|Music from Olympics to delight fans of all genres|
|Written by Lauren DeSalvo,Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:29|
For people who enjoyed the music of the 2012 London Olympic Games closing ceremony, the soundtrack was made available for digital download on iTunes after the program aired.
Unfortunately for viewers in the United States, two of the most anticipated performances, Muse and The Who, were cut out of NBC’s program. Muse was not shown at all, while The Who’s performance was shoved at the end of the nightly news at midnight.
Fortunately, the songs from both bands made the soundtrack, but since the album is composed of studio recordings of the performances, none of their songs are unique to this album.
Other than that, the rest of the soundtrack is unique and was full of covers and remixes. I will say that I do not know who thought the idea of anybody covering Queen songs was a good one, because it was not. No one can ever replace Freddie Mercury and they should have just had a hologram of him performing like Tupac Shakur at this summer’s Coachella Music Festival.
Jessie J covered Queen’s hit “We Will Rock You” and also covered the Bee Gees’ song “You Should Be Dancing,” which I did not care for. The Bee Gees are another band that is extremely difficult to cover because their sound is distinguished.
Another shame was David Bowie turned down the offer to perform, but at least he is represented on the album with his song “Fashion” that played while models stormed the stage during the ceremony.
The Beatles have a strong presence throughout the album, with songs being covered by the Urban Voices Collective and Russell Brand. John Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine” is an original recording of Lennon accompanied by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.
The Spice Girls reunited for the ceremony, and a remix of their two songs “Wannabe” and “Spice Up Your Life” is on the album. Other artists featured are the Kaiser Chiefs performing “Pinball Wizard” by The Who and Fatboy Slim’s club hits.
Overall, this album is a great representation of British music, old and new, and London did a fantastic job closing out the 2012 Olympic Games.