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New Prescription for Peace Album Honors Suikoden Creator Yoshitaka Murayama

Front cover of Prescription for Peace: A Tribute to the Departed Volume II, which honors Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama

On March 5th, Scarlet Moon Records published GENTLE LOVE’s Prescription for Peace: A Tribute to the Departed Volume II. A follow-up to the 2015 original album, producer Jayson Napolitano writes in the album’s digital liner notes that the impetus for this release was last month’s untimely loss of Yoshitaka Murayama, creator of the Suikoden series.

While the majority of this album features original compositions from GENTLE LOVE’s Norihiko Hibino, the tribute piece of music for Murayama is an arrangement of “Reminiscence,” a powerful melodic piece from Suikoden II originally composed by Miki Higashino. The typical GENTLE LOVE instrumentation of piano and saxophone allows for a soulful yet somber rendition. Take a listen:

On a personal note, I would add that this album is worth exploring not only in terms of its music, but in the detailed liner notes written by Hibino and Napolitano. The album is free to stream and available to purchase via Scarlet Moon’s Bandcamp page.

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.

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