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Dragon Quest Suite
Catalog Number: BY30-5121
Released On: October 5, 1986
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: Apollon
Recorded At: Creator Zero, Vario-Hall
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Orchestra Version
01 - Overture March
02 - Chateau Ladutorm
03 - People
04 - Unknown World
05 - Fight
06 - Dungeon
07 - King Dragon
08 - Finale
Original Version
09 - Game Original Sound Medley
Synthesizer Version
10 - Opening Theme
11 - Chateau Ladutorm
12 - People
13 - Unknown World
14 - Fight
15 - Dungeon
16 - King Dragon
17 - Finale
Total Time:
42'43"

Though Dragon Quest's music would be reprinted and re-recorded on many different albums, the original recording and (to my knowledge) the very first Dragon Quest music in existence are on this 1986 album.

With a complete score of only 8 tracks (each track getting three songs to go with it), Dragon Quest I is very limited for creativity. The music isn't anything profound or inspirational; but, it is pulled off very well as the first VGM orchestra endeavor in history.

A type of track found on this CD but not on later Dragon Quest Symphonic Suites are the "Synthesizer Version" tracks. They are high quality, but definitely not "On Electone" tracks. I would have to say that these tracks are my favorite (even though each track is very short), as I have heard the orchestra versions of these songs too many times. The Original Sound Medley, again, would be good, but the use of extremely annoying sound effects just ruins the track.

Since you will probably never find this print of the album, you should settle for a "Dragon Quest I & II Symphonic Suite", which exist in many different reprints from SPE Visual Works, Sony Records, and probably others.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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