Limited deluxe edition pressing of this 2010 release features six additional tracks. The hit series rounds out the final nine episodes from Season One on Fox with more new music and more antics from McKinley High's Glee Club. The show boasts winning ratings, critical acclaim, a rabid fan base, two certified Gold albums and more than five million digital single downloads. Glee swept the early 2010 award season with a Golden Globe for Best Television Series: Musical or Comedy, a Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Comedy. 20 tracks.
Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (del
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May 18, 2010
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Gives You Hell
A House Is Not A Home
One Less Bell To Answer / A House Is Not A Home
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Lady Is A Tramp
I Dreamed a Dream
Give Up the Funk
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Review of 'Volume 3, Showstoppers'May 18, 2010
By Antoine D. Reid
The third volume of music from 'Glee' features some of the best numbers from the first season of the show. While the first two volumes' music ranged from just 'all right' to 'good', I feel there are definitely stronger, better performances on this deluxe edition of the third volume. As with the other releases from 'Glee', there are still some missing numbers but in all, the 19 tracks included in the deluxe edition are pretty good and there are only a few tracks that I'd skip or would have left off.
The Good: What I like about this volume is that there are tracks and performances included from more of the cast. The first two releases felt like nothing more than a promotional vehicle for Lea Michele and her Rachel character. With this release, there are definitely tracks that show off more of the cast. You have Amber Riley's stand-out moment this year (both in song and in terms of acting) with her cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful"; Mark Salling taking on "Lady Is A Tramp"; Chris Colfer with "A House Is Not a Home" and "Rose's Turn". You also have some of the second half of the season's guest stars' performances including Kristin Chenoweth's awesome take on "Home" from 'The Wiz'; Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) and Olivia Newton-John's re-interpretation of "Physical"; Idina Menzel with 'I Dreamed A Dream'. There are also some great cast/group numbers including the Glee-take on Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance", U2's "One" and Bonnie Taylor's '80s hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart". My overall complaint with the past two volumes is that there wasn't enough variety and too many numbers seemed to feature Lea Michele while the other cast membership were reduced to back-up. This volume represents a shift in the series' second volume (or second part of the first season) by having more of the cast step-up with numbers. With new voices, sounds and styles, I have to say this is by far the superior of the volumes of music released so-far from the show. Some may also complain that this release is missing the songs from the big Madonna episode but all of those songs were released already on CD so I figure the producers chose not to repeat themselves by adding any of those tracks (even if they would qualify as 'showstoppers').
In all, a pretty solid release with minor flaws. I'm glad there was a deluxe version released with more tracks rather than having just one standard edition as with the past two volumes with only a handful tracks. I felt a lot of these tracks were better produced and performed than the first two volumes of music that felt a bit too close to karaoke (but good karaoke). If you're a fan of the show and haven't been purchasing the tracks each week as they've been released digitally, this is definitely for you.
The Bad: This being a deluxe edition of volume 3, I was hoping there would be fewer numbers left off. However, it seems the powers-that-be still chose to overlook some of the better performances in an effort to either mix it up or save on royalties (who knows). Some numbers I wish had made it onto the actual CD were "Fire" performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison, "Ice Ice Baby" or "U Can't Touch This" (only one of these 'bad' numbers seemed necessary but neither are included), "The Boy Is Mine" and "Jessie's Girls". Considering this is coming out before the show even wraps the season, I'm sure there will be other minor numbers that come with the last few episodes that get released digitally but don't make it onto this release. Another complaint I have is the timing of the release. Would it have been hard to hold off a week or two in releasing this? The best part of 'Glee' is in fact the music and never knowing until the day of the show what numbers and songs are going to end up on the show. Yet, here we are 'spoiled' by having 8 tracks that have yet to appear on the show on this release, including (for the most part) what order they'll appear in the season. If the last two tracks end up being the big numbers in the final episode, that's going to take away a bit from the surprise or enjoyment of the finale because we'd have been exposed to the music for more than a few weeks. Sure, 'Glee' is as much about the performance than it is the songs but in some cases, one ends up being better than the other.
Listen To These: "Loser", "One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not a Home", "Physical", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Safety Dance", "Bad Romance"
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More fantastic Glee music for fansJun 28, 2010
By Kate McMurry I'm a huge fan of Glee, but before I listened to this CD, I worried that the songs wouldn't be as much fun separated from powerful live performances. Not so. They stand terrifically on their own. However, the CD doesn't include much information about the songs the Glee cast covers. Curiosity led me to search out as much as I could about them, and here is what I learned for anyone who is interested:
Track 1: Hello, Goodbye. A duet by Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) with the Glee cast. This is a Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released in 1967 on the album "Magical Mystery Tour." I love this song, and Lea and Cory did an excellent rendition.
