Family Guy: Live in Vegas

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Family Guy: Live in Vegas
Soundtrack album by the cast of Family Guy
Released April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
Recorded 1999–2005
Genre Soundtrack, jazz, comedy
Length 67:53
Label Geffen
Producer Seth MacFarlane
Walter Murphy
Walter Murphy and Various Artists chronology
"The Best of Walter Murphy"
(1996)
"Family Guy: Live in Vegas"
(2005)
"Ted (film): Original Soundtrack"
(2012)

Family Guy: Live in Vegas is a soundtrack album for the American animated television series Family Guy. It was released on April 26, 2005 by Geffen Records.[1] It was composed by Walter Murphy and creator Seth MacFarlane. The album features only one song from the series, the theme song, the rest of the songs were composed exclusively for the album. It features Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone and Haylie Duff as guest stars. It includes Rat Pack and Broadway inspired songs.

The album also came with a DVD featuring the music video for Stewie's "Sexy Party" as well as "making-of" featurettes for the album and the video.

Background[edit]

Seth MacFarlane described the album as, "a blend of the rich, lush arrangements of the classic era of Rat Pack Vegas shows combined with the fart jokes of today".[2] MacFarlane co-produced the album and co-wrote several tracks. It features guest stars Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone and Haylie Duff. The album includes a cover of "The Last Time I Saw Paris" by Jerome Kern as well as a medley of theme songs from shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, Who's the Boss, Growing Pains and Charles in Charge.[2] The album is arranged and orchestrated by Walter Murphy and all songs are produced by MacFarlane and Murphy.

All the voice actors from the show appear on the album voicing their characters. The album includes a DVD with the music video of Stewie's "Sexy Party" and behind the scenes of making the album and the video.[2] The DVD also includes a trailer for American Dad! and the fourth season of Family Guy.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Fanfare & Intro"   Tom Tucker, Diane Simmons 1:11
2. "Theme from Family Guy"   Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie and Brian Griffin 7:08
3. "Babysitting is a Bum Deal"   Stewie Griffin and Haylie Duff 3:51
4. "Dear Booze"   Brian Griffin 4:43
5. "The "Q" Man Loves Nobody"   Glenn Quagmire and Patti LuPone 4:15
6. "All Cartoons Are Fuckin' Dicks"   Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian and Jason Alexander 6:59
7. "The Last Time I Saw Paris"   Brian Griffin 5:41
8. "But Then I Met You"   Peter and Lois Griffin 4:01
9. "T.V. Medley"   Brian and Stewie Griffin 9:33
10. "Puberty's Gonna Get Me"   Chris Griffin 4:29
11. "But I'm Yours"   Peter and Lois Griffin 3:56
12. "Slightly Out of Tune"   Brian Griffin 3:57
13. "One Boy"   Herbert 2:01
14. "Quahog Holiday"   Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian, Cleveland Brown, Glenn Quagmire and Adam West 5:01
15. "Bow Music (Theme from Family Guy)"   Peter, Lois, Stewie and Brian Griffin 0:46
Total length:
67:53

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
IGN (6.9/10)[5]
SoundtrackNet 3.5/5 stars[6]

The album received positive reviews from music sources and critics. Rob Theakston of Allmusic said that "[Family Guy is] back and raunchier than ever, sparing no expense and leaving no pop culture stone unturned" and "without the constraints of network censors, the profanity and heat are turned up to the max". He called the Broadway-inspired music "brilliant yet jarring juxtaposition of raunch and class". The DVD was called a "must-have for any fan of the show".[4] Tina Huang of SoundtrackNet said that the album "wonderfully merges the flair of big-band orchestras, with simulated, on-stage, Rat Pack-like performances, a chorus, and convincing live audience" and called it "mainly for fans; it can't be argued that the music is no less than impressive, but the messages may offend".[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[7] 105
U.S. Billboard Top Comedy Albums[7] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family Guy Live in Vegas [Soundtrack] Family Guy Live in Las Vegas (Artist) | Format: Audio CD". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Music and cartoon mayhem comes to CD". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  3. ^ Sung, Mark (2005-04-17). "Live in Vegas Soundtrack Details". M&C. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  4. ^ a b Theakston, Rob. "Family Guy: Live in Vegas". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ D, Spence (2005-04-28). "Family Guy: Live in Vegas Review". IGN. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  6. ^ a b Huang, Tina (2005-10-01). "Family Guy: Live in Vegas Soundtrack". SoundtrackNet. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  7. ^ a b "Family Guy Live in Las Vegas (CD & DVD)". Billboard.com.