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I knew there would be crowd noise on this CD but if I knew how bad it was I wouldn't have bought the album!
The crowd noise is really rather loud and it drowns out the superb vocals of the Glee Cast. On some songs it's louder than others, this must be down to the reaction of the crowd. I think Don't Stop Believin' was their most popular song, judging by the crowd noise. The song is great. It's the extended version that you don't get to hear all that often so that's a nice touch. The vocals are mainly sung by Fichel (Rachel and Finn) but the rest of the cast get involved in the "Da da da da" bit!
I like listening to Dog Days Are Over as this is an exclusive song to the album. This song does not appear on any of the Glee albums so it's nice to have it on an album. The live version gives the song a good raw edge to it and it makes it sound even better in my opinion. The crowd noise isn't so irritating during this song as they seem to focus more on the vocals. Other standout tracks are Teenage Dream, Firework and Valerie. The vocals are amazing, really impressive. Listening to this soundtrack lets me hear the voices of the cast without any autotune or disturbances. The songlist is entertaining and a few members of the case even get a solo. The songs are a mixture of upbeat pop numbers and slower sultry power ballads. The ballads are mostly sung by Rachel but I don't mind this, she does have the strongest voice if I am being honest.
This is a great album for a Glee fan but PLEASE be aware that you CAN hear crowd noise in the background!!!!!
I've never written a music review so it may not be so good!
A few months ago I went to the Glee Live concert and I enjoyed it so much I decided to purchase the soundtrack which came out a few weeks ago.
The CD contains 23 live songs and has a total length of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 14 seconds.
The case is your average album case with Glee 3D boldly written as you can see in the picture above. There are small pictures of the cast dotted around the writing. While most of the cast have their picture on the cover, a few cast members who are main characters don't. I don't know why and I feel it's a shame they aren't included as some less main characters are on there still. But never mind.
Inside the case is the CD and, you can pull the front cover out and it has pictures from the Glee Live concert and information about each song.
1.) Don't Stop Believing: (Journey Cover)
This song is Glee's anthem pretty much so, naturally this was their first song at the concert.
The song starts with light fan screaming (they have edited the screaming out alot) and then Mr Schue begins to talk and he introduces the song.
Lea Michele (Rachel) and Cory Monteith (Finn) take a lead role in singing this song and I feel they do a great job. The rest of the cast sing the backing and do the "baada, baada" bit which I really like.
Overall the song has alot of energy and the vocals are very good!
Total length is: 4:01
2.) Dog Days: (Florence + the machine cover)
This song comes straight on after Don't Stop with no gaps. Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) take the lead vocals in this song and they do a fantastic job. Again, the rest of the cast sing backup.
Total length is: 2:59
3.) Sing: (My Chemical Romance cover)
This song comes on straight away after Dog Days with no gaps. Lea Michele & Cory Monteith take the lead singing role in this song again. Lea has a very powerful voice and she does a brilliant job. Cory has less power but, he still does a great job.
Total length is: 2:41
4.) I'm A Slave 4 U (Britney Spears cover)
Heather Morris (Brittany) leads this song solo. This song has a big dance routine that goes with it and so I always thought Heather would mime during the tour. But on the album you can tell it's live. It has the least amount of singing in as I feel the dancing is more concentrated on however, Heather does a good job and considering the amount of dancing around she does she manages to pull each note off pretty much perfectly.
Total length is: 3:24
5.) Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen cover):
Mark Salling (Puck) sings this song and also plays the guitar to this. There is alot of screaming at the beginning but, it soon dies down. I love this song and Mark has the right voice to sing this type of song. I also like it because the cast are playing the instruments. Mark (Puck) & Chord (Sam) play the guitar and Cory (Finn) plays the drums.
Total length is: 2:21
6.) I Want To Hold Your Hand (The Beatles cover):
Chris Colfer (Kurt) sings this song solo. This is a slowed down version compared to The Beatles. Chris has quite a high voice for a man and he sings this song beautifully! You know 100% he sings live as he talks to the fans saying 'Hi' and he even begins to giggle a little bit which is quite funny.
