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Paul Oakenfold produced Urban Soundtracks for pieces of classic and contemporary literature from late 1999 to 2002. They were aired by Galaxy FM in the UK. They were also aired on BBC Radio One at the same time.

There were a total of 35 soundtrack audiobooks produced and aired over the Galaxy network during 1999-2002. Each two-hour programme went out on Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm. These tracks blend classic literature with a mixture of dance and contemporary music. The narratives were read by famous voices such as Ewan McGregor, Kylie Minogue, Richard Blackwood, Sean Pertwee, Max Bleasly, Tom Baker, Neneh Cherry, Christopher Lee, Brian Blessed, Neil Tennant and Honor Blackman.

The series, won a Bronze Award in the 2002 Sony Radio Academy Awards Specialist Music category, and was endorsed by the National Literacy Trust. The series also included Pinocchio read by Ronan Keating, The Little Mermaid by All Saints' singer Nicole Appleton and Kylie Minogue read Alice in Wonderland. Broadcast on the radio stations Galaxy and Kiss 100, they proved to be hugely popular with the core 15 to 34-year-old audience.

Although highly successful and well received, the series have never been released and are not officially commercially available.

However, some copies recorded at time of broadcast seem to be in circulation.

Literature Author Narrator Date
Filth Irvine Welsh Ewan McGregor 1999-01-31
With Your Tongue Down My Throat Hanif Kureishi 1999-02-27
I Hate You and I Hate Your Jesus Joe Ambrose Ewan McGregor 1999-03-27
Paper John McCaid 1999-04-24
The Sopranos Alan Warner 1999-05-29
Powder Kevin Sampson Ewan McGregor 1999-06-26
Girlfriend in a Coma Douglas Coupland 1999-07-31
High Fidelity Nick Hornby 1999-08-28
Come Together 1999-09-25
The Business Iain Banks 1999-10-30
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl 1999-11-27
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens 1999-12-25
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll Kylie Minogue 2000-03-25
The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Neil Tennant 2000-04-29
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson Billy Bragg 2000-05-27
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 2000-06-24
Pinocchio Carlo Collodi Ronan Keating 2000-08-26
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling Richard Blackwood 2000-09-30
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Sean Pertwee 2000-10-29
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington Irving Max Beesley 2001-01-28
Dracula Bram Stoker Tom Baker 2001-02-25
The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen Neneh Cherry 2001-03-25
Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard Honor Blackman 2001-04-29
Jack the Ripper Donald Rumbelow Keith Alan 2001-05-27
The Fall of the House of Usher Edgar Allan Poe Christopher Lee 2001-06-24
Robin Hood 2001-07-29
The Little Mermaid Nicole Appleton 2001-08-24
Hercules Unknown Brian Blessed 2001-09-30
Ben Hur Lew Wallace 2002-04-07
Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame 2002-04-28
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 2002-06-02
Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo 2002-06-30
The Water Babies Charles Kingsley 2002-07-28
Beauty and the Beast Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve 2002-08-25
The Count of Monte Christo Alexandre Dumas 2002-09-29

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