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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great. Britain, 5 Aug 2012
I write this as I bathe in the afterglow of Super Saturday and Britian's greatest ever night in an Olympic Stadium. The tracks on this CD are essential listening for any music-lover who recognises this Olympics not just as a global sporting event but perhaps one of Britain's proudest moments of sporting togetherness. This CD is a great momento of the start of this wondrous occasion-there are certainly no other Olympic soundtracks that reflect the best of a nation like this one does. Other reviewers have detailed the tracks and of course everyone will have their opinions on 'floor-fillers' and 'time-killers' but, for myself, there are TWO standout tracks, 24- minutes of musical majesty that are more than worth the ten pounds alone. Firstly the soaring 17-minute epic that is 'And I Will Kiss' that soundtracked the Pandemonium section culminating in the iconic, awe-inspiring 5-molten rings moment. A pounding, rhythmic, uplifting anthem that layers sound upon sound and still gives me goosebumps. The second spine-tingling moment is the seven minutes of 'Caliban's Dream' which accompanied the final torch procession by our seven young bearers and the lighting of what surely will be the most beautiful and stunning Olympic cauldron ever. As a reflection of 'inspire a generation' this vocal-instrumental, lilting, lifting track continues to inspire me on every listen. At the halfway point through this Games, I already know that I will look back on London 2012 with pride and wonder. My only criticism is that it is a pity that Elbow's 'First Steps' is not included. Nevertheless, for a moment in time we truly are an Isles of Wonder. Buy this and keep a musical slice of history!