Glee Sings the Beatles

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Glee Sings the Beatles
Glee Sings the Beatles by Glee Cast.jpg
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Recorded2013
Genre
LabelColumbia / 20th Century Fox TV
ProducerDante Di Loreto (exec.), Brad Falchuk (exec.), Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Ryan Gillmor, Ryan Murphy
Glee Cast chronology
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3
(2012)
Glee Sings the Beatles
(2013)
The Quarterback (Music From the TV Series)
(2013)

Glee Sings the Beatles is the fifteenth soundtrack album by the cast of the American musical television show Glee. It was made available for pre-order on iTunes on September 10, 2013 with the expected to be released date on September 24, 2013, two days before the fifth season premiere.[1] The album features fourteen songs recorded for the first two episodes of the season: "Love Love Love" and "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds".[2]

Background[edit]

This is not the first time the cast of Glee pays tribute to famous artists. Recurring guest star Demi Lovato is also featured in one of the tracks of the album. Back on August 3, 2010, Paul McCartney, reportedly a fan of the show, sent a mixtape featuring his music to Glee creator Ryan Murphy in an attempt to convince Murphy to include some of the songs in the upcoming season. "I received some fantastic mixtapes from Paul McCartney a couple of weeks ago. I thought I was being punked!" Murphy said at 2010's Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles.[3] However, The Beatles' tribute episode was never planned to be aired on season two, three or four of the show.

The two-part premiere episodes of the tribute featured glee club director Will Schuester, portrayed by actor Matthew Morrison, assigning the students in the club to sing songs by the early Beatles (on "Love Love Love") and by the late Beatles (on "Tina in the Sky with Diamonds").

Glee has covered Beatles' songs before like "Hello Goodbye", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Blackbird" and "In My Life".[4] However, these songs were not part of this album.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[5]
PopCrush3.5/5 stars[6]

The album has received generally positive reviews from professional critics. Heather Phares of Allmusic wrote: "The July 2013 death of Cory Monteith, cast a pall on the beginning of Glee's fifth season," adding that two of the album's songs, "Yesterday" and "Let It Be (song)" were "bookended versions of the Fab Four's cheerier fare with subdued renditions of two of the band's most poignant songs". Phares also commented positively on how "[the album] could have left the cast's women stuck on the sidelines as screaming Beatlemaniacs, [but instead] it had the ladies front and center [on songs] like the sweet rendition of "Here Comes the Sun" and the playful take on "A Hard Day's Night". In other words the Allmusic review calls the album as "a promising start to season five's music".[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 38 on the US Billboard 200.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lennon–McCartney, except tracks 10 & 11, which were written by George Harrison.

No.TitleLength
1."Yesterday"2:33
2."Drive My Car"2:32
3."Got to Get You into My Life"2:29
4."You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"2:43
5."Help"2:18
6."A Hard Day's Night"2:27
7."I Saw Her Standing There"2:40
8."All You Need Is Love"3:16
9."Get Back"2:26
10."Here Comes the Sun" (featuring Demi Lovato)3:00
11."Something"3:01
12."Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"1:54
13."Hey Jude"4:51
14."Let It Be"4:03
Total length:40:13

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