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Trans-Siberian Orchestra|The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (The Complete Narrated Version) (Narrated Version)

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve (The Complete Narrated Version) (Narrated Version)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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The Ghosts of Christmas Eve was a live show conceived for television by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, separate from their Christmas Trilogy of recordings, which they were two-thirds of the way through at the time. It aired in on the short-lived Fox Family network in 1999 with a cast that included Ossie Davis, Michael Crawford, and Jewel. It saw a DVD release two years later and finally debuted on audio formats in 2016, though with a few changes to the track list. The show's mix of traditional Christmas tunes and original music with sung narrative tells the story of a runaway who finds shelter in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve. A caretaker, played by Davis, takes the girl on a tour of the theater's past. Incorporating TSO's familiar palette of keyboards, drums, and chiming electric guitars -- often in unison -- along with dramatic vocals, strings, and choir, the recording opens with a scene-setting instrumental medley of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" in which guitar takes the lead. Churning, bagpipe-style electric guitars mark the next track, "Good King Joy." It opens with rock-instrumental versions of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Joy to the World" before a soulful narration begins. For those familiar with the original broadcast, Jewel's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and Michael Crawford's "O Holy Night" are swapped out here for “Christmas Dreams” and “What Child Is This” from TSO's 2004 album The Lost Christmas Eve. There's also an additional track, "Music Box Blues (Live)," recorded in 2004. The rest of the song set remains, including "Christmas Canon," a version of Pachelbel's Canon that provides contrast to the band's popular, theatrical rock arrangements. Along with the brief "Promises to Keep," it leaves guitars and drums behind for a children's-choir arrangement accompanied by just strings and keyboards. The release coincides with a North American tour of an updated Ghosts of Christmas Eve live show, so while the missing tracks may disappoint fans of the video, the album promises to find new audiences with the revision.

© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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1
O' Come All Ye Faithful / O Holy Night (Narrated Version)
00:07:02

Traditional, Lyricist - Ronn Huff, Arranger - Paul O'Neill, Lyricist - John Francis Wade, Composer - Adolphe Adam, Composer, Writer - John Reading, Composer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Lyricist

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

2
Good King Joy (Narrated Version)
00:06:30

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Lowell Mason, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

3
Christmas Dreams (Narrated Version)
00:04:21

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

4
Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 (Narrated Version)
00:04:18

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer - John Oliva, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

5
Christmas Canon (Narrated Version)
00:04:29

Johann Pachelbel, Composer - Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

6
What Child is This? (Narrated Version)
00:05:58

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

7
Music Box Blues (Narrated Version)
00:05:03

Johann Pachelbel, Writer - Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer - John Oliva, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

8
Promises to Keep (Narrated Version)
00:02:42

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer - John Oliva, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

9
This Christmas Day (Narrated Version)
00:05:16

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Kinkel, Writer - John Oliva, Writer

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

10
First Snow (Narrated Version)
00:03:56

Paul O'Neill, Writer - Trans-Siberian Orchestra, MainArtist

© 2023 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 2013 Atlantic Recording Corporation.

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The Ghosts of Christmas Eve was a live show conceived for television by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, separate from their Christmas Trilogy of recordings, which they were two-thirds of the way through at the time. It aired in on the short-lived Fox Family network in 1999 with a cast that included Ossie Davis, Michael Crawford, and Jewel. It saw a DVD release two years later and finally debuted on audio formats in 2016, though with a few changes to the track list. The show's mix of traditional Christmas tunes and original music with sung narrative tells the story of a runaway who finds shelter in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve. A caretaker, played by Davis, takes the girl on a tour of the theater's past. Incorporating TSO's familiar palette of keyboards, drums, and chiming electric guitars -- often in unison -- along with dramatic vocals, strings, and choir, the recording opens with a scene-setting instrumental medley of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" in which guitar takes the lead. Churning, bagpipe-style electric guitars mark the next track, "Good King Joy." It opens with rock-instrumental versions of "Good King Wenceslas" and "Joy to the World" before a soulful narration begins. For those familiar with the original broadcast, Jewel's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and Michael Crawford's "O Holy Night" are swapped out here for “Christmas Dreams” and “What Child Is This” from TSO's 2004 album The Lost Christmas Eve. There's also an additional track, "Music Box Blues (Live)," recorded in 2004. The rest of the song set remains, including "Christmas Canon," a version of Pachelbel's Canon that provides contrast to the band's popular, theatrical rock arrangements. Along with the brief "Promises to Keep," it leaves guitars and drums behind for a children's-choir arrangement accompanied by just strings and keyboards. The release coincides with a North American tour of an updated Ghosts of Christmas Eve live show, so while the missing tracks may disappoint fans of the video, the album promises to find new audiences with the revision.

© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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