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.