KOEI Game Music Works - Yoko Kanno Collections
Catalog Number: KECH-1045
Released On: July 25, 1993
Composed By: Yoko Kanno
Arranged By: Yoko Kanno
Published By: Koei Co., Ltd.
Recorded At: STUDIO Somewhere
Format: 1 CD
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01 - Yellow River ~ Yangtze River
02 - Blue Whitecaps
03 - Catalina
04 - Mast in the Mist
05 - Portugal
06 - Princess Chris
07 - Orudo
08 - Distand Mountains and Rivers
09 - Burning Mt. Hiei
10 - Emblem of Peace - First Chapter
11 - Emblem of Peace - Last Chapter
12 - The Chase
13 - Land of Luxury
14 - Dawn ~In the Midst of Time~
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This disc is a compilation of selected material from every Koei CD of Yoko Kanno's up through 1993 (everything except Tenshouki). The intention was to obviously exhibit Kanno's tremendous versatility, so each of the 14 tracks stand out as some of the most original and distinguished pieces from their respective albums. Among the most notable tracks are "The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers," seamlessly shifting from an Eastern traditional style koto and shakuhachi duet to a beautifully lush, impressionistic orchestral sketch of the calm flowing of water, "Portugal," a charming cross of latin guitar rhythms with a colorfully French accordian melody, and "Burning Mt. Hiei," a jazzy, rapid-fire piano and violin duet. The extreme quality and variety of music makes this an excellent CD for people interested in hearing paramount examples of Kanno's game music work, as well as being a repository of tracks from original CD's nearly impossible to find. This collection is obviously a good by for fans anxious to snap up as much of her music as possible.

Reviewed by: James McCawley


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