Christmas Eve and Other Stories
|Christmas Eve and Other Stories|
|Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra|
|Released||October 15, 1996|
|Genre||Holiday music, classical music, progressive rock/metal, symphonic rock/metal|
|Producer||Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel|
|Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology|
Christmas Eve and Other Stories is the debut album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
It was released on October 15, 1996, and is the first album in their "Christmas trilogy", with The Christmas Attic (1998) and The Lost Christmas Eve (2004) coming after it. All three albums, as well as their The Ghosts of Christmas Eve DVD, were featured in the The Christmas Trilogy box set.
The story is about a young man who wanders into a bar on Christmas Eve where he encounters a mysterious old man who tells him a tale about the magical effect of Christmas Day on the human race. The album takes familiar classical pieces and adds to them new songs and arrangements from both classic and progressive rock influences for which the group is known. The album also contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The primary musicians on the album are all members of the progressive metal band Savatage (Paul O'Neill, the producer of the album, is Savatage's longtime producer). Jon Oliva, one of the principal songwriters on the album, is also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and original vocalist in Savatage. (Oliva is also the voice of Mephistopheles on Beethoven's Last Night.) Cover art created by Edgar Jerins.
As of December 17, 2012, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was the ninth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (1991–present), with sales of at least 3,347,000 copies according to SoundScan.
- "An Angel Came Down" (Franz Gruber, O'Neill, Oliva) – 3:52
- "O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night" (Wade, Oakeley, Reading, Adam, Dwight, O'Neill, Kinkel) – 4:19 *
- "A Star to Follow" (O'Neill) – 3:49
- "First Snow" (O'Neill) – 3:53 *
- "The Silent Nutcracker" (O'Neill) – 2:22 *
- "A Mad Russian's Christmas" (Tchaikovsky, Kinkel, Oliva) – 4:42 *
- "The Prince of Peace" (Mendelssohn, Wesley, O'Neill) – 3:33
- "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" (O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva) – 3:25 *
- "Good King Joy" (Lowell Mason, Kinkel, O'Neill) – 6:36
- "Ornament" (O'Neill, Oliva) – 3:37
- "The First Noel" (O'Neill) – 0:55 *
- "Old City Bar" (O'Neill) – 6:18
- "Promises to Keep" (O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva) – 2:41
- "This Christmas Day" (O'Neill, Oliva) – 4:20
- "An Angel Returned" (O'Neill, Oliva) – 3:52
- "O Holy Night" (Adam, Dwight) – 2:39 *
- "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional) – 1:16 *
- (*) indicates an instrumental
- "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" is performed by Savatage and was first released on the Savatage album Dead Winter Dead in 1995.
- Songs "O Holy Night" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" are bonus tracks.
There is a 2 CD version of Christmas Eve and Other Stories with one CD containing a Special Narrated Version Of Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The narrated CD contains one continuous track of music, with narration by Russell Horton between songs. This special edit was done by Robert Kinkel and was produced by Taro Meyer.
In 2001, the Target retail chain in the United States issued a version of the album with a different catalog number and a sticker attached to the front shrink wrap stating "Target Exclusive: 2 Bonus Songs Included." The two tracks are not identified on the cover or any of the album packaging, but they are as follows:
- "Whoville Medley (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch)" - 2:38, which originally appeared on the 2000 soundtrack album to the movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- "The World That He Sees" - 4:43, which was added to The Christmas Attic album sometime after its release; it does not appear on original 1998 editions of the CD.
They are located after the two "official" bonus tracks on the original CD.
Some other post-2000 copies of the CD contain "Whoville Medley (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch)" as an unlisted 18th track, without "The World That He Sees."
- Zak Stevens
- John Margolis
- Marlene Danielle
- Michael Fawcette
- Thomas Faresse
- Ken Williams
- Babi Floyd
- Zak Stevens
- Nancy Jackson
- Peggy Harley
- Latasha Spencer
- Danielle Lander
- Jeffrey Stackhouse
- Timothy Carosi
- Peter Valentine
- Anthony Piccolo
- Joseph Murray
- Adrian Ross
- Nigel Tangredi
- Warren Wilson
- Beth Butler
- Cabiria Jacobson
- Rachel Rosenfield
- Caroline Ross
- Cello - Mary Wooten
- French Horn - John Clark
- Robert Kinkel - Piano and Keyboards
- Johnny Lee Middleton - Bass
- Jon Oliva - Piano, Keyboards and Bass Guitars
- Paul O'Neill - Rhythm Guitars
- Al Pitrelli - Lead, Rhythm and Bass Guitars
- Jeff Plate - Drums
- Chris Caffery - Additional Guitars on "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)"