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Video Games Live

Video Games Live Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Kingdom HeartsJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Warcraft SuiteJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Myst MedleyJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple/Tara Clark 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Medal Of Honor (Live)Jack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Civilization IV MedleyJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple/Standford Talisman 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Medley: TetrisMartin Leung 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. God Of War Montage (Live)Jack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple/Cindy Shapiro 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Advent Rising SuiteJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 6:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tron MontageJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Halo SuiteJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple/Tommy Tallarico/Steve Vai/Chris Kline/Marcus Henderson 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. CastlevaniaJack Wall/Slovak National Symphony Orchestra/Crouch End Festival Chorus/David Temple 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000VO8O6W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2008 release, the soundtrack to the true gamer's life! Conductor Jack Wall leads the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus through many of the most popular video game themes and creates a glorious aural paradise for the gamer in all of us. If you are hooked on the music from video games like Sonic The Hedgehog, Myst, Final Fantasy, Warcraft, Super Mario Brothers and others, then imagine those themes as performed by an orchestra. Yes, it is like heaven without the joystick! EMI.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny July 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Video Games Live Vol. I music album. Trust me to everyone who is considering buying a copy: it is worth it. The more people who buy this album, the more sales they will get, and the more chance VGL Vol. II will come. Jack Wall actually said he wants to make AT LEAST four albums, and that won't happened unless this album is successful. So if you know anyone who enjoyed this album and pirated it, PLEASE, PLEASE, urge them not only to not do something so illegal, but to purchase this album whether here or in digital format (also offered by Amazon) to help promote future volumes by making this one successful!

First thing: Where were these songs when I went this last time to VGL '08? Hahaha. Yeah we had some fantastic music, but one thing I noticed was a total lack of the use of the live choir. It's like they were standing back there for no reason the whole time except to sing in the Halo Suite, God of War, & Sweet Emotion.

That's not the case with this album. If you are a fan of live choirs in orchestrated music, this has an abundance and beautiful harmony.

Track o1:: Kingdom Hearts [3:37]
For fans of the intro track to the KH games...this is the Hikari Orchestrated track, but better. Definitely more bombastic, the horns are louder, the bass is louder. It's gorgeous.

Track o2:: Warcraft Suite [5:05]
A montage of music throughout the Warcraft games. Many of you will recognize the main songs throughout the track as the themes of Warcraft III & World of Warcraft. Emotional music accompanied by a beautiful choir...nothing makes you want to commit massacres of entire villages of centaurs and jungle trolls quite like this. The various different songs are seamlessly interwoven within this track.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected, but still good! August 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of attending Video Games Live furing its first run in San Jose, CA two years ago. It was a highly enjoyable concert, even though I personally felt it was run a bit too much like a rock concert. I was there for the music, and didn't appreciate bouncers all over the place watching me.

I, like many others, been looking forward to this album for a long time, waiting patiently while the organizers worked through all of the legal red-tape. I really, really respect the organizers for all of their hard work, and congragulate them on their incredible success. Having said that, I'm a bit disappointed with the final product. All of the advertising I had read regarding this album lead me to believe it was to be entirely studio recorded (at Abbey Road Studios, no less), utilizing the Crouch End Festival Chorus, one of my favorite choruses, made famous by their collaborations with the City of Prague Philharmonic. Instead, the album is a mix of live performances, studio recorded elements, and in the case of Advent Rising, simply a re-edit of tracks from the original soundtrack release (seriously guys, that's just lazy).

Still, despite all that, there is much to recommend here. The Civilization IV Medley is probably my favorite track on the disc, as well as the God of War Montage (finally, recorded by a live orchestra!). Other honorable mentions include Medal of Honor, and the Warcraft Suite. I'm hoping this is merely an appetizer for what is to come, and if sales warrant it, perhaps they WILL fund a proper studio recording of these pieces, and that will make me a happy man indeed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone shall listen to this record! September 8, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought it for only one song. Then I realized that this CD was the best record I bought last year. This is fine art and everyone shall listen to it, especially the ones discriminate video games!

I just bought the ticket for this concert happening Feburary next year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun September 13, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
In many ways this album is about what you would expect - and in other ways it is completely over-the-top ("Introducing...the one! The only! Castlevania!). All in all it is good fun (I was going to say if you are a video game player, but really anyone can appreciate the music here). Give it a try!

Incidentally, I purchased this via Amazon's download service and I am well pleased! So great to have DRM free music for a reasonable price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Addition to Video Game music collection September 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Anyone that loves video game music will love this CD. If you're playlist is dominated by video game OSTs, but it is missing this, you should be ashamed.

For those that are unable to attend the actual event and hear this music played live, this is the next best things. It's beautiful and moving, but sadly short. With luck, there will be more volumes to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A semi-accurate perception of the live performance September 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I went to the video games live concert back in the winter and was blown away and immediately began salivating for the album to purchase. As soon as it was available, it was in the mail bound for my address. While it does explore some of the more obscure titles out there (Myst, Civilization, Tron [Tron? What the heck?]), some of the more obvious tracks are omitted. Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Gear Solid: these were all highlights of the show and what people came to hear!
Its an enjoyable album and still one of my favorites, but I'm eager for volume two to come out and (hopefully) enjoy those classics I crave.
Oh, Halo and Castlevania are awesome renditions, by the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for an orchestral experience, these might not be...
First, the actual music is preformed BEAUTIFULLY. There is no disputing that. The track selections, and composition are amazing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gunykin
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CD IS GREAT, BUT EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS LIVE!!!
Video Games Live has finally made it's way to the east coast and will soon be coming to The Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Great orchestral music!
Video Games Live is a concert series featuring music taken from, or adapted from, (or whatever) video games. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is a must-buy for anyone that loves 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 16 months ago by Dustin Azlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
Amazing music! I cannot believe how far game music has come but this CD has managed to capture those climactic moments that make this performance worth listening. Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Furiouss
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful rendering
While I picked this up on a competitor's site I wanted to write a review here. This isn't the original versions of the music you are used to, they are by large orchestral versions... Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by BlueMagican
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack for any video game fan.
Though I greatly enjoyed many tracks on this disc, such as the wonderfully done Kingdom Hearts theme, I will say that VGL Level 2 is a far better cd to pick up if you interested in... Read more
Published on May 11, 2011 by Larry M
5.0 out of 5 stars Games+Music=Perfect package
This is an excellent compilation and in combination with Volume 2, it gives a great overview of both popular and obscure music in video games.
Published on January 24, 2011 by RussianOtaku
5.0 out of 5 stars My life in a music format.
I've played games since I was two years old. This has brought back the 17 years of gaming as well as reminding me why games are more than a child's play thing. Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I caught most of the performance on PBS, and was very impressed. So i got the cd, sounds amazing. Soon volume 2 will come out, and I recommend both discs.
Published on September 26, 2010 by heythere,hothere,hithere
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