|Over the Hills and Far Away|
|Released||25 June 2001|
|Sea of Tranquility|||
|Metal Hammer (GER)|||
Over the Hills and Far Away is the first EP by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released on 25 June 2001 through Spinefarm Records in Finland, and Drakkar Records in the rest of Europe. It was also released by Toy's Factory in Japan and Century Media Records in the US. Bassist Sami Vänskä left the band after its recording, due to musical differences between him and Tuomas Holopainen. He was replaced by the bassist and male vocalist, Marko Hietala.
The EP debuted at number one on the Finnish Singles Chart and spent twelve weeks in the top three, topping it for another four weeks and spending six weeks at number two. It charted for a total of 49 weeks, including two weeks in early 2004. The EP has been awarded double-platinum certification in Finland and has sold over 36,000 copies to date, becoming the sixth-best-selling single of all time in Finland. Over the Hills and Far Away entered also the European charts, in the Top 100 of Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland.
The EP has two new songs and a remake of Angels Fall First's "Astral Romance", sung by Tony Kakko beside Tarja Turunen. The title song is by Northern Irish singer and guitarist Gary Moore, and has backing vocals by Tuomas Holopainen and Kakko. "It had a bit of a karaoke vibe because the backing track was so similar," Moore observed. "I don't mean that insultingly, but it was almost identical. I believe they're a pretty big band now, so it's cool that they did it." Tapio Wilska sings on "10th Man Down".
|1.||"Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore cover)||5:03|
|2.||"10th Man Down"||5:20|
|4.||"Astral Romance" (remake 2001)||5:18|
Credits for Over the Hills and Far Away adapted from liner notes.
|2001||Finnish Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Top 40 Albums||54|
|Swiss Albums Top 100||79|
|German Albums Chart||85|
|French Albums Chart||139|
|Finland||IFPI||2006||2x Platinum (+ 30,000)|