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  • Audio CD (Feb. 11 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • ASIN: B00005LB3R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Over the Hills and Far Away
2. 10th Man Down
3. Away
4. Astral Romance [Remake 2001]
5. Kinslayer [Live]
6. She Is My Sin [Live]
7. Sacrament of Wilderness [Live]
8. Walking in the Air [Live]
9. Beauty & The Beast [Live]
10. Wishmaster [Live]

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UK limited edition reissue of 2003 album, pressed onto 2-LP picture discs.

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Format: Audio CD
This album is another terrific album by Nightwish. It strays a bit away from their usualy rock style adf more into the folk style with 'Over the Hills and Far Away' which is a tale of a man sent to prison for 10 years after being wrongly charged for theft. He has no aliby as he was with someone else's wife that night (the one who he's thinking about in prison). Basically, the song tells of his promis to 'return some day' and the love between him and the woman he loves. The live versions are great fun to listen to but only if you're a Nightwish fan (why would you hear a band live if you didn;t like them?). Nightwish's lives are pretty good (Not that I've been to one in the country I'm in) but they were voted second best live or something in Finland. The different version af 'Astral Romance' is good mainly because of the improvement in the male vocals. In the one on 'Angels Fall First' you might have found the male vocals annoying. Here they are a LOT less annoying. I do understand. however, that people might be put off by the price because it is the price of a full length album (which is the cheapest I've found). It is better if you can get this cheaper but, in the end, it's worth it.
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What an outrageous price...
Anyway, if you can find this CD for less than $31.49 that CDNOW wants you to pay for it, then by all means get it. No CD is worth more than $15 in my opinion. But this is worth having. The first four tracks are great; Tarja is using the pitch she used in Century Child, so it's not operatic the whole time. I'm in the minority; I prefer 'clean' (hehe) female singing to the opera pitch. Anyway, the remake of "Astral Romance" isn't any better than the first, aside from the fact that they now had a bass guitar. Two of the live tracks feature Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko as a guest vocalist; they should ask him to step in more often, because they've never had any luck with male vocalists and Kakko can actually sing. The live tracks are decent, but not wonderful. They're cool just to hear what Nightwish sounds like live without having to buy an entire live CD and risk it sounding pathetic like the In Flames Tokyo Showdown album, but I'm glad they put the live tracks onto the end of the EP because the studio songs are really good. The live tracks and the fact that there are only three new songs (well, if you consider that the title track is a Gary Moore cover, it's only two new songs) are the reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars. Good luck finding a copy at a more reasonable price!
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That song is very well done. I'm glad I was able to get the CD. :)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb09dc8) out of 5 stars Everywhere's just a journey away... Oct. 23 2005
By D.W. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While writing these words, I've recently learned of Tarja's premature departure from Nightwish. As much as this disheartens me, I truly thank her for the albums she made with the band and I wish her, as well as the remaining members of Nightwish, the best of luck!

Now onto my review...

Over the Hills and Far Away is Nightwish's first and only EP, released in 2001 under the Spinefarm label (and 2005 in the US through Century Media). Comprised of 4 brand-new tracks - a cover, a remake and two original songs written specially for this EP - along with 6 stellar live performances (depending on the version you own), this is a chapter in the Nightwish legacy not to be passed up!

We begin matters with the beautiful rendition of the Gary Moore classic "Over the Hills and Far Away", a song that has been elevated to entirely new proportions, complete with the blaring guitars and soaring operatic vocals we have come to expect from one of the first bands to combine the two. This is probably one of my favorite covers the band has done, head to head with 1998's "Walking in the Air."

Coming next is, one of the greatest Nightwish songs in my opinion, the mesmerizing "10th Man Down", a song written about the gruesome reality of, you guessed it, war. While this song may be depressing, its energetic chorus coupled with vibrant melodic structures easily make it one of the band's top performances.

"Away" falls into the Track 3 slot, and manages to slow things down tremendously, being one of the band's lightest tracks. The chorus to this song is simply unforgettable - I can't see how anyone other than Tarja could pull it off. Definitely not a song to be skipped.

The 2001 remake of "Astral Romance" comes next and, even though I wasn't too hot about the original, is a nice surprise. Taking male vocal duties is none other than Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko - and if you've ever wondered what Nightwish would sound like with DECENT male vocals, listening to this is a must-do. The man really brings out the good in this song - they couldn't have picked someone better.

