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
Recorded Caverock Studios, Kitee and Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, February-March 2001
Tullikamari, Tampere, Finland, 29 December 2000 (additional live recordings)
Genre Symphonic metal, power metal
Length 20:22
Label Spinefarm (Finland)
Drakkar (Europe)
Century Media (US)
Toy's Factory (Japan)
Producer Nightwish & Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish chronology
Wishmaster
(2000)
Over the Hills and Far Away
(2001)
Century Child
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[2]
Sea of Tranquility 4/5 stars[3]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[citation needed]
Metal Hammer (GER) 5/7 stars[4]

Over the Hills and Far Away is the first EP by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released in 2001 through both Spinefarm Records and Drakkar Records. Bassist Sami Vänskä would leave the band after the recording of this CD, due to musical differences between him and Tuomas Holopainen, to be replaced by the current bassist and male vocalist, Marco Hietala.[5]

The editions by Drakkar and Century Media contain different additional live tracks taken from the live DVD From Wishes to Eternity, recorded in Tampere, Finland, on 29 December 2000.[6]

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.[7] It charted for a total of 49 weeks, including two weeks in early 2004.[8] The EP has been awarded double-platinum certification in Finland and has sold over 36,000 copies to date, becoming the sixth-best-selling single of all time in Finland.[9] Over the Hills and Far Away entered also the European charts, in the Top 100 of Germany,[10] Austria,[11] France[12] and Switzerland.[13]

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 and Kakko; Tapio Wilska sings on "10th Man Down".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen, except "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Gary Moore

No. Title Length
1. "Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore cover) 5:03
2. "10th Man Down" (featuring Tapio Wilska) 5:24
3. "Away"   4:33
4. "Astral Romance" (re-recorded, featuring Tony Kakko) 5:22

Personnel[edit]

Nightwish[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Tero Kinnunen - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mikko Karmila - engineer, mixing
  • Mika Jussila - mastering
  • Sami Vänskä - cover photo
  • Tomi Laurén - illustrations
  • Cartography by some "Raised in the Barrel" Spinedude

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 Finnish Singles Chart[7] 1
Austrian Top 40 Albums[11] 54
Swiss Albums Top 100[13] 79
German Albums Chart[10] 85
French Albums Chart[12] 139

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Finland IFPI 2006 2x Platinum (+ 30,000)[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Over the Hills and Far Away (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Begrand, Adrien (23 January 2005). "Nightwish: Once / Over the Hills and Far Away". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Pierce, Ken (2 February 2008). "Nightwish: Over the Hills and Far Away". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nightwish: Over the Hills and Far Away" (in German). Metal Hammer. July 2001. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "The band- Biography". Nightwish.com. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Over The Hills and Far Away (brazilian version) - Nightwish". Whiplash.net. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nightwish: Over The Hills And Far Away" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät kotimaiset singlet" [Best-selling domestic singles of all time] (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Album - Nightwish, Over the Hills and Far Away". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tilastot - Nightwish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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