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Greatest Video Game Music, Vol. 2

London Philharmonic Orchestra , Various , Andrew Skeet Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Assassin's Creed - Revelations: Main Theme 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Elder Scrolls - Skyrim: Far Horizons 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Legend of Zelda - the Windwaker: Dragon Roost Island 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Final Fantasy VII: One-Winged Angel 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mass Effect 3: a Future For the Krogan/An End Once and For All 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Halo: Never Forget/Peril 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Sonic the Hedgehog: a Symphonic Suite 6:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chrono Trigger: Main Theme 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Luigi's Mansion: Main Theme 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep: Fate of the Unknown 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Super Metroid: a Symphonic Poem 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Diablo III: Overture 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Batman Arkham City: Main Theme 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Deus Ex-Human Revolution: Icarus Main Theme 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Fez: Adventure 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Portal: Still Alive 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Little Big Planet: Orb of Dreamers (The Cosmic Imagisphere) 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: X5 Licensing
  • ASIN: B009IF1462
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Over the last 40 years video games have become a critical form of entertainment throughout the world. As the games have grown to be more sophisticated and realistic, video game music has also evolved; from the simple bleeps of arcade shoot-em-ups to today's robust orchestrations, written for complex action or adventure titles on platforms like Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo.

Consequently, classical music has made an entrance into the realm of gaming. Last year's collaboration with London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Skeet resulted in The Greatest Video Game Music, an album featuring classical renditions of the most beloved video games.

Responding to the popularity and the massive feedback to The Greatest Video Game Music a sequel was recorded. This time having fans from all over the world vote for their favorite video game theme. These themes were once again performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most reputable orchestras in the world, and conducted by sensational Andrew Skeet. The Greatest Video Game Music 2 is the fruit of two worlds blended together.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong collection of game scores November 10, 2012
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The first volume in what I hope will be a long-running series, "The Greatest Video Game Music", was focused on two major types of music, with one foot in whimsy ("Tetris", "Angry Birds") and the other firmly entrenched in the martial melodies of military shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty. With the second volume, the tone steers away from both, moving towards the recent video game trend of the "angelic female" vocalist, as evidenced on tracks such as "A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All" and "Assassin's Creed - Revelations: Main Theme."

A wide range of games are still covered, touching on some classic themes, such as Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid. Most of the arrangements work well; they're slavishly faithful to the originals, so they don't make many mistakes along the way. The lone clunker is "Still Alive", which doesn't really work with the vocalist chosen. I've heard the original version of the track, Jonathan Coulton's own voice, and the version he released on his latest album, sung by Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, and this interpretation is easily the worst rendition. The song simply isn't designed to be sung the way it is here. It's designed to be silly and a bit small. "One-Winged Angel" also lacks some of the dynamism of the version from the album "Final Fantasy S Generation", though it would be hard to match that harrowing and dramatic arrangement.

The recording quality is strong, and aside from a few minor flaws, it's a solid album that does a good job of covering the many niches of gaming, from classics to modern titles, big-budget blockbusters to little indie efforts. With the breadth and depth of the entire field available, I can't wait to hear what music is chosen for the next volume.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is just as good as the first if not better!!! December 27, 2012
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This album and its predecessor are both fantastic! The creative arrangements made by Andrew Skeet of some of the worlds most iconic video game music are absolutely stunning and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as always does a phenomenal job performing the music to its highest musical degree!

Looking forward to future sequel releases of this album and other product releases from X5 Music Group!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack to chill out to February 9, 2013
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As a huge fan of video games, I originally got the album because of the Luigi's Mansion theme. As I listened to it, more and more caught my ears' attention. The Metroid medley could rival a Star Wars theme, Assassin's Creed has beautiful melody while the theme for Sephrinoth is downright creepy. Of course, it is hard to muck up a Chrono Trigger song (or a Final Fantasy one) when Nobuo Uematsu supervised the composer; it's one that would feel right at home on the game itself. The one song that takes the cake, pun totally not intended, is Still Alive from the game Portal. It's gorgeous and creepy and completely fun to hear.

So why get it? One, it's done by a prestigious musical group. Two, there's some really cool songs on the album. And three, the music sounds modern and classic at the same time. For me, I love to listen to this when I'm driving home after a long day--especially when leaving classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite albums! November 26, 2013
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We need more of these albums all the time. I do all of my work to these albums and the Distant Wolds albums. These are just awesome arrangements wonderfully played and beautifully recorded!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it if you're into gaming February 23, 2013
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It's pretty cool to hear an orchestra perform these pieces. Mostly a boutique item for gaming enthusiasts. A nice mix of music from old and new games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album February 16, 2013
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Bought this for my Middle school students. Some of them liked it so much they bought the CD! They always got really excited when they recognized the songs. I would recomment this to any teacher, or gaming fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album for any fan of gaming, or simply music February 9, 2013
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Already got the first album the London Philharmonic did. Fantastic addition with many songs I'd hoped to be on the first volume. Much like last time, Amazon put the album on their list of albums for $5. As I write this, the album is still up for the $5 price tag- absolutely worth the price during this time. Even when the album eventually goes back to "full price" it would still be worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Awesome December 27, 2012
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A great number of games have some really good background tracks that never get enough attention. VG Music 1 & 2 both highlight the amazing complexity of the music behind the games we all grew up playing. Loved it, bought it for myself and my brother. Would recommend to anyone who really enjoys great instrumental pieces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good album by the LPO
Another good album by the LPO. It isn't as epic or loud sounding as the first album and more subdued overall but still enjoyable.
Published 5 days ago by Jon Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent music, superbly performed, drawn from classics. What more could I ask?
Published 9 days ago by Sean Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars The music is still great. Check it out
Volume 2 of the video game album by London Philharmonic. Not as mind blowing for me as the first volume, but that is largely due to my video game tastes and bias. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Shawn Przybyla
4.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to the brilliance
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear the London Philharmonic play the music from games like Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog? Well, you're in luck. It's here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! But some songs miss the mark...
Sound quality and technical ability is fantastic, but the songs themselves can be hit-or-miss. "Still Alive" was admirably attempted... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phillip L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
The music on this cd is very good. If you like the music from your favorite games and then you will like this cd
Published 2 months ago by Tina Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Super London Phill
Making the kids happy with music they love with a classical touch. Also nice background sound when having a party!
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne rijs
2.0 out of 5 stars Music familiar to some
This gaming music was darker then cd vol. 1. It's okay and I'm sure there are those out there that would recognize the musical themes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debra jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome music:) it makes me happy and playing it in the background makes doing other stuff much more fun:)
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good music. Beautifully performed!
Even the tracks from games that I have not played are so good that I listen to them as if it were from a game I played yesterday. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gabriel sanders
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