London Philharmonic records game music album

The Greatest Video Game Music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Best. Album art. Ever.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded an album of games music. Not tunes “inspired by”, or pieces created by composers who have also worked on games, but music directly from titles we know and love.

The 21-track album, The Greatest Video Game Music, contains themes and tunes from games ranging from Angry Birds and Tetris right up to Grand Theft Auto IV, Mass Effect, Halo 3 and Uncharted. The majority are pieces that are fairly orchestral in nature anyway, but – of course, there’s actually two Super Mario Bros. pieces thrown in.

  1. Advent Rising: Muse
    (Composed by Tommy Tallarico, Emmanuel Fratianni, and Laurie Robinson)
  2. Legend of Zelda: Suite
    (Composed by Koji Kondo)
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Theme
    (Composed by Hans Zimmer)
  4. Angry Birds: Main Theme
    (Composed by Ari Pulkkinen)
  5. Final Fantasy VIII: Liberi Fatali
    (Composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
  6. Super Mario Bros. Theme
    (Composed by Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo)
  7. Uncharted – Drake’s Fortune: Nate’s Theme
    (Composed by Greg Edmonson)
  8. Grand Theft Auto IV: Soviet Connection
    (Composed by Michael Hunter)
  9. World of Warcraft: Seasons of War
    (Composed by Jason Hayes)
  10. Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme
    (Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams)
  11. Tetris: Theme
    (Composed by Alexey Pajitnov)
  12. Battlefield 2: Theme
    (Composed by Joel Eriksson)
  13. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
    (Composed by Jeremy Soule)
  14. Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare: Main Menu Theme
    (Composed by Stephen Barton and Harry Gregson-Williams)
  15. Mass Effect: Suicide Mission
    (Composed by Jack Wall and Sam Hulick)
  16. Splinter Cell: Conviction
    (Composed by Michael Nielsen, Kaveh Cohen, and Amon Tobin)
  17. Final Fantasy: Main Theme
    (Composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
  18. BioShock: The Ocean on his Shoulders
    (Composed by Garry Schyman)
  19. Halo 3: One Final Effort
    (Composed by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori)
  20. Fallout 3: Theme
    (Composed by Inon Zur)
  21. Super Mario Bros.: Gusty Garden Galaxy
    (Composed by Koji Kondo)

Want to know what all the fuss is about? Here’s the theme from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (composed by Hans Zimmer):

Sure, if you’re a fan of gaming soundtracks, chances are you’ll have a handful of these (I know I’ve got a few), but for the novelty of hearing everything presented by the London Philharmonic Orchestra – this one has just nudged its way onto Christmas lists around the world.

If you want a copy (or want one for someone else), this will be released on November 8th, and you can pre-order now on Amazon.

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