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Greatest Video Game Music, Vol. 2

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Over the last 40 years video games have become a critical form of entertainment throughout the world. As the games have grown to be more sophisticated and realistic, video game music has also evolved; from the simple bleeps of arcade shoot-em-ups to today's robust orchestrations, written for complex action or adventure titles on platforms like Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo.

Consequently, classical music has made an entrance into the realm of gaming. Last year's collaboration with London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Skeet resulted in The Greatest Video Game Music, an album featuring classical renditions of the most beloved video games.

Responding to the popularity and the massive feedback to The Greatest Video Game Music a sequel was recorded. This time having fans from all over the world vote for their favorite video game theme. These themes were once again performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most reputable orchestras in the world, and conducted by sensational Andrew Skeet. The Greatest Video Game Music 2 is the fruit of two worlds blended together.
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Product Details

  • Conductor: Andrew Skeet
  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (November 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: X5 Naxos
  • ASIN: B009IF1462
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Leard on November 10, 2012
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The first volume in what I hope will be a long-running series, "The Greatest Video Game Music", was focused on two major types of music, with one foot in whimsy ("Tetris", "Angry Birds") and the other firmly entrenched in the martial melodies of military shooters like Battlefield and Call of Duty. With the second volume, the tone steers away from both, moving towards the recent video game trend of the "angelic female" vocalist, as evidenced on tracks such as "A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All" and "Assassin's Creed - Revelations: Main Theme."

A wide range of games are still covered, touching on some classic themes, such as Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid. Most of the arrangements work well; they're slavishly faithful to the originals, so they don't make many mistakes along the way. The lone clunker is "Still Alive", which doesn't really work with the vocalist chosen. I've heard the original version of the track, Jonathan Coulton's own voice, and the version he released on his latest album, sung by Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, and this interpretation is easily the worst rendition. The song simply isn't designed to be sung the way it is here. It's designed to be silly and a bit small. "One-Winged Angel" also lacks some of the dynamism of the version from the album "Final Fantasy S Generation", though it would be hard to match that harrowing and dramatic arrangement.

The recording quality is strong, and aside from a few minor flaws, it's a solid album that does a good job of covering the many niches of gaming, from classics to modern titles, big-budget blockbusters to little indie efforts. With the breadth and depth of the entire field available, I can't wait to hear what music is chosen for the next volume.
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Look at the cover. Look at how its idea of juxtaposing "Video games" and "music" is to us a violin to represent the latter and a bland gray military fellow. As anyone who actually plays video games--specifically, the games whose tracks are orchestrated on this CD--can tell you, that simply isn't accurate. This decision feels phoned-in, as if the people behind this collection didn't really care about their product--and the same is true of the music.

It really feels like the London Philharmonic Orchestra was just handed sheet music and told to play it. There's little in the way of creative remixing, no notable re-imaginings.

So what do we have? A collection of relatively high-quality re-orchestrations of music from popular games. Some are actually good (Like the Chrono Trigger and Arkham City ones) and some are just mind-blowingly awful (Whose idea was it to remove the chiptune bits from Fez?). Most, however, just sound mostly identical to but slightly worse than their original in-game pieces.

Ultimately, the three stars says it all: There's some quality work here, but you're better off going to OverClocked Remix and finding more creative renditions.
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This album and its predecessor are both fantastic! The creative arrangements made by Andrew Skeet of some of the worlds most iconic video game music are absolutely stunning and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as always does a phenomenal job performing the music to its highest musical degree!

Looking forward to future sequel releases of this album and other product releases from X5 Music Group!
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As a huge fan of video games, I originally got the album because of the Luigi's Mansion theme. As I listened to it, more and more caught my ears' attention. The Metroid medley could rival a Star Wars theme, Assassin's Creed has beautiful melody while the theme for Sephrinoth is downright creepy. Of course, it is hard to muck up a Chrono Trigger song (or a Final Fantasy one) when Nobuo Uematsu supervised the composer; it's one that would feel right at home on the game itself. The one song that takes the cake, pun totally not intended, is Still Alive from the game Portal. It's gorgeous and creepy and completely fun to hear.

So why get it? One, it's done by a prestigious musical group. Two, there's some really cool songs on the album. And three, the music sounds modern and classic at the same time. For me, I love to listen to this when I'm driving home after a long day--especially when leaving classes.
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Bought this for my Middle school students. Some of them liked it so much they bought the CD! They always got really excited when they recognized the songs. I would recomment this to any teacher, or gaming fan.
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I purchased this album for $3.99 because I really enjoy the music in video games and the previous installment of this series. Video games have some of the most immersive and mesmerizing soundtracks nowadays, especially the tracks on this compilation. Although some tracks aren't exactly like the originals, the Icarus Main Theme for example, the interpretations are still fantastic. Personally, the tracks on this album, and other video game soundtracks, help me concentrate a bit more, relax, and often help me sleep (especially the enchanting tracks like Fez: Adventure). The albums has epic tracks (the Arkham City Main Theme and Icarus Main Theme), charming tracks (Dragon Roost Island and Fez: Adventure), Sci-Fi/erie tracks (a Symphonic Poem and a Future for the Krogan/An End Once and For All) and much more; my point: there is plenty of variety. These tracks also either spark my interests in games I haven't played, or motivate me to revisit some of my modern favorites.

This album packs plenty of variety and plenty of recognizable tracks for fans; and, fans of Orchestral music may enjoy it without prior knowledge of the video games. I personally enjoyed most of the tracks, and the $3.99 price point is perfect to own this small collection.
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