I liked the song when he preformed it on the show but, I love it when Chris sings it live!
Total length is: 3:08
7.) Ain't No Way (Aretha Franklin cover):
Amber Riley (Mercedes) sings solo. Amber has a belter of a voice and she can really sing. I don't really know what to say about this song, as Amber blew me away when she sang it. I think that's all that needs to be said!
Total length is: 3:09
8.) P.Y.T (Michael Jackson cover):
Kevin McHale (Arite) sings solo. Kevin has the perfect voice for a Michael Jackson song! You can tell he puts alot of effort into singing this song and it pays off, he does a fantastic job, even hitting the high notes!
Total length is: 2:42
9.) Born This Way (Lady Gaga cover):
Amber Riley (Mercedes), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) sing the lead with the rest of the cast minus Lea Michele singing backup.
It took me a while to like the Glee version of Born This Way but I love it now. The song has a long introduction as at the concert each cast member came on stage to show off their 'Born This Way' T-Shirt... You kind of need to watch the TV show to understand this. But that's why there is such a long introduction.
Amber, Jenna & Chris again do a great job singing the lead. As this song has a big dance routine to it aswell, I feel the whole cast do a great job singing and dancing at the same time! This is one of my favourite songs they sang live.
Total length is: 3:59
10.) Firework (Katy Perry cover):
Lea Michele (Rachel) sings solo. Firework begins straight after BTW finishes. Lea as always does a brilliant job, she belts out those long notes flawlessly. During the song you hear bangs this is because there are real fireworks going off. This doesn't affect anything and Lea's voice stays perfect even though there are fireworks going off around her!
Total length is: 2:46
11.) Teenage Dream (Katy Perry cover):
Darren Criss (Blaine) and The Warblers sing this song. If you watch the TV show you will know how The Warblers sound. They still do a cappella at the concert with Darren taking the lead singing role and the rest of the guys singing background vocals and arrangements.
I love this version and they all do a fantastic job!! Darren's voice is amazing, I wouldn't say he has the strongest voice ever but, he definitely has the strongest male voice in Glee.
Total length is: 2:31
12.) Silly Love Songs (Paul McCartney cover):
Darren Criss (Blaine) and The Warblers. Again Darren takes the lead and the rest of The Warblers sing a cappella and they do the backing vocals and arrangements. They do great with this song and even get the fans involved. There is a bit of fan singing but the fans are singing backup and Darren sings the main vocals so it fits in well and it only lasts a little while.
Total length is: 2:33
13.) Raise Your Glass (Pink cover):
Darren Criss & The Warblers. This is another favourite song of mine from the concert. Darren sings lead and The Warblers do their usual. Darren puts so much energy into singing this and he does brilliant! When he says "My glass is empty, that sucks." He sounds out of breath but, it doesn't really affect his vocals while singing. I could seriously listen to him sing this all day I love his voice!
Total length is: 2:26
14.) Happy Days Are Here Again/ Get Happy (Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand covers):
Lea Michele (Rachel) and Chris Colfer (Kurt) sing this as a duet. Both of them do so well singing this and they do it wonderfully. Their voices go together and they sound great but, for me I just don't really like this song. Nothing to do with Lea or Chris it's just not my cup of tea. Overall they do great singing it.
Total length is: 2:52
15.) Lucky (Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat cover):
Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Chord Overstreet (Sam) sing a duet. This is my favourite song.
Neither of them have the strongest voice but, both have great voices and their voices go together so well. Dianna has a sort of nasally voice, it's not overpowering by any means but you can tell it's there. I love her voice and I wish she got to sing more during the concert, I'm just glad she got to sing this song with Chord as their voices are so good together.
Total length is: 2:10
16.) River Deep Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner cover):
Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Naya Rivera (Santana) sing a duet. This is an upbeat get your groove on song. As always Amber sings brilliantly as does Naya. They both have strong voices which go together well. You can tell they put alot of energy into their singing and they do well. It's a very enjoyable song!
