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Distant Worlds - music from Final Fantasy Returning Home

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Catalog Number: SQEX-20004~6 (reprint AWR 10104~7)
Released On: January 19, 2011 (reprint April 1, 2011)
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu
Arranged By: Shiro Hamaguchi, Arnie Roth, Eric Roth, Tsutomu Narita, Adam Klemens, Masashi Hamauzu, Yoshihisa Hirano, Toshiyuki Omori
Published By: Square Enix (reprint AWR Records)
Recorded At: Tokyo International Forum Hall A
Format: 3 CDs (2 CD + 1 DVD)
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Tracklist:

Disc One: DVD
01 - One-Winged Angel (FFVII)
02 - Victory Theme (FF)
03 - Don't be Afraid (FFVIII)
04 - Final Fantasy I~III Medley 2010 (FFI-III)
05 - Love Grows (FFVIII)
06 - Ronfaure (FFXI)
07 - J-E-N-O-V-A (FFVII)
08 - Dear Friends (FFV)
09 - Vamo' alla flamenco (FFIX)
10 - Aerith's Theme (FFVII)
11 - Chocobo Medley 2010 (FF Series)
12 - Opening ~ Bombing Mission (FFVII)
13 - Zanarkand (FFX)
14 - Those Who Fight (FFVII)
15 - Dancing Mad (FFVI)

Final Fantasy XIII
16 - Blinded by Light
17 - Fang's Theme
18 - March of the Dreadnoughts
19 - Fabula Nova Crystallis
20 - Saber's Edge

Final Fantasy XIV
21 - Navigator's Glory ~The Theme of Limsa Lominsa~
22 - Twilight over Thanalan
23 - Answers
24 - Primal Judgement

25 - The Man with the Machine Gun (FFVIII)
26 - Terra's Theme (FFVI)
27 - Clash on the Big Bridge (FFV)
Total Time:
84'46"

Disc Two
01 - One-Winged Angel (FFVII)
02 - Victory Theme (FF)
03 - Don't be Afraid (FFVIII)
04 - Final Fantasy I~III Medley 2010 (FFI-III)
05 - Love Grows (FFVIII)
06 - Ronfaure (FFXI)
07 - J-E-N-O-V-A (FFVII)
08 - Dear Friends (FFV)
09 - Vamo' alla flamenco (FFIX)
10 - Aerith's Theme (FFVII)
11 - Chocobo Medley 2010 (FF Series)
Total Time:
51'09"

Disc Three
01 - Opening ~ Bombing Mission (FFVII)
02 - Zanarkand (FFX)
03 - Those Who Fight (FFVII)
04 - Dancing Mad (FFVI)

Final Fantasy XIII
05 - Blinded by Light (FFXIII)
06 - Fang's Theme (FFXIII)
07 - March of the Dreadnoughts (FFXIII)
08 - Fabula Nova Crystallis (FFXIII)
09 - Saber's Edge (FFXIII)

Final Fantasy XIV
10 - Navigator's Glory ~The Theme of Limsa Lominsa~ (FFXIV)
11 - Twilight over Thanalan (FFXIV)
12 - Answers (FFXIV)
13 - Primal Judgement (FFXIV)

14 - The Man with the Machine Gun (FFVIII)
15 - Terra's Theme (FFVI)
16 - Clash on the Big Bridge (FFV)
Total Time:
73'53"

Returning Home is the latest entry in the Distant Worlds series of albums, and it features three discs of live orchestral performances of music from throughout the history of the series. Conducted yet again by Arnie Roth and performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the album includes a number of tracks that have become standard for the Distant Worlds series, as well as a few new ones, particularly from the newest games in the series, XIII and XIV.

If you are a fan of the previous albums or of live orchestral music in general, it's unlikely that you will be disappointed in any way by Returning Home. The production quality is top notch, featuring clear, crisp sound and some truly beautiful arrangements that, whether they are new or returning favorites, come across as full of heart and emotion. The classics are all expertly arranged, with a track like "Those Who Fight" from FFVII rendered wonderfully. Even years after the original, this new arrangement was so potent that the famous hook in the song gave me chills while listening. Still other songs, like fan favorite "Dancing Mad," make a clear argument for the original compositions and how well they translate to a live orchestra. Without a doubt, its iteration here is how it was meant to be heard.

The new tracks from XIII are good as well. A piano arrangement of "March of the Dreadnoughts" has a wonderfully fluttery, bouncy sound that makes it quite pleasant for easy listening. On the other hand, "Saber's Edge" still has that punchy sound that made it a great boss theme to begin with, with its intensity only highlighted by the orchestra.

While I'm not familiar with the tunes from XIV, if these arrangements are any indication, they were served well. "Navigator's Glory ~ The Theme of Limsa Lominsa~" is an uplifting, expressive anthem that brings me fond memories of the Vana'diel March from XI. "Answers" is an excellent vocal track, with the full orchestral and choir complement to back up the lead vocalist, Susan Calloway – who also does an outstanding job.

The addition of tracks from the two newest Final Fantasies has only helped Distant Worlds, which was already a great concert series. There isn't much else to say here – if you like orchestral music, you can't go wrong with Returning Home. The arrangements are expertly handled, and the performance and production quality are top-notch. There's a lot of great music in here, so check it out!

Reviewed by: Stephen Meyerink



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