Tracklist

CD 1: Album Version
# Title Rating Length
1 Shudder Before the Beautiful
6:29
2 Weak Fantasy
5:25
3 Élan
4:47
4 Yours Is an Empty Hope
5:39
5 Our Decades in the Sun
6:39
6 My Walden
4:39
7 Endless Forms Most Beautiful
5:08
8 Edema Ruh
5:16
9 Alpenglow
3 4:49
10 The Eyes of Sharbat Gula
6:04
11 The Greatest Show on Earth: Chapter I) Four Point Six / Chapter II) Life / Chapter III) The Toolmaker / Chapter IV) The Understanding / Chapter V) Sea-Worn Driftwood
5 24:01
CD 2: Instrumental Version
# Title Rating Length
1 Shudder Before the Beautiful
6:20
2 Weak Fantasy
5:25
3 Élan
4:47
4 Yours Is an Empty Hope
5:39
5 Our Decades in the Sun
6:40
6 My Walden
4:38
7 Endless Forms Most Beautiful
5:08
8 Edema Ruh
5:16
9 Alpenglow
4:49
10 The Eyes of Sharbat Gula
6:04
11 The Greatest Show on Earth: Chapter I) Four Point Six / Chapter II) Life / Chapter III) The Toolmaker / Chapter IV) The Understanding / Chapter V) Sea-Worn Driftwood
24:08
CD 3: Orchestral Version
# Title Rating Length
1 Shudder Before the Beautiful
5:40
2 Weak Fantasy
5:25
3 Élan
4:20
4 Yours Is an Empty Hope
5:38
5 Our Decades in the Sun
6:37
6 Endless Forms Most Beautiful
5:09
7 Alpenglow
4:49
8 The Eyes of Sharbat Gula
6:04
9 The Greatest Show on Earth: Chapter I) Four Point Six / Chapter II) Life / Chapter III) The Toolmaker / Chapter IV) The Understanding / Chapter V) Sea-Worn Driftwood
23:36

Credits

CD 1: Album Version

drums (drum set):
Kai Hahto (tracks 1–11)
bodhrán:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
bouzouki:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
guitar:
Emppu Vuorinen (tracks 1–11)
bass:
Marco Hietala (tracks 1–11)
low whistle:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
keyboard:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
piano:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
uilleann pipes:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
arranger:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
Kai Hahto (tracks 1–11)
Marco Hietala (tracks 1–11)
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
Emppu Vuorinen (tracks 1–11)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
Floor Jansen (tracks 1–11)
background vocals:
Troy Donockley (tracks 3, 9–10)
Marco Hietala (tracks 1, 3, 5–10)
co-producer:
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal) (tracks 1–11)
composer:
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 4–6, 11)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
conductor:
James Shearman (tracks 1–11)
engineer:
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
Mikko Karmila (tracks 1–11)
guest performer:
Metro Voices (tracks 1–11)
guest spoken vocals:
Richard Dawkins (tracks 1, 11)
lead vocals:
Troy Donockley (tracks 6, 8)
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 4, 11)
Floor Jansen (tracks 1–11)
lyricist:
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 6)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–9, 11)
mixer:
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
Mikko Karmila (tracks 1–11)
orchestrator:
Pip Williams (tracks 1–11)
producer:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
spoken vocals:
Richard Dawkins (tracks 1, 11)
publisher:
Potoska Publishing (tracks 1–11)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany) (track 3)
additionally recorded at:
recorded at:
Röskö in Kitee, Pohjois-Karjala, Finland (2014-08 – 2014-09) (tracks 1–11)
parts:
I. Four Point Six (track 11)
II. Life (track 11)
III. The Toolmaker (track 11)
recording of:
Alpenglow (track 9)
Edema Ruh (track 8)
My Walden (track 6)
Weak Fantasy (track 2)
Élan (track 3)

CD 2: Instrumental Version

drums (drum set):
Kai Hahto (tracks 1–11)
bodhrán:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
bouzouki:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
guitar:
Emppu Vuorinen (tracks 1–11)
bass:
Marco Hietala (tracks 1–11)
low whistle:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
keyboard:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
piano:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
uilleann pipes:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
arranger:
Troy Donockley (tracks 1–11)
Kai Hahto (tracks 1–11)
Marco Hietala (tracks 1–11)
Emppu Vuorinen (tracks 1–11)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
Floor Jansen (tracks 1–11)
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
co-producer:
Nightwish (Finnish symphonic metal) (tracks 1–11)
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
composer:
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 4–6, 11)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
conductor:
James Shearman (tracks 1–11)
engineer:
Mikko Karmila (tracks 1–11)
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
guest performer:
Metro Voices (tracks 1–11)
lyricist:
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 6)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–9, 11)
mixer:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
Mikko Karmila (tracks 1–11)
Tero Kinnunen (tracks 1–11)
orchestrator:
Pip Williams (tracks 1–11)
producer:
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–11)
publisher:
Potoska Publishing (tracks 1–11)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany) (track 3)
additionally recorded at:
recorded at:
Röskö in Kitee, Pohjois-Karjala, Finland (2014-08 – 2014-09) (tracks 1–11)
instrumental recording of:
Alpenglow (track 9)
Edema Ruh (track 8)
My Walden (track 6)
Weak Fantasy (track 2)
Élan (track 3)
parts:
I. Four Point Six (track 11)
II. Life (track 11)
III. The Toolmaker (track 11)

CD 3: Orchestral Version

composer:
Marco Hietala (tracks 2, 4–5, 9)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–9)
lyricist:
Marco Hietala (track 2)
Tuomas Holopainen (tracks 1–7, 9)
publisher:
Potoska Publishing (tracks 1–9)
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany) (track 3)
cover recording of:
Alpenglow (track 7)
Weak Fantasy (track 2)
Élan (track 3)
parts:
I. Four Point Six (track 9)
II. Life (track 9)
III. The Toolmaker (track 9)