The London Phil Is Doing Another Video Game Album
Believe it or not, the London Philharmonic did last year for video games what the Oxford English Dictionary has done for ‘LOL’, bestowing legitimacy on them via the release of a tribute album full of performances from some of the most iconic video game franchises in gaming history. And shocker: contra every jealous reactionary who can’t stand seeing people having fun and thinks the bleepity bloopity machines are causing widespread social decay, no one in the London classical music scene shot anyone or otherwise committed any acts of destruction and criminality. So they’ve decided to risk outbreaks of gaming-related terrorism again with a second collection of gaming themes.
Yes, it is indeed unfortunate that the album series – The Greatest Video Game Music – has a ridiculous ‘Now this is what I call music!’ name. But it’s not unfortunate that it exists, and The Greatest Video Game Music 2 is packed with some winners, like A Future for the Krogan/An End Once And For All from Mass Effect 3, Dragon Roost Island from The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and Icarus Main Theme from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. They’re even performing a selection from the best work of gaming music released in 2012, ‘Adventure’ from the amazing Fez soundtrack. Alas, every one of these albums has to have at least one inexplicably awful selection, and The Greatest Video Game Music 2 is no exception; track 9 is the Luigi’s Mansion Main Theme. TRUST ME, London Philharmonic, there is nothing ‘Greatest’ about Luigi’s Mansion, especially not the ridiculous soundtrack.
The Greatest Video Game Music 2 will be available on iTunes (and, presumably, in stores) on November 6, which means we can either celebrate, or mourn election results with appropriately awesome music. For more, see the official site. Meanwhile, here are the original versions of a few selections: