Christmas Eve and Other Stories

Christmas Eve and Other Stories is the debut studio album by the American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was released on October 15, 1996 through Lava Records and Atlantic Records. It is the first album in their "Christmas trilogy", with The Christmas Attic (1998) and The Lost Christmas Eve (2004) coming afterward. All three albums, as well as their The Ghosts of Christmas Eve DVD, were featured in the box set of The Christmas Trilogy. The album's cover art was created by Edgar Jerins.[3]

The album became one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all-time in the U.S. and has been certified 3× platinum by the RIAA for selling 3 million copies in the US. As of November 2016, the album track "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" has sold 1.3 million downloads, becoming one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all-time in the US as well.[4]

Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 15, 1996
StudioSoundtrack Studios and Studio 900 (overdubs), New York City
GenreChristmas, symphonic metal, progressive rock
Trans-Siberian Orchestra chronology
Christmas Eve and Other Stories
The Christmas Attic
Singles from Christmas Eve and Other Stores
  1. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24"
    Released: October 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

Commercial performance

As of November 2014, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was the ninth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the Nielsen SoundScan era of music sales tracking (1991 – present), with sales of 3,430,000 copies according to SoundScan.[5] On November 28, 2011, Christmas Eve and Other Stories was certified 3× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of three million copies in the United States.[6]

Track listing

All new lyrics by Paul O'Neill

1."An Angel Came Down"Franz Gruber, O'Neill, Jon Oliva3:52
2."O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night" (instrumental)John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley, John Reading, Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight, O'Neill, Robert Kinkel4:19
3."A Star to Follow"O'Neill3:49
4."First Snow" (instrumental)O'Neill3:53
5."The Silent Nutcracker" (instrumental)O'Neill2:22
6."A Mad Russian's Christmas" (instrumental)Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Kinkel, Oliva4:42
7."The Prince of Peace"Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley, O'Neill3:33
8."Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" (same recording released in 1995 by Savatage; instrumental)O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva3:25
9."Good King Joy"Lowell Mason, Kinkel, O'Neill6:36
10."Ornament"O'Neill, Oliva3:37
11."The First Noel" (instrumental)Traditional, O'Neill0:55
12."Old City Bar"O'Neill6:18
13."Promises to Keep"O'Neill, Kinkel, Oliva2:41
14."This Christmas Day"O'Neill, Oliva4:20
15."An Angel Returned"O'Neill, Oliva3:52
Bonus tracks
16."O Holy Night" (instrumental)Adam, Dwight2:39
17."God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (instrumental)Traditional1:16
Target bonus tracks
18."Whoville Medley (Perfect Christmas Night/Grinch)"2:38
19."The World That He Sees"4:43


  1. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories review". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 455. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ Roth, Dan (May 28, 2012). "A conversation With Edgar Jerins: the man behind seven classic Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra album covers". Music & Art Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  4. ^ "What Are the Top-Selling Holiday Songs?". Billboard. November 25, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays". Billboard. December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Trans-Siberian Orchestra". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 1, 2011.

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Al Pitrelli

Al Pitrelli (born September 26, 1962) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner, Asia and Savatage.

Chris Caffery

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Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

"Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" is an instrumental medley of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and "Shchedryk", first released on the Savatage album Dead Winter Dead in 1995 as "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)." It was re-released by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a side project of several Savatage members, on their 1996 debut album Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The piece describes a lone cello player (Vedran Smailović) playing a forgotten Christmas carol in war-torn Sarajevo.

Dead Winter Dead

Dead Winter Dead is the ninth studio album by the American heavy metal band Savatage, released in 1995. It is a concept album, dealing with a Serb boy and a Muslim girl who fall in love. The story of the album also focused on the Bosnian War, which was ongoing at the time.This album featured the return of guitarist Chris Caffery, who featured on Savatage's 1989 release Gutter Ballet. Alex Skolnick, who had played guitars on Savatage's previous album Handful of Rain, opted not to stay around for the next album in order to concentrate on his solo band. Singer Jon Oliva took drummer Jeff Plate from the Handful of Rain tour, and brought in his old friend Caffery, former member and Doctor Butcher member to join the band. Atlantic Records also felt that the band needed a second, more well-known guitarist to complete the line-up. Al Pitrelli, formerly a member of Alice Cooper's touring band, became the lead guitarist for the band.This record gave the band an unexpected radio hit in "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)", and the band decided they wanted to explore this kind of music in a different way. Around this time, Paul O'Neill, along with Robert Kinkel, was interested in starting up what became the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was later re-released by TSO as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" on their first release, Christmas Eve and Other Stories.

