Xanadu Music Chronicle

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Xanadu Music Chronicle
Composed by Anthem / Falcom Sound Team JDK / Tomohiko Kishimoto
Arranged by Anthem / Ayako Shibazaki / David Matthews / Michio Fujisawa / Tamiya Terashima / Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by Falcom
Catalog number XANA-MC
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 11 tracks
Release date October 27, 2005
Duration 00:49:48
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Xanadu Music Chronicle is a bonus album included with the PC version of Xanadu Next. It compiles arrangements of music from Xanadu, The Legend of Xanadu, and Xanadu Next, taken from often obscure sources such as Falcom's Special Boxes and CD Dramas. Were the arrangements well-selected or is this album not a good reflection on the Xanadu franchise?


The promotional album opens with an arrangement of the franchise's main theme "La Valse Pour Xanadu" from Xanadu Next. Dubiously, Falcom selected the modest field arrangement of the theme instead of the much more impressive orchestral opener. However, it's still quite pleasant with its dainty instrumentation and haunting melody. The other selection from the soundtrack is the vocal theme "White Lie in Black". This is quite different from mainstream J-Pop due to Ayako Shibazaki's whispering vocals and the haunting minimalistic instrumentals. While it could have been a very artistic achievement, the English pronunciation is often just too awkward to be enjoyed.

A large proportion of the album is dedicated to The Legend of Xanadu Super Arrange Version featured on the Falcom Special Box '94. "Prologue" is a very attractive opener, featuring Tamiya Terashima's fantasy-styled synthetic orchestration in conjunction with "La Valse Pour Xanadu". "Legend of the Wind" takes a different turn with a catchy light rock performance by J.D.K. Band. There are also two wonderful tracks from the M-Fujisawa Project, "Wings of Darkness" and "Silent Tower", that are considerably more upbeat than the usual piano quintet work most have come to expect from the group.

The album also features a number of other obscurities. There are two more versions of "La Valse Pour Xanadu", specifically David Matthews' sassy jazz fusion version from Falcom Special Box '89 and Michio Fujisawa's soothing strings and piano version from PrePrimer. Though neither fit the melody that well, they're still stylistically accomplished arrangements. While not my personal taste, it's wonderful that the sentimental vocal theme has now been released separately away from the drama album. It's also fascinating to hear two interpretations of the original image song "Xanadu" by Anthem and J.D.K. Band respectively. Anthem's version is too much like tame 80s metal to really appeal to me, but the J.D.K. Band version is full of energy and exuberance.


Xanadu Music Chronicle is a good album for collectors, since it compiles together a number of obscure tracks into one place. The arrangements from the The Legend of Xanadu Super Arrange Version are the biggest highlights, while the various vocal themes are bound to split opinion. Those looking for music from Xanadu Next itself, however, would be better sticking to the commercial soundtrack release Falcom intended.


Music in game


Chris Greening

Included with the Japanese release of Xanadu Next for the PC.

01. La Valse Pour Xanadu (from Xanadu Next Original Soundtrack)

02. Prologue (from Falcom Special Box '94)
Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
Performed by J.D.K. Electric Orchestra

03. Legend of the Wind (from Falcom Special Box '94)
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

04. Silent Tower (from Falcom Special Box '94)
Arranged by Tamiya Terashima
Performed by J.D.K. Electric Orchestra

05. Wings of Darkness (from Falcom Special Box '94)
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

06. A Distant Recollection (CD Drama Tarako Pappara Paradise)
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Vocals by Midori Kawana
Lyrics by Kanako Harayama

07. Xanadu (from Xanadu / Anthem)
Composed, Arranged & Performed by Anthem

08. La Valse Pour Xanadu (from Falcom Special Box '89 - Fusion)
Arranged by David Matthews
Performed by
Keyboard: David Matthews
Trumpet: Lew Soloff
Tenor Saxophone: George Young
Guitar: George Wadenius

09. Twinkling Boys (from Preprimer II)
Arranged by Michio Fujisawa
Performed by M-FUJISAWA & Pre-Project

10. Xanadu (from Falcom Special Box '96)
Composed, Arranged, Lyrics & Vocals by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

11. White Lie in Black (from Xanadu Next Original Soundtrack)
Vocal, lyrics & arrangement: Ayako Shibazaki (MagnetsU)
Keyboards & programming: Shige Yamamoto (MagnetsU)
Album was composed by Anthem / Falcom Sound Team JDK / Tomohiko Kishimoto and was released on October 27, 2005. Soundtrack consists of 11 tracks tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by Falcom.

CD 1

La Valse Pour Xanadu
Legend of the Wind
Silent Tower
Wings of Darkness
A Distant Recollection
La Valse Pour Xanadu
Twinkling Boys
White Lie in Black
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