Family Guy: Live in Vegas

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Family Guy: Live in Vegas
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Soundtrack album by
Walter Murphy and His Orchestra
ReleasedApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
Recorded1999–2005
GenreJazz
Length67:53
LabelGeffen
ProducerSeth MacFarlane
Walter Murphy
Walter Murphy chronology
Themes from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and More
(1982)
Family Guy: Live in Vegas
(2005)
Ted: 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 vocals from Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mike Henry, Mila Kunis, Adam West and Lori Alan, as well as 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 1980s 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.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Fanfare & Intro"Tom Tucker, Diane Simmons1:11
2."Theme from Family Guy"Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie and Brian Griffin7:08
3."Babysitting is a Bum Deal"Stewie Griffin and Haylie Duff3:51
4."Dear Booze"Brian Griffin4:43
5."The "Q" Man Loves Nobody (A remake of "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You, When you Know I've Been a Liar All My Life?")"Glenn Quagmire and Patti LuPone4:15
6."All Cartoons Are Fuckin' Dicks"Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian and Jason Alexander6:59
7."The Last Time I Saw Paris"Brian Griffin5:41
8."But Then I Met You"Peter and Lois Griffin4:01
9."T.V. Medley"Brian and Stewie Griffin9:33
10."Puberty's Gonna Get Me"Chris Griffin4:29
11."But I'm Yours"Peter and Lois Griffin3:56
12."Slightly Out of Tune"Brian Griffin3:57
13."One Boy"Herbert2:01
14."Quahog Holiday"Peter, Lois, Meg, Chris, Stewie, Brian, Cleveland Brown, Glenn Quagmire and Adam West5:01
15."Bow Music (Theme from Family Guy)"Peter, Lois, Stewie and Brian Griffin0:46
Total length:67:53

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
IGN(6.9/10)[5]
Soundtrack.Net3.5/5 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 Soundtrack.Net 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

See also[edit]

Family Guy television set.svg Family Guy portal

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. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2009-12-10.
  3. ^ Sung, Mark (2005-04-17). "Live in Vegas Soundtrack Details". M&C. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. 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. Archived from the original on 2005-04-29. 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.