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Super Famicom Edition Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest I

[back cover]
Catalog Number: SRCL-2733
Released On: January 12, 1994
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: Sony Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

London Philharmonic Orchestra Version
01 - Overture March
02 - Château Ladutorm
03 - People
04 - Unknown World
05 - Fight
06 - Dungeon
07 - King Dragon
08 - Finale
Original Game Sound
09 - Overture March
10 - People (Name Input)
11 - Château Ladutorm
12 - People
13 - Unknown World
14 - Fight
15 - Dungeon
16 - King Dragon
17 - Finale
18 - ME Collection (Inn ~ Victory ~ Level Up ~ Death ~ Curse ~ Church ~ Important Item Discovery ~ Flute of Slumber ~ Princess' Love ~ Rainbow Dew ~ Rainbow Bridge)
Total Time:
42'44"

Though you can get the London Philharmonic recording of Dragon Quest I and II on the same disc, the option also exists to purchase Dragon Quest I Symphonic Suite, with the Super Famicom OST tracks, as a separate disc from Sony Records.

If you like Super Famicom synth, that's an excellent reason to pick up this album. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed the Music Effect Collection (track 18) on this disc. Classic noises, but 16-bit subdued instead of 8-bit grainy.

The OST has one minor difference from the Symphonic Suite layout: the track "People" is broken into two tracks, with the "Interlude" music coming first. The traditional way to present this music is to put the two melodies in one track, as is the case with the Symphonic Suite recording.

The album is short, and is a hard find. So it's good for collectors, but as for enjoyment of the actual music, either the SPE print of Dragon Quest I+II or the Tokyo Metropolitan print of DQI Symphonic Suite would provide greater enjoyment for the average listener.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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