PRNewsFoto/Decca Label GroupNBC may have angered music fans by declining to air some key moments of Sunday's star-studded 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony in London, but now the entire soundtrack to the extravaganza is available for purchase as a digital download.
Among the many highlights featured on the album, titled A Symphony of British Music, are The Who's medley that served as the event's finale, Kinks frontman Ray Davies singing his band's classic "Waterloo Sunset," ***** members Brian May and Roger Taylor playing "We Will Rock You" with U.K. pop star Jessie J, and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" performed by British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeren backed by Floyd drummer Nick Mason, Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and others.
The collection also boasts recordings of classic songs by *****, John Lennon and David Bowie that were featured during the ceremony, as well as renditions of several Beatles tunes, including Russell Brand singing "I Am the Walrus" and the Urban Voices Collective performing "Because."
David Arnold, the ceremony's music director, says in a statement about the concept behind the event, "If there is a universal radio station that only tunes into British music and you close your eyes and dial through it and hear all these different things sparkling…and then you land on a certain moment, that's kind of the idea of what we're trying to do with this symphony."
Here is the entire track list to A Symphony of British Music:
Urban Voices Collective, "Because"
Julian Lloyd Webber, London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Stomp featuring Timothy Spall, "***** d'Amour"
Madness, "Our House"
Massed Bands of the Household Division, "Parklife"
Pet Shop Boys, "West End Girls"
Ray Davies, Urban Voices Collective, LSO, "Waterloo Sunset"
Emeli Sande, "Read All About It"
David Arnold, "Parade of Athletes"
Elbow, LSO, Urban Voices Collective, "Open Arms"
Elbow, LSO, Urban Voices Collective, "One Day Like This"
Kate Bush, "Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God Remix)"
Toby Pitman, David Arnold, Pete Lockett, Rahda Meta, Prabhat Rao, Varun Verma, Bilwa Iyer, Urban Voices Collective, Eos Chater, Tania Davis, Elspeth Hanson, Gay-Yee Westerhoff, "Here Comes the Sun"
David Arnold, "Medal Ceremony"
*****, "Bohemian Rhapsody (Excerpt)"
John Lennon, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, "Imagine"
George Michael, "White Light"
Kaiser Chiefs, "Pinball Wizard"
David Bowie, "Fashion"
Annie Lennox, "Little Bird"
Ed Sheeran, Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford, Richard Jones, David Arnold, "Wish You Were Here"
Russell Brand, LSO, "Pure Imagination"
Russell Brand, Bond, "I Am the Walrus"
Fatboy Slim, "Right Here, Right Now"
Fatboy Slim, "The Rockafeller *****"
Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Medley: "Price Tag"/"Written in the Stars"/"Dynamite"
The Bee Gees featuring Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, "You Should Be Dancing"
The Spice Girls, Medley: "Wannabe"/"Spice Up Your Life"
Eric Idle, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
*****, Medley: "Day-O"/"Brighton Rock"
***** and Jessie J, "We Will Rock You"
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, The London Welsh Rugby Club Choir, LSO, "Olympic Anthem"
LSO, "Extinguishing the Flame"
Take That, "Rule the World"
David Arnold, "Spirit of the Flame"
The Who, "Baba O'Riley"
The Who, "See Me Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
The Who, "My Generation"
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