Track 2: Gives You Hell. A Lea/Rachel solo with the Glee cast. This is a Top 10 song from the All-American Rejects, written by Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler, from the 2008 album "When the World Comes Down." This style isn't Lea's strength, but she does a very good job with it.
Track 3: Hello. A duet by Lea/Rachel and Jonathan Groff (Jesse St. James) with the Glee cast. This song is part of Lionel Richie's 1984 multi-platinum album "Can't Slow Down." Jonathan, a Broadway star like Lea, has a gorgeous baritone voice and the blend of his voice with Lea's is breathtaking.
Track 4: A House Is Not A Home. A duet by Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) and Cory/Finn, with an impressive display of Kurt's amazing falsetto. Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this song, and Dionne Warwick first recorded it in 1964.
Track 5: One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not A Home. A duet by the incredibly talented Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes) and the wonderful Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester). Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote "One Less Bell to Answer" in 1967 for Keely Smith. In 1970 The 5th Dimension included it in their debut album, Portrait, and it was a major hit. Kristin offers, as always, a spectacular performance. Her voice literally gives me chills.
Track 6: Beautiful. A solo by Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones) with the Glee cast. Amber normally belts out her songs, but she performs this song about loving oneself with a gentle touch that is both a surprising change and very moving. Beautiful was written and produced by Linda Perry and recorded by Christina Aguilera for her second studio album "Stripped" in 2002. She won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2004 for this song, and it was ranked 52 on Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of the decade. That's a lot to take on, but Amber is more than up to the task.
Track 7: Home. A solo by Kristin Chenoweth. This song is the closing number from the 1975, Tony-winning musical, "The Wiz," and as a Broadway star, Chenoweth treats us with another stellar musical experience. In a Glee season of top performances, I think this has to be among the top three.
Track 8: Physical. Olivia Newton-John, with humorous assistance by Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester). On the episode "Bad Reputation," Olivia, together with Jane, performs in a hilarious remake of her world-famous video of the biggest hit song of her career from 1981. Seen visually, it's a total romp, and this is a very cute track.
Track 9: Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Lea/Rachel and Jonathan/Jesse perform an intense duet of Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler's huge hit from 1983, "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song was written and produced by Jim Steinman for her fifth studio album, "Faster Than the Speed of Night," and sold six million copies worldwide.
Track 10: The Lady Is A Tramp. Amber/Mercedes and Puck (Mark Salling) in a fabulous, jazzy duet. This is a show tune from the 1937 Broadway musical "Babes in Arms" by Rodgers and Hart. Multiple stars have recorded it, including Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, and Sammy Davis Jr.
Track 11: One. A duet with Lea/Rachel and Corey/Finn. (One source claims the male singer is Zack Weinstein, the actor who plays quadriplegic Sean Fretthold in the episode this is from, "Laryngitis," but, if so, his voice is identical to Finn's.) "One" is from the 1991 album "Achtung Baby" by the Irish rock band U2, lyrics by lead singer Bono. Not only one of U2's greatest hits, it's considered one of the greatest songs of all time. It's been covered by Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Mary J. Blige, R.E.M., Gregorian, Warren Haynes, Shinedown, and Pearl Jam.
Track 12. Rose's Turn. Solo by Chris/Kurt. This is a marvelous, gender-bending switch on a song usually sung by a middle-aged woman in the hit Broadway musical, "Gypsy," from 1959. Chris does a super job with it.
Track 13. Dream On. Neil Patrick Harris (Bryan Ryan, a school board member who was a glee-club rival of Will's when they were in high school) pairs up with Matthew/Will for a dueling delivery of Aerosmith's 1973 hit. Harris's baritone blends well with Matthew's tenor in this high-energy number.
Track 14. Safety Dance. Solo by Artie (Kevin McHale). This is an early 80's Top 10 hit from the Canadian New Wave group, Men Without Hats. It's bouncy and sheer fun, and Kevin's wonderful voice is a pleasure to hear.
Track 16. Loser. A duet by Cory/Finn and Mark/Puck. This is a really interesting, quirky performance with a combination of rap and singing. Loser is a 1994 hit by alternative rocker Beck.
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The short version of Volume 3 loses some of the better songs; this version more kid friendly than Deluxe versionMay 25, 2010
By David Pearlman
This is the abridged version of the Glee Music soundtrack Volume 3, and contains 14 songs, versus the 20 songs on the "Deluxe" version. What you lose here are the following songs: The "Kurt" version of "A House is Not a Home", Kristin Chenoweth's "Home", Kurt's "Rose's Turn", the Beck and Kiss covers "Loser" and "Beth", respectively, and the ballad duet version of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". Of these omissions, "Home" and "Poker Face" are major losses. The Kurt songs are good, but secondary, and the Beck and Kiss covers are redundant relative to the originals.
