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Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest Quest VI ~The Dream World~ (London Philharmonic Orchestra)
Catalog Number: SVWC-7066 (reprint KICC-6319)
Released On: August 23, 2000 (reprint October 7, 2009)
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: SPE Visual Works (reprint King Records)
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Overture
02 - At the Palace
03 - In the Town ~ Happy Humming ~ Inviting Village ~ Folk Dance ~ In the Town
04 - Through the Fields ~ Wandering Through the Silence ~ Another World
05 - Ocean Waves
06 - Flying Bed
07 - Pegasus ~ Saint's Wreath
08 - Evil World ~ Satan's Castle ~ Frightening Dungeon ~ Satan's Castle
09 - Brave Fight
10 - Melancholy
11 - Ocarina ~ The Saint
12 - Devil's Tower
13 - Dungeons ~ Last Dungeon ~ Dungeons
14 - Monsters
15 - Demon Combat
16 - Eternal Lullaby
Total Time:
70'54"

Cover for the 2009 reprint, which makes explicit the "London Philharmonic" source recording.

Dragon Quest VI Symphonic Suite was first recorded by the London Philharmonic, as Sugiyama had stopped recording with the NHK by the time of its release. Thus, there are only two recordings for this SS: London Philharmonic, and Tokyo Metropolitan.

However, in 2000, the London print got reissued. However, unlike the original Sony Records print, this album came only with one disc (no OST for disc 2). Also, it had a slight change in tracklist, splitting track 14 "Monsters ~ Demon Combat" into two separate tracks. The final change is the "Super Bit Mapping" remastering that all the year 2000 prints received.

This recording is excellent, as I've said in a previous review. If you can't find the original print from 1996, and/or you don't care about having the OST from disc two, this is a fine album to pick up. The Tokyo Metropolitan recording is also strong, but some people prefer the London Phil recordings to any other. So it's just a matter of preference, really. What matters is that, in some form or another, you get the DQVI Symphonic Suite. This is one of Sugiyama's best: in my opinion, far better than I, III, V, or VII.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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