(*/10) There is a clear sign that Christmas waits around the corner - a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra release. Also in 2016 isn't exeptional. "The Ghosts of Christams Eve" is the newest release of this well-established rock opera project.
Is it really new material? Yes and no. Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a same-named DVD already in 2001. This version is the audio disc that comes with eleven songs, telling the story of a young runaway, looking for shelter in an old and abandoned theatre.
Since TSO fans most probabaly call the DVD already their own a special treat was needed to make this audio version attractive. The main extra is an additional song called "Music Box Blues - live". Next to this bonus the tracklist looks slightly different too. "Christmas Dreams" and "What Child is This?" are on this album to refelct the story, presented during the tour, in a better way.
"The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" is a well-done album, showing the project in an earlier stage. It's the right soundtrack for metal- and rock fans that are done with "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells". Trans-Siberian Orchestra collectors should go for this longplayer which is a great release for the ones of you that never heard about the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (if this is possible anyhow).
- O’ Come All Ye Faithful/ O Holy Night (Instrumental)
- Good King Joy
- Christmas Dreams
- Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 (Instrumental)
- Christmas Canon
- What Child Is This?
- Music Box Blues
- Promises To Keep
- This Christmas Day
- First Snow (Instrumental)
- Music Box Blues Live (Daryl Pediford Tribute New York 2004) (Bonus Track)
Label: Universal Music Group
Genre: Symphonic Rock
Release Date EU: November 4th, 2016