The Greatest Videogame Music – London Philharmonic Orchestra

Originally sourced from a post I found on paste magazine, the London Philharmonic are releasing a videogame music cd with a healthy mix of tracks from various games new and old.  The title, “The Greatest Video Game Music” seems a bit presumptuous after looking at the tracklist as there are some obvious choices missing.  Though with more than 30 years of music to choose from, back to the traditional 8-bit bleeps and blorps of the NES sound-chip to the fully orchestrated scores composed by film industry composers ala Uncharted 3,  it would be easy to span multiple volumes of CDs.

With the London Philharmoic these tunes will automatically gain some legitimacy, grabbing classic tunes from Super Mario Brothers and Tetris and mixing them with fan favorites from Final Fantasy and then mixing in contemporary videogame music scores such as Uncharted, Splinter Cell Conviction and Mass Effect you have a gateway for music lovers of all types. As I spoke about in a recent post about videogame music, during a sale, there are some film music and classical music fans out there that could easily become videogame music fans given the right introduction. Including Mass Effect and Uncharted, two mentioned in that post are definitely heading things in the right direction.  Below is the tracklist, pre-order [amazon_link id=”B005QW1FB0″ target=”_blank” ]The Greatest Video Game Music[/amazon_link] from Amazon now for November 8th release. Greatest Video Game Music iTunes.

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

For my money, as I’ve said before, “From the Wreckage” on the Mass Effect soundtrack is one of the most beautifully composed videogame soundtrack cues of all time. Here it is:

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