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Isles of Wonder - Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games [Soundtrack]

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: UMC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Frank Turner - I Still Believe
2. Four Nations Choirs - Jerusalem, Flower of Scotland, Danny Boy, Bread of Heaven
3. LSO On Track Orchestra & François - Xavier Roth - Nimrod
4. Underworld feat. Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Pandemonium Drummers - And I Will Kiss
5. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo
6. LSO - Chariots of Fire
7. Blanck Mass & LSO - Sundowner
8. Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers
9. A.R. Rahman feat. Jaspreet Jasz - Nimma Nimma
10. Emeli Sandé - Heaven
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Chemical Brothers - Galvanize
2. High Contrast - Moon Watcher
3. Underworld - Always Loved A Film - Instrumental
4. Underworld - Dark & Long (Dark Train) (Remix)
5. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
6. Underworld - Minneapolis (High Contrast Remix)
7. High Contrast - Reach
8. High Contrast - Ghost Dance
9. Underworld Confusion - The Waitress (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
10. Wretch 32 feat. L - Traktor
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Overseen by artistic director Danny Boyle, the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was one of the most talked about and acclaimed events of the 21st-centruy. Its soundtrack, which was curated by regular Boyle collaborators Underworld, was a key factor to its success.

Featuring performances from Frank Turner, Four Nations Choirs, London Symphony Orchestra and Mike Oldfield, Isles of Wonder captures the electricity of this momentous evening. It also contains all of the evening's highlights, including Arctic Monkey's take on "Come Together", Emili Sande's rendition of "Abide With Me" and the soundtrack to the lighting of the torch, "Calliban's Dream".

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A night to remember 4 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
How could you have watched the London 2012 opening ceremony and not find this essential? Memories of one of Britain's proudest nights will be with you forever. The selection here is class. Disc 1 is the soundtrack to Danny Boyle's exquisite production and disc 2 is a sublime mixtape in its own right compiled from the songs that welcomed the athletes to London.

It's not complete. Of course Sir Macca hasn't agreed to let Hey Jude feature, but it's not needed and his stumbling performance wasn't needed on the night either. The likes of Going Underground, Enola Gay and Pretty Vacant, which soundtracked some brilliant moments, are missing as well. That's forgivable here but would be a tragedy if it were to follow through to the much hoped for DVD/Blu-ray release. At least we get Bowie's Heroes - a song which Team GB is living up to as I write this review. The two Arctic Monkey tracks were recorded 'live at the Olympic Stadium' on the 23rd and not the night itself. They're both strong recordings, though, for fans/collectors of that band.

A certain other band is abbreviated to 'F Buttons' on the rear sleeve and in the booklet, proving that we're all still very British about these things. The rest of the packaging is fine. There's an official London 2012 hologram on the back of the case, although I think it should have been on the front and not placed sideways like mine was. Not gonna grumble, though. Inside the booklet are introductions from Danny Boyle and music director Rick Smith and a few photographs.

As someone who would be quite content to never hear Hey Jude again, I am fully happy with this purchase. Now bring the complete Blu-ray on.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 12 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a cynical 46 year-old, increasingly grumpy, stereotypical middle-aged man, who every year since turning 40 has increasingly thought the
country was going to hell in a hand-cart, it is no exaggeration to say that the Olympics opening ceremony, its soundtrack and the
whole Olympics event has restored my faith in this country and my pride in being British. I watched and listened to the opening ceremony
and its stirring soundtrack with increasing emotion as long-forgotten feelings of national identity and pride resurfaced in response to
the sheer genius of this soundtrack and the accompanying visual spectacle. It helped that I am a long-time Danny Boyle and Underworld fan,
but even I had not expected such an incredibly powerful and rich cacophony of sights and sounds that captured the essence of being British
and showed this country to be a world-leader in so many respects, not least in creative vision and output. Listening to the soundtrack CD
for the first time, all those emotions stirred again as Underworld's dazzling "And I Will Kiss" powered by the passion and beat of the
Pandemonium Drummers builds and builds, before giving way to the brilliant Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (great to see him so involved).
I had forgotten just how fantastic Vangelis's Chariots of Fire theme was (despite being a massive Vangelis fan) and have not tired of
hearing it over the past couple of weeks. Throw in Emeli Sande, Artic Monkeys, Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys & David Bowie and you
get a fantastic, eclectic cross-section of leading-edge British music at its best. Thanks Danny & your team, thanks Underworld, thanks to all
the musicians and volunteers involved in the opening ceremony & the Olympics in general, thanks to the inspirational athletes taking
part. You reminded me what a great nation this country really is and that I am not quite ready to become a totally grumpy old-man just yet.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underworld are Wonder-world 3 Aug 2012
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The moment And I Will Kiss started in the Pandemonium scene of the Opening Ceremony, I felt a chill down my spine and for the next 3 hours it remained there. Isles of Wonder has changed forever the style of Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Who needs fireworks, dazzling lights and pyrotechnics to stage a show?? The ceremony was a storyboard of being British - past and present glued together with British sounds some very familiar (Mike Oldfield, Elgar, Bowie) and some not: Underworld. I have already bought their album, Anthology 1992 - 2012 which is great played loud in the car!

Danny Boyle has done us proud and given us a fantastic permanent memory of music to listen to. Well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for Isles of Wonder 5 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having had the privilege of attending a technical rehearsal of the Olympic Opening Ceremony and been totally wowed by Danny Boyle's fabulous creation, I felt very much keyed into the music of that production. I wanted to be able to put on a CD of the music, turn up the volume and feel the earth move as it did for me on the night. So I ordered Isles of Wonder as soon as it was available.

Listening to this CD transports me straight back to the whole experience in a way that watching the event live on TV was not completely able to do. Letting the music fill my living space (particularly the music on disc one) creates a gorgeous expansive soundscape of tremendous light and shade, grit and grandeur, that is both haunting and earthy in turns. The music is drawn from various genres yet it all gels in a seamless sonic tapestry that is very moving.

It is unusual for me to want to play music loud. This is the exception, and although I normally use an mp3 player, I have never wished to put Isles of Wonder on it. The range ot this music is so deep and so huge it seems to require to be expressed in physical space. The drums are superb.

Not for playing in the background, but BIG music to listen to. I love it!
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Published 1 month ago by Mr. D. Reynolds
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice listening
Published 1 month ago by Jacky Way
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service
Play it non stop !
Published 1 month ago by Vicki Diane
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Published 2 months ago by H. D. Hoseph
1.0 out of 5 stars ... filed it on the European CD mountain - don't waste your money...
Played it once and then filed it on the European CD mountain - don't waste your money buying new - if you really want to hear it check out your local CD library or buy second hand
Published 2 months ago by joshthetree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, Regular on my playlist at present.
Published 3 months ago by Debbie Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sounds and takes me nack too the
Isles of Wonder - Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic.... Great sounds and takes me nack too the Olympics
Published 3 months ago by Paul leverell
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your "proud to be British" collection.
Always wanted this, but only at a reasonable price. Seemed to get more and more expensive the longer I waited.
Published 4 months ago by The Squire at Oakley Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
The Media said, over and over that the Olympic Games was going to be the UK's biggest flop. How good to prove the media wrong! I loved the opening ceremony from start to finish. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Helen Hollick
5.0 out of 5 stars 2012
After watching the opening ceremory it was lovely to hear it all again, brings back happy days in Summer 2012
Published 10 months ago by mr jones
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