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God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

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It is also known as Tidings of Comfort and Joy, and by variant incipits as

Come All You Worthy Gentlemen; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; God Rest Ye, Merry Christians; or God Rest You Merry People All.It is one of the oldest extant carols, dated to the 16th century or earlier.

The earliest known printed edition of the carol is in a broadsheet dated to c. 1760.

The traditional English melody is in the minor mode; the earliest printed edition of the melody appears to be in a parody, in the 1829 Facetiae of William Hone. It had been traditional and associated with the carol since at least the mid-18th century, when it was recorded by James Nares under the title "The old Christmas Carol".The carol is referred to in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1843: "... at the first sound of 'God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!', Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."

This carol also is featured in the second movement of the 1927 Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson.

Jeff Plate

Jeff Plate (born March 26, 1962) is an American professional hard rock/heavy metal drummer. He currently plays with the group Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He is best known as drummer for American heavy metal band Savatage on their albums since Japan Live '94, and was also a member of Metal Church from 2006 to their break up in 2009 and again from their reunion in 2012 to 2017.

Johnny Lee Middleton

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Jon Oliva

John Nicholas "Jon" Oliva (born July 22, 1960) is an American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. He is best known as the founder of, keyboardist and lead vocalist for the band Savatage. His younger brother was Criss Oliva, the lead guitarist and co-founder of Savatage. Since 1996 he has also been a music composer, musician and vocalist in Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Producer Paul O'Neill, who had worked with many of the rock world's biggest acts, referred to Oliva in numerous interviews as the single greatest vocalist/musician he has ever worked with.

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List of best-selling Christmas albums in the United States

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Prior to March 1, 1991, the only means of tracking sales figures for record albums and singles in the United States was via the certification system of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), based specifically on shipments (less potential returns) on a long-term basis. According to the most recent record album certifications, the holiday album title that has shipped the most copies in the United States is Elvis Presley's 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album, which is certified by the RIAA for shipment of 17 million copies in the U.S. (3 million copies of the original 1957 release on RCA Victor Records, plus 10 million copies of a "budget" edition first released by RCA Camden in 1970 and then by Pickwick Records in 1975, and 4 million copies of a BMG reissue titled It's Christmas Time released in 1985).From March 1, 1991, through the present day, the Nielsen SoundScan tracking system has been more widely used to accurately track sales of record albums and singles at the point of sale (POS) based on inventory bar code scans.

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The Christmas Attic

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The Lost Christmas Eve

The Lost Christmas Eve is the fourth album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was released on October 12, 2004, and is the last album in their "Christmas trilogy", with Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996) and The Christmas Attic (1998) coming before it. All three albums, as well as their The Ghosts of Christmas Eve DVD, were featured in the box set of The Christmas Trilogy. In 2012 Trans-Siberian Orchestra toured a live production of The Lost Christmas Eve for the first time and performed the Rock Opera in over 100 arena shows across North America. In late October 2013, TSO released a narrated version of The Lost Christmas Eve much like they did in 2012 with Beethoven's Last Night.

The Lost Christmas Eve was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in five weeks,. On March 27, 2013, the album was certified Double Platinum for shipment of two million copies in the United States since its 2004 release. As of November 2014, The Lost Christmas Eve is the twentieth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the United States during the SoundScan era of music sales tracking (March 1991 – present), having sold 2,380,000 copies according to SoundScan.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. The band gained in popularity when they began touring in 1999 after completing their second album, The Christmas Attic, the year previous. In 2007, the Washington Post referred to them as "an arena-rock juggernaut" and described their music as "Pink Floyd meets Yes and the Who at Radio City Music Hall." TSO has sold more than 10 million concert tickets and over 10 million albums. The band has released a series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven's Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve, their two-disc Night Castle and Letters From the Labyrinth. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which include a string section, a light show, lasers, "enough pyro to be seen from the International Space Station", moving trusses, video screens, and effects synchronized to music.Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium. Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act. O'Neill died on April 5, 2017.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra discography

Trans-Siberian Orchestra discography consists of seven studio albums, one soundtrack album, one compilation album, one EP, one video album and six singles.

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