Shenmue / Shenhua

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Shenmue / Shenhua
Composed by Ryuji Iuchi / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Published by PolyGram
Catalog number DPS-807
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 2 tracks
Release date December 20, 1998
Duration 00:07:45
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This release is a two track promotion CD that was released back in 1997. Despite being only a two track single, the quality is exceptional. Both pieces are fully orchestrated.


Shenmue's "Main Theme", the first of the two tracks, is a lovely blend of Japanese wind instruments played over a stomping string orchestra and magnificent Japanese war drums. The piece drips of epic battles and journeys, but with a tint of sadness throughout, and the downbeat piano ending emphasises that. For some reason this piece reminds me of Final Fantasy X's "People of the Far North", probably due to the same type of instruments being used.

The B-side, as it were, is "Shenfa's Theme", which is where the Christmas appeal comes across a lot heavier than the "Main Theme". Tubular bells, pianos and sleigh bells open the theme in distinctively festive fashion, before taking on Asian undertones again with Asian drumbeats and instrumentation. The combination of the two seemingly opposite ends of the scale in music works incredibly well, and uplifts you for a nice ending.


Although this single is now out of print, it was definitely a fine preview of the soundtrack. It is now worth purchasing the full soundtrack instead, which features these tracks and more.


Music in game


Simon Smith

Promotional Christmas single.

01. Shenmue Main Theme
composed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

02. Shenhua's Theme
composed by Ryuji Iuchi

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Album was composed by Ryuji Iuchi / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and was released on December 20, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 2 tracks tracks with duration over about 10 minutes. Album was released by PolyGram.

CD 1

Shenmue Main Theme
Shenhua's Theme
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