The Christmas Attic
|The Christmas Attic|
|Studio album by Trans-Siberian Orchestra|
|Released||September 15, 1998|
Studio 900 and Stellar Productions (overdubs), New York City
|Genre||Symphonic rock, Christmas music|
|Producer||Paul O'Neill and Robert Kinkel|
|Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology|
|Singles from The Christmas Attic|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
The Christmas Attic is the second album by the American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, released in 1998. It is a rock opera about a young child exploring the attic in an old house on Christmas Eve and is the second installment of their Christmas Trilogy. This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs, but as usual with TSO the story is the core of the album. 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"
The album's cover art was created by Edgar Jerins.
On November 18, 2004, The Christmas Attic was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album was performed live for the first time during the band's 2014 Winter Tour.
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."
|1.||"The Ghosts of Christmas Eve"||2:15|
|2.||"Boughs of Holly" (instrumental)||Traditional||4:24|
|3.||"The World That She Sees"||6:00|
|4.||"Midnight Christmas Eve" (instrumental)||4:21|
|5.||"The March of the Kings / Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (instrumental)||3:52|
|6.||"The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)"||6:29|
|8.||"Joy/Angels We Have Heard on High"||3:55|
|9.||"Find Our Way Home"||3:45|
|10.||"Appalachian Snowfall" (instrumental)||4:12|
|11.||"The Music Box"||O'Neill||3:00|
|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"||O'Neill||5:36|
The album was re-released in 2002 with a companion track to "The World That She Sees" (which was shortened from 6 minutes to just 3) 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 the TSO film The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.
- 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 – conductor
- 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 guitar
- Al Pitrelli – lead, rhythm and bass guitars
- Paul O'Neill, Chris Caffery – rhythm guitars
- Johnny Lee Middleton – bass guitar
- Jeff Plate – drums
- Paul O'Neill – producer
- Robert Kinkel – co–producer, additional engineering
- Dave Wittman – recording and mixing engineer
- Darren Rapp, Kathy Rich, Robert Duryea, Steve Ship, Tim Ronaghan – assistant engineers
- Joe Johnson, Michael Shielzi, Sheldon Guide – additional engineering
- Gin–Won Lee – additional engineering assistant
- Kevin Hodge – mastering at The Cutting Room, New York
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- Christmas Canon (track listing). Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Lava Records. 2001. PRCD 300705.
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