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I backed the Kickstarter for this album, and the final product does not disappoint! In fact, it has greatly exceeded my expectations. I do like the other Video Games Live albums that came before this, but it's awesome to finally have a STUDIO version with no cheering crowds distracting from the music. Plus this album pays homage to some more of the 'hidden gems' that serious gamers can appreciate: Beyond Good & Evil, Monkey Island, Journey, Shadow of the Colossus, etc.

Some of my favorite tracks are vocal ones like Journey, WoW Invincible, Tetris Opera (fantastic duet version!) and Beyond Good & Evil. I was super excited to learn that one of my favorite singers, Jillian Aversa, performed the vocals for those songs! She's sung on a lot of actual game soundtracks from series like Halo, Civilization, God of War, Soul Calibur etc. Journey literally gives me chills every time... hats off to Austin Wintory for that amazing score.

My favorite instrumental tracks are Pokemon, Chrono Cross, and Shadow of the Colossus but it's seriously so hard to pick! I think the only track I'm not crazy about is the live rendition of Portal "Still Alive". The singer for that one sounds out of tune sometimes and it lacks the impact of the original version by Jonathan Coulton.

Anyway, GET IT! I promise you'll be glad you did.
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I bought this for the fact that they went with some unusual, more under-covered pieces. While I still appreciate that they did that, I feel like much of the music in that regard was too short and the arrangements did not differ substantially from the original pieces. Often times, in fact, it sounded like I was just listening to my copies of the original soundtracks. While, I suppose, that can be a compliment to their skill I ultimately look to albums like this to hear something new done with familiar themes.
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I've always found that video game music makes good "background music" for while I'm working (that is, after all, sort of what it was designed for). Other than the silly Tetris opera, all of the tracks on here are great to cover background distractions but allow me to concentrate on what I'm doing. And, of course, it's great music too!
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Like some here, I too, have been to a live VGL concert and have been excitingly blown away by the production values put towards the music quality put out by the VGL crew. My wife, who isn't even a gamer, would agree that the concert was quite fun and engaging.
With that being said, this album has now allowed me to take that magical band of musicians and keep the experience fresh and alive!
This time around, Level 3 took the time to do a full studio recording (i.e. no crowd cheering in the background) and the fidelity of instruments is rich! Audiophiles will definitely appreciate the clearness of the tones. However, the last track, Still Alive, is a live recording, but it doesn't phase away from the overall feel of the album. If anything, it reminds us of the origins of this album and wraps up Level 3 in a fitting manner.
Favorite tracks? I could easily say ALL of them. They were all mastered so well that NOT putting the whole album on repeat would be the only crime. However, for my personal nostalgia, I love VGL's take on Liberi Fatatli,Scars of Time, Zelda Overture, Journey, and Shadow of the Colossus. I cannot say this enough though - the Journey track is one of this albums best and is simply breathtaking with its emotionally charged tones.
As a diehard fan of Skyrim, I do need to say that was a little put-off by the Dragonborn Theme. I am a huge fan of Jeremy Soule's work and think that his Dragonborn Theme is one of his best works. However, in Level 3, I can't understand why they felt the need to throw in the "Fus Doh Rah" audio bit right in the middle of the song. Yeah, it was cool in the trailer, but as a purist in a music score, it feels oddly out of place and is very distracting from the richness of the chorus.
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Best video game album in the market. It has amazing recording and a very diverse orchestra. The song selection is simply beautiful. I first bought it because of Pokemon, but when I heard all the other songs, it was like they took the original song, decided to make 100x better by adding an orchestra and then they threw in a rock concert at the same time

A must buy if you like video game music
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Tommy Tallarico, video game composer, and co-creator of the live orchestra show of the same name, has a clear passion for music and video game music. Having been to a couple shows myself, I can say that each track they orchestrate is treated with the dignity and grace it deserves.

This album, as the others have before it, covers a pretty broad range of eras and gaming platforms. The NES version of Tetris (in Russian operatic form, no less) Arcade games such as Street Fighter II, Playstation 1 classic Chrono Cross, and even Journey from PS3 makes appearances. However, the PC gets a bit more treatment that it had in the past. Skyrim, Portal, World of Warcraft, and DOTA 2 all from that platform.

On the technical side, the digital version (found here on Amazon) is formatted in MP3 in a variable bitrate from 224 - 320kbps. I personally prefer FLAC or similar lossless formats, but unless you're going to be listening on higher end equipment, there won't be much of a difference. I suspect the physical cd's are mastered in a higher quality, but I cannot confirm this.

The staging is great. You can tell pretty easily where instruments are positioned. The performers themselves have clearly mastered the pieces. The solo flautist during the 25th Anniversary Legend of Zelda track is especially captivating. Pokemon is bursting with energy and Beyond Good & Evil is both gorgeous and haunting.

I find little to fault about the album. Skyrim's "Dragonborn" (aka the title theme) is already an orchestrated piece to begin with, so the listener may be apt to compare it to the original. Indeed, at times, the two versions are virtually indistinguishable.
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