Thursday, April 10, 2014

Surprise the Gleek in Your Life This Easter with the Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes CD (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes Available March 25

"Since its debut in 2009, Fox's Glee has become an unstoppable cultural phenomenon that has redefined both the music and television landscape with its unique style, incredible cast and innovative approach to pop music.  Now in its 5th season, the series recently experienced its biggest moment yet: its 100th episode.  Join the Glee cast in celebrating this incredible milestone with the release of Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes, available exclusively at Target starting on March 25. The commemorative album features 13 new recordings from the 100th episodes, such as Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," Pharrell's "Happy" and Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time" (see below for full track listing). Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes will also include brand new versions of Glee favorites from the original cast members such as Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," Pink's "Raise Your Glass" and Glee cast original song "Loser Like Me." The 100th episode will aired on Tuesday, March 18 at 8PM ET/PT on FOX, with the second part airing the following week to coincide with album release."
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Are you a Glee fan?  I am not ashamed to admit it but I am a Gleek.  From the first episode, I have been hooked.  And, there were times I wish not only could I sing like these characters, but that my school had a Glee club but when I was in high school, as I would have definitely signed up.

The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series) - EP, Glee Cast

But, after last year's passing of Corey Monteith, who played the beloved football star of the show, and the one you never would have expected to join, let alone thrive in a Glee club.  Since his passing, each and every time I watch the show, I can't help but think about this particular episode would have been different if he was still alive.  Fans of the show always held out hope for Finn and Rachel to get back to together and live happier ever after. Now, however, this ending will never come.  Instead, the cast has moved on and so must we as viewers hoping for our happy ever after ending, when this shows comes to an end next season.

Have you seen the recent episodes, where Kurt, Blaine, Artie, Mercedes, Rachel, Santana and Sam are all living in NY.  While I like the new grown up feel of the show, I still miss Mr. Shue and the safe Glee room with all the kids gathering together to sing, that we have come to know and love about the show.  Maybe over the course of the remaining season and the last one next year, I will grow to love this newer feel for the show.  Not sure right now about all the backup dancers, though.  How about you?

I do have to say that my favorite episode this season on Glee was the recent 100th episode, which saw some of the old cast members returning for a reunion of sorts, as they bid a final farewell to the Glee Club once and for.  And, like many other episodes, the 13 tracks that were sung on this episode made there way to iTunes and for purchase on a CD in stores.  

Included on this new "The Music Glee: Celebrating 100 Episodes" CD, are favorites from the original cast sung again with the newer cast, as well as the old who have assumed Finn's lead in such hits as "Keep Holding On" and "Don't Stop Believin". Out of all the 15 tracks, I have to say my surprise favorite was "Just Give Me a Reason" sung by Puck and Quinn, when they made the announcement to their friends in Glee club that they were giving their relationship another chance.  I love Pink and this song, and have to give praise to Dianna Agron and Mark Salling who play Quinn and Puck, as they hit this one out of the park and made it a memorable track that you will find yourself listening to over and over again.

I could go on and on about how much I love this new Glee CD, but I will end here and remind you that you still have time to purchase this CD online at Amazon or at your favorite local retailer, as well as download the digital tracks at iTunes.  This CD would surely make any Glee fan smile on Easter morning when they see it in their Easter Basket.  :-)

Here are the tracks you will find on this 100th episode CD release:

Glee: The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes Track-list 
1 Keep Holding On* -featuring Mark Salling (Puck)
2 Valerie* -featuring Naya Rivera (Santana) and Heather Morris (Brittany)
3 Defying Gravity*-featuring Lea Michele (Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Amber Riley (Mercedes)
4 Raise Your Glass* -featuring Matthew Morrison (Will) and Kristin Chenoweth (April)
5 Toxic*-featuring Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany) and Dianna Agron (Quinn)
6 Happy -featuring Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly), Kristin Chenoweth (April), Matthew Morrison (Will), Darren Criss (Blaine) and Amber Riley (Mercedes)
7 Party All the Time -featuring Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly)
8 Total Eclipse of the Heart*-featuring Matthew Morrison (Will) and Kristin Chenoweth (April)
9 Loser Like Me*-featuring Darren Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
10 Be Okay -featuring Lea Michele (Rachel) and Naya Rivera (Santana)
11 I Am Changing -featuring Amber Riley (Mercedes) and Chris Colfer (Kurt)
12 Just Give Me a Reason -featuring Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Mark Salling (Puck)
13 Don’t Stop Believin’* -featuring Lea Michele (Rachel), Darren Criss (Blaine), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Matthew Morrison (Will), Kevin McHale (Artie) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)


Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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