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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA was formed in 1996 by Paul O'Neill who immediately approached long time friends and collaborators Robert Kinkel and Jon Oliva to form the core of the writing team. Paul O'Neill is a rare talent; a prolific writer and producer with a tremendously varied career in the music industry. A New York City native, O'Neill shaped his passion for music around the varied sounds he was introduced to while growing up - from QUEEN to classical, YES to Harry Chapin, Broadway musicals to Jim Croce. With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, he create the music with no artificial limitations, seeking the fusion of classical, rock, Broadway and R & B influences.

Robert Kinkel began working as an assistant engineer on productions for artists such as "The WHO," "The POLICE", and "GENESIS." He next began to work as an independent session keyboard player and writer. He began his collaboration with Paul O'Neill and Jon Oliva on the "Savatage" album "Hall of the Mountain King," playing keyboards and doing orchestrations.

Jon Oliva is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, accomplished on keyboards, guitar, drums, bass, violin and cello. Jon is internationally renowned for his work as founder, writer, keyboardist and lead singer for the hard rock band "Savatage. Jon became one of the core writers for the newly formed TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Jon has been a key member of the group ever since.

With a release of "The Lost Chrismas Eve" in 2004 reach world-wide fame. Being recognized as a kind of ALAN PARSONS PROJECT refering to the multiples collaborations of musician and their conceptual compositions.

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- Savatage

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The Christmas AtticThe Christmas Attic
Atlantic / Lava 1998
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Christmas Eve and Other StoriesChristmas Eve and Other Stories
Lava Records 1996
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The Lost Christmas EveThe Lost Christmas Eve
Atlantic 2004
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Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)Dreams Of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)
Universal Republic 2012
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The Christmas Trilogy (3CD/DVD)The Christmas Trilogy (3CD/DVD)
Atlantic 2004
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Night CastleNight Castle
Lava 2009
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Beethoven's Last NightBeethoven's Last Night
Lava 2000
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  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Air Canada Centre, Toronto on 3 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati on 12 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Amway Center, Orlando on 14 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Amway Center, Orlando on 14 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Verizon Center, Washington DC on 17 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Chirstmas Attic on 18 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Dunkin Donuts Civic Center, Providence on 19 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at TD Garden, Boston MA on 20 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Prudential Center, Newark on 21 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Sprint Center, Kansas City MO on 23 Dec 2014
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia on 23 Dec 2014
  • Wacken Open Air 2015 on 30 Jul 2015

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA discography


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3.01 | 51 ratings
Christmas Eve & Other Stories
1996
2.62 | 38 ratings
The Christmas Attic
1998
3.68 | 89 ratings
Beethoven's Last Night
2000
3.42 | 35 ratings
The Lost Christmas Eve
2004
3.05 | 31 ratings
Night Castle
2009

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1.89 | 9 ratings
The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
2001

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5.00 | 1 ratings
The Christmas Trilogy [CD & DVD]
2004
4.40 | 5 ratings
Tales Of Winter: Selections From The TSO Rock Operas
2013

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3.04 | 8 ratings
Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)
2012

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 Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.04 | 8 ratings

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Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars As far this EP of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I mostly enjoy the first two instrumental tracks. The first one "Winter Palace" 03:39 is really good for any event to play this as setting the stage song like excerpts from Firebird Suite in the case of Yes concert. The orchestra is really cool especially backed with the kind of metal music even though it's not really a metal one. The piano work is cool even though quite simple. It continues nicely with "Dreams of Fireflies" which is another good instrumental as well. The other three tracks with vocal line are actually not quite prog in nature. "I Had a Memory" features inviting vocalist Erika Jerry. Tim Hockenberry takes the the vocal line on `Someday'. So, out the total five tracks only the first two that contains sorts of prog elements. It's not bad EP at all.

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 The Lost Christmas Eve by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.42 | 35 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by R-A-N-M-A

4 stars In my opinion the Lost Christmas Eve is album doesn't garner anywhere near the respect it deserves. It is a very finely crafted rock/metal opera which is only slightly held back by the fact that it is a Christmas album. It pays tribute to and expands on many holiday classics with excellent virtuosity while telling a fitting story of charity and redemption. Owing to its subject matter though, it is most certainly best enjoyed in the season, but that shouldn't stop you from head banging with it any time. You just might feel a little awkward letting your locks fly in August to a metalized version of Oh Come All Ye Faithful. I can't say that I have not done it.

