Over the Hills and Far Away (EP)


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Over the Hills and Far Away
Nightwish-OverHillsFarAway.jpg
EP by
Released25 June 2001 (2001-06-25)
RecordedFebruary–March 2001
Studio
Length20:13
LabelSpinefarm
Producer
  • Nightwish
  • Tero Kinnunen
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
PopMatters7/10 stars[2]
Sea of Tranquility4/5 stars[3]
Kerrang!3/5 stars[citation needed]
Metal Hammer (GER)5/7 stars[4]

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.[5]

The editions by Drakkar and Century Media contain different live tracks taken from the live DVD From Wishes to Eternity, recorded in Tampere, Finland, on 29 December 2000.[6]

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.[7] It charted for a total of 49 weeks, including two weeks in early 2004.[8] 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.[9] Over the Hills and Far Away entered also the European charts, in the Top 100 of Germany,[10] Austria,[11] France[12] and Switzerland.[13]

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."[14] Tapio Wilska sings on "10th Man Down".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tuomas Holopainen, except "Over the Hills and Far Away" written by Gary Moore.

Over the Hills and Far Away track listing
No.TitleLength
1."Over the Hills and Far Away" (Gary Moore cover)5:03
2."10th Man Down"5:20
3."Away"4:32
4."Astral Romance" (remake 2001)5:18
Total length:20:13

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Over the Hills and Far Away adapted from liner notes.[15]

Nightwish

Additional musicians

  • Tapio Wilska – vocals on "10th Man Down"
  • Tony Kakko – vocals on "Astral Romance", backing vocals on "Over the Hills and Far Away"

Production

  • Tero Kinnunen – producer, mixing, recording
  • Mikko Karmila – recording, mixing
  • Mika Jussila – mastering

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 Finnish Singles Chart[7] 1
Austrian Top 40 Albums[11] 54
Swiss Albums Top 100[13] 79
German Albums Chart[10] 85
French Albums Chart[12] 139

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
Finland IFPI 2006 2x Platinum (+ 30,000)[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Over the Hills and Far Away at AllMusic
  2. ^ Begrand, Adrien (23 January 2005). "Nightwish: Once / Over the Hills and Far Away". PopMatters. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  3. ^ Pierce, Ken (2 February 2008). "Nightwish: Over the Hills and Far Away". Sea of Tranquility.org. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Nightwish: Over the Hills and Far Away". Metal Hammer (in German). July 2001. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. ^ "The band- Biography". nightwish.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Over The Hills and Far Away (brazilian version) - Nightwish". whiplash.net. Retrieved 6 November 2009.
  7. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (song)". Finnishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Nightwish: Over The Hills And Far Away" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 18 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Kaikkien aikojen myydyimmät kotimaiset singlet" [Best-selling domestic singles of all time] (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Album - Nightwish, Over the Hills and Far Away". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (album)". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away (album)". Lescharts.com (in French). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  14. ^ Ling, Dave (July 2006). "Gimme More". Classic Rock #94. p. 67.
  15. ^ (2001). "Over the Hills and Far Away liner notes". In Over the Hills and Far Away [CD booklet]. Spinefarm.
  16. ^ "Tilastot - Nightwish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

External links[edit]


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