Video Games Live
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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Jonesing for those tunes that kept you stoked as you played? Maybe they're in here. They make good "saty awake, dammit" music for the road, too - but just don't let them... Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Ault
If you like videogames, you'll love this album.
I already own vol.1 - 3 and number 4 is out now.
I was also lucky to see this show in 2014 in Antwerp, Belgium. Read more
First, the actual music is preformed BEAUTIFULLY. There is no disputing that. The track selections, and composition are amazing. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Gunykin
Video Games Live has finally made it's way to the east coast and will soon be coming to The Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, PA! Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Dave Q
Video Games Live is a concert series featuring music taken from, or adapted from, (or whatever) video games. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
The Video Games Live series is a great buy for any fan of musical scores in video games. I love the fusion of video game songs with orchestral-style music.Published on December 28, 2012 by Dustin Azlin
While I picked this up on a competitor's site I wanted to write a review here. This isn't the original versions of the music you are used to, they are by large orchestral versions... Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by BlueMagican