The greatest strength of the Lost Chrismas Eve for me is in the powerful and plentiful application of the human voice. Anno Domine, Remember, Christmas Dreams, Queen of the Winter Night, Chrismas Nights in Blue, O' Come All Ye Faithful, For the Sake Of Our Brother and Back to Reason Part (II) are all excellent pieces of vocal work done in a variety of different styles. Fans of vocal harmony should be particularly pleased with the traditional boys' choir style round of Remember. For me though, the emotional pinnacle of the album comes on What Child is This? The TSO version is considerably expanded beyond whatever you might think of the traditional carol and the masterful performance elevates it to a new height. Don't be afraid to put this one up to 11.

A long the way, there are also a number of instrumentals, the most notable of which is the frenetic Wizards in Winter. If you haven't already been exposed to this completely original work by the band, I suggest you get on it. A very interesting choreographed light show to this track originally got me to take notice of the band.

I've heard all three of the Christmas Trilogy albums, and this one is the strongest. At any time of year, it is easily deserving of a four out of five, but when you are listening to it on a dark and cold December evening I think you can bump it right up to a five without hesitation. It is a refreshingly humane album from a genre, metal, generally associated with blackness and atrocity, symbolically speaking of course. It probably suffers in the minds of many metal heads because of its lack of edge, but I'm willing to be those have a soft spot for it somewhere. This album was also important for turning me on to power metal. It isn't a power metal album per se, though it shares certain theatrical qualities, but my desire to hear more metal without the taint of "death growl" or the laxity of thrash came from this.

A brief aside on the "death growl," it is one of the worst things going in music, right up there with auto-tuning and the country twang. None of which thankfully appear on this splendid selection. (FYI: I don't hate thrash, it's just a sometimes food.)

I recommend this album to any one and that it should be a cherished part of your prog-collection, not just your Christmas collection. And, if you ever get the opportunity, do see it performed live. I believe the farewell tour this year. If you happen to see it coming near you, you lucky Americans, jump on it for me.

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 Beethoven's Last Night by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.68 | 89 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This is the third CD by an organisation (I think the word band probably doesn't fit this situation) that I have never heard of, who have managed to sell over 1.5 million albums to date. TSO are the brainchild of Savatage front man Jon Oliva, along with composer/producer Paul O'Neill and classical composer/conductor Robert Kinkel. They take classical ideas then fuse these with rock to bring out rock operas on a huge scale. The idea has been so popular that last year two versions of the band were on the road at the same time to satisfy demand. The rest of Savatage lay claim to most of the rock sections, while members of the New York Philharmonic are also in evidence.

The story here is that of Beethoven's last night on earth when he is being tempted by the devil and the decisions he has to take. There are twenty-two sections, and this much more about being a full modern rock opera than just an album. It starts with a delicate rendition of the introduction of 'The Moonlight Sonata' before becoming much more reminiscent of Savatage in flight. In many ways this seems to be to be a logical progression from "Gutter Ballet", although here the orchestral passages and dynamics are much more in evidence.

But as this is an opera does it work as a piece of music? Yes, dramatically so. As well as being original pieces, the fusing together of some of Beethoven's best loved pieces does give it both class and also at the same time a sense of surprise, a wondering about what is going to happen next. This is an album that cannot be played in the background, but rather is one that should be listened to intently (with the booklet close to hand) to gain the most from. Yes I liked this a lot, now all I have to do is search out the earlier albums where they brought in Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

Originally appeared in Feedback #67, Apr 02

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 The Lost Christmas Eve by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.42 | 35 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I have to hand it to Paul O'Neill. The man who rescued SAVATAGE those many years ago simply by believing in them and then putting his faith into practice by helping to write and compose songs with them sure has a way of telling stories. This might be my favourite of the three TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA albums I own.

As per usual Paul writes the words and composes the music. Once again the story centers around an angel who is sent to earth with a quest. This time to pick one person who can continue the work God's son did when down here. So we get the listen to the story of the angel's travels and experiences as he seeks to find this person. Going back to heaven to reveal to his Lord who he thinks this person is he realizes that anyone can be that person if they "Do unto others as they would have done unto them".

