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All Sounds of Sorcerian
Catalog Number: H30X-20006
Released On: April 21, 1988
Composed By: Falcom Music Staff (Yuzo Koshiro, Mieko Ishikawa, Hideya Nagata, Reiko Takebayashi)
Arranged By: Masami Sakaide (1, 20)
Published By: DataM/Polystar
Recorded At: Avic Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Opening Suite
02 - Another Opening
03 - The Lost King's Scepter
04 - The Inn
05 - The Lost Talisman
06 - Lucifer's Floodgates
07 - The Cursed Oasis
08 - The Thieves' Tower
09 - The Mage of the Black Marsh
10 - Romancia
11 - The Mystery of the Red Jewel
12 - The Black Wizard
13 - Cursed Queen Mary
14 - The Gods in the Heavens
15 - The Ice Cave
16 - The Head of Medusa
17 - The Captive Mage
18 - The Fountain of Youth
19 - The King Dragon ~ Ending
20 - Ending Suite
Total Time:
45'44"

Before the moniker "Sound Team JDK" came into being, Falcom had already a few soundtracks. One of them is "All Sounds of Sorcerian," the first Sorcerian CD to hit the market. With the composer listed as "Falcom Music Staff," and opening/ending arrangements by Masami Sakaide, this Sorcerian album falls outside the bounds of the many rehashes that would come about in the next ten years. So if you want the original, this is where you need to go!

You may not be familiar with most of the track titles on this album. The naming convention has changed, and for good reason. Most of these tracks contain multiple melodies. As such, some of these track titles would later become "chapter" titles on Falcom's albums.

There's a lot of incredible synth music on this album. The real question is: do you like the old-style synth? If you don't, then I don't know why you're even looking into this CD. But if you feel something special, something emotional, well up inside you as you hear beautiful melodies conveyed throught he most simple and pure synthesized sound forms, then this is the album for you. There's no question that the compositions are great: they've been re-used many a time for the last 20 years, and anyone who cares to remember them will certainly do so without problem. Whether it be Cursed Oasis' Michael Jackson "Beat It" melodic rip-off, or the awesome battle themes heard at different points throughout the album, you're in for a treat no matter what.

Being one of the first Falcom albums (printed before the "KICA" King Records era), All Sounds of Sorcerian is a difficult find. Music From Sorcerian is slightly easier to get your hands on, and there are some other options for those who want a true Sorcerian OST. But I put strong recommendations to collectors to find this oldie-but-goodie.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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