As with the previous CD volumes drawn from Glee, this one is a mixed bag. Some of the songs work great with the visuals, but are dull or irrelevant as a listening-only experience. The songs that work best are those that add something substantial to the well known hit version, either in terms of arrangement or vocal.
The best songs here are Hello, Goodbye (a nice vocal arrangement), Hello (a beautiful duet), the One less Bell to Answer/A House is Not a Home medley (terrifically sung by Broadway vet Kristin Chenoweth), and One (in a full cast arrangement that truly elevates this U2 song to another level).
The worst songs are Physical (a lousy techno-inspired voicebox heavy remake of the Olivia Newton John hit) and the pointless Safety Dance, which loses all the charm of the '80s hit.
The rest of the songs are fine, but mostly too close to the originals to be very interesting.
Again, as with previous volumes, auto-tuning runs rampant on many of these songs.
Outside of the 6 songs omitted relative to the "Deluxe" version, there are also seven songs that appeared in the show during the period covered by this CD that don't appear on CD at this time: Fire (Pointer Sisters), Highway to Hell (AC/DC), Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice), Jessie's Girl (Rick Springfield), Run Joey Run (David Geddes), The Boy is Mine (Brandy & Monica) and U Can't Touch This (MC Hammer). (Original artists shown in parentheses). Of these, the most interesting is Run Joey Run, a well sung cover of a hammy one-shot from the late '70s--this one should have been included on the CD. For most of the others the Glee rendition is not different enough from the original.
One last comment: For a show promoted as "family viewing", the subject material of certain songs from the show will present problems to some parents. However, the two songs in question do not appear on this short 14 song version, only on the "Deluxe" 20 song edition. Specifically, the lyrics to "Poker Face" are quite racy, and unlike the case for the highly produced Lady Gaga original, here there's no ignoring them. Some might also find Beck's "Loser" somewhat problematic. It is doubtful adults will be bothered, but since this show has a substantial younger audience, this is worthy of note...
On the whole, Glee fans will enjoy this CD, but I suspect almost everyone will wind up hitting the skip button to focus on their favorites.
Parents who are worried about adult content offending their kid's ears would be best served by sticking to this shorter 14 song edition, which omits the two songs with the most blatantly adult lyrics.
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With this self titled album of Showstoppers, Glee pulls off a Three-peat! (Since the Madonna EP didn't count as a full album.)May 03, 2011
By R. A. McDowell
Glee continues on with their roll of hit after hit with every single song, and it's a roll of luck that really has NOTHING to do with actual luck. It's just sheer, unadulterated talent by the people producing and singing and performing these hits. For the first time, I think the show's plots and power might have overshadowed the music, but not by much. However, for the sake of this album, it really is all about the music. So without further ado, my two cents about Glee: The Music, Volume 3 - Showstoppers...
1). A+ - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Cory Monteith (Finn), and Glee Cast - Hello, Goodbye - A perfect way to start of the album. This is another of those songs which FAR surpasses the original for me. I literally never cared for the original version AT ALL. But the powerhouse voices and talent of the Glee-vas and Cory Monteith, combined with an admittably infectious beat, just wins me over. Amber Riley's belt is loud enough to stun anything with ears.
2). B+ - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) - Gives You Hell - Not my favorite song, by a LOT. But Lea Michele can sing anything and sound good.
3). A- - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Jonathan Groff (Jesse) - Hello - Such a subtle and beautifully understated duet. These two are best friends in real life, and their vocal chemistry really sizzles. Groff may not be straight in real life, but he and Lea definitely had chemistry as Rachel and Jesse. This duet started all of that.
4). A- - Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Cory Monteith (Finn) - A House Is Not A Home - Chris Colfer started a winning streak early on, where he just knocked one Broadway number after another right out of the park. This BEAUTIFULLY arranged and performed number is no exception.
5). A- - Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes) and Matthew Morrison (Mr. Shue) - One Less Bell To Answer and A House Is Not A Home (Mash-Up) - The powerhouse Diva Kristin Chenoweth returns as fan favorite April Rhodes, and this duet, while not as powerful as Colfer's version, remains one of The Chenoweth's best performances on Glee.
6). A+ - Amber Riley (Mercedes) - Beautiful - I LOVE me some Christina Aguilera. (Yes, even now after the Anthem botch, haters. LOL) But I think Amber Riley, and the pure raw power, the connection she evokes with the lyrics, OWNS this song. 5 stars across the board.
7). A+ - Kristin Chenoweth (April Rhodes) and Glee Cast - Home - The Chenoweth performs this with such unbelievable power that it is one of my favorite songs of the entire series. The Glee cast backs her up wonderfully, and she finishes on SUCH a Chenoweth note... *shivers* Goosebumps just thinking about it. 5 stars, and then some.
8). A - Olivia Newton John and Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) - This song was a delightful treat to see and hear. I've always loved Olivia Newton John, but her tongue in cheek snarky version of herself is just hilarious. She and Jane Lynch provide a fantastic update of a classis song.
