The EP was released on June 8, 2010. This is the first time a rival glee club team has had a song released physically, and the past ones have only been available as a digital download. It was produced by Adam Anders, Peer Åström, and Ryan Murphy, with Dante DiLoreto and Brad Falchuk as the Executive Producer.
The Regionals version of Don't Stop Believin' earned a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the ceremonies in 2011. Following this nomination, the song was included on the compilation album 2011 Grammy Nominees.
All the songs on the EP were also made available as singles, with Over the Rainbow charting the highest of the tracks in several countries including the US and Canada.
The Denver Post's Ricardo Baca enjoyed the familiar nature of the songs on the EP, and liked Faithfully best of the Journey covers. He felt, however, that the music of Don't Stop Believin' outshone the vocals of the cast.
Andrew Leahey of allmusic gave the album a rating of two-and-a-half stars out of five. A writer for Reuters called the Journey Medley "heartfelt and uplifting" and Jessica Derschowitz of CBS News found it "fantastic." Gerrick Kennedy also enjoyed it, highlighting its emotional nature and complimenting the entire cast's vocals. IGN's Eric Goldman thought the reprise of "Don't Stop Believin'" worked well, and liked not only the connection to the Pilot, but also its musical rearrangment.
Bobby Hankinson of The Houston Chronicle enjoyed "Don't Stop Believin'" best of the performances but Vanity Fair's Brett Berk deemed it unnecessary in the medley, and felt the cast would have done better to showcase more of Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'. Berk enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody best, giving it a rating of four stars out of a possible five, though he thought it was too predictable a song choice.
Time's James Poniewozik opined the song was one of Glee's best, but was contemplative of which choir's performance was the better. Berk felt the lyrical context of "To Sir, with Love" was trite and Hankinson was impressed by the song, calling it "sweet." "Over the Rainbow" was called "lovely" by the former and Derschowitz decided it was a "perfect" closing song.
Former Journey frontman Steve Perry gave an interview to American magazine RadarOnline, as co-writer of several Journey tracks, and praised the use of his songs on the show: "Glee has opened up a international [sic] catalog of songwriting and introduced those songs to a whole new generation that would have otherwise never heard them."
|Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals|
|1.||"Faithfully" (Performed by Cory Monteith and Lea Michele)||Jonathan Cain||Journey||4:33|
|2.||"Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" (Performed by Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, and Mark Salling)||Steve Perry, Neal Schon/Steve Perry||Journey||3:07|
|3.||"Don't Stop Believin'" (Performed by Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Mark Salling, and Naya Rivera)||Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal Schon||Journey||3:41|
|4.||"Bohemian Rhapsody" (Performed by Jonathan Groff)||Freddie Mercury||Queen||5:56|
|5.||"To Sir, with Love" (Performed by Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, and Naya Rivera)||Don Black, Mark London||Lulu||2:41|
|6.||"Over the Rainbow" (Performed by Mark Salling and Matthew Morrison)||Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg||Judy Garland||2:31|
|Canadian Albums Chart||1|
|Irish Albums Chart||1|
|UK Albums Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|Year-end Charts (2010)||Peak|
|US Billboard 200||92|
|US Billboard Digital Albums||20|
|US Billboard Soundtracks||9|