Video Games Live Level 2 Soundtrack
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Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. It's the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert.
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When you have a CD, whether in your home or traveling via MP3 player, you don't want a crowd. Or at least, you don't want just the audio of the crowd at some other event. When you're playing a CD, you want as little as possible between your own environment and the music itself.
Video Games Live Level 2 fails at that.
The first VGL CD, Volume 1, was recorded primarily in a recording studio. There was no crowd noise, and there was reasonable acoustic balance between the various parts of the orchestra/performers. Level 2 clearly was recorded at a VGL event, rather than a closed recording studio.
This is evident in the fact that, at the beginning of virtually every track, is massive crowd noise and applause. Again, fine if you're actually at the concert. But imagine hearing that crowd noise smothering your favorite piece of music over and over again. Every time you want to hear the music, you have to hear the same crowd reactions.
It would have been acceptable if the crowd noise was before the beginning of the music. But it isn't; it's during the opening of each piece. You will be unable to hear the actual start of each track because of this. The crowd noise might not bother you when you first hear the piece, but the more you listen to it, the worse it seems to get.
Compounding this is the difficulty of properly recording an orchestra in a live concert environment.Read more ›
Another reviewer complained about the sound of the crowd interfering with the listener's ability to hear the music. I don't know about you, but when I listen to a live album, I expect to hear the crowd. The roar of the crowd before, after and during a song is what gives me goosebumps. The "Castlevania Rock Overture" is a great example of how the crowd brings the music to another level. During the song, Tommy asks the crowd to participate by yelling: "hey, hey, hey!" It may sound simple, but it's the small things that count. Listen to any great live album, and you'll notice that the crowd always makes the music more enjoyable. Video Games Live is a "live" experience, and the crowd is an integral part of this experience. This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone buying this album.
Overall, this album is excellent, and if you go for the downloadable version, you'll get two extra tracks (e.g., "Myst" and "Mass Effect"). "Video Games Live: Level 2" is filled with engaging and powerful music, including "The Legend of Zelda Suite" and "Civilization IV." The song selection is incredibly diverse too. You can rock out to "Megaman" or enjoy the beautiful "Final Fantasy Solo Piano Medley." Regardless of your taste in music or games, you're bound to have a smile on your face after listening to this album. It's a top-notch collection of some of the most moving music in video game history. While you're at it, pick up the Blu-Ray/DVD of the concert, and get a ticket to see the show in person. Video Games Live is an experience that can't be missed!
I guess my only gripe about this music collection is that the song chosen from Sonic was very random and lackluster. Also I didn't recognize about half the songs, but hey that could be my fault for not playing those games, and you can't please everybody!
I listen to this album at work. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Various songs from iconic games played by a symphony orchestra. Nothing more to say other than awesome album is awesome.Published 9 months ago by Roxas
Now THIS. THIS is a video game soundtrack CD.
The Cheering of the fans...the passionate, creative re-imaginings...the excellent selection... Read more
If you are a gamer or just like videogames then this album is what you need. So far there are 3 albums of Videogames Live and all are a must have for those who have a love for... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Pen Name
Dont mess with something that aint broke. This was a total waste of my time. a real misrepresentation of video game themes and they really dont sound that great. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Lagertha88
First, the actual music is preformed BEAUTIFULLY. There is no disputing that. The track selections, and composition are amazing. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Gunykin
Some of the best classical music I have heard, the fact that it is video game music is a bonus.Published on January 14, 2014 by Jared Buhler