Compi de Chocobo
Catalog Number: SQEX-10409~10
Released On: September 21, 2013
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu, Naoshi Mizuta, Masashi Hamauzu, Masayoshi Soken, Takeharu Ishimoto, Kenji Ito, Kumi Tanioka
Arranged By: Nobuo Uematsu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Ryo Yamazaki, Toru Tabui, Tsutomu Narita, Masayoshi Soken, Kenji Ito, Tsuyoshi Sekito, Junya Nakano, Shiro Hamaguchi, Mitsuto Suzuki, Kengo Tokusashi, ShootieHG, Masashi Kimura, Natsumi Asari, Kumi Tanioka, Takeharu Ishimoto, Masashi Hamauzu, JOE DOWN, Arnie Roth, Eric Roth
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded at: Unknown
Format: 2 CD

Disc One
01 - Chocobo Theme (Final Fantasy II)
02 - Chocobo Theme (Final Fantasy III)
03 - Chocobo (Final Fantasy IV)
04 - Samba de Chocobo (Final Fantasy IV)
05 - Mambo de Chocobo (Final Fantasy V)
06 - Boko no Chocobo (Final Fantasy V)
07 - Techno de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VI)
08 - Waltz de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VII)
09 - Electric de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VII)
10 - Cinco de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VII)
11 - Fiddle de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VII)
12 - Odeka de Chocobo (Final Fantasy VIII)
13 - Mods de Chocobo (featuring N's Telecaster) (Final Fantasy VIII)
14 - Aloha de Chocobo (Final Fantasy IX)
15 - Ukelele de Chocobo (Final Fantasy IX)
16 - Brass de Chocobo (Final Fantasy X)
17 - Dash de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XI)
18 - Circuit de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XI)
19 - Run Chocobo, Run! (Final Fantasy XI)
20 - Chocobo FFXII Arrange Ver.1 (Final Fantasy XII)
21 - Chocobo ~FFXII Version~ (Final Fantasy XII)
22 - Cocoon de Chocobo ~Yume o Miyou yo!!~ (Final Fantasy XIII)
23 - Pulse de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII)
24 - Rental de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIV)
25 - Eorzea de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIV)
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Disc Two
01 - Chocobo Theme (Seiken Densetsu ~Final Fantasy Gaiden~)
02 - Chocobo Theme (Final Fantasy II PlayStation)
03 - Chocobo Theme (Final Fantasy III DS)
04 - Chocobo (Final Fantasy IV DS)
05 - Samba de Chocobo (Final Fantasy IV DS)
06 - Cinco de Chocobo (Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII)
07 - M64E [Cocoon de Chocobo] English Version (Final Fantasy XIII OST Plus)
08 - Groovy Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
09 - Rodeo de Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
10 - Crazy Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
11 - Hopping Chocobo (Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST Plus)
12 - Bluesy Chocobo (Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII)
13 - Chocobo Returns (Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII)
14 - Marimba de Chocobo (Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII)
15 - Chocobo (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers)
16 - Funk de Chocobo (Final Fantasy Legends: Warriors of Light and Dark)
17 - Chocobo! (Final Fantasy Type-0)
18 - Prelude (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon)
19 - Chocobo's House (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon)
20 - Finale (Orchestra Version) (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon)
21 - Chocobo's Happy Christmas (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon)
22 - Prelude ~Premoition of a New Journey~ (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2)
23 - March de Chocobo (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2)
24 - TVCM part1 (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2)
25 - Opening (Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon: The Labyrinth of Forgotten Time)
26 - Dash de Chocobo (Chocobo Racing)
27 - Choose a Chocobo (Chocobo Racing)
28 - Chocobo Theme (Chocobo Racing)
29 - [Odekake Chocobo] Chocobo Series Theme Song (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
30 - [Move de Chocobo] Odekake Chocobo Original Arrange (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
31 - [March de Chocobo] Odekake Chocobo Original Arrange (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
32 - [Retro de Chocobo] Odekake Chocobo Original Arrange (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
33 - [Battle de Chocobo] Odekake Chocobo Original Arrange (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
34 - [The Witch, The Girl, and the 5 Heroes] Odekake Chocobo Original Arrange (Chocobo to Mahou no Ehon Series)
35 - Chip de Chocobo from Final Fantasy (SQ Chips Preview Mini-Album)
36 - Chocobo Medley 2012 (Distant Worlds Music from Final Fantasy The Celebration)
37 - Chocobo Wark (Hidden Track)
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The Final Fantasy franchise has evolved in many ways since its inception. No two Final Fantasy games are alike, and each game offers a unique experience unto itself. But whether the games are single-player or MMO, traditional fantasy or post-modern/futuristic, turn-based or action RPGs, one creature has been a constant companion since Final Fantasy II: the lovable chocobo. These enduring birds have been a memorable and important staple in most any Final Fantasy game, and its distinctive theme music has remained constant even while Final Fantasy composers have not. This brings me to Compi de Chocobo — a soundtrack only available to Tokyo Game Show 2013 goers that compiles the chocobo theme music in its many incarnations.

The chocobo themes from the canon Final Fantasy RPGs are obviously present, but chocobos don't limit themselves to just that realm. Chocobos inhabit Final Fantasy gaiden RPGs like Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, and even non-Final Fantasy RPGs like the first Seiken Densetsu (Mana) game, which was renamed Final Fantasy Adventure in the US. The chocobo even starred in its own series of Roguelike dungeon crawlers (the Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon series), some DS minigame-filled adventures called Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, and even a racing game called Chocobo Racing. Music from all of these games as well as the SQ Chips remix and even an epic medley performed by an orchestra for a Distant Worlds concert are present here. I'd say every game that's had a chocobo is represented here.

Sonically speaking, everything from a simple ukulele arrangement to multi-layered techno funk can be heard. There are even some cool vocal themes, ranging from vocaloid pop to nu-metal akin to Coal Chamber or Static-X. Yes, there is a chocobo theme that invites moshing and headbanging. You would think that an entire soundtrack of chocobo themes would wear thin, but the variety heard in them is fantastic. Some versions play it straight up, but with altered instrumentation. Some play around with notes in different keys. Others play the main melody line then meander off into various different and unexpected musical tangents. In other words, a lot of creativity is seen here. It's akin to Iron Chef, in which the competitors are given a key ingredient and have to flex their creative muscle to cook all kinds of dishes that showcase that one special ingredient. My personal favorites are Mods de Chocobo from Final Fantasy VIII and Cinco de Chocobo from Final Fantasy VII, but everyone can easily find a favorite.

It's impossible not to like this soundtrack. I mean, who doesn't like chocobos? Chocobos are awesome! This is a soundtrack I would play in my stereo at night as I'm going to sleep, so I can dream of riding a chocobo on an epic, world-spanning adventure that will eventually become the stuff of legend. I know this soundtrack is only available to Tokyo Game Show 2013 attendees, but I hope it eventually become available for sale to the masses, because every Final Fantasy fan who's ever enjoyed time with an adorably lovable chocobo should have a chance to enjoy it.

Reviewed by: Neal Chandran