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Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games


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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B008MIHQQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I Still Believe (Frank Turner)
2. Jerusalem / Flower Of Scotland / Danny Boy / Bread Of Heaven (The Four Nations Choirs
3. Nimrod (London Symphony Orchestra)
4. And I Will Kiss (Underword Ft Dame Evelyn Glennie)
5. Tubular Bells / In Dulce Jubilo (Mike Oldfield)
6. Chariots Of Fire (London Symphony Orchestra)
7. Sundowner (Blanck Mass & London Symphony Orchestra)
8. Bonkers (Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden)
9. Nimma Nimma (A.R. Rahman)
10. Heaven (Emeli Sande)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Galvanize (The Chemical Brothers)
2. Moon Watcher (High Contrast)
3. Always Loved a Film - Instrumental (Underworld)
4. Dark & Long (Underworld)
5. West End Girls (Pet Shop Boys)
6. Minneapolis - High Contrast Mix (Underworld)
7. Reach (High Contrast)
8. Ghost Dance (High Contrast)
9. Confusion The Waitress - Darren Price & High Contrast Mix (Underworld)
10. Traktor (Wretch 32 ft. L.)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Two CD set, the official album containing music from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics. Features music from U2, Arctic Monkeys, Underworld, David Bowie, LSO, Fuck Buttons, Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal and many others.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 29, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
"Isles Of Wonder" is a stellar collection of music featured in the stunning Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony of the London Olympics. The songs chosen cut through a wide spectrum of British music with some previously released material (Pet Shop Boys' "West End Girls", Dizzee rascal's "Bonkers", Emile Sandé's "Heaven", Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" - to mention a few), alongside choral pieces ("Jerusalem / Flower Of Scotland / Danny Boy / Bread Of heaven" by Four Nations Choirs), theatrical instrumentals ("Nimrod" by LSO On Track, "And I Will Kiss" by Underworld, of course "Chariots Of Fire" by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, "Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo" by Mike Oldfield - the latter a multi-part piece incorporating Pop, Jazz, and Electronica), Bollywood Pop ("Nimma Nimma Nimma" by A.R. Rahman), Hip Hop ("Traktor" by wretch 32), Dance music (the Underworld and Chemical Brothers songs), and classic Rock (Heroes" by David Bowie, and "I Still Believe" by Frank Turner)..

The songs are well chosen and each sparkles on its own. Emile Sandé's lovely Drum & Bass "Heaven" is featured as is her haunting take on the hymn "Abide With Me", the latter performed after a video montage paid tribute to spectators' deceased loved ones, among them Danny Boyle's late father. Arctic Monkeys cover The Beatles "Come Together". Underworld wrote the chiming Folky "Caliban's Dream" specially for the event, performed as young athletes carried the Olympic Flame around the stadium. "Reach" by High Contrast sounds like an instrumental of Madonna's "Celebration", and is followed by "Ghost Dance", another catchy Dance instrumental. They perform 5 songs in total.

All the songs are studio recordings. A beautiful memento from a spectacular occasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad Willett on October 24, 2012
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I liked the entire album. But the chemical brothers could have mashed 3-4 tracks together. Having it the way it does on the CD lose's some of the songs appeal from the games.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Feliciano on October 19, 2012
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I bought this cd because I am a Mike Oldfield and Underworld fan. I'm glad I did because the collection of bands and music in this album is excellent. The first disc brings back memories of the opening ceremonies. I hope they release a DVD of the highlights of the opening ceremonies with minimum commentaries. I recommend this cd for fans of Mike Oldfield and Underworld as well as those who enjoyed the music of the opening ceremonies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl H. Long on September 12, 2012
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I have been buying and downloading music from the various Olympics since the 1980's, so "Isle of Wonder" piqued my interest. "Isle of Wonder" has a little something for everyone one in this two-CD set, but only certain songs can be downloaded independent of the album. Sadly "Tubular Bells/In Dulci Jubilo" is one of these that can only be downloaded when you purchase the entire album - and I didn't like enough of the other "Album Only" pieces to justify getting the entire album!

Of the songs I was able to download: Among my favorites was the Medley "Jerusalem / Flower of Scotland / Danny Boy / Bread of Heaven," as performed by the Four Nations Choir. I especially enjoyed the wonderful a capella boy soprano in "Jerusalem." "Nimrod" was absolutely beautiful and very moving. Other highlights for me were "Chariots of Fire" (not quite the Vangelis version, but still very nice), Arctic Monkey's cover of the Beatles' "Come Together," and "Caliban's Dream." Emeli Sandé's a capella cover of "Abide With Me" was very nice for the most part, but the heartbeat in the background was a bit distracting to me.

However, most of the music by Underworld ("I've Always Loved a Film," "Moon in Water" and "Rez") sounded nice listening to just the little snippets, but a bit boring and repetitive when listened to as a whole. The rest of the featured music - in my opinion - was either too rock for my tastes or just plan forgettable.

If you like the rock music - and the music of the Opening Ceremonies in general - then I would go for the entire album; otherwise, I would just download your favorites and pass on the rest.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Simon on August 23, 2012
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After watching the Industrial Revolution part of the Opening Ceremonies, I started to seek out the music used in that bit. That track is 'And I Will Kiss' by Underground. At 17min, it is awe-inspiring, magical, driving, and even a bit ominous. Additionally, 'Caliban's Dream' was another standout during the ceremonies - a very heavenly, beautiful track.

These 2 tracks by themselves make the album worth contemplating, but thankfully most of the other tracks included are worth listening to, including:

- Tubular Bells
- Chariots of Fire
- Sundowner
- Dizzee Rascal's Bonkers
- Heaven
- I Bet You Look Good on the DanceFloor and Come Together cover by The Arctic Monkeys
- Chemical Bros' Galvanize
- MoonWatcher
- Always Loved a Film
- Dark and Long (DarkTrain mix)
- Minneapolis
- Reach
- Wrech32's Traktor
- Olympians
- mix of U2's Where the Streets Have No Name
...and others

Basically if you're wondering if the album is worth getting when "And I Will Kiss" is what you initially wanted, I would definitely say it's worth it.
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