Falcom Label The 10th Anniversary: Very Best of Ys

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Falcom Label The 10th Anniversary: Very Best of Ys
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Akira Odakura / Hiroshi Shinkawa / Hiroyuki Namba / J.D.K. DULK-FACTORY / Junichi Kanezaki / Kentaro Haneda / Michio Fujisawa / Ryo Yonemitsu / Takayuki Hattori / Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1220
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 13 tracks
Release date November 27, 1998
Duration 01:04:41
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Overview

The Very Best of Ys was one of the final albums Falcom released through King Records after a decade-long collaboration. To commemorate the end of an era, Falcom decided to celebrate the diverse adaptations of Ys music released over the years with a best compilation album. Featuring everything from symphonies, rock bands, and vocalists, does it highlight the series' best and does it come together as a whole?

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The album opens with an orchestral suite taken from Symphonic Ys. The suite features three of the most famous themes from Ys — "Feena", "First Step Towards Wars", and "Palace" — orchestrated by the late great Kentaro Haneda and performed by full orchestra. This eleven minute suite is a bloated introduction to the album, yet it is also a sublime one that reflects the deeper and dramatic elements of Ys. Another expansive suite is featured at the end of the album, dedicated to the sequel's "Lilia", performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It's an excellent arrangement that helps to bring the album round full circle.

Ys is actually known for its rock adaptations more than its symphonic elements. Appropriately, the album commemorates this element with a selection of popular arrangements. Ryo Yonemitsu's acclaimed arrangements of "Palace of Destruction", "Tower of the Shadow of Death", and "Palace of Salmon" all make appearances from the Perfect Collection series and capture his straightforward mainstream-targeted sound. There are also two performances by the J.D.K. Band, namely their incredible take of "To Make the End of Battle" from their first album and the relatively straightforward adaptation of "Companile of Lane" featured in the series' anime adaptation. Hiroyuki Nanba's take on "Termination" is also extremely enjoyable and brings a progressive rock element to the experience.

There is a lot of diversity elsewhere in the experience. A beautiful piano adaptation of "Palace" is sandwiched between the rock arrangements and demonstrates the relative beauty of Michio Fujisawa's PrePrimer arrangements. Even the J.D.K. Dulk Factory make an appearance in one of the few good arrangements from Provincialism Ys, the gothic "The Last Moment of the Dark". Finally, there are three vocal performances. "The Morning Grow" is perhaps the most beautiful of these, offering Shoko Minami's uplifting vocals and atmospheric rock backing, though "Lilia" is a good contender with its piano-driven ballad approach. The album ends on a very sugary note with Shoko Minami's controversial, but potentially likeable, rendition of "See You Again".

Summary

The Very Best of Ys is a compilation of impressive arrangements from the series. Though it doesn't come together as a whole that well, what it does offer is plenty of diversity and many fan favourites. At the very least, it could serve as a useful introduction to the series' discography before listeners decide whether to want to branch out into symphonic performances, Perfect Collections, Preprimers, or Falcom's Vocal Collections. However, it might be a bad idea to buy this, since the enclosure album Ys I & II Best Sound Selection offers many of these arrangements and a lot more.



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Track 1 from Symphony Ys
Arranged by Kentaro Haneda
Performed by King Symphonic Orchestra

Track 2 from Perfect Collection Ys
Arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu

Track 3 from Preprimer
Arranged by Michio Fujisawa
Performed by M. FUJISAWA & Pre-Project

Track 4 from Perfect Collection Ys IV Vol. 2
Arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu

Track 5 from Provincialism Ys
Arranged & Performed by J.D.K. DULK-FACTORY

Track 6 from Perfect Collection Ys
Arranged by Hiroshi Shinkawa
Vocals by Shoko Minami
Lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando

Track 7 from Falcom J.D.K. BAND 1
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

Track 8 from The Vocal from Ys
Arranged by Junichi Kanezaki
Vocals by Akino Arai
Lyrics by Linda Hennrick

Track 9 from Perfect Collection Ys II
Arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu

Track 10 from Perfect Collection Ys Heaven's Sanctuary 3
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

Track 11 from Music from Ys II
Arranged by Hiroyuki Namba
Keyboard: Hiroyuki Namba
Bass: Yoshihiro Naruse
Guitar: Hirokuni Korekata
Drums: Keisuke Komiri

Track 12 from Falcom Neo Classic
Arranged by Takayuki Hattori
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra

Track 13 from Falcom Special Box '97 - Midori Kawana Sings Ys
Arranged by Akira Odakura
Vocals & Lyrics by Midori Kawana
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on November 27, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 13 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
Symphony Ys 1st Movement - FEENA/FIRST STEP TOWARDS WARS/PALACE
11:08
2
PALACE OF DESTRUCTION
02:03
3
PrePrimer (PALACE)
03:58
4
TOWER OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
04:41
5
THE LAST MOMENT OF THE DARK
04:11
6
Endless History (THE MORNING GROW)
04:55
7
TO MAKE THE END OF BATTLE
05:03
8
LILIA ~English Version~
05:14
9
PALACE OF SALMON
02:01
10
A Battle While the Bell Tolls (COMPANILE OF LANE)
02:24
11
TERMINATION
03:40
12
Suite LILIA
10:49
13
Victory!! (SEE YOU AGAIN)
04:34
30.04.12
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