After this come six live tracks, all taken from From Wishes to Eternity. In order we have - "The Kinslayer", "She Is My Sin", "Sacrament of Wilderness", "Walking in the Air", "Beauty & the Beast" and the closing "Wishmaster." I won't dwell on these individually, as they are all superb, but "Walking..." and "Beauty..." truly shine through as my favorites, the latter of which also features Mr. Kakko on vocals. Just hearing the crowd cheer before and after each song is enough to send chills down your spine. In all honesty, I truly envy the fortunate people who've had the opportunity to see this stellar band perform live.

Well, writing this review has slightly remedied the sadness I was feeling earlier. I guess just thinking about the good times I've had listening to this incredible band is enough to put a smile on my face.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3ee450) out of 5 stars 'Red' vs. 'White' Aug. 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here on Amazon.com, there are two versions of Over the Hills and Far Away, by Nightwish. This one, the 'red' version, is superior to the 'white' version -- which features snowcapped mountains on the cover.
First of all, the CD being reviewed is cheaper than the 'white' version. Perhaps this will change by the time you read this review, but by getting this version you have a better deal. (The price difference is, however, declining). Secondly, the tracks on the CD are different.
Both CDs have 3 completely new songs -- the cover Over the Hills and Far Away, 10th Man Down, and Away. All three songs are good, although the first, a Gary Moore cover, is definitely the star of the CD. Astral Romance as well is included on the CD -- an in-studio remake version of one of the band's earliest songs. Astral Romance was not an exceptional song on Angels Fall First, where it was first released, but is an amazing song on OTHAFA. These four songs make either mini-CD definitely worth buying.
However, the difference is in the later songs -- the live ones.
I didn't -really- like most of the live songs. I own every full Nightwish CD, and none of the live songs -- with one exception -- compared at all to the on-CD ones. However, the very last song was different. This was Deep Silent Complete, an awesome song and one of the best tracks on the CD. Deep Silent Complete was great on Wishmaster, but is even better here on OTHAFA! Tarja's voice sounds haunting in the very beginning, and does credit, and more, to this wonderful song. It's the only worthwhile live track on the CD.
The 'white' version substitutes Deep Silent Complete with Beauty and the Beast -- not at all my favorite Nightwish song. Making the 'red' version definitely preferable.
Overall, this is a great CD (like any Nightwish album, really). The band is easily the best female-vocalist metal band out there. Highly recommended!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c0f1558) out of 5 stars i can't stop listening to this.... Nov. 19 2001
By dismaleuphony - Published on Amazon.com
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this cd has so much energy into its ten tracks that even my own mind becomes easily taken in by it. "over the hills and far away," a cover of Gary Moore's 80s song, improves so immensely on the original that hearing Moore's version makes you think that his is a poor version of the Nightwish song. The most important element of that song, the drumline, is done as good as it can be.
the next 2 tracks are both original Nightwish songs and provide a great foundation for which to anticipate the upcoming 6 song live set. "10th Man Down" is my personal favorite of the two tracks, but then again, "away" is often more along my mood when i need to listen to this cd to escape.
track 4 is a remake of the song "astral romance," which appeared on their first disc. i prefer this version over the original; it's interesting to see how Nightwish's interpretation of their own songs has evolved in 4 years.
as someone who lives in the USA, and has never had the chance to see Nightwish live, and knowing that perhaps this may never happen due to the current fashion of nu-metal that has taken over the hard rock industry, hearing the final 6 live tracks makes me feel as close to a live concert as i can get.
with the first 4 tracks like an opening band for Nightwish, the band starts off with the intense song "Kinslayer" (a tribute to the Columbine massacre), and once you have heard the passionate voice of Tarja in just one song live, i guarantee you will not stop the cd until the last note of the disc!
"She is my Sin" is done just as well as the studio version too, and one cannot help but love the live version of "Sacrament of Wilderness," the most inspirational song i feel keyboardist Tuomas (who writes nearly all their stuff) has written.
"Walking on Air" i feel sounds much more real live than the studio version, especially if you consider the subject matter of the song... something done with the freeness of a live performance feels much more in tune with how one would feel if they literally were walking in the air.
"Wishmaster" is just an epic in itself, and provides one of the most unique vocal styles in metal perhaps ever. The final track is actually the only thing different from the more common version of "Over the Hills and Far Away". This disc contains a live version of the single "Deep Silent Complete," which i prefer over the song "Beauty and the Beast," which can be found on the disc with the snow covered mountains as the cover. Tarja's voice at the beginning of "Deep Silent Complete" in this live version is enough to make chills through many a body, and the energy of the song is even higher than the studio version.
I have recommended this disc (or the other version) to each person i've had the chance to, and not one has told me they cannot appreciate one of the few bands that has mastered traditional metal techniques, without ever overdoing it. ...
Buy this disc! Support Nightwish and the growing metal underground, especially if you are from the USA. Just remember that this disc topped the charts in Finland and Germany--where nu-metal has not controlled airwaves. 5 stars!!
~eternal fear nov.19.2001~
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be8b390) out of 5 stars A must have for Nightwish fans Feb. 6 2005
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Nightwish is my favorite heavy metal band. I have been a fan for almost three years now. Last summer I had the joy of seeing the band in concert on their first US tour. One of the songs they performed during the concert was the Gary Moore song "Over the Hills and Far Away" which is about a man who is sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit and yearns to be free with the ones he loves dearly. I just love the infectious melodies. Tarja's vocals sounds amazing. This song alone was the reason why I bought the cd of the same title. The import version I bought includes a bonus track which is a heavy version of "Sleepwalker" from the band's classic "Oceanborn" (which really is their first album, "When Angels Falls" is a demo tape). For a long time "Over the Hills and Far Away" was only available as an import until late last year when it was finally released in the states but without the bonus track. Most of the songs on this album are live tracks but the first four songs are all studio tracks. The first three are previously unreleased songs while track #4 "Astral Romance" was remade by the band in 2001. The production is a lot better on these songs gives the listener a taste of a heavier, more aggressive sound on albums like "Century Child" and "Once" than what was on "Oceanborn" and "Wishmaster".

I love the first four tracks. Besides the title track, "10th Man Down" is my other favorite track. It is a midtempo song with some really great guitar riffs from Emppu. Like I said before, It this album was a precursor to the aggressiveness of "Century Child" and "Once". The guitars are really upfront than on the band's previous albums. "Away" is a gorgeous ballad. I was never really fond of the band's demo tape "When Angels Fall" but one of the few songs on the album I did like was "Astral Romance". I think the 2001 version is even better if that's possible. The credit has to go to better production IMO.

The remaining six tracks are all live tracks. After seeing the band perform live, listening to these live songs brings back memories of their concert. Nothing can compare to seeing the band live but this cd is pretty much the next best thing to seeing them live. "Over the Hills and Far Away" is certainly worth owning for fans of the Finnish metal band.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c5e5f0c) out of 5 stars Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away June 29 2006
By Richard Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As I have said before in my reviews of Nightwish, their music is amongst the most beautiful music that I have ever heard. Tarja has vocals that sound very heavenly. 'Over the Hills and Far Away' is not a full album as it only contains two new songs, a cover, and a remake. But this is a long cd! The band included six live tracks originally found on the DVD, 'From Wishes to Eternity.'

The title track is a cover that Nightwish has brilliantly chosen to perform. It is a very fun song and has some awesome celtic melodies. The chorus is really addicting! The songs '10 Men Down' and 'Away' are wonderfully done and were written specifically for this EP. The remake of 'Astral Romance' is very pleasing to the ear and is one of the best songs on the album. The live songs that are present are good choices. I would have really liked to hear 'Dead Boy's Poem,'or 'Come Cover Me,' but that is just me wanting more on this wonderful cd. Included are many songs from the albums Wishmaster and Oceanborn. After this EP, the band would later write the majestic 'Century Child.'

This is not typically a first choice album to get for a newcomer to Nightwish..as I would recommend Oceanborn, or maybe Century Child...but this is a great one to own in one's collection. The Song 'Over the Hills and Far Away' is almost worth the price alone, but having 10 songs is a real treat. It saddened me to hear about the departure of vocalist Tarja from the band, but she did a phenominal job with all of her hard work on every album. I look forward to hearing new Nightwish material in the very near future!