Falcom Label The 10th Anniversary: Very Best of The Legend of Heroes III

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Falcom Label The 10th Anniversary: Very Best of The Legend of Heroes III
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Tamiya Terashima / Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1221
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 15 tracks
Release date December 23, 1998
Duration 01:06:54
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Overview

The Legend of Heroes III: The White Witch features so many different albums dedicated to it that it is easy to become overwhelmed. Thankfully, Falcom published The Very Best of The Legend of Heroes III as an introduction to the game's music for mainstream consumers. It features 15 arrangements from the game, sampled from orchestral, piano, and drama albums. Let's take a closer look...

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Much of the album recounts material from The Legend of Heroes III Electric Orchestra, a synthetic orchestral album arranged by Tamiya Terashima. Right from the opening rendition of "The White Witch Gerud", it's clear that these orchestrations are both colourful and magical. It breathtakingly blends conventional strings with ethnic woodwinds and spiritual chorus, all the while retaining an emphasis on the mesmerising melody from the original theme. The gothic chorale "Sorrowful Melody", epic action theme "The Great Battle of Bolt", and more personal wanderings of "Demise" reaffirm the highbrow nature of the production. However, there are surprisingly deviations too, such as "Spirit in Our Eyes" with its bluegrass section and sound effects, or "Princess Isabelle" with its groovy beats.

From a Western consumer's perspective, perhaps the best feature of the album is the inclusion of several arrangements from The Legend of Heroes III's drama albums. It's fantastic that listeners can at last listen to the rare arrangements on these CDs without the hindrance of Japanese dialogue. There is everything from the free-riding vocal performances of "Love Shining Inside" and "Captain Thomas' Feelings" to the candypop flavour of "Let's Start, OK". I'm sure at least some of these tracks will become fan favourites among most Falcom fans, so they're well worth picking up. Another bonus are the authentic J.D.K. Band versions of "Little Heroes" and "Lude Castle" taken from Music from The Legend of Heroes III The White Witch.

Finally, there are two piano arrangements on the album taken from The Legend of Heroes Piano Collection. The interpretation of "Lost Forest" is a relatively late addition to the album, but comes at just right time. It fills the album with the mood of melancholy jazz right before the climactic themes. Arguably, that climax never truly comes since "Lude Castle" is relatively upbeat and "Queen Isabelle" is so abstract, but the second half of the album is definitely charged with a deeper sort of emotion. I like how the release ends with a piano interpretation of "The White Witch Gerud", since not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but also takes the album round full circle.

Summary

Overall, this is a solid collection of music from The Legend of Heroes III. It features most of the major themes from the soundtrack in some of the most definitive arrangements. It's also very diverse with everything from orchestrations to rock anthems to piano ballads to dance mixes. In addition, it compiles some rarer arrangements to aid certain collectors. While many will prefer to purchase the full versions of the orchestra and piano album, this album is a good alternative for casual fans.



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Charles Szczygiel

1. The White Witch Gueld
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engieer: Ken Shibusawa

2. In the Sparkle of Love
  Lyrics by Fumie Nakazawa
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Vocal: Midori Kawana
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Hironobu Takigawa
  Special Thanks to Gabby office inc.

3. Captain Thomas' Feelings
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by j.d.k. FACTORY with T.kishimoto
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

4. Unrequited Love (GAMBLER)
  Lyrics by Fumie Nakazawa
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Vocal: Yuri Shiratori
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Kazumi Kitamura (Freedom Studio inc.)

5. Sorrowful Melody
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

6. See Our Spirit
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

7. Little Heroes -The Great Adventure of Jurio and Chris-
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by j.d.k. BAND
  TOMOHIKO KISHIMOTO: Synthesizer & Drum, Programing Bass, Guitar, A.Guitar
  YASUHARU TAKANASHI: Keyboards
  JUNICHIRO MATSUKAWA: E.Guitar
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

8. The Great Battle of Bolt
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

9. LET'S START, OK?
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by j.d.k. BAND
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Hironobu Takigawa

10. Mysterious Forest
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by Leone Fredrik Richter
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

11. Roudo Castle
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by j.d.k. BAND
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

12. Queen Isabelle
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

13. Demise
  Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
  Performed by j.d.k. ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA
  Sound Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

14. Your Courage, Your Eyes, Your Tenderness (Durzel's Letter)
  Lyrics by Fumie Nakazawa
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Vocal: Junko Hirotani
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa

15. The White Witch Gueld
  Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
  Performed by Leone Fredrik Richter
  Sound Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
  Assistant Engineer: Ken Shibusawa
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on December 23, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 15 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
The White Witch Gueld
05:59
2
In the Sparkle of Love
04:19
3
Captain Thomas' Feelings
04:57
4
Unrequited Love (GAMBLER)
04:02
5
Sorrowful Melody
04:17
6
See Our Spirit
03:46
7
Little Heroes -The Great Adventure of Jurio and Chris-
03:54
8
The Great Battle of Bolt
04:12
9
LET'S START, OK?
04:03
10
Mysterious Forest
04:12
11
Roudo Castle
03:45
12
Queen Isabelle
04:39
13
Demise
04:17
14
Your Courage, Your Eyes, Your Tenderness (Durzel's Letter)
05:20
15
The White Witch Gueld
05:12
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