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Video Games Live

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Kingdom Hearts
  2. Warcraft Suite
  3. Myst Medley
  4. Medal Of Honor [Live]
  5. Civilization IV Medley
  6. Tetris Piano Opus No.1
  7. God Of War Montage [Live]
  8. Advent Rising Suite
  9. Tron Montage
  10. Halo Suite
  11. Castlevania Rock [Live]


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 (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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. My favorite track in the whole album is the Civilization 4 medley but the other tracks are great as well and worth listening to. the only drawback is that the album is supposed to be "Live" which it is but there are also studio recordings (maybe they had to omit some songs due to licensing and/or copyright. idk) but to those who are picky about stuff like this, now you know. Overall I rate this 5/5 stars, great buy!
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I saw the VGL concert in Orlando this past January and went with an open mind and a few inhibitions. I left extremely happy. The show was well put together, Tommy Tallarico an excellent host, some great video montages of our favourite games and above all, a more than faithful representation of some of the most famous gaming themes to date.

The release of this CD was delayed for quite some time and though the content is excellent, I was a little disappointed. Granted, Kingdom Hearts, Halo and Advent Rising in particular are highlights and worthwhile inclusions but being a 90's gamer more, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Earthworm Jim and Mario, not to forget Final Fantasy were all inclusions that I was looking forward to seeing.

However, I had heard that there were some issues with the distribution of those particular themes (with Sega etc) so perhaps it isn't any fault of the producers of the album.

On the upside, you have an excellent album here, perfect for reminiscing or just keeping in the background when you are working. It also means however that there is plenty of scope for a second Volume and I for one am looking forward to it! I would love to hear Command and Conquer: Red Alert and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion one day too.
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