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Trans-Siberian Orchestra
"Beethoven's Last Night"

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track listing
  • Overture
  • Midnight
  • Fate
  • What Good
    This Deafness
  • Mephistopheles
  • What Is Eternal
  • The Moment
  • Vienna
  • Mozart/Figaro
  • Thee Dreams Of
  • Requiem (The Fifth)
  • I'll Keep Your Secrets
  • The Dark
  • Fur Elise
  • After The Fall
  • A Last Illusion
  • This Is Who You Are
  • Beethoven
  • Mephistopheles'
  • Misery
  • Who Is This Child
  • A Final Dream

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    "Beethoven's Last Night"

    I discovered Trans-Siberian Orchestra during the holiday season, where there were Christmas inspired releases by TSO. Paul O'Neill is the brains behind TSO, as he created his albums using a mix of Rock & Classical, in a Rock Opera style. Beethoven's Last Night, released in 2000, is a true Rock Opera concept, more compared to Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. The credits lists the singer Beethoven as Jody Ashworth, and his vocal style is very much compared to Meat Loaf's, especially after track 6 ("What Is Eternal").

    The first 6 tracks have a very eerie approach, almost a music soundtrack for a Halloween event. The opening track, "Overture" has the Rock Opera feel, using Beethoven's music, and one can even think of Electric Light Orchestra, since they did used Beethoven's music on their cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." "Midnight" is a song that compares to Bat Out Of Hell." Yet, the next few songs has its atmosphere in an eerie state. "Fate" has a German sound, best compared to the hard, rough lyrical style of Laibach. Pink Floyd's The Wall (another great Rock Opera) comes to mind on "What Good This Deafness," as it continues into "What Is Eternal" -- as this song has very eerie; the vocal approach on this song (and many others) definitely sets the Rock Opera style, in its continuing storyline.

    "The Moment" is more mellow, and is a very pleasant song, as heard when listening to upbeat rock styled songs on Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell, merging into the ballad "One Out Of Two Ain't Bad." The Rock Opera upbeat style is compared again to "Vienna." "Mozart/Figaro is very impressive Classical music and energetic. Meat Loaf is compared to "The Dreams Of Candlelight," likewise on "I'll Keep Your Secrets." Beethoven's 5th Symphony gets a harder rock approach on "Requiem (The Fifth)."

    "The Dark" has a Rock Opera style, "Fur Elise" is a short cover of the Beethoven classic. "After The Fall" returns to the Meat Loaf rock opera Bat Out Of Hell. "A Last Illusion" has another classic, "The Flight Of The Bumblbee" in a rock opera style; towards the end of this song, the eerie vocals similar to the german group Laibach.

    "This Is Who You Are" has a rough vocal style, in a rock opera style. "Beethoven" is another impressive Classical mixed with Rock. The return of the Laibach style returns on "Mephistopheles' Return". "Misery" is another "eerie encounter." "Who Is This Child" is another mellower styled song, as heard on Bat Out Of Hell. "A Final Dream" is a good rock opera ballad.

    Beethoven's Last Night has the atmosphere of a Rock Opera. The mix of Classical and Rock used in such Beethoven's Fifth and Moonlight Sonata. The eerie songs maybe the least listened, unless used for Halloween events. A huge comparison to Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell is easily compared. Rock Opera fans will enjoy this more than the typical Rock fans. And its interesting to listen to how Rock can be mixed with Classical music.

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