26 Songs, 2 Hours 1 Minute

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many of the songs that comprise Night Castle were started in the 20th century by Savatage, the progressive metal band whose members helped found Trans- Siberian Orchestra. Some of the best recordings here happen to be reworkings of older Savatage material. The triumphant instrumental rocker “The Mountain” was first released as “Prelude to Madness” on 1987’s Hall Of The Mountain King which actually riffs hard on “Mars, The Bringer Of Planets” from Gustav Holst's seven-movement orchestral suite The Planets, written in 1916. And sections of “The Lion’s Roar” were appropriated from “Temptation Revelation,” off Savatage’s 1998 album Gutter Ballet, while other parts were taken from “The Minstrel Boy” a traditional Irish folk song. Night Castle may not muse on Christmas, but it still sounds like the kind of crazy epic rock operas that TSO’s fans know and love. Anyone remotely familiar with their penchant for grandiose performances that walk the line between magnificent and ridiculous is sure to feel right at home here.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Many of the songs that comprise Night Castle were started in the 20th century by Savatage, the progressive metal band whose members helped found Trans- Siberian Orchestra. Some of the best recordings here happen to be reworkings of older Savatage material. The triumphant instrumental rocker “The Mountain” was first released as “Prelude to Madness” on 1987’s Hall Of The Mountain King which actually riffs hard on “Mars, The Bringer Of Planets” from Gustav Holst's seven-movement orchestral suite The Planets, written in 1916. And sections of “The Lion’s Roar” were appropriated from “Temptation Revelation,” off Savatage’s 1998 album Gutter Ballet, while other parts were taken from “The Minstrel Boy” a traditional Irish folk song. Night Castle may not muse on Christmas, but it still sounds like the kind of crazy epic rock operas that TSO’s fans know and love. Anyone remotely familiar with their penchant for grandiose performances that walk the line between magnificent and ridiculous is sure to feel right at home here.

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About Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Long renowned for selling more concert tickets than albums, Trans-Siberian Orchestra united a 60-piece orchestra plus chorus with the talents of Paul O'Neill, a veteran hard rock producer. The group released its debut album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, just in time for the 1996 holiday season; it eventually sold three-times platinum in the United States. The Christmas Attic followed in 1998, and two years later the group issued its first non-seasonal recording, Beethoven's Last Night. The live DVD and perennial PBS donation incentive The Ghosts of Christmas Eve arrived in 2001.

In 2004, the group returned with its fourth album, The Lost Christmas Eve, which produced its best sales in the U.S. since the debut. Trans-Siberian Orchestra then collected all its Christmas recordings on the three-CD/one-DVD collection Christmas Trilogy. In 2009, after a five-year hiatus, the group returned with the two-disc Night Castle, a non-holiday-related concept album. A five-song EP, Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night), followed in 2012. Letters from the Labyrinth, their first full-length in five years and a rare non-concept album, appeared in 2015, and in late 2016 the band brought back and updated the Ghosts of Christmas Eve live show for a North American tour, and the original recording saw a first-time audio release. On April 5, 2017, Trans-Siberian Orchestra reported that founder O'Neill had died following a chronic illness. ~ John Bush

ORIGIN
New York, NY
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1995

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