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"Beethoven's Last Night"
© Atlantic Records
What Is Eternal
Thee Dreams Of
Requiem (The Fifth)
I'll Keep Your Secrets
After The Fall
A Last Illusion
This Is Who You Are
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
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
"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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