Tales of Series Piano Arrange Tracks
Catalog Number: KDSD-00219
Released On: September 24, 2008
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba
Arranged By: Motoi Sakuraba
Published By: Team Entertainment
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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01 - The Dawn of Departure [Tales of Vesperia]
02 - Swordian Team [Tales of Destiny2]
03 - Surprise Attack! [Tales of Destiny]
04 - Tales Of Destiny2 [Tales of Destiny2]
05 - Last Battle ~Decision~ [Tales of Symphonia]
06 - Happiness In My Hand [Tales of the Abyss]
07 - Desert [Tales of the Tempest]
08 - Sheaf of Soul [Tales of the Abyss]
09 - Burning Tower [Tales of Phantasia]
10 - Eternal Mind [Tales of Eternia]
11 - Lion-Irony Of Fate [Tales of Destiny]
12 - Good-Bye Friends [Tales of Phantasia]
13 - The Answer [Tales of Rebirth]
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We're finally getting some arranged albums for the Tales series. After a rock-band-style battle arrange album, we get a piano solo album arranged and performed by Sakuraba himself. How is it? Well...that depends on how you like your piano.

In this case, the piano has been overcooked by Sakuraba. It seems to me that there is far too much bombast on this album. Every now and then, if Sakuraba doesn't know how to transpose the song itself onto piano, he resorts to banging the piano, and/or running glissandos up and down the scales. Emotionally expressive it may be, but it is also a sloppy way of arranging these fine melodies.

Again, many battle themes were chosen for this album. My favorites both came from Tales of Destiny (tracks 3 and 11). The only track from Sakuraba's newest Tales album, "Tales of Vesperia," is a short and somewhat forgettable arrangement of "The Dawn of Departure."

The arrangements are hit-or-miss, but for the most part, I believe they missed. I would like to see a piano collection for the Tales series that also incorporates Shinji Tamura's compositions. Sakuraba simply isn't meant to arrange for piano, especially since these performances feel improvised, un-studied, and otherwise sloppy. If you want a Tales arrange album, get the battle arrange album instead of this one.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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