True Legend of Nobunaga
Catalog Number: KECH-1021
Released On: December 21, 1991
Composed By: Yoko Kanno, Mitsuo Yamamoto
Arranged By: Yoko Kanno, Mitsuo Yamamoto
Published By: Koei, Co., Ltd.
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

01 - Signal Fire
02 - Ruling Offense and Defense
03 - Battlefield (from Threat of War ~ The Road to Supremacy)
04 - Visions of the Present Life
05 - Evil Spirit, Fierce God ~ First Volume
06 - Burning Mt. Hiei
07 - Gloom
08 - Evil Spirit, Fierce God ~ Second Volume
09 - Castle Siege (from Threat of War ~ Road to Supremacy)
10 - The Tower Destroyed by Fire (from Threat of War ~ The Road to Supremacy)
11 - Nobunaga's Ambition
12 - Armored Tiger ~ First Volume
13 - Armored Tiger ~ Second Volume
14 - Eternal Heaven and Earth
15 - Spirit
16 - Song of Praise
17 - Distant Nature
18 - Fangs of the Jealous Wolf
19 - Grace
20 - Rivalry of Warlords
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I've only recently discovered Yoko Kanno, and I regret not having known more of her work before. Possibly the most talented composer/musician of our time on both sides of the Pacific, this collection features selections from three of her earlier musical efforts in the Nobunaga series: Zenkokuban, Sengokugunyuden (co-composed with Mitsuo Yamamoto), and Bushoufuunroku. Although not quite as refined as her later work, there is plenty of wonderful music to be found here.

Lush, vibrant, imaginative; all of these words equally describe the musical images that these compositions inspire. Kanno's mastery of her art is clearly visible in the way she reconstructs the predominantly 8-16 bit compositions in these arrangements. Each piece is a synthesis of carefully layered melodies that come together to create a rich tapestry of sound. I had a very hard time believing these originated from a videogame. You need need listen to "Spirit" or "Visions of the Present Life" to understand what I mean. I'd imagine she has been classically trained, because so few can capture the feel and texture of the great composers the way she does.

Considering the rarity of all three albums represented here, this CD is a great way to get the best of them in one shot. Of course, True Legend of Nobunaga is difficult to find as well, but if you happen to come across it, I urge you to pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

Reviewed by: Lucy Rzeminski


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