Dairantou Smash Brothers DX Orchestra Concert

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Dairantou Smash Brothers DX Orchestra Concert
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Composed by Akito Nakatsuka / David Wise / Hajime Hirasawa / Hideki Kanazashi / Hirokazu Ando / Hirokazu Tanaka / Jun Ishikawa / Junichi Masuda / Kazumi Totaka / Koji Kondo / Naoto Ishida / Shogo Sakai / Yuka Tsujiyoko
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando / Shogo Sakai / Tadashi Ikegami
Published by Enterbrain
Catalog number Q+AD02012
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 15 tracks
Release date October 21, 2002
Duration 01:01:52
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Overview

The original Super Smash Bros. game was a big hit worldwide and sold millions for Nintendo. It basically revolutionized four-player fighting games which have still yet to reply with a better idea. The sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee (or Super Smash Bros. DX in Japan), brought a faster version of the original with loads more characters, areas, secrets, and an excellent soundtrack. The game was commemorated with a concert performed by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra on August 17, 2002. The ticket cost was 3,000 yen and it was a big hit. So big that Nintendo released the recording they had of the concert to the public in three regions — Japan, UK, and USA.

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There are two performances of Star Fox themes on the album, Star Fox's "Planet Corneria" and Star Fox 64's "Planet Venom". Introducing the concert, the arrangement of Corneria is basically similar to the original, except with the different instruments used like violins and trumpets. In general, I think it particularly lacks what made the original so good and was a dubious first item. However, Venom is much different. This is how the original should've been done were the budget and technology available — with an orchestra. It all blends well together and the trumpets work well for presenting the main melody. At the end it does the cool little "mission complete" tune of the original to finish it off on a quirky yet decisive note. Not bad at all.

Donkey Kong Country's "Jungle Garden" is done surprisingly well here. It is the series' main theme done with awesome bongo drums and trumpets. The best part about the interpretation is that it is actually arranged to give that extra spark that the original didn't have. At about 1:59, the performance goes into a quiet flute solo to perform the next part of the theme. I was happy to hear that they didn't use trumpets because it would have spoilt the part. As you can guess, "Temple ~ Great Bay" is a mix of two Zelda themes from the game. The temple theme is first up with violins, trombones, trumpets, and flutes all playing the main theme at well timed passages. The renditions continues until 2:39 when a brilliant orchestrated version of the main Zelda theme arrives using basically all the instruments in the orchestra. It then does a slower version of the theme with soft strings before finishing it off with Link's victorious ending theme. A very good track all round.

There are also some more quirky additions to the album. Dr. Mario starts off with a really peaceful strings intro before getting into Hirokazu Tanaka's theme tune with strings and a xylophone. The tune itself is arranged a bit when the trumpets kick in as the main instrument and there is a particularly pleasant slow trumpet solo at 2:12. It also flows into a violin solo straight afterwards which makes you wish the arrangement would end there. I think that would have made a great ending, but it's still a well-rounded piece. Yoshi's Story's main theme is a particularly rhythmically focused piece and, though it sounds a bit childish, the game intended it to. I did like the original piece, so I might be biased a little in saying it's a welcome interpretation. Conversely, I think the arrangement needed to have a few more bass instruments, because it doesn't have any to really drive it along. It's short and sweet overall, though.

"Opening" is a fairly well arranged version of the main theme from Melee. As you should guess by now, the main theme is done with trumpets and violins mixed together at different areas. However, the violins play a key part at about 1:20 when they do a good solo from the original piece. It's not been arranged as such, but rather just had different instruments placed. Not brilliant, but OK. The "Original Medley" is an interesting medley of a bunch of themes from Melee. It starts off with a quiet violin solo until about 1:36 when it starts the "All-Star Intro"; although the original was short, the orchestra adds a few solos to round it off. Following the triumphant and brassy "Trophy", "How to Play" is done with a cool blend of trumpets, drums, and sharp violin playing. At 3:39, the "Final Destination" music begins and it sounds pretty great; a good mix of all the orchestral instruments with a few hidden solos if you listen enough. It ends with a finale mix of the "Menu" and "Ending" and a single chord with all of the instruments used. Not a bad medley here.

