The Christmas Attic

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The Christmas Attic
Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Released September 15, 1998
Genre Symphonic rock, Christmas music
Length 73:19
Label Lava Records
Producer Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel
Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
(1996)
The Christmas Attic
(1998)
Beethoven's Last Night
(2000)
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The Christmas Attic is the second album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a rock opera, and the second installment of their Christmas Trilogy. Cover art created by Edgar Jerins.[1]

The story is about a young child exploring the attic in an old house on Christmas Eve. The opening poetry sets up the story;


In this room where shadows live

And ghost that fail learn time forgives

Welcome friends please stay a while

Our story starts with one small child

Who spend her nights in attics dark

Where dreams are stored like sleeping hearts


This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs but as usual with TSO the story is the core of the album.

The track "Christmas Canon," one of the orchestra's most well-known songs, is a variation of Johann Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added.[clarification needed]

The album will be performed live for the first time during the band's 2014 Winter Tour.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" – 2:15
  2. "Boughs of Holly" – 4:24 *
  3. "The World That She Sees" – 4:13
  4. "Midnight Christmas Eve" – 4:21 *
  5. "The March of the Kings / Hark The Herald Angels Sing" – 3:52 *
  6. "The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)" – 6:29
  7. "Christmas Canon" – 4:19
  8. "Joy of Man's Desire / Angels We Have Heard on High" – 3:55
  9. "Find Our Way Home" – 3:45
  10. "Appalachian Snowfall" – 4:12 *
  11. "The Music Box" – 3:01
  12. "The Snow Came Down" – 5:43
  13. "Christmas in the Air" – 4:12
  14. "Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)" – 7:04
  15. "An Angel's Share" – 3:05
  16. "Music Box Blues" – 5:36

(*) indicates an instrumental

The album was re-released in 2002 with a companion track to "The World That She Sees" (which was shortened from 5:59 to 3:00 minutes) called "The World That He Sees" inserted into the track listing directly after "She Sees" and having a length of 4:45. The last track "Music Box Blues" was also truncated to 4:57; this version was previously used in their film "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve."

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul O'Neill - Producer
  • Robert Kinkel - Co-Producer
  • Dave Wittman - Recording and Mix Engineer

Performers[edit]

Vocals[edit]

Solos:

  • Jody Ashworth
  • Joe Cerisano
  • Katrina Chester
  • Marlene Danielle
  • Thomas Farese
  • Peggy Harley
  • Daryl B. Pediford

Back-Ups:

  • Latisha Jordan - Background Coordinator
  • Peggy Harley
  • Robert Kinkel
  • Maurice Lauchner
  • Al Pitrelli
  • Jon Oliva
  • Timara Sanders
  • Zak Stevens
  • Doug Thoms
  • Yolanda Wyns

Child choir[edit]

Conductor:

  • Dan Moriarty

Choir:

  • The Choristers, St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City
  • Marilina Acosta
  • Brendan Burgess
  • Julian George
  • Shoshana Frishberg
  • Julia George
  • Jack Gibson
  • Nina Gottlieb
  • Erick Hernandez
  • Michelle Repella
  • Anton Spivack

Orchestra[edit]

References to other carols and works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Edgar Jerins
  2. ^ "Chris Caffery Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 

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