Listen To The Best New Album Of Video Game Music Right Now

Last week, we streamed a recording of the London Philharmonic Orchestra playing the theme from Modern Warfare 2. This track was from the orchestra's upcoming album named "The Greatest Video Game Music". Today, the album was released, and the nice folks at the London Philharmonic have allowed Kotaku to exclusively stream the entire album for a week.

It's all here, and it's good stuff. The playlist skews more towards recent, AAA games, but there are some classics in there as well. The pieces might not feature any of the off-the-beaten path favourites I'd like to hear, but the arrangements get enjoyably creative, particularly with the older pieces, and it's cool to hear this music performed by a human orchestra (albeit one occasionally assisted by synths and sampled beats), rather than the thunderingly enhanced orchestras on most game soundtracks.

Tetris (soprano sax soloist!) and Angry Birds (Bassoonist! Also, entire woodwind section!) were both standouts for me. Also, gotta love the electric bassist on the GTA IV track, which wins the "most uncanny sound-alike" award. I also dug the percussion-less take on Drake's theme from Uncharted, which gives the performance a noble, almost mournful quality. The recordings sound much better through headphones or through a good sound system, since you can really feel the orchestra breathe.

We'll have it streaming here all week. You can order the entire album on Amazon for $US2.99, and get a dollar off on Monday by following this link and using the code "GAMESMP3."

Full Track List:

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)

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)


Comments

    Apparently it isn't available in Australia. Any suggestions because I'd love to get this album?

      Got mine via iTunes store

    How do you buy this in Australia??? The Amazon server knows I'm not in the US and won't let me download it

      I had the exact same problem. I found it on itunes but it costs $16.99. I'm hoping there's an easy fix to this.

      Im guessing this is a US article...

    Holy broken copy pasta Batman!

    Damn that Final Fantasy 8 rendition sounds good!

    I love the pure sound of the original Uncharted theme almost as much as I love the stirring awesomeness of the sequels incarnation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkPF5UiDi4g

    Here I am throwing money at my screen but they don;t want to take it...

    And I sure as hell am not paying $17 to those rip off merchants on the itunes store.

    These are all so epic, Fallout 3 :D

    Wait. It's possible to have an orchestra play shitty Angry Birds music? Goddamn.

    GTAIV.............loading screen...

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