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A Symphony Of British Music: Music For The Closing Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games

Various Artists Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B008U7JREK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 two CD set. The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was titled A Symphony of British Music, celebrating the fact that music has been one of Great Britain's strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years. This live album soundtrack contains highlights from an extraordinary evening of music, which saw Elbow, The Who, Spice Girls, Take That, Jessie J, George Michael and many more on stage for this global event. This set features the Mass Bands of the Household Division's blazing rendition of Blur's "Parklike", Russell Brand's Willy Wonka-inspired take on "I Am The Walrus" and Eric Idle's unforgettable performance of "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life".

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A MIXED BAG OF BRITISH MUSIC September 22, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
As with the Music of the Opening Ceremonies, "Isles of Wonder," "A Symphony of British Music" also features British music that's got something for everyone - Classics, show-type tunes, and classic and hard rock.

This album has high points and low points: Among the high points are David Arnold's wonderful orchestral compositions "Parade of the Athletes," "Medal Ceremony" and "Spirit of the Flame," as well as the London Welsh Male Choir singing the Olympic Hymn, the choral renditions of "Because" and "Here Comes the Sun" by Urban Voices Collective. There is also the fun, catchy "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle, the more contemplative "Wish You Were Here" by Ed Sheeran, the upbeat "Parklife" and the Queen's classics, "We Will Rock You" and "Baba O'Riley" (better known as "Teenage Wasteland").

Among the low points: Only a small snippet of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is featured; I would have liked to have heard the whole thing. And while Russell Brand's "Pure Imagination" was enjoyable, the piece following it, "I Am the Walrus," was a disappointment. Madiness' "Our House" and Ray Davies' "Waterloo Sunset" seemed a bit off-key to my ear, and there were others that were just too rock and cacophenous for my tastes. There were some other wonderful pieces on there, which - unfortunately - could only be downloaded when purchasing the entire album - and many of those songs (in my opinion) were not worth the price of the album.

Still - if you want to capture the magic of the Closing Ceremonies - and love all styles of British music - then this is the album for you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Closing an unforgettable experience August 15, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
"A Symphony Of British Music..." is a sampling of the music which featured in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Like the Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games collection (covering the opening ceremony), it comprises a selection of British acts from the past to the present, but unlike that collection which had the pumping music of Chemical Brothers (and more) creating a more energetic atmosphere, this is a more somber affair, on disc at least.

There are theatrical instrumentals ("Salut D'Amour by Julian Lloyd Weber, London Symphony Orchestra & STOMP, the pieces by David Arnold), choral music ("Because", "Here Comes The Sun" both by Urban Voices Collective' "Imagine" by John Lennon & Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and some chirping birds, "Olympic Anthem" by The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, The London Welsh Rugby Choir & London Symphony Orchestra), oldies (a re-recorded "Our House" by Madness, "Heroes" by David Bowie - which was the Team GB anthem, "Running Up That Hill Remix" by Kate Bush, a snippet of "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys, some Queen snippets and medleys), as well as more recent fare by Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Fatboy Slim, Jessie J, Taio Cruz and more. Even Russell Brand shows up and actually doesn't do too bad.

My favourites are George Michael's hypnotic club number "White Light", the cheery "Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life" by Eric Idle, the theatrical rocker "Survivor" by Muse, "See Me, Feel me, Touch Me" by The Who, and the soulful piano ballad "Read All About It by Emile Sandé, as well as the oldies. Most of the songs here are snippets which need the visual spectacle to be fully appreciated, but this still a nice memento to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this cd for one song. February 2, 2014
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I really wanted the "Rule the World" song by Take That, but for some reason, the song is not available to the U.S., or major expensive as an import. I like the other songs on the DVD as well - I mainly listen to the one song, however.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the Olypmics closing ceremony November 14, 2012
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Really enjoyed the Olympics closing ceremony. this is a great soundtrack of most of the songs. it is different in a few places but overall still very good.
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