Total length is: 2:52
17.) Forget You (Cee Lo Green cover):
Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly) takes the lead vocals in this and the rest of the cast minus Lea Michele sing backup. I didn't know Gwyneth could sing until her appearance on Glee. She's actually a very good singer and she does a good cover of this song. Again like all the songs you can tell she is singing live and I enjoy her version of Forget You.
Total length is: 2:42
18.) Don't Rain On My Parade (Barbra Streisand cover):
Lea Michele (Rachel) sings this solo. This song definitely shows how good of a singer Lea is, very much a broadway voice! She belts those notes out flawlessly and puts so much effort into her singing.
Total length is: 2:43
19.) Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield cover)
Cory Monteith (Finn) sings solo. This is quite a short song but very enjoyable. Cory hasn't got the strongest voice ever but, he still does a fab job and this is another favourite of mine. He lowers his voice at the beginning so his voice suits the song I suppose and it sounds good.
I think if he had sang this live last year it wouldn't have been so good but, Cory's voice has improved so much and he sounds great in this song.
Total length is: 2:00
20.) Valerie (The Zutons/ Amy Winehouse cover)
Naya Rivera (Santana) sings solo. Naya has a strong, raspy voice and her voice suits this song brilliantly. She puts alot of effort into her singing and she does a great cover!
Total length is: 2:06
21.) Loser Like Me.
This is Glee's Original Song and if you haven't heard it before it can take a while to like it but, it's really good and not that cheesy. Lea Michele and Cory Monteith take the lead with the rest of the cast singing backup. It's a catchy song with a good beat your able to dance around to!
Near the end of the song the cast sing without any backing music and as this is the live version they say something along the lines of 'are you ready.. 1,2,3 go.' This is because they throw fake slushy's out to the crowd. Overall all the cast do a good job vocally and it's very enjoyable!
Total length is: 3:46
22.) Safety Dance (Men Without Hats cover)
Kevin McHale (Artie) sings solo. Kevin does such a good cover of this song! I actually prefer it when he sings it compared to the original version. He has a great voice and considering he does alot of dancing his voice stays pretty good throughout.
Total length is: 2:35
23.) Somebody To Love (Queen cover)
This is the last song on the album and the whole cast sing with Lea Michele and Cory Monteith taking lead vocals. Lea does a brilliant job singing and so does Cory.
The song is so long because it carries on until the very end of the concert so you hear the cast saying Thank You etc. It's not all singing but, the majority is. It's very enjoyable and I always find myself swaying along when I hear it.
Total length is: 4:15
Overall this is a great memory from the concert and I'm glad I brought it!
All of the songs aren't full length which is what I expected as on the TV show they don't ever sing full length covers. Even though the songs are halved they still sound great and you don't really notice parts have been missed out.
What I don't understand is why 'Don't Rain On My Parade' and 'Forget You' are on the album as they only sang DROMP at a couple of the first concerts and then stopped it. And Forget you was only done twice through out the 42 concerts.
I guess it's because this is the Movie Soundtrack and they did both of those songs at the movie recording.
Also, I don't understand why they haven't added 'Empire State Of Mind' (Jay Z version) as they sang this at every concert and the cast did a good version of this song! It's a shame it's not on there but, that's probably the only disadvantage for me.
Otherwise it's a great live album and it shows the whole cast's talents vocally!
You can buy the album from HMV, Amazon, Play.com etc for about £8.99 or you can download it from iTunes for £7.99.
Personally I would only buy the album if I went to the concert or if I just really loved Glee.
If I had never heard of Glee before and wanted to listen to their music I would buy their main albums like- Glee The Music Volume 1 etc which have the full length songs and no fan screaming.
But, for Gleeks this is a great, fun live album!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Don't Stop Believin'
2 Dog Days Are Over
4 I'm A Slave 4 U
5 Fat Bottomed Girls
6 I Want To Hold Your Hand
7 Ain't No Way
8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
9 Born This Way
11 Teenage Dream
12 Silly Love Songs
13 Raise Your Glass
14 Happy Days Are Here Again / Get Happy
16 River Deep, Mountain High
17 Forget You
18 Don't Rain On My Parade
19 Jessie's Girl
21 Loser Like Me
22 Safety Dance
23 Somebody To Love