A Symphony Of British Music: Closing Ceremony Of The 2012 Olympics [2 CD]
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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!
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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Loved this group of performances at the Olympics, just had to have these for my MP3 player to hear again and again. Would love to have more music like this.Published on December 11, 2012 by katzrule
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.Published on November 14, 2012 by Todd B Carter
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