Video Games Live: Level 2
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Video Games Live: Level 2

November 2, 2010

Song Title
The Legend of Zelda Suite
Civilization IV: Baba Yetu (Duet Version)
God of War: Revenge and Redemption
Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Medley
World of Warcraft: Lament of the Highborne 
Mario Solo Piano Medley                          
Super Mario Bros. Medley                             
Warcraft Montage                                     
Sonic the Hedgehog: Staff Credits
Advent Rising Overture
Megaman Montage
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Theme
Final Fantasy Solo Piano Medley
Halo Montage
Castlevania Rock Overture
Final Fantasy VII: One Winged Angel (Rock Edition)
Myst Suite (Bonus Track)
Mass Effect Suite (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Copyright: 2010 Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC.
  • Total Length: 1:23:48
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  • ASIN: B004BR55BM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,050 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, poor recording October 28, 2010
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There is a fundamental difference between the needs of a concert environment and the needs of someone listening to a CD. In a concert, you expect the rousing noise from the crowd, getting into the music. Indeed, you welcome it; it's a large part of what makes going to a music concert enjoyable.

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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Experience You Won't Soon Forget! November 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Video Games Live last year. I loved the first album, and I had the opportunity to see the show live in Philadelphia in the fall of 2009. The first album was very good, and the live show was spectacular. So, is "Video Games Live: Level 2" worth your quarters? Read on and find out.

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Video game music like you've never heard it before! October 1, 2011
By Pen
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Video Games Live (Volume 2) contains fantastically orchestrated versions of some of the most recognizable video game music ever. Since I have been a gamer most of my life, when I hear the familiar tunes from Mario or Zelda, they are so well done I can tell exactly where I heard it in the game. If you love classic video game music, and want to hear it played by some of the most amazing professional musicians in the world, this CD is for you!

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many repeat tracks January 10, 2011
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Loved the first VGLive CD and was excited to order #2. VERY disappointed that it contained numerous repeat tracks. Although new voices or perhaps "tweaked" a bit here and there... still the same. I was ready for ALL NEW TRACKS based on how fantastic the first edition was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant January 14, 2014
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Some of the best classical music I have heard, the fact that it is video game music is a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must own August 3, 2013
By Rosa
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If you appreciate classical music, and love your video games, this album must be added to your collection. I don't know what it is about it... it just makes me smile and keeps me in a good mood. You won't regret adding this to your mp3's
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3.0 out of 5 stars Added to my collection January 31, 2013
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I listen to this and some other video game music when programming, and it's great for productivity. This is live music, though. Some of the tracks are prefaced by an introduction saying, "This is the music of...", which is a bit of an interruption. I think I prefer "The Greatest Video Game Music" (1 and 2) by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but I've added this to my collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesnt work
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Molly
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for an orchestral experience, these may not be the...
First, the actual music is preformed BEAUTIFULLY. There is no disputing that. The track selections, and composition are amazing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gunykin
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is a must-buy for any fan of video game scores.
The Video Games Live series is a great buy for any fan of musical scores in video games. I love the fusion of video game songs with orchestral-style music.
Published 15 months ago by Dustin Azlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Fans of classic and contemporary video games will love this album. It's got the retro greats: Super Mario Bros. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nicole Mitton
5.0 out of 5 stars It's called "Video Games LIVE" for a reason.
For those that haven't figured it out yet, this is a "LIVE" recording of a concert with orchestrated video game music. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Furiouss
5.0 out of 5 stars For your consideration
I picked this up on the competition's site due to having been given a gift card. While I didn't pick it up though Amazon, if you like video game music, and orchestral music this... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by BlueMagican
5.0 out of 5 stars Something to rememder old days of gaming...
If like videogames, you'll like this. Even more if you've been playing since nintendo days, excelent music to be nostalgic!
Published on April 16, 2011 by T. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music
Fantastic music all the way through. A great selection of video game music is on this CD. The orchestra and vocals are very well done throughout. Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by M. Long
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