Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games
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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.
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.
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
- Dizzee Rascal's Bonkers
- I Bet You Look Good on the DanceFloor and Come Together cover by The Arctic Monkeys
- Chemical Bros' Galvanize
- Always Loved a Film
- Dark and Long (DarkTrain mix)
- Wrech32's Traktor
- mix of U2's Where the Streets Have No Name
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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Nice quality, beauty songs. The lead time was ok and it has a good price. I recomend you definetly. ThanksPublished on May 15, 2014 by Jairo Augusto Garcia Forero
I was only able to catch parts of the opening ceremonies but was very impressed by the music. This CD is a great addition to my collection and will continue to remind me of the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Kathleen Steele
Great stuff!! choose life, choose a family, choose a career,...If you like the trainspotting soundtracks you'll love this. well done!!Published on January 11, 2013 by Mark Renton
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.Published on October 24, 2012 by Brad Willett
Lovely recording, clean and dramatic Very nostalgic for this ex-patriot !The CD arrived earlier than expected,in perfect condition and I actually received a small rebate as the... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by elizabeth in san francisco