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

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: UMC/Decca
  • ASIN: B008U7JREK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Urban Voices Collective - Because
2. Julian Lloyd Webber, London Symphony Orchestra and Stomp - Salut D'Amout (feat. Timothy Spall)
3. Madness - Our House (Re
4. Massed Bands of the Household Division - Parklife (Excerpt)
5. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
6. Ray Davies, London Symphony Orchestra and Urban Voices Collective - Waterloo Sunset
7. Emeli Sandé - Read All About It
8. David Arnold - Parade of the Athletes
9. Elbow, London Symphony Orchestra and Urban Voices Collective - Open Arms
10. Elbow, London Symphony Orchestra and Urban Voices Collective - One Day Like This
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. John Lennon and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir - Imagine
2. George Michael - White Light
3. Kaiser Chiefs - Pinball Wizard
4. David Bowie - Fashion
5. Annie Lennox - Little Bird
6. Ed Sheeran, Richard Jones, Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford and David Arnold - Wish You Were Here
7. Russell Brand and London Symphony Orchestra - Pure Imagination
8. Ruseell Brand and Bond - I Am The Walrus
9. Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now (Excerpt)
10. Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank (Excerpt)
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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 Muse, Elbow, The Who, Spice Girls, Take That, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, George Michael, One Direction and many more on stage for this global event.

This 2-disc CD 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it 12 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love it. This Memorial event remembered with fabulous musics. These 2 cd package will recall your memory of last summer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Memories ! 27 Nov 2012
By simonh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A treasure of a CD that will bring back wonderful memories of one of the greatest sporting events in the history of the world! AND IT WAS HELD IN OUR COUNTRY!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better of the two discs 23 Aug 2012
By Mr. R. G. Prizeman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I have bought both these collections, and although I personally think this collection is slightly better than the opening ceremony, which has more instrumental pieces and none of the music used to show, to showcase the changing music through the decades is on the discs anywhere apart from Mike Oldfeild's Tubular bells re-working. Now the closing cerermony has most of the music from the event. Where us British have an advantage over the rest of the world is we have the best and most memorable music, with The beatles, Stones, Who and Kinks. Although most artists obviosly mimed on the night, all recorded special versions of the songs and these are the ones collected together here. The Beatles are representes with Russall Brand attempting to do I am the Walrus, it's not fantastic but its not dreadful either. John Lennon gets Imagine with some delightful children sining at the beginning, Lennon is still relevant today as he was then and I am glad he was included. Madness give us Our house, Annie lennox gives us Little Bird and prooves her voice is still up to it unlike some others who should throw in the towel(both these are rerecorded and not the original versions). The Spice girls give a quick medley of Wannabe and spice up your life(a song I really hate).Fredie Mercury gets the crowd going with a bit of Day 'o' and then Queen perfom 'We will rock you' with jesse J which works ok. Muse are on top form doing survival and the Kiser Chiefs do a good version of pinball wizzard. However the Who themselves proove they still can do it and perform a fantasic thrio of songs ending in My Generation. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Download
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1212 27 Mar 2014
By Rik
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by this album if You like the remix of kate bush4s running up that hill, the remix of john lennon's IMAGINE, 2 great songs by ELBOW and e new version of always look at the bright side of life ? Full MONTY !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 Olympic ceremony 18 Feb 2014
By baz123
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Delivery and packaging very good.
Brings back great memories of a great show. The music stands up well without the visuals
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By Richard
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
A great memory of the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. A Double album with all the music (from what I can remember).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Who at their very best ! 22 Aug 2013
By Luile
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Imagine and THE WHO, are the best here. The Who really shines in this newly recorded versions of Baba O Riley, See Me Feel Me and My Generation !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Its nice to look back on a good year 2012 the opening of the Olympics.
I love listening and watching the start of the Olympics.
Published 8 months ago by Janet Haddock
3.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of songs...
... but the Opening Ceremony CD is more memorable. This is mostly a collection of existing tracks mixed up into the final ceremony sequence, a bit like a Ministry of Sound... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ian Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars What Memories
If you were at the Olympic Closing Ceremony then this is a great reminder of a very special occasion. Would recommend this item.
Published 9 months ago by MRs RUDGE
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Was actually in the closing ceremony so I am very biased as I get to relive it all but still think it is a great selection of music!
Published 9 months ago by KatherineSayce
5.0 out of 5 stars Prefect present
My bro had been at the Olympics so he was delighted to know that i could get a sound track for it so he could remember his summer of 2012
Published 10 months ago by Sandra Fennell
5.0 out of 5 stars brings back memories!!
A brilliant collection of the great British music. Brought back memories, and is a bargain. On constant play in the car!!
Published 11 months ago by cari
5.0 out of 5 stars Great variety of music
Love this disc, it reminds me of when I went to the closing ceremony. Play it all the time as it has a wide variety of great music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kathryn Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A proud moment for us all...
Really just bought it for the Elbow song. It's worth the money for that alone. Genius. Oh, well I have four more words to go but I don't have anything more to say, actually. Read more
Published 13 months ago by breakdownthewalls
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