Christmas Eve and Other Stories

November 29, 2016 - Comment

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

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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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dcbl says:

Great Holiday Music After hearing TSO’s Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24 for the umpteenth time on the radio I decided to get “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” – the CD that includes this song. I did not know who TSO was prior to this. I thought the CD would just be hard rock-based Christmas carols. But after hearing this CD’s samples in Amazon, I checked out the samples from the other two albums as well; “The Lost Christmas Eve” and “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”. I was hooked and I decided to…

Mr.Kin says:

Some exceptional musical experiences, some not. I purchased this album because it has the Trans Siberian Orchestra version of Carol of the Bells, which is called “Christmas/ Sarajevo 12/24″. I do very much so enjoy that song. There were several others I enjoy, primarily for the Instrumentals. I do not care for the male lead singers style, and therefore do not enjoy the vocal songs as much. There are a couple that implement what sounds like a children’s choir, and those I enjoy very much (primarily “Promises to Keep”. So, to my tastes there…

Anonymous says:

Here was my original review:”I was under the impression that the TSO was more of an instrumental-based orchestra, but most of the songs on this album have vocals(that are a bit over the top for my tastes).”I have listened to this album many times over since then and have truly come to appreciate how beautifully orchestrated this album is. The songs have a wide range from melodic and gentle–to hard hitting with electric guitars. The singers, instead of making the…

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