Once again we get members and former members of SAVATAGE helping out like Oliva, Middleton, Pitrelli and Caffery. I like the middle section where we get the jazzy "Christmas Jazz" followed by "Christmas Jam" and "Siberian Sleigh Ride". The latter has some energetic guitar in it.

This cd came with thick liner notes detailing the story along with lots of other info.

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 The Christmas Attic  by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.62 | 38 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's second album released in 1998 two years after their very successful debut. Yes this is more of the same in that it is of the same style. Again we get a concept album dealing with that young angel. This time the Lord has sent him down to earth on the night of Christmas eve, this time to leave the one thing behind that would most benefit all of mankind. The problem for the angel was that he couldn't bring anything with him from heaven to leave. All of this is detailed in the liner notes as we are told of the angels thoughts, concerns and quest.

It turns out the gift that was left behind was a gift of "belief" to this one particular child who with the angel's help (unknown to the child) realizes that the Earth is a magical place and as such this child could make this world a better place. Hey it's Christmas and like the debut this can be an emotional ride if you let it be. Like the first album it's the instrumentals that really standout for me. Again we get the same six members or former members of SAVATAGE helping out. Once a year i'd much rather play something from this band than any other Christmas music that i've heard. 3 stars.

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 Christmas Eve & Other Stories by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.01 | 51 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I have been delaying the reviews for the three TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA albums I own long enough. I got these back around 2006 but not being a big fan (understatement of the year) of Christmas music i've kept putting these reviews off. Just to give a bit of history here, Paul O'Neill the man behind this project first met SAVATAGE when the A&R Rep for the label (Atlantic Records) they were signed to sent him down to Florida to check them out. The Rep had personally signed SAVATAGE and was concerned for them because of how bad the most recent SAVATAGE album ("Fight For The Rock") sold and sounded. He wanted Paul to produce and write for them hence his trip down south to catch the end of the tour. The band at that time were ready to quit after taking bad advice from management and making a bad album as the result. SAVATAGE felt they had let themselves and their fans down. Enter Paul who loved them right away but had to convince them to carry on under his direction. Well the rest as they say is history.

The first album they put out under Paul's guidance was "Hall Of The Mountain King" which is my favourite from them. Anyway one of the songs they did was called "Prelude To Madness" which the band really hesitated in doing because it was classical and symphomic neither of which the band had done before. It was based on Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite". The band relented and it is significant because it led them years later to do "Sarajevo" on the "Dead Winter Dead" record which was of the same style. Well that song took off over Christmas that year and the label didn't have enough albums printed for the demand. That song is the center-piece of the first TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA record i'm reviewing here. That song spawned this band. Here it's called "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24".

Lets just say this project which contains many members of SAVATAGE has made them a commercial success and i'm sure they've been doing many shows this month. This first album is a concept album about a young angel who has been sent to earth to find and bring back to God the one thing that best represents everything good that has been done in the name of that day. This quest takes the angel all over the world and these songs tell us the story. So SAVATGE fans will recognize names like Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva, John Middleton, Chris Caffery and Zak Stevens.Certainly this is extremely well done and well played and if you are into Christmas songs and Progressive Rock I don't know how you can't be impressed.

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 Christmas Eve & Other Stories by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.01 | 51 ratings

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Christmas Eve & Other Stories
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars Let me first remind you about this date and the readers should ask themselves if I had bothered even putting this CD in my CD player if this was a hot day in July. The answer is probably no.

This is the debut album from this very succesful US band. A band with at least three Christmas albums and one more normal album. Which says it all really. This band is tapping into the US desire for naff culture. Someone would say: the Americans lack of culture. But I would not say that, would I ? Anyway, this band, consisting of members from Savatage and other heavy metal bands, has made a small fortune on their bestselling albums and tours. If anyone had tried this in the UK or Europe, they would had been laughed out of the business and their albums sold a dozen albums, Christmas gifts to the band members cats and dogs included. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is as patriotic American as Route 66 and the American flag itself.

That is why I am a bit surprised how good this album is. Yes, it is overladen with cheese in the form of children choir and heavy metal arrangements of well known Christmas carols. Arrangements in the Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman street. But the arrangements are not bad at all and there are some really great instrumentals here too.

Listening to this album is a mix of cringing and approving smiles. And this album is one of the better Christmas themed albums out there. I am a happy owner of this album and will play it next Christmas too.

3 stars

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 The Christmas Attic  by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.62 | 38 ratings

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The Christmas Attic
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars The Christmas tree is in the room and the cat is wondering what those two things on two legs are up to now. A turkey is being filled with all kinds of stuff called "the family's old recipe" by the woman whose left hand is deep inside the turkey. No horizontal jogging tonight, then.

I am trying to get the final decorations sorted out when trying to get into the mood by listening to this album. This is my annual deep dive into the cheesy world of Christmas albums. An annual punishment, if feels. Although last year's descent into hell was pretty good. Jethro Tull's Christmas Album, that is.

I am not sure who is the vocalist here. But Jon Oliva from Savatage is the usual suspect and I guess it is him again. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a pretty massive band in the USA where all sorts of cultural naffness is sure winners. All of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's albums falls into this category. But in particular this album. All cliches are on display here. Choirs, electric guitar molestations of Christmas carols and a general rampage through Christmas carols which is good enough in their own right. What does Trans-Siberian Orchestra adds to this ? Well, they take out good paychecks from this band and their albums. Far more than they ever earned on their regular bands. So employments are secured. But the music in this album is overblowned, molested Christmas carols which is almost as bad as Justin Bieber's own Christmas album.

This is an album for fat greasy US truckers on highway nine and for those who thinks Christmas carols is best with a heavy rock sound to them. So why one more star than I am describing here ? Well, the arrangements are quite good. Cheesy as heck, but still pretty good. There are some good melody lines on this album. That inbetween cringe worthy melody lines. Some human intelligence has been applied to good effect throughout this album. That aside, this is not a Christmas album I will ever lend my ears to ever again. I am not that fond of cheese.

2 stars

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 Beethoven's Last Night by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.68 | 89 ratings

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

1 stars I'm not a Christian, so I have little interest in most of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's albums, but I will admit that if I must listen to Christmas tunes, theirs are at least tolerable. But when I listen to this disaster, it makes me think of that song from the movie, "Team America: World Police" that goes "I miss you more than Michael Bay missed the mark, when he made Pearl Harbor. I miss you more than that movie missed the point. And that's an awful lot, girl."

It seems like a good idea to turn some of Beethoven's best known music, and turn it into power prog. But sometghing insidious must have happened between this band and the memory of lovely lovely Ludwig Van in the course of creating this album. Something bad enough to have the poor composer's remains spinning so fast in his grave that he could generate enough power to send an army of Marty McFlys hurtling through time every minute.

Okay, in the band's favor, there are a few pieces that almost live up to expectations. Mozart / Figaro and Requiem (The fifth) have the bombastic sound we expect from this group, and towards the end of the album, they even make a (all too quick) attempt at the fabulous second movement of the ninth symphony.

The tragedy of the album comes mainly from the vocals. The singing is mostly gruff, not quite accurate, but over the top theatrical ravings that are unlistenable from start to finish. They make Für Elise into Füry Elise. It doesn't help that most of the vocals are not sung over Beethoven's music, but pieces that make Andrew Lloyd-Webber sound interesting.

Why? Just why?

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 Christmas Eve & Other Stories by TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.01 | 51 ratings

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Christmas Eve & Other Stories
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Crossover Prog

Review by Valarius

3 stars Every year between December 1st and December 25th we are bombarded with Christmas songs which, although sometimes nostalgic and heartwarming, are really lame, cheesy, and kind of annoying when you've been hearing them for years and years.

This is when a group like Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes in handy.

TSO sound pretty much like Savatage with an orchestra, although the singing and musical style is a nice mixture of different genres and artists, from full-on Metal to Jazz, Choir music to Pop and everything in-between. Essentially they take famous Christmas carols and classical pieces and arrange them into their own Christmas rock operas.

As great and unique as TSO are, sadly this is far from a brilliant album. The musicianship is top notch, and some of the pieces are so beautiful and emotional that it easily makes it worth buying, but unfortunately there are quite a few totally boring and uninspiring songs on here. Most notably for me would be 'Old City Bar'. I'm sure there's meant to be an inspirational message about good will and faith in there somewhere, but it's really just one of a few boring tracks the album has to offer.

On the other hand there is still some truly epic music here as well. Most obvious is probably 'Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24' and 'A Mad Russians Christmas'. Fans of Savatage will surely enjoy these.

In conclusion, I'd say this is a good album, especially if you like Savatage. It's definitely not TSO's best album, but it sure beats whatever they play on the radio every year.

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