Final Fantasy V Piano Collections
Catalog Number: PSCN-5009 (first print N38D-018, reprint NTCP-1002)
Released On: September 24, 1994 (first print June 21, 1993; reprint June 27, 2001)
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged By: Shirou Satou
Published By: NTT Publishing (first print Square Brand/NTT, reprint NTT Publishing)
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
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01 - A Presentiment
02 - Tenderness in the Air
03 - Harvest
04 - Ahead on our Way
05 - Critter Tripper Fritter?!
06 - My Home, Sweet Home
07 - Mambo de Chocobo
08 - Lenna's Theme
09 - Music Box
10 - Battle with Gilgamesh
11 - Waltz Clavier
12 - Dear Friends
13 - The New Origin
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[back cover]
The cover to the new reprint. There's no high price on this one, and it's easy to find. But there's also no hard cover sheet music!

This music is amazing. Purely amazing, I just love this one the most of all of them. Basically, like FF IV&VI Piano, this CD is rare as anything, though this is probably the most rare of all. The ONLY place you can get this is on eBay...And it'll probably cost ya $250-$350 depending on how crazy you bidders are in the last 10 seconds.

As mentioned in the FFIV Piano review, the CD comes with a book containing all of the music to play the songs. Of all the Piano Collections, I think it's most fair to say that FFV has the most "abstract" music. Case in point, "Lenna's Theme". This song is one of my BIG favorites from FFV. However, this version takes the melodies and puts them in a round, then changes the melodies bit by bit to make it almost atonal. While it's interesting, it's definitely not "beautiful" like other versions of the song.

The CD ends well with "The New Origin", another personal favorite (as far as FF Endings go, this one's the best because it's not as much medley as real new music). It's also very difficult to memorize all of it...oh, while I'm there, this music is pretty difficult to pick up for many piano players. Of course, if you pay the expected amount for this soundtrack and own a piano, I suspect you'd get your dollars' worth by practicing these songs so much. I know I did!

Note that there have now been a series of reprints run on the FF IV-VI Piano Collections. The information for them is above, and they come at a much cheaper price than the originals. The one problem is, of course, they don't come with the hardcover book filled with the sheet music. It's just a CD now. Ah well!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann