Unless you have a relative in the Urban Voices Collective, the Household Division Ceremonial State Band, London Welsh Male Voice Choir, or London Symphony Orchestra (or are a completist when it comes to the works of David Arnold, The Spice Girls or Russell Brand), why would you want to buy this album?
Well, there is a surprisingly touching piece of Boy Band crooning from Take That and a lovely version of "Wish You Were here" from Ed Sheeran and a celebrity backing band. I'm not sure what to make of the Imagine piece, but it's such a lovely song to hear re-interpreted. Queen just about pull it off with the surprising addition of Jessie J and a neat guitar solo from Brian May (Brighton Rock). Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, The Who, Pet Shop Boys, Madness and Eric Idle do well for their advancing years with fresh versions of old favourites. I didn't think Emeli Sandé sang as well as at the opening session, but she does a creditable job of "Read All About It". The Kaiser Chiefs and Elbow were excellent I thought - and both Elbow songs are here on the album. I also think the Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz piece featuring each of their better known songs is pretty good. George Michael also pulled it off too, and I don't mind he played his latest single, I think it's not bad.
Quality of recordings seems very good to me, although since the track were mostly (all?) pre-recorded that is not so surprising.
Missing from the album are the Closing Ceremony compilation from Bowie (Space Oddity, Changes and Jean Genie), Freedom '90 from George Michael and tracks from ELO, Muse, Beady Eye/Oasis Tribute Band, and One Direction.
So, worth buying, but you will probably want to cut a few tracks off from your playlist of songs you want to have remind you of the Olympics. And you may probably want to add a few of the missing ones.