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“The Christmas Trilogy” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Title: “The Christmas Trilogy” – Boxed Set
Label: Lava Records
Release Date: 11/2/2004
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 9/10

“The Christmas Trilogy” boxed set by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was a great idea for the existing fan and those that for whatever reason are still finding themselves curious and unaware of what the group is all about. This set includes all three of the Holiday themed albums that were released as well as their DVD which was initially released around the time of the second album. Doing this made sense as it ties all of the threads together and makes it one cohesive story out of all the albums. It also gives you access to all of this music in one beautiful package. Wrapped in an ornately decorated book the CD’s and DVD sit comfortably and in the center is all of the lyrics for the albums and the stories that each brought to the listener. I enjoyed being able to focus on it as one giant epic as these recordings find regular rotations in my own CD player especially around the Holidays. The book also has several pages of photos which seem to have been taken from the various tour books.
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“The Lost Christmas Eve” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Title: “The Lost Christmas Eve”
Label: Lava Records
Release Date: 10/12/2004
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 8/10

A few years have passed since the last release for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and this one comes with some anticipation. With “The Lost Christmas Eve” we find the Christmas Trilogy at its completion and offering another glimpse into the magic that this group can deliver. As you would expect this CD continues along in the same musical themes as their previous efforts of “Christmas Eve And Other Stories” and “The Christmas Attic”. The mix of classical, holiday and rock is blended together in a very effective manner once again. The 1st CD is by far the best and in my opinion very difficult to surpass, yet I found that I also enjoyed the new one quite a bit. I actually preferred this over “The Christmas Attic”. With “TLCE” there are more instrumentals and I felt that these added some amount of progression from the first two by taking similar ideas and expanding upon them. The best way to view the numbers is to also realize that they are heavier than the last efforts managed to be. Songs like “Wizards In Winter” and “Siberian Sleigh Ride” are absolutely rocking and get repeat plays on my stereo when I listen. The vocal tracks hold a very Broadway feel to them which makes one wonder if Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s storylines will eventually be taken to the stage in that capacity. It could actually work as the story laid out on each of the albums is quite good. The proper director and stage design could make this even bigger than the Holiday show at Radio City Music Hall in my opinion.
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“Ghosts Of Christmas Eve” [DVD] by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Title: “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve”
Label: Lava Records
Release Date: 11/13/2001
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 7/10

The Holiday Extravaganza that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have given fans their very first DVD movie. Now before you go any further please be aware that this is not a full live concert performance but instead a stand alone film that features the group and its music. Entitled “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve”; the DVD is perfect family fare and can easily stand alongside any Christmas program collection. It was filmed in a restored theatre in Jersey City, NJ and tells the tale of a runaway girl (Allie Sheridan) who comes upon a closed theatre for shelter. Inside she meets The Caretaker (veteran actor Ossie Davis) who takes her on a magical journey into the world of Christmas and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ossie also provides some narration as the film plays out. It is well-done and very heart warming for both its message and spirit for the Holiday Season. Primarily featuring the music from the first two TSO albums the film is enjoyable to watch from start to finish. Joining the TSO are Atlantic Recording Artists Michael Crawford and Jewel who contribute their fine vocal styles and add a level of star power to the release. Crawford is outstanding in his delivery of “O Holy Night”, but you really cannot expect any less of a singer of his caliber. Before this was issued on DVD it was aired on television around holiday time and by having the popular singers would have guaranteed more viewers.
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“The Christmas Attic” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Artist: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Title: “The Christmas Attic”
Label: Lava Records
Release Date: 10/13/1998
Genre: Holiday Rock
Rating: 7/10

The second release that Paul O’Neill has created with his Holiday Orchestra is entitled “The Christmas Attic”. The release follows the astounding “Christmas Eve & Other Stories” with a combination of holiday inspired instrumentals and often moving vocal pieces. As I listened I admit that I found this a little harder to enjoy as much as I did the first release. Perhaps it was because of the overall quality of that CD and the impact that it not only had on music but for its effect on the holiday season in general. Once again, O’Neill weaves a story that captures your interest and heart as he revisits the Angel from the last tale and sends him on his next mission. He is building a wonderful theme with these stories and they make for a good read even without the music to go along with it. The instrumental numbers like “Boughs Of Holly” and “Appalachian Snowfall” are clearly highlights right off the bat. As most know, O’Neill was also a core-writer on many Savatage classics with Jon Oliva. As a result of this partnership you will find a very Savatage like vibe to be very present in much of the meatier numbers that the Orchestra does. In the vocal based numbers there are some very good ones as well such as “Christmas In The Air” and “Music Box” (sung by Katrina Chester) as well as it’s more soulful variation “Music Box Blues” (performed by Daryl Pediford). “Christmas Canon” is a soft piece that clearly belongs on a mass-released Holiday compilation of some sort to reach an even larger audience. Once again members of the band Savatage perform on this recording as well as a number of Broadway level talented singers. It is an interesting mix to say the least. For reference sake the key players on this CD are Robert Kinkel, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli, Chris Caffery, Jeff Plate, John Middleton, and Paul O’Neill.
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Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Beacon Theater (12/10/2003)

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Artist: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Christmas Eve & Other Stories Tour 2003”
Venue: Beacon Theater, NYC
Date: 12-10-2003

Every Holiday Season, The Beacon Theater in New York City has been the place where the power symphony known as Trans-Siberian Orchestra makes its home for a couple of nights. This year will mark the 5th Anniversary of such performances. The venue itself holds a little over 3,200 people and every seat in the place is terrific. On top of excellent views, one cannot mistake the quality of the sound in the room. Among the best acoustics I have ever experienced. This will be my 4th year in a row attending a Trans-Siberian Orchestra performance (The TSO for short). It is officially a Christmas Tradition for my Friends and I. Each year it’s a spectacle that gets bigger and better each time.
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