Symphonic Poem Dragon Slayer ~The Legend of Heroes~

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Symphonic Poem Dragon Slayer ~The Legend of Heroes~
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1101
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 7 tracks
Release date March 25, 1992
Duration 00:42:52
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Overview

Generally, I'm not a fan of symphonic game music arrangements. I feel that too many pieces of music lose their overall feel in the transition from synth to real instruments, and that synth arrangements bring out the best characteristics in the original music. Many times, especially if you're not familiar with the source material, the end result is a very boring experience despite the live instruments. Thankfully, for synth lovers like myself, our friends at Falcom have been kind enough to provide us with a happy-medium between synth and orchestra: The J.D.K. Electric Orchestra!

I don't know how he does it, but every time Tamiya Terashima gets behind the wheel of the Electric Orchestra something good happens. The unique usage of real-sounding synthesizers that sound like a synthy orchestra has yet to let me down in ANY arrangement it has performed. This stands true especially for the Legend of Heroes series, where the first four games received the Electric Orchestra treatment to splendid result. While Symphonic Poem Dragon Slayer The Legend of Heroes Vol. 1 isn't my favorite of Terashima's works — in fact, The Legend of Heroes III Electric Orchestra is my favorite — it does come closer to bringing out the true nature of the original Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes score than any other version. Even though I listen to Perfect Collection Dragon Slayer The Legend of Heroes much more than this, this is one of the most satisfying listening experiences I have in my collection.

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Speaking of the selections, three of the seven tracks focus on specific pieces, while the rest are medleys of various others. I'm especially impressed with the way the medleys flow seamlessly from track-to-track. I was a little disappointed that my favorite Legend of Heroes piece, "Pirate Island", didn't make it, but the rest are all fine selections. Sound quality is excellent overall; I have a few nit-picks on the last track, but no major complaints. Seemingly, Symphonic Poem Dragon Slayer The Legend of Heroes Vol. 1 was conducted in front of a live audience, unless Terashima is using an electric audience as well. After each selection ends, there is a bit of clapping and other various noises. I can see where this can bother a few people, but I personally like the live feeling it has.

The single-track selections are "Opening" (Movement 1), "Town" (Movement 2), and "Ending I" (Movement 6). My biggest complaint is that "Opening" and "Ending I", while excellent, have basically the same composition. In a nutshell, the opening is a bit faster, while the ending has a somber, slower feel to it. Terashima did his best to differentiate between the two, but it's almost impossible to ignore the similarities. That said, "Town" is my second favorite arrangement here, as it features a bombastic yet classically-oriented take on the melancholic original.

Of the medleys, Movement 3 is my hands-down favorite on the album. It starts with the excellent "Field" theme before cutting over to the "Battle" theme. Afterward, it cuts back to a slower version of "Field", then it goes to the ominous "Dungeon" music, then back to a slower version of "Battle". This magnificent track ends with "Event Clear" snippet and ANOTHER version of "Field". Movement 4 is a classic example of a fast track being paired up with a slower one; it starts and ends with "Castle" with "The Word of God" showing up in the middle. Movement 5 isn't anything special, just three more solid tracks that flow into each other. Finally, the album ends with "Ending II" and "March of Heroes". Both of these upbeat tracks are done justice with the orchestral treatment, but they aren't as good as the Perfect Collection versions. Still, the album goes out with a bang.

Summary

Overall, a very impressive effort. Even if you're not familiar with the original score, this should be an immediate purchase if it shows up. I've seen it quite a few times oneBay and on message boards, so it's not the hardest Falcom album to find. In fact, most Legend of Heroes albums aren't as popular as Ys ones, so don't expect to pay more than $30 for it.



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TAMIYA TERASHIMA conducting the J.D.K. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
Recording: January 1992, Isrenasa National Theater (イセルハーサ国立劇場)

Musical Producer & Arrangement: Tamiya Terashima
Executive Producer: Masayuki Kato (Nihon Falcom Inc.)
Producer: Fujio Sakai
Director: Takao Uchida, Mieko Ishikawa (Nihon Falcom Inc.)
Recording & Mixdown Engineer: Takao Suga
Assistant Engineer: Shouji Nishizawa
Artist Management: Masaaki Fujita (OFFICE TWO-ONE)
Recording & Mix Down Studio: King Studio 2
Art Design: Ayako Tamura
Architect: Shuichiro Ohta


Full Tracklist (English)

First Movement
  "Isrenasa ~ The Legend of Heroes"
  Opening

Second Movement
  "Town"

Third Movement
  "The Prince's Departure"
  Field
  Battle
  Dungeon
  Event Clear

Fourth Movement
  "Sanctuary"
  Castle
  The Voice of God

Fifth Movement
  "The Mystery of Isrenasa"
  Ship
  Dragon
  Neargead Castle

Sixth Movement
  "And the Legend of Heroes"
  Ending I

Encore Piece
  "Farlayne Triumphal March"
  Ending II
  The March of Heroes


Full Tracklist (Original)

第一楽章
  「イセルハーサ~英雄たちの伝説」
  オープニング

第二楽章
  「街」

第三楽章
  「王子の旅立ち」
  フィールド
  戦闘
  ダンジョン
  イベントクリア

第四楽章
  「聖域」
  城
  神の声

第五楽章
  「イセルハーサの謎」
  船
  ドラゴン
  ニルギド城

第六楽章
  「そして英雄たちの伝説」
  エンディングI

アンコール曲
  「ファーレーン凱旋行進曲」
  エンディングII
  英雄行進曲
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on March 25, 1992. Soundtrack consists of 7 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
First Movement "Isrenasa ~ The Legend of Heroes"
07:27
2
Second Movement "Town"
05:21
3
Third Movement "The Prince's Departure"
08:32
4
Fourth Movement "Sanctuary"
05:13
5
Fifth Movement "The Mystery of Isrenasa"
06:21
6
Sixth Movement "And the Legend of Heroes"
06:24
7
Encore Piece "Farlayne Triumphal March"
03:34
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