A few weeks ago, Fox released Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers (Deluxe). My first question with that release was if Fox had spoiled the end of the season by releasing tracks that would appear in the finale. Luckily, that wasn't the case because Fox held off and saved the songs featured in the finale for its own release. Glee: The Music - Journey to Sectionals features (perhaps) all of the musical numbers featured in the season 1 finale. If you want to be surprised, buy the music but don't listen to it until after you've seen the episode. Some of the tracks may either leave your mind racing as you're bound to read into the lyrics and song choices to figure out where the tracks will fit into the finale. Or, you may not want to listen to the music simply because the finale is going to be the biggest musical moment (plot wise) of the second half of the season and hearing the music will make what you're going to watch on television a tad bit less exciting.
The Good: Listening to the music definitely gives the first season a "full circle" feel. The show started, and caught the attention of many, with the cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'". Now, the first season is ending with an ode and love fest to Journey by covering a few songs from Journey's catalog. You should know that the finale's titled 'Journey' so in a way, this feels like the producers thanking Journey for catapulting the show and its stars into its fame by covering more of the group's songs. The opening track, "Faithfully" is definitely catchy and a duet between Lea Michelle and Corey Monteith. From there we have a mash-up of "Any Way You Want It" and "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" and though I have to admit I haven't been a big fan or long-time listener of Journey, the two tracks work well together to the point where you can hardly tell it's a combination of two different tracks. Then there's a new version of "Don't Stop Believin'" that definitely feels finale worthy as it was the first big song from the show's first episode and with this regional version we get to hear more of the cast be included and get solo moments in the song. Also included is "Bohemina Rhapsody" which (in my opinion) sounds pretty close to the original and isn't as thrilling, an acoustic/laid back version of "Over the Rainbow" and the most left-field track, a cover of Lulu's "To Sir, With Love". In all, while heavy on Journey songs, there are some tracks from other artists featured.
The Bad: There isn't much to complain about considering this review is coming before having seen the finale. I hope, unlike the past releases, this one includes all of the music from the final episode and there isn't one or two tracks reserved for digital-only release. If I do have a complaint, it was noted that there were more than a few tracks left off the third volume that (for now) have only been released digitally. Since this only have 6 tracks, it'd been nice if some of those unreleased tracks from this season had been included so that fans could have had more of the music from the first season on actual CD. But, for the Amazon.com price of $4.99, I'm glad the songs from the final episode did get released, period, and weren't saved for some future release or box set.
In all, it's a fun release but I feel like it's mainly for the hardcore "Glee" fans or those really into Journey. For me, there wasn't much variety and a six-track release felt like a ploy to make money. Why not hold back the last volume of music, released a few weeks ago, to coincide with the finale and release vol. 3 as an expanded two disc with the finale songs and the songs that were left off? Anyways, the only track that really made me cringe and feel was nothing more than well-performed karaoke was "Bohemian Rhapsody", but the safe cover of the track may actually play into the events of the episode.
Listen to These: "Anyway You Want It / Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'", "Faithfully", "To Sir, With Love"
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The Season One finale of GLEE wrapped the show off in style and all of the musical numbers from that episode are found here on this cd, GLEE: THE MUSIC, JOURNEY TO REGIONALS. This is the second complete episode album from GLEE that has been released (the first being the one from the "Power of Madonna" episode).. There are only six songs on the album. Of these, four I really enjoyed, one I thought was so-so, and one I really didn't enjoy. The song I didn't enjoy that much was … more
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Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, is the highly anticipated soundtrack from the June 8 Season One Finale of FOX's hit TV show. Featuring all six songs from the episode - "Faithfully"; "Anyway You Want It"/"Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"; "Don’t Stop Believin'" (Regionals version); "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "To Sir, With Love"; & "Over The Rainbow" -Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionalsis a must have for all Gleeks. Order your copy today!