The Christmas Attic
|The Christmas Attic|
|Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra|
|Released||September 15, 1998|
|Genre||Symphonic rock, Christmas music|
|Producer||Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel|
|Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology|
The story is about a young child exploring the an 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.
With over 1.9 million copies sold, The Christmas Attic stands, as of November 2014, as the twentieth best-selling Christmas album in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The album will be performed live for the first time during the band's 2014 Winter Tour.
- "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" – 2:15
- "Boughs of Holly" – 4:24 *
- "The World That She Sees" – 4:13
- "Midnight Christmas Eve" – 4:21 *
- "The March of the Kings / Hark The Herald Angels Sing" – 3:52 *
- "The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)" – 6:29
- "Christmas Canon" – 4:19
- "Joy / Angels We Have Heard on High" – 3:55
- "Find Our Way Home" – 3:45
- "Appalachian Snowfall" – 4:12 *
- "The Music Box" – 3:01
- "The Snow Came Down" – 5:43
- "Christmas in the Air" – 4:12
- "Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)" – 7:04
- "An Angel's Share" – 3:05
- "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" 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."
- Paul O'Neill - Producer
- Robert Kinkel - Co-Producer
- Dave Wittman - Recording and Mix Engineer
- Jody Ashworth
- Joe Cerisano
- Katrina Chester
- Marlene Danielle
- Thomas Farese
- Peggy Harley
- Daryl B. Pediford
- Latisha Jordan - Background Coordinator
- Peggy Harley
- Robert Kinkel
- Maurice Lauchner
- Al Pitrelli
- Jon Oliva
- Timara Sanders
- Zak Stevens
- Doug Thoms
- Yolanda Wyns
- Dan Moriarty
- 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
- Robert Kinkel - Piano and Keyboards
- Jon Oliva - Piano, Keyboards and Bass Guitars
- Al Pitrelli - Lead, Rhythm and Bass Guitars
- Paul O'Neill - Rhythm Guitars
- Johnny Lee Middleton - Bass
- Jeff Plate - Drums
- Chris Caffery - Rhythm Guitars
References to other carols and works
- "Boughs of Holly" is a reworking of "Deck the Halls".
- "March of the Kings/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," besides the obvious carol, is also a rock version of the Farandole from Bizet's L'Arlésienne's Suite No. 2.
- "The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)" briefly quotes O Holy Night and the Hallelujah Chorus.
- "Christmas Canon" is based on Pachelbel's Canon.
- The "Joy" section of "Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High" is a reworking of Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
- Interview with Edgar Jerins
- Caulfield, Keith (November 21, 2014). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Whitney Houston Returns to the Top 40". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
- "Chris Caffery Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 3 July 2013.