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Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals
GleeTheMusic-JourneyToRegionals
EP by Glee Cast
Released June 8, 2010
Recorded 2010
Length 22:24
Label 20th Century Fox, Columbia Records, Sony Music
Produced by Dante DiLoreto (exec.), Brad Falchuk (exec.), Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Ryan Murphy

Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals contains the songs from the twenty-second and final episode of Season One, Journey.

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.

Critical reception

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."

Tracklist

Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals
# TitleWriter(s)Original Artist(s) Length
1. "Faithfully" (Performed by Cory Monteith and Lea Michele)Jonathan CainJourney 4:33
2. "Any Way You Want It/Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" (Performed by Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Mark Salling, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, and Amber Riley)Steve Perry, Neal Schon/Steve PerryJourney 3:07
3. "Don't Stop Believin'" (Performed by Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, and Chris Colfer)Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry, Neal SchonJourney 3:41
4. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Performed by Jonathan Groff)Freddie MercuryQueen 5:56
5. "To Sir, with Love" (Performed by Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Chris Colfer, and Jenna Ushkowitz)Don Black, Mark LondonLulu 2:41
6. "Over the Rainbow" (Performed by Matthew Morrison and Mark Salling)Harold Arlen, E.Y. HarburgJudy Garland 2:31

Charts

Chart (2010) Peak
position
AMPROFON Charts 1
ARIA Charts 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Irish Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Year-end Charts (2010) Peak
Position
US Billboard 200 92
US Billboard Digital Albums 20
US Billboard Soundtracks 9

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