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Video Games Live Level 2 Soundtrack

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Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Top orchestras & choirs perform along with exclusive music arrangements, solo performers, electronic percussionists, and unique segments to create an explosive entertainment experience!

Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. It's the power & emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Legend of Zelda Suite
  2. Baba Yetu [Duet Version] [Version]
  3. Revenge and Redemption
  4. Chrono Trigger & Chrono Cross Medley
  5. Lament of the Highborne
  6. Mario Solo Piano Medley
  7. Super Mario Brothers Medley
  8. Warcraft Montage
  9. Staff Credits
  10. Overture
  11. Megaman Montage
  12. Wings of Liberty Theme
  13. Final Fantasy Solo Piano Medley
  14. Halo Montage
  15. Castlevania Rock Overture
  16. One Winged Angel [Rock Edition] [Version]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B003ZIQ5T4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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This is a terrible rendition of great music. I love video game music. There are many great collections. This just isn't one of them. As one example, the suite from Sonic includes the casino level music - great tune right? This arrangement takes out all of the fun and makes that jazzy playful tune sound like elevator music on an infomercial.
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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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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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By Rosa F 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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Fans of classic and contemporary video games will love this album. It's got the retro greats: Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Chrono Trigger, Castlevania, and Final Fantasy. The album also features tracks from today's popular games: Civ IV, God of War, Myst, and much more!

I listen to this album at work. Highly recommended!
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