The soundtracks to both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games will be officially released immediately after each occasion has concluded, organisers have revealed.
‘Isles of Wonder – Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games‘ will be available to download from midnight on July 28th after the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games has concluded, with a physical release planned by Decca Records/Universal Music Group on August 6th, while ‘A Symphony of British Music – Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games‘ will follow on August 12th.
“We are delighted that we have been able to make the music, which is such an important part of the British heritage and a massive part of our London 2012 Olympic Games ceremonies, available the moment the ceremonies end,” said Richard Hinkley, General Manager of Universal Music Catalogue.
“We have worked closely with LOCOG to make these releases possible, and, unusually, the secrecy surrounding the two ceremonies means that this will be the first time we have ever announced an album, let alone two, without a tracklisting.”
If the 86-song playlist for the opening ceremony leaked by The Sun newspaper in June proves to be accurate, it will mean classic British bands such as The Beatles, Oasis, The Who and Led Zeppelin could all feature on the official releases.