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Seiken Densetsu ~ Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge

[back cover]
Catalog Number: N30D-005
Released On: September 30, 1991
Composed By: Kenji Ito
Arranged By: Takayuki Hattori
Published By: NTT Publishing/Square Brand
Recorded At: Tokyu Fun, Hitokuchi-Zaka Studio, Onkio Haus, Sunrise Studio, Take One
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - First Chapter - Determination - from
Rising Sun, Fighting Arena, Endless
Battlefield
02 - Second Chapter - Menace - from Glance
Dukedom, Dungeon 1, Fight 1
03 - Third Chapter - Mission - from Village,
Royal Palace, Mana's Mission
04 - Fourth Chapter - Friends - from Birth of
Chocobo, Chocobo Theme
05 - Fifth Chapter - Parting - from Dungeon 2,
Fight 2, In Sorrow, Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge
06 - Sixth Chapter - Decisive Battle - from
Mana Palace, Julius' Ambition, Last Battle
07 - Last Chapter - Life - from Legend Forever
Total Time:
35'11"

Stunning artwork from the booklet.

Note: This soundtrack, along with the Seiken Densetsu OSV, were reprinted into one disc that is generally available. This disc is entitled Seiken Densetsu Sound Collections.

Seiken Densetsu ~ Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge is an album of epic ambition. Be it the original Final Fantasy Adventure or their latest offering, Sword of Mana, each incarnation of Square’s Seiken Densetsu was granted a common blessing in being graced by the classic compositions of Kenji Ito. Freed from the shackles of sound hardware limitations, these timeless melodies live on, aspiring to their full potential for orchestral greatness.

Takayuki Hattori’s arrangements are organized in a series of chapters, each of which is comprised of several easily distinguished songs from the Seiken Densetsu OSV. Despite initial reservations regarding the potential for volatility in an “orchestral medley,” so to speak, my fears were immediately diminished upon engaging the album directly. First Chapter – Determination makes a flawless transition from the soft and nostalgic opening theme, “Rising Sun,” to the powerful “Endless Battlefield,” driving the hero continually onward in his quest. Seemingly reminiscent of popular import drama albums, each chapter manages to tell a magnificent tale and effectively brings the listener along for the ride. An unexpected accent in Sixth Chapter – Decisive Battle even includes a delectable slice of Latin guitar amid the triumphant flutes and violins that comprise the original “Final Battle.” Particularly, those familiar with the story of Seiken Densetsu will have the most profound appreciation for Hattori’s work in Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge, but have no worries – there’s a little something here for everyone.

Reviewed by: Ryan Mattich



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