Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest V ~Bride of the Heavens~

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Catalog Number: APCG-9004
Released On: October 21, 1992
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama, Koichi Nakamura
Published By: Apollon
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs

Disc One
Orchestra Version
01 - Overture
02 - Castle Trumpeter
03 - Melody in an Ancient Town ~ Toward the Horizon ~ Casino ~ Lively Town ~ Melody in an Ancient Town
04 - Magic Carpet ~ The Ocean
05 - Melody of Love
06 - Monsters in the Dungeon ~ Tower of Death ~ Dark World ~ Monsters in the Dungeon
07 - Violent Enemies ~ Almighty Boss Devil is Challenged
08 - Noble Requiem ~ Saint
09 - Satan
10 - Heaven
11 - Bridal Waltz
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Disc Two
Original Version
01 - Dragon Quest V Game Original Sound Story
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Dragon Quest: The series that never fails to please the classical music enthusiast. The style to this Dragon Quest Symphonic Suite is standard to the series: Amazing symphonic music on disc 1, "Original Sound Story" music on disc 2. Dragon Quest V's OSS disc leaves the music as one track...Filled with all kinds of extremely annoying bleeps and blips to ruin the original synth, which would sound fine without those HORRIBLE ear-grating sound effects (classic though they may be, I didn't want them).

One of my favorite tracks on the symphonic disc is track 6...It begans with this enchanting flutter of trills and background, then a main melody kicks in on some sort of woodwind instrument...A flute, a clarinet, an oboe, I'm not sure. Either way, it sounds great. From here, the song fades into another dark song, but is still fun and jumpy at points. It goes through another theme, and back to the first theme. This is your typical "medley" track from Sugiyama, one that almost always works out well: Definitely the ideal Dragon Quest track. And all of the other tracks manage to come together nicely, even when they are only of one theme.

This soundtrack is somewhat rare in its first print. Expect a price of about $30 on the reprint, and, if you can find it, just a bit higher for the original.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann