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Christmas Eve and Other Stories

4.5 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lava Records
  • ASIN: B000002JX6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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!


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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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...is how you confine listening to prog to only a certain time of the year. The best way to describe this album and its successor "A Christmas Attic" is "what if". What if signature prog-lite band the Alan Parsons Project did a Christmas album, after listening to all four Mannheim Steamroller holiday collections? The music here has the dynamic aspect the Steamers have over Al's Bunch, yet it follows the Parsons formula of mostly vocal songs--only a handful of songs here are instrumentals. Both this album and "Attic" follow another Parsons formula--that of the concept album. Put any two tracks from it on a compilation album and they would have the sampler effect--the listener ends up wondering where the rest of the story is. This material was written to be presented as a whole. But except for "Gaudi"--the story of the architect who designed the La Sagrata Familia cathedral in Madrid--Parsons material as a whole doesn't approach the symphonic level TSO does. Fortunately, TSO's latest is about Beethoven--you don't have to stash that one in your Christmas stuff in the basement. Maybe it's shapes of things to come--"a TSO for all seasons".
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Being a faithful concertgoer, I've seen literally hundreds of concerts in my 32 years on this planet. However, what I saw at Next Stage in Grand Prairie, TX on Saturday, December 21st changed me forever. It was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in all its' glory. Strings, at least ten backup singers, (all of which had an individual opportunity to shine) pianos, acoustic interludes, all backed up by members of Savatage. Stunning stuff. 6000 people in attendance, and all walks of life represented. Behind me sat an opera student, and behind her an opera teacher sat with her entire class. Beside me sat a husband, his wife and their 7-year old son, and in front of me sat a 70-year old retired couple. Couple this with one of the most intimate, warm, loving settings you can imagine, and you have the experience of a lifetime. The show is not just an opera, it's a show that rocks with more than its' share of lighthearted moments, (like during "The Nutcracker Suite," when they somehow, magically turned it into a medley of Golden Earring's "Radar Love," "LaGrange" by ZZ Top and various Led Zeppelin classics. As well as many sexy, finger-snapping, jazzy interludes.) You'll experience the entire spectrum of human emotions. (Hell, I'm a pretty reserved fella, but I welled up with tears on a few occasions during the show.) This show encapsulates everything that makes music, in all its' flavors, the greatest invention known to mankind. There's no better way to spend 2 1/2 hours with your family.
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