Various Artists: The Royal Wedding; The Official Album (Decca)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Choir of Westminster Abbey: Ubi Caritas
Various Artists: The Royal Wedding; The Official Album (Decca)

Well, if it was good enough for John and Yoko, and Leon and Mary Russell, why not a wedding album?

In truth, I also have the Charles and Di wedding album (nice gatefold sleeve) and the one for Fergie and Andrew (they scrimped, no gatefold) as well as an album Through Childhood to the Throne about the Queen's "eventful years" preceding the coronation ("A panorama in sound") . . . and the CD Happy and Glorious! which was the official album of the Queen Mum's 100th birthday.

I play none of these I have to say (nor Margaret Thatcher's Salute to Democracy either) but when this William and Kate one came along it was sort of collect-the-series time.

I have played this and Vaughan Williams' Prelude on Rhosymedre is a lovely organ piece, I'm a sucker for a good hymn (and these were sung by the best, right?) and the standout is the choral Ubi Caritas.

There's a lot talking here -- not as much as on John'n'Yoko's Wedding Album admittedly -- and if you missed the ceremony or just want to relive what you watched, then here is the whole thing, vows and all.

I missed the wedding, came in, turned on the tv and by chance saw That Kiss. But it looks like it was blast . . . if the clip below is anything to go by.

I shall now quietly file this alongside all those other royal albums I have. I wonder if it's on vinyl?

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (Warners)

RECOMMENDED REISSUE: Led Zeppelin: The Complete BBC Sessions (Warners)

Although JImmy Page's recent remastering programme of all the Led Zeppelin studio albums made them sound sharper and stronger, the additional tracks included were rarely added value. Many were... > Read more

Giant Sand: The Love Songs (Fire)

Giant Sand: The Love Songs (Fire)

One of the most interesting (and lengthy) interviews at Elsewhere this year has been with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand. During that long and digressive conversation I asked Gelb which albums of the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

FROM EARTH'S END; THE BEST OF NEW ZEALAND COMICS by ADRIAN KINNAIRD

FROM EARTH'S END; THE BEST OF NEW ZEALAND COMICS by ADRIAN KINNAIRD

There's the old observation that for most people history began with the first thing they remember, like in Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start the Fire which is just a baby-boomer litany of names and... > Read more

KATCHAFIRE (2005): Slow burning their way to consciousness

KATCHAFIRE (2005): Slow burning their way to consciousness

Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music. It is there whenever an acoustic guitar comes out on the marae or suburban barbeque, and you can hear it in the hi-tech dub incarnation in... > Read more