The live performances of this album are astonishing, even though they are also somehow rich in cliche moves and effects (keep in mind that the whole Trans SIberian project is orientated towards the mainstream, rather than trying to conquer the metal underground). The years of work have made those performances virtually without any mistakes. The studio quality of "The Lost Christmas Eve" is one of the best I've ever heard, a result if you think that they have like 50 instruments to balance, mix and engineer. Without being sunk in, the instruments sound natural and have not made me think they are overproduced.
Musically, this album's distinct characteristic is it's diversity. It has original songs, as well as remakes (for example, Back to a Reason part II is a remake of the same-titled song by Savatage, while Christmas Canon Rock is a revisited version of Christmas Canon from The Christmas Attic disc). Most songs are based on a classical Christmas theme or a classical song, which have been adapted to a rock/metal version. Christmas Canon Rock is a remake of Pachelbel's Canon in D, while Wish Liszt (as the title says) is a reworking of Hungarian Rhapsody 2, by Franz Liszt. The Lost Christmas Eve is somehow heavier, (heavier = better!) while Wizards in Winter is an example of happy, holiday atmosphere. The songs range from simple, basic tunes to complex, elaborate masterpieces such as Wish Liszt or Wizards in Winter. If you are playing a musical instrument yourself, keep in mind that however difficult the songs are, they are always fun to learn in this season.
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I was introduced to TSO by their "Beethoven's Last Night" album, which happened to be the first concept album or rock opera I've ever listened to. Since all Trans-Siberian Orchestra albums are concepts, I put a high price on the story behind the music and lyrics. Being the final chapter of the Christmas Trilogy (composed of The Christmas Attic and Christmas Eve and Other Stories), The Lost Christmas Eve has the most complex, beautiful and impressive story, that takes you to the streets of New York and on the tracks left in the snow by a wealthy businessman, as he leaves his office in downtown NY. He enters a blues bar (to distract himself from the festivity he hated), and then meets a girl in front of a great hotel, before being reunited with his son, whom he had forsaken at birth.
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