I really enjoyed GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 1. It had some great numbers on it and though it seemed more focused on a few of the cast members, the tunes were great. There were a few songs that weren't included, but plans were announced for another album so one could assumed that some of the missing songs would be included on that album. Except when GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 2 rolled out those songs weren't included. That album isn't as strong or as powerful as Vol. 1 and there were a greater number of songs not included than had been left out of Vol. 1. Now we have GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 3 SHOWSTOPPERS (DELUXE). This Deluxe version of the album includes 6 songs not found on the regular version of the album. Yet, even with those extra tunes and even including the special Madonna and Regional episodes cds, there will be about a dozen songs from this run of the series that aren't available on cd and some of those are bigger "showstoppers" than some of the tunes included here. For instance, though the original isn't much, "Run Joey Run" as sung on the show is a great and one that was definitely a showstopper (the song itself ended up being a major plot device) and "Jessie's Girl" was the best song by far in the episode about finding a song about yourself.
Yet, the album isn't terrible. The amazing duet of "Dream On" sung by Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Morrison is included here, as well as two songs sung by Kristin Chenoweth, the "Physical" duet with Olivia Newton-John and Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer singing "Rose's Turn" (but more like "Curt's Turn"), and the two duets with Idina Menzel and Lea Michele. These are all interesting and impressive numbers from the show. Yet, like the episodes in the show itself during this second half of the season, the rest of the songs included are okay, but not really memorable.
GLEE: THE MUSIC, VOL. 3, SHOWSTOPPERS (DELUXE) is an album that Glee fans and Gleeks will want to own, but only about half of the music has any appeal for anyone not a fan of the show. The album could have had a much larger appeal had some of the other tunes, particularly "Run Joey Run" and "Fire" by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison (more songs by Chenoweth makes any album better) had been included, but as it stands GLEE, THE MUSIC VOL. 3 isn't terrible, but not great either.
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.   … more
Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers features 20 brand new songs from the hit TV show. The deluxe version features fan favorites like "Gives You Hell," "Beautiful," "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and "Bad Romance," plus 6 exclusive deluxe edition tracks like "House is Not a Home," "Home," "Rose's Turn," "Beth," "Loser," and "Poker Face."