Video Games Live: Level 2

November 2, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • Copyright: 2010 Mystical Stone Entertainment, LLC.
  • Total Length: 1:23:48
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B004BR55BM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,446 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Give the tracks a listen, and if you like what you hear by all means pick it up.
BlueMagican
The "Castlevania Rock Overture" is a great example of how the crowd brings the music to another level.
Michael Cavacini
The Video Games Live series is a great buy for any fan of musical scores in video games.
Dustin Azlin

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53 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Elder Dragon Legend on 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 By Michael Cavacini VINE VOICE on November 4, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KatMusik on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen on October 1, 2011
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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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By Jared Buhler on 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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By Rosa on August 3, 2013
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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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By Matthew Keefe on 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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