9). A+ - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn), Jonathan Groff (Jesse), Mark Salling (Puck) - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - I was immediately ticked off that this song was on the show's list of 'cheesy' songs that were underrated. WHAT?! LOL I used to love this song dammit. Still do. Original version, Glee Version, either way. But Lea really KILLS this song. Her soaring vocals make this song almost operatic. Perfect fit for what was going on during the show.
10). A- - Mark Salling (Puck) and Amber Riley (Mercedes) - Lady Is A Tramp - Mark Salling doesn't often get a chance to shine, but when he does, boy he makes up for lost time. He gives an amazing performance, and Amber Riley slays another ending with her powerhouse vocals.
11). A- - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), and Glee Cast - One - This, in my humble opinion, is the second best version of this song ever done. I mean, no disrespect at all to U2. I just loved this version more. It's just a hair less brilliant than Adam Lambert's version, but it's still pretty darn brilliant. And I defy anyone to not cry during the performance on the show.
12). B+ - Chris Colfer (Kurt) - Rose's Turn - This song has never been one of my favorites. If Bette Midler's version couldn't make me love it, then it was hopeless. LOL But MAN Chris Colfer sings the HELL out of this song. Amazing, regardless of how I feel about the song personally.
13). A- - Matthew Morrison (Mr. Shue) and Neil Patrick Harris (Bryan Ryan) - Dream On - I knew that NPH could sing, but this... WOW. Their duet is epic, as is NPH's high note at the end of this song. LOL
14). A - Kevin McHale (Artie) - Safety Dance - This is Kevin McHale's show stopping number for the entire series. He's done many performances in many different songs, but has only had a few solos. I felt this was his best solo performance, and that the dream sequence on the show was some pretty spectacular dancing. Then again, he was in the boy band NLT, so he had plenty of practice with both singing AND dancing. LOL
15). A+ - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Idina Menzel (Shelby) - I Dreamed A Dream - This was the song that Glee HAD to sing in the post Susan Boyle world (I Dreamed A Dream), and it was the duet that HAD to happen once Idina Menzel got cast opposite Lea on Glee. (MINOR SPOILER!!!) I mean, let's face it. People were making the 'Lea looks like Idina' connection from the start. So it was brilliant of Glee to work Idina in as Rachel's mom. All of us fan boys wanted to see them do Defying Gravity together... But hey, we can still dream... LOL And on that note, they did an AMAZING job on I Dreamed A Dream.
16). B- - Cory Monteith (Finn) and Mark Salling (Puck) - Loser - As good as Mark and Cory sing, it was almost not enough to save this song. LOL I mean, it's not their fault that I've always hated this song. Certainly better than I've ever heard it sound.
17). A- - Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), and Glee Cast - Give Up The Funk - This song is just pure R&B, Soul/Funk mastery. It starts slow, but sounds enough like the original to keep people in place. And then Amber TEARS the ending of this song to PIECES. AMAZING vocal runs that lift a middling tempo song into a dance explosion. If I was in Vocal Adrenaline, I'd be scared too. LOL
18). A- - Mark Salling (Puck) and Cory Monteith (Finn) - Beth - This may be Mark Salling's best ballad on the series to date. Cory has a great, albeit brief, part. But it's really Mark who carries the whole thing with a brilliantly toned down performance.
19). A - Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) and Idina Menzel (Shelby) - Poker Face - A delicious and heart wrenching rendition of Poker Face. The arrangement is masterful, and these ladies (Two of Broadway's VERY best, I might add.) SIZZLE as mother and daughter.
20). A+ - Amber Riley (Mercedes), Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Naya Rivera (Santana), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Dianna Agron (Quinn) - Bad Romance - Until Born This Way came along for Glee to do, this was the best of their GaGa numbers. The girls (And Kurt. LOL), sing their butts off in this song. Plus, any song with Naya Rivera is just BETTER.
So there you have it folks, my two cents worth of humble opinion. If you've just stumbled across Glee, maybe heard one of their songs for the first time, and you're here trying to decide whether or not to buy the album... Trust me, get this, and the other albums too. (Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Glee: The Music, Volume 2 Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna) There is something here for EVERYONE, but if you love this style of music, then this is an absolute must have. This album is easily a 5 star rating, despite the fact that it has a few songs I'm not super fond of. Nonetheless, when the A+ songs DO show up, they dominate. So give them a try, and I don't believe you'll be disappointed. Thanks so much for your time folks. Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
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Glee: The Music, Volume 3Oct 14, 2011
By Very Satisified Glee, Glee, Glee, oh how I love the music from Glee. I am 70 years of age and have enjoyed the series as well as the music. Music is up beat and a real toe tapper. It makes me want to get up and dance!!!
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