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Final Fantasy VIII Music Collection
Catalog Number: EASQUARE-0001
Released On: January 2000
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged By: Nobuo Uematsu, Shiro Hamaguchi
Published By: Square Electronic Arts
Recorded At: Sound City, Tokyo
Format: 4 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Liberi Fatali
02 - Balamb GARDEN
03 - Blue Fields
04 - Don't be Afraid
05 - The Winner
06 - Find Your Way
07 - SeeD
08 - The Landing
09 - Starting Up
10 - Force Your Way
11 - The Loser
12 - Never Look Back
13 - Dead End
14 - Breezy
15 - Shuffle or Boogie
16 - Waltz for the Moon
17 - Tell Me
18 - Fear
19 - The Man with the Machine Gun
20 - Julia
21 - Roses and Wine
22 - Junction
23 - Timber Owls
Total Time:
60'53"

Disc Two
01 - My Mind
02 - The Mission
03 - Martial Law
04 - Cactus Jack (Galbadian Anthem)
05 - Only a Plank Between One and Perdition
06 - SUCCESSION OF WITCHES
07 - Galbadia GARDEN
08 - Unrest
09 - Under Her Control
10 - The Stage is Set
11 - A Sacrifice
12 - FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC
13 - Intruders
14 - Premonition
15 - Wounded
16 - Fragments of Memories
17 - Jailed
18 - Rivals
19 - Ami
Total Time:
62'19"

Disc Three
01 - The Spy
02 - Retaliation
03 - Movin'
04 - Blue Sky
05 - Drifting
06 - Heresy
07 - Fisherman's Horizon
08 - ODEKA ke Chocobo
09 - Where I Belong
10 - The Oath
11 - Slide Show Part1
12 - Slide Show Part2
13 - Love Grows
14 - The Salt Flats
15 - Trust Me
16 - Silence and Motion
17 - Dance with the Balamb-fish
18 - Tears of the Moon
19 - Residents
20 - Eyes On Me
Total Time:
63'25"

Disc Four
01 - Mods de Chocobo (featuring N's Telecaster)
02 - Ride On
03 - Truth
04 - Lunatic Pandora
05 - Compression of Time
06 - The Castle
07 - The Legendary Beast
08 - Maybe I'm a Lion
09 - The Extreme
10 - The Successor
11 - Ending Theme
12 - Overture
Total Time:
61'10"

Final Fantasy VIII is one of the few games that has had its soundtrack released in North America. The CDs in this set are identical to the Japanese Final Fantasy VIII OST.

The music of Final Fantasy VIII is simply amazing. From the moment I saw the opening movie, I found I was completely drawn in by the opening theme, Liberi Fatali. Its combination of singing voices, drum beats, and brass instruments sets the scene for an epic struggle perfectly. The soundtrack is further supplemented with a wide variety of different pieces that bring the adventure/love story to life. For example, the song Blue Sky uses flute music to create a peaceful setting for the town of Winhil, whereas the song The Castle has a combination of bass drums and odd sound effects to provide Ultimecia's castle with a dark, mysterious feeling. Finally, the love song Eyes on Me, sung by pop singer Faye Wong, beatifully emphasizes a key moment shared by Squall and Rinoa.

This package contains a small 9-page booklet filled with full-color conceptual pictures as well as CG stills from Final Fantasy 8. Also in this booklet are a track list, Latin and English lyrics for Liberi Fatali and Eyes on Me respectively, plus an interview with Nobuo Uematsu translated to English!

This soundtrack can no longer be purchased (the domestic version, that is)...it comes up on eBay every now and then, but that's about it for this one.

Reviewed by: Musashi



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