London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony soundtrack on sale

By | Published on Monday 30 July 2012

London 2012

So, while it might have angered some of the country’s more ludicrous Tories, and probably confused much of the watching world, Danny Boyle’s ambitious, grand, amusing and at times bizarre opening show for the London 2012 Olympic Games seems to have been very well received indeed. This means that some people might like to own the soundtrack, with its original compositions from music directors Underworld, and a plethora of other tracks from across the British music catalogue.

Well, you’re in luck, because Universal’s Decca has already released said soundtrack, making it available via iTunes just as the big bash in East London was finishing on Friday night. As well as Underworld’s new work, on there you will find a bit of Elgar, plus music from Mike Oldfield, Frank Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé and Paul McCartney.

Introducing his Olympic soundtrack, Underworld’s Rick Smith told CMU: “Music is Britain’s cultural heartbeat; it’s a perpetual act of revolutionary thought. From William Blake to the Beatles via The Clash and The Chemical Brothers, the soundtrack to our lives fizzes and hums all around us like a stray signal from a radio dial that your internal antenna just can’t help but tune into”.

The full track listing for the opening ceremony soundtrack, split over two discs if you choose to buy it on CD when it goes on sale in that format on Thursday, is as follows…

Disk One: Isles of Wonder
Frank Turner – I Still Believe
Four Nations Choirs – Jerusalem, Flower of Scotland, Danny Boy, Bread of Heaven
LSO On Track Orchestra & François-Xavier Roth – Nimrod
Underworld feat Dame Evelyn Glennie and the Pandemonium Drummers – And I Will Kiss
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells / In Dulci Jubilo
LSO – Chariots of Fire
Blanck Mass & LSO – Sundowner
Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers (Radio Edit)
AR Rahman feat Jaspreet Jasz – Nimma Nimma
Emeli Sandé – Heaven
Emeli Sandé – Abide With Me
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Live)
Arctic Monkeys – Come Together (Live)
Underworld feat Dockhead Choir, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Only Men Aloud, Elizabeth Roberts, Esme Smith and Alex Trimble – Caliban’s Dream

Disk Two: Welcome
Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
High Contrast – Moon Watcher
Underworld – Always Loved A Film – Instrumental
Underworld – Dark & Long (Dark Train) (Remix)
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Underworld – Minneapolis (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast – Reach
High Contrast – Ghost Dance
Underworld – Confusion The Waitress (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
Wretch 32 feat L – Traktor
Fuck Buttons – Olympians (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast – Can’t Stop This Fire
Underworld – Moon In Water (Instrumental Remix)
Underworld – Crocodile (High Contrast Remix)
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name (High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast – For Years
Underworld – Dirty Epic (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
High Contrast – The Long Way Home
Underworld – Dark & Long (Darren Price & High Contrast Remix)
Underworld – Rez (High Contrast Remix)
David Bowie – Heroes
Chemical Brothers – Galvanize