Over the Hills and Far Away (album)

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For the Richard Sharpe related album, see Over the Hills & Far Away: The Music of Sharpe.
Over the Hills and Far Away
EP by Nightwish
Released June 2001 (Finland)
Genre Symphonic power metal
Length 20:22
Label Drakkar, Spinefarm, Century Media
Producer Tero Kinnunen, Nightwish
Nightwish chronology
Over the Hills and Far Away
Century Child
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[citation needed]

Over the Hills and Far Away is the first EP by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in 2001 by both Spinefarm Records and Drakkar Records. The bassist Sami Vänskä would leave the band after the recording of this CD, due to musical differences between him and Tuomas, and was replaced by the current bassist and male vocalist, Marco Hietala.[2]

The editions by Drakkar and Century Media bring different live tracks from the live album and DVD From Wishes to Eternity, recorded at Tampere, Finland, on December 29, 2000.[3]

The EP debuted at number one on the Finnish Singles Chart and spent twelve weeks in the top three, topping it for another four weeks and spending six weeks at number two. It charted for a total of 49 weeks, including two weeks in early 2004.[4] The EP has been awarded triple-platinum certification in Finland and has sold over 36,000 copies to date, becoming the sixth-best-selling single of all time in Finland.[5] Over the Hills and Far Away entered also the European charts, in the Top 100 of Germany, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands and Switzerland.[citation needed]

The EP has two new songs and a remake of Angels Fall First's "Astral Romance", sung by Tony Kakko beside Tarja Turunen. The title song is a cover from the Northern Irish singer and guitarist Gary Moore, and has backing vocals by Tuomas Holopainen, Tapio Wilska and Kakko; Wilska also sings on "10th Man Down".

Track listing[edit]

Title Writers Length
1. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore Cover) Gary Moore 5:03
2. "10th Man Down" (feat. Tapio Wilska) Holopainen 5:24
3. "Away" Holopainen 4:33
4. "Astral Romance" (re-recorded) (feat. Tony Kakko) Holopainen 5:22

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland 2x Platinum[6]


The band[edit]



  • Tero Kinnunen - Producer, Mixing
  • Mikko Karmila - Engineer
  • Sami Vänskä - Cover designer
  • Tomi Laurén - Illustrations
  • Cartography by some "Raised in the Barrel" Spinedude

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