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Seiken Densetsu: Legend of Mana OST
Catalog Number: SSCX-10034 (reprint SQEX-10036/7)
Released On: July 23, 1999 (reprint October 20, 2004)
Composed By: Yoko Shimomura
Arranged By: Yoko Shimomura
Published By: DigiCube (reprint Square Enix)
Recorded At: Air Studios (London), Tai Studio, Polar Studios (Sweden), Square Studio, and Crescent Studio (part of Sound City, Tokyo)
Format: 2 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Legend of Mana ~Title Theme~
02 - Nostalgic Song
03 - World of Mana
04 - Song of Mana ~Opening Theme~
05 - Places of Soul
06 - Hometown Domina
07 - Daedal's Organ
08 - Wanderer's Path
09 - Pain the Universe
10 - Cliff Town Gato
11 - Earth Painting
12 - Marginal Beast
13 - Moonlit City Roa
14 - Everyday Dream ~ Spirit's Song
15 - To the Sea
16 - Southern City Polpota
17 - Everyday Dream
18 - Calmly Travelling
19 - Bedight Orbit
20 - The Wind Sings of a Journey
21 - Mystic City Geo
22 - Memory of Running
23 - The Darkness Nova
Total Time:
63'47''

Disc Two
01 - Pastoral
02 - Ranch Night
03 - Maker's Gallop
04 - Dreamseed Fruit
05 - A Good Thing
06 - Play the Organ!
07 - Play the Organ! Part 2
08 - Nocturne
09 - Digger's Song~Underground Path Song
10 - Calm Song
11 - Sorrowful Song
12 - Joyful Song
13 - Mysterious Song
14 - Missing Truth
15 - The Excitement of Both of Us
16 - Irwin on Reflection
17 - The Other Truth
18 - Complicated Destiny
19 - Bonded by the Soul
20 - Aid
21 - The Crimson Dragon Emperor
22 - The One who Waits for the Breath of Destiny
23 - Depression Blues
24 - Gem Thief Sandra's Plight
25 - City of Flickering Destruction
26 - Foolish Decision
27 - Those Who Are Shining
28 - The Great Virtue of Gathering Mana's Spirit ~Theme of Mana~
29 - Holy Power of Mana
30 - Silence of Time
31 - Nostalgic Song ~Ending Theme of Mana's Story~
32 - Song of Mana ~Ending Theme~
Total Time:
66'50''

Yoko Shimomura is, in my mind and in the mind of many others, one of Squaresoft's "three composing giants" (the other two being Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda...And some consider Sakimoto one, but he hasn't done enough work with Square yet). Anyway, this being Shimomura's latest work, it is simply amazing. The synth quality, the composition quality...Everything about it, quality. A quality soundtrack, to say the least!

Shimomura has never been strong with town themes...Unfortunately, given the settings of the game, she had to write plenty of them. A couple came out alright, but some are just downright boring. However, this is counter-balanced with big, emotional themes (like the Theme of MANA and just about every piano track on here) and then the hard-rock/techno mix battle music, along with fast-pace dungeon music. Add that to an amazing Swedish vocalist who does the opening/ending song (basically the same song), and you have quite a soundtrack on your hands.

And, how can you get this soundtrack in your hands? The best place to go is definitely Anime Nation for only $32. Definitely worth the payment, pick it up now! Anyone can enjoy this soundtrack!!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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