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The Greatest Video Game Music [Soundtrack]

London Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: X5 Group
  • ASIN: B005QW1FB0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Advent Rising: Muse
2. Legend of Zelda: Suite
3. Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2: Theme
4. Angry Birds: Main Theme
5. Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali
6. Super Mario Bros: Themes
7. Uncharted - Drake s Fortune: Nate's Theme
8. Grand Theft Auto IV: Soviet Connection
9. World of Warcraft: Seasons of War
10. Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme
11. Tetris Theme
12. Battlefield 2: Theme
13. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
14. Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare: Main Menu Theme
15. Mass Effect: Suicide Mission
16. Splinter Cell: Conviction
17. Final Fantasy: Main Theme
18. Bioshock: The Ocean on his Shoulders
19. Halo 3: One Final Effort
20. Fallout 3: Theme
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

'The Greatest Video Game Music', performed by the highly acclaimed
London Philharmonic Orchestra, features classical orchestrations of the best-known video game themes including Mario Bros, Call of Duty, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Halo, World of Warcraft, the incredibly successful Angry Birds and many more. It allows the hundreds of millions of video game enthusiasts
to fully immerse themselves in the experience of gaming in a new way, and is the perfect gift for both avid and casual gamers.

Review

This is the first orchestral version of one of my compositions and it really comes alive. It has such a great depth and a majestic touch, and it was very emotional for me when I heard it the first time. I love it! --Ari Pulkkinen, 'Angry Birds' composer

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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is going into my running playlist November 7, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
Listen to the samples, you will know immediately if this is for you. The real standouts are the classic 8-bit tunes, Zelda, Mario, and Tetris, but the rest are fun too. The bonus Dead Space track is very spooky (wait, there was music in Dead Space? I just remember screaming and metal clanking sounds.)

I'd love to see the London Philharmonic do an album of CLASSIC video game music someday, just focusing on great 8-bit tunes; Castlevania, Megaman, Metroid, Ghosts n' Goblins etc.
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109 of 139 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd selection November 7, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I've listened through the entire album, and while it's actually not bad overall and worth the 2.99 I paid, I do have some problems with it. Entitling an album Greatest Video Game Music would seem to imply that it features the Greatest Video Game Music, and while that is certainly something that is hard to examine objectively, I just don't think this fits the bill. I think the album better sits somewhere between Most Recognizable Video Game Music, and Video Game Music From the Best Selling Games ever. This is a bit of a problem, as some of this music just doesn't translate well into something that can stand on it's own. There are probably 3 groupings I'd put the music into.

Music that shouldn't be there but works.
The angry birds theme normally wouldn't fall anywhere near my list of greatest video game music ever, but the version included in this album is very well done, and is played around with enough that, while I dislike the game, I really enjoyed the piece. The Tetris theme is the only other song I'd put into this category, although it likely has some more merit in it's own right, the version included is surprisingly fun to listen to.

Music that should be included.
While this is just my opinion, the pieces from Advent Rising, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Mario, Uncharted, Mass Effect, Halo, Elder Scrolls, and metal Gear all work fine. They are either iconic enough, or simply translate well enough into orchestral pieces to work, although some work better then others.

Pieces that just don't fit.
These are the problem pieces, the pieces from Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft, Battlefield, Bioshock, Fallout, and Dead Space.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars $3? Jump on this. November 7, 2011
By A. Lau
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The Tetris arrangement is worth $3 all by itself. Don't even think about it; just buy it. Unless you really need those $3 for an order of french fries today.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical with a hint of pop November 7, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The tracks on this album are from an extremely diverse library of games. In lieu of staying to a complete classical theme, elements such as synth and a drum set (adding snare and hi-hat noises) are utilized to give some songs a more modern classical feel. The arrangement of Angry Bird's theme, the Super Mario theme, and the Uncharted theme are worth the $3 by themselves. Really.

All in all, an amazing collection. There will be people griping about whats missing, such as a track from Shadow of the Colossus in my opinion, but that just gives you a chance to check out buying that album on its own!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but the newer songs tend to lack something November 7, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The most exciting songs are those where the original version was not already symphonic in nature (i.e., Super Mario Bros, Zelda, and Tetris) and thus are given a new spin. Songs like those from Call of Duty and Uncharted don't sound terribly different from the original and in fact, as is often the case with movie soundtracks, even lose some of their magic when listened to outside the context of their source. Such songs can be exciting to listen to in a live performance, similar to what the Video Games Live tour has been doing, but many of them seem rather dull on their own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A respectable effort, but doesn't quite deliver (for me) December 20, 2011
By John M
Format:Audio CD
Overall, the quality of the recording is fairly good, and it's quite enjoyable and even a bit nostalgic to hear some of these pieces again.

That being said, some of the tracks on this album simply don't stand up to their original versions, most notably Liberi Fatali (FFVIII) and Reign of the Septims (Oblivion).

The arrangement for Liberi Fatali left me very much disappointed. Originally a bombastic, intense and sweeping work of art, this version comes across as rather "tinny" and very much lacks the punch. Some of this was due to the choir being severely understaffed for this kind of piece, and the arrangement which took the liberty of exchanging instruments for certain parts (tuba/trombone/french horn where there should have been piano, etc). Not that these things ruin the rendition, but while listening to this version I'm expecting it to at least equal or surpass the original in scope. Definitely not hitting the mark, and this piece was one of the primary reasons for purchasing this album.

Reign of the Septims from Oblivion... this arrangement exhibits the same symptoms as stated above, and again this is the other track on this album I was most excited about. I would listen to the original version over this one any day of the week.

I was hoping to hear a fresh take on the Zelda theme, however the one on this album is the same orchestrated arrangement we've heard for years and years (and not as effective as the original recording of it). Suffice it to say no (or very little) effort went into this one, they simply printed the sheets and played it.

On a different note, I have no idea what some of this music is doing on an album titled "Greatest Video Game Music".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Aristocrat now
Beautiful music. It's just sad that I don't know half these games because I like sunshine.
Published 27 days ago by Matthew Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars but in some ways it's much better. A great collection of recordings...
It's not the original soundtracks from the games, but in some ways it's much better. A great collection of recordings that you can't hear elsewhere other than while you're playing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peking_Duck
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stuff
This is great music to write to! It is all inspiring stuff, and all music you will recognize from games. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TheRecluse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 3 months ago by Benjamin
4.0 out of 5 stars I like video game music
Good music from old favorite video games
Published 3 months ago by J. Poetker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent music, superbly performed, drawn from classics. What more could I ask?
Published 3 months ago by Sean Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music.
I absolutely love this music because it inspires me when I practice ballet. I am so glad I took a chance and bought it.
Published 3 months ago by Zimri-Lim1761
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of music that I love from games I've ...
I'm a big fan of epic scores, and this album delivers. A great collection of music that I love from games I've played. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shawn Przybyla
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Orchestra Nintendo and more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear the London Philharmonic play the music from Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog? Well, you're in luck. It's here. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Mueller
4.0 out of 5 stars You will want to go back and play these games again!
Some of the songs are played with real heart you know there are some gamers in the orchestra. Great selection but wish had some other selections in there too.
Published 4 months ago by 3D_convert
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