"Fountain of Dreams" is an excellent performance of a famous Kirby theme. The blend of trumpet melodies, trombone accompaniment, and violin countermelodies is fantastic in unison. I just like all the little background instruments playing their own passages while the main theme goes on. Can't get much better than that. The second Kirby theme is "Green Greens", which features interpretations of the melody from trumpets and then violinists. Being the shortest arrangement on the album, I don't think it captured the same depth as the original version did. Despite all the people against Pokémon, the music really isn't bad and I was surprised how much I liked the "Pokémon Star Medley". It begins with a harmonious version of the gym battle theme from the original Game Boy titles before moving on to a brassy version of the "Pokémon Floats" main theme. At 3:50, the gym battle theme from Gold and Silver version is played, which sounds better than the Melee version. All in all it is a great piece of music and is worth a listen even if you never want to see a Pokémon again.

And here's a bit for the Metroid fans. The "Brinstar Depths" ~ "Brinstar" piece is definitely worth a listen. The violin plays the Depths very well with what sounds like church bells and a flute playing at about 0:56. The arrangement gets boring for a little bit afterwards before getting into the main Metroid theme at about 2:16. I like the trumpets used here as accompaniment as well as the interpretation of the main melody. Good stuff all the way through. This interpretation is just done brilliantly. Moving on, the Fire Emblem theme starts quietly with violins but soon comes into context. Some parts on the intro sound a bit out of key but you get past that with how well the trumpets work here. Kudos to the trumpet players in this concert by the way, they did a brilliant job. I like the violin part at 1:50 as well, to slow the theme down a bit and also give the flute players to have a go. Enjoy the ending with a mix of every instrument, but especially the drums and trumpets, it's great.

By now you're probably wondering... where the hell are the Mario themes? Well, the "Smash Brothers Grand Medley" has plenty for you plus a lot more. The longest track on the album by far shows the true capacity of arranger Shogo Sakai to blend themes together and has a lot of drama. In order, the themes are "Ancient Kingdom I", "Ancient Kingdom II", "Flat Zone", "Balloon Fight", "Big Blue", "Mach Rider", "Yoshi's Island", "Saria's Theme", "Super Mario Bros. 3", "Icicle Mountain", and "Peach's Castle". The last piece is the "Slider" theme from Super Mario 64, which is just called "Rainbow Cruise" on Melee. The theme is done very well with the classical instruments here. It's nothing too special, besides at 1:36 when the audience begins clapping along with the tune. It basically enhances the atmosphere of the theme until the end. A nice encore after the epic medleys and arrangements prior.

Summary

So what do I think in general? Everyone in the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra definitely brought the goods. It's a brilliant performance of mostly excellent arrangements. Even if you're not a fan of orchestral music, the album is still worth a listen. After all, it features most of the famous themes from all of Nintendo's major series — from classics such as Super Mario and Zelda to the action games Fire Emblem, Metroid, and Star Fox all the way to quirky hits like Pokémon, Yoshi, and Kirby — while also commemorating the fantastic game that is Super Smash Bros. Melee. Now if only they'd release an album for the all-star soundtrack to Super Smash Bros. Brawl.



Album
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Included with the December 2002 issue of Famitsu Cube+Advance Magazine

Recorded August 27, 2002, at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo
Conducted by Taizo Takemoto
Performed by the New Japan Philharmonic
Sponsored by Nintendo Co., Ltd. / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
In cooperation with The Pokémon Company / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc. / INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS Co., Ltd.
Produced by Company AZA / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Supervised by Masahiro Sakurai

01 Planet Corneria
Music from Star Fox (Super NES). ©1993 Nintendo
Original music by Hajime Hirasawa (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

