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Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Soundtrack

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Relive your favorite Glee moments with original cast recordings. 17 tracks including "Don't Stop Believin", "Somebody to Love" and "Take a Bow."
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • ASIN: B002NJ8X9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All in all, this CD confounds expectations with it's contradictory flair, as does the show...it should be THE uncoolest thing out there...a glee club performing songs by uncool people like Journey, REO Speedwagon, Broadway tunes, hiphop/R&B, and more...

But it's COOL!!!

The way the songs are rearranged and reimagined, the kids (and teacher, etc) can all really sing, the context is about underdogs, the writing is sharp as a knife, and you care about the characters...it's an unexpected, exciting, odd, and brilliant treat. The real surprise is how well the songs and performances hold up as a CD, outside of the show...and yes, get the Target edition for 3 great bonus tracks...I met the kids too, and they're all really nice, good kids...but the main 2 girls (Lea Michele who plays Rachel, and Dianna Agron who plays Quinn) are stunningly (as they say in the UK) "fit" in person. Here's the breakdown of the CD:

1- "Don't Stop Believin'" (Rachel & Finn, the Journey song from 1981, nice arrangement with the accappella opening...it works!!)

2- "Can't Fight This Feeling" (Finn, the REO Speedwagon #1 ballad from 1984, it's given a fresh acoustic guitar treatment and imperfect but tender reading that gives it new life)

3- "Gold Digger" (Will and featuring Mercedes, the Kanye West(?!) song that's sorta like the teacher trying to be "hip" and "up-to-date", but it actually works and is as good as the original...Amber Riley's booming Martha Wash-like vocals add flavour)

4- "Take A Bow" (Rachel, the Rihanna song which works in context of the show and this CD, and Lea sings it with real emotion...I like it better than the original!!
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i dont watch the show at all, i found out about these songs after my friend played them for me, and i thought they were pretty good, its a different take on some good songs. like i stated in the title of my review, get it at target cause it comes with 3 bonus songs, which are i wanna sex you up, i could have danced all night, and leaving on a jet plane. since i dont watch the show at all, i dont know or care about what songs are missing really, i will say this, i will get the next volume in december though. i thought gold digger was pretty nifty. what they need to do next is sing some iron maiden, or some black sabbath, now that would be pretty cool. since i like all kinds of music and all, im sure they will sing a heavy metal song or two sometime down the road.
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With the TV show Glee, from which this soundtrack has been extracted, we are likely witnessing the nascent stages of a phenomenon. The cheeky mix of drama, soap, humor and a bit of pathos mixed with often striking music videos seems to be gaining momentum each week...and rightly so, I say.

Those who've watched the show will no doubt be familiar with all the songs on this soundtrack (save for, perhaps, the last two, which will appear in an episode still forthcoming at the time of the soundtrack release). Many of these songs have been the basis of strikingly good video presentations.

But how well do they hold up on their own, without the visuals?

The answer is: A very mixed bag. Listening to these full length studio versions (mostly the same as those used in the TV show but extended, although sometimes with mix differences), one finds that some songs are just too faithful to the originals. This isn't necessarily a problem in the show, but when you lose, for example, the cheerleader dances for "You Keep Me Hangin' On", this carbon (but ultimately inferior) copy of the Supremes original has a "what's the point" character to it. The same holds for a few other songs that are entirely too faithful to the original arrangement, such as "Can't Fight This Feeling" (originally by REO Speedwagon). Even "Somebody to Love", which is a flat out showstopper in the show, comes off a bit redundant (compared to the Queen original) on record.

The songs that survive best are those that are either substantively rearranged or else just much better sung than the originals. The glee club-ized duet arragnement for Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" reinvents the song and truly owns it.
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In case you've been living under a rock for the past few months, 'Glee' is probably among the best in terms of new television shows to arrive this season. 'Glee' is your typical high school drama mixed with heavy doses of atypical popular music packed into each episode. In a way, 'Glee' is Fox's version of Disney's 'High School Music' franchise except better acted and with a far better soundtrack. This first volume of music comes from the show's first nine episodes and features a variety of music and genres, from Broadway numbers, to 80s hits and even some old school hip-hop. While none of this music is original (all of these songs are cover songs of popular hits and artists), the 'Glee' versions and arrangements of the songs are fun and almost just as good as the originals.

The Good: As stated before, don't be turned off that the 'Glee' soundtrack is full of cover songs. These are actually well performed and are not 'karaoke' or butchered like the cover songs on Fox's other hit show 'American Idol'. The best part of this soundtrack is that it offers something for all audiences. Yes, to a degree, the songs are somewhat cheesy. The show is about a high school choir - the songs are meant to be a little cheesy. Lea Michele is the lead vocalist of the cast, having a background in musical theater. Her performances are probably what you expect from a show of this nature; a bit over the top, big, Celine Dion-ish with lots of theatrics. Her version of Rihanna's "Take a Bow" is (in my opinion) better than the original with how she simply belts it out and adds a touch of emotion and sincerity/innocence to it that really sets it apart from just your typical "cover" song.
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