Christmas Eve and Other Stories

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava Records / Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002JX6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. An Angel Came Down
2. O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night (Instrumental)
3. A Star To Follow
4. First Snow (Instrumental)
5. The Silent Nutcracker (Instrumental)
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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This is a concept album all the way, with tales of Christmas kindness intertwined with masterful musicianship as they play traditionals plus their own An Angel Came Down; First Snow; Ornament; Old City Bar , and more!

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Just Bill on 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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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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By A Customer on Dec 18 2003
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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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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