02 Jungle Garden
Music from Donkey Kong Country (Super NES). ©1994 Nintendo
Original music by David Wise (Rare)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

03 Temple ~ Great Bay
Music from The Legend of Zelda (NES) and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES). ©1986, 1987 Nintendo
Original music by Akito Nakatsuka, Koji Kondo (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

04 Dr. Mario
Music from Dr. Mario (NES). ©1990 Nintendo
Original music by Hirokazu Tanaka (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

05 Original Medley
   1. All-Star Rest Area
   2. Figure
   3. How to Play
   4. Home Run Contest
   5. Menu
   6. Ending
Music from Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo GameCube). ©2001 Nintendo/HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Original music by Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai, Hirokazu Ando (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

06 Fountain of Dreams
Music from Kirby Super Star (Super NES). ©1995 HAL Laboratory, Inc. / Nintendo
Original music by Jun Ishikawa (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)
Arranged by Tadashi Ikegami (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

07 Pocket Monsters Medley
   1. Pokémon Hyperspace
   2. Pokémon Stadium
   3. Pokémon Stadium Gold and Silver
Music from the Pokémon series (Game Boy). ©1995-2000 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
Original music by Junichi Masuda (GAME FREAK inc.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

08 Opening
Music from Super Smash Bros. Melee (Nintendo GameCube). ©2001 Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Original music by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

09 Planet Venom
Music from Star Fox 64 (N64). ©1997 Nintendo
Original music by Koji Kondo (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Tadashi Ikegami (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

10 Yoshi Story
Music from Yoshi's Story (N64). ©1997 Nintendo
Original music by Kazumi Totaka (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

11 Depth of Brinstar ~ Brinstar
Music from Metroid (NES). ©1986 Nintendo
Original music by Hirokazu Tanaka (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

12 Smash Bros. Great Medley
   1. Ancient Kingdom I
   2. Ancient Kingdom II
   3. Flat Zone
   4. Balloon Fight
   5. Big Blue
   6. Mach Rider
   7. Yo'ster Isle
   8. Saria's Song
   9. Super Mario 3
   10. Icicle Mountain
   11. Peach's Castle
Music from the Super Mario Bros. series (NES). ©1980-1998 Nintendo, ©2001 Nintendo / HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Original music by Koji Kondo, Akito Nakatsuka, Hirokazu Tanaka, Naoto Ishida (Nintendo Co., Ltd.), Hirokazu Ando, Hideki Kanazashi (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

13 Fire Emblem
Music from Fire Emblem (NES). ©1990 Nintendo / INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
Original music by Yuka Tsujiyoko (INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

14 Green Greens
Music from Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy). ©1992 HAL Laboratory, Inc., Licensed to Nintendo
Original music by Jun Ishikawa (GAME FREAK inc.)
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)

15 Rainbow Cruise
Music from Super Mario 64 (N64). ©1996 Nintendo
Original music by Koji Kondo (Nintendo Co., Ltd.)
Arranged by Shogo Sakai (HAL Laboratory, Inc.)
Album was composed by Akito Nakatsuka / David Wise / Hajime Hirasawa / Hideki Kanazashi / Hirokazu Ando / Hirokazu Tanaka / Jun Ishikawa / Junichi Masuda / Kazumi Totaka / Koji Kondo / Naoto Ishida / Shogo Sakai / Yuka Tsujiyoko and was released on October 21, 2002. Soundtrack consists of 15 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Enterbrain.

CD 1

1
Planet Corneria
02:05
2
Jungle Garden
02:57
3
Temple ~ Great Bay
04:14
4
Dr. Mario
04:04
5
Original Medley
05:00
6
Fountain of Dreams
03:35
7
Pocket Monsters Medley
05:42
8
Opening
02:40
9
Planet Venom
02:19
10
Yoshi Story
02:43
11
Depth of Brinstar ~ Brinstar
03:41
12
Smash Bros. Great Medley
14:18
13
Fire Emblem
03:52
14
Green Greens
01:53
15
Rainbow Cruise
02:49
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