NiGHTS into dreams... PERFECT ALBUM

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NiGHTS into dreams... PERFECT ALBUM
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Composed by Fumie Kumatani / Naofumi Hataya / Tatsuya Kouzaki / Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by Fumie Kumatani / Hayato Matsuo / Naofumi Hataya / Tomoko Sasaki
Published by Wave Master
Catalog number WM-0601~3
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 3 CD - 52 tracks
Release date February 21, 2008
Duration 02:37:00
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Overview

To celebrate the PlayStation 2 remake of NiGHTS into Dreams, Sega's record label decided to give the fantasy game's score its long-desired full soundtrack release. Relative to the NiGHTS into Dreams Original Soundtrack, the NiGHTS into Dreams Perfect Album offered extended stage themes, all the main theme arrangements, new jingles and event themes, and a stomachable pricetag. What's more, this three disc release also featured the gimmicky soundtrack to Christmas NiGHTS. Was this album a late Christmas present for Sonic Team fans?

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Once again, Tomoko Sasaki's main theme for NiGHTS into Dreams is at the centre of the album. The melody itself is a simple, dreamy, and adventurous one filled with Disney influences, but the arrangements are what really make the theme stunning. The Perfect Album opens with its primary vocal arrangement, "Dreams Dreams", a romantic gospel-influenced duet that is cleverly integrated into the game. It also receives a surprisingly tolerable child vocal performance and an instrumental rendition at the end of the second disc. Perhaps even more enjoyable is Hayato Matsuo's rich orchestration of the theme at the start of the second disc, which is actually exclusive to the soundtrack release. This rendition perfectly captures the atmosphere of the game by transitioning through grandiose, action-packed, whimsical, and romantic sections, culminating in a recapitulation with powerful brass and lavish piano decoration. This is actually an arrangement exclusive to the album releases and an extended version of the game's opening theme now in its right place. The main theme is integrated in slightly less elaborate ways throughout the soundtrack in pieces such as the dance mix "Message from Nightopia", pop-flavoured "Growing Wings", or minimalistic "D'Force Master". The melody isn't that flexible and therefore often seems obligatory in these interpretations, yet the arrangements are good enough for the tracks to still be worthwhile.

The most significant additions to this version of the NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack are the extended versions of the stage themes. Whereas the first soundtrack release featured three minute long tracks, this release extends them close to ten minute playtimes. These full versions sustain interest throughout and emphasise the colour of the stages as they transition through their original, sweet, bitter, and spicy variations, each generally done by a different arranger. Most themes, such as "Gloom of the N.H.C." and ""Paternal Horn", continually delight with their whimsical phrasing and unconventional use of organic instrumentation. Tomoko Sasaki's "Suburban Museum" is a particular favourite with its unforgettable melody and folky instrumentation while Fumie Kumatani's "The Amazing Water" is mesmerising with its individualistic blend of piano, tuned percussion, and electronic elements. Naofumi Hataya meanwhile offers some infectious blends of jazz and electronic features on "Under Construction" and "Take the Snow Train", enhanced by streamed flute and saxophone performances. Although everything is kept light throughout, there is certainly a tonne of diversity in styles here nevertheless. What's more, the synth is so well done that the instrumentation sounds well-balanced and realistic.

Elsewhere in the soundtrack, Sasaki and company tend to maintain a very optimistic vibe. Sasaki's character select theme "Gate of Your Dream", for instance, reinforces the youthful aura of the game with fragile tuned percussion and child voices. Meanwhile Hataya's "The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream" culminates with a liberating saxophone solo at the 1:06 mark and Kumatani's "Deep It Lies" sounds completely 'out there' with its electro-acoustic blends. Even the themes for the antagonists can be really endearing, whether the bouncy funk-flavoured "The Mantle" or the temperamental semi-operatic "She Had Long Ears". The two versions of "Nights and Reala" are also delightful, the first a refreshingly unconventional chillout theme, the reprise a hard rock fest. Both make good use of the main theme, as does the unused orchestral action theme "Know Thyself" featured at the climax of the album. The other exclusives to the NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack come from the various jingle and event themes. Some tracks are charming, such as the two versions of "Dreaming Youngsters", the classically-oriented "On to the Audition", or the piano-based "Score the Goal!", but the rest tend to be too short to be anything but superfluous. Fortunately these cues are sufficiently few to really perturb the listening experience.

The album doesn't end there! On the third disc, the previously unreleased score for Christmas NiGHTS given away with in a Saturn bundle on Christmas 1996. Much of the soundtrack features arrangements of Christmas classics or NiGHTS into Dreams pieces and some tracks, such as the opener "Missing Star", feature both. The first full-length track blends the Jingle Bells melodies with the Tomoko Sasaki's characteristic upbeat jazz and gospel influences. Other easily recognisable arrangements include "Welcome to Christmas NiGHTS" and "Twinkle Star". Naofumi Hataya's arrangement of his own "The Dragon Gave a Loud Dream" sounds better than ever and the Christmas influences are thankfully unobtrusive. Further attention is given to "Dream Dreams" with its soulful a capella rendition at the centre of the soundtrack. Moving to the original music, the complete version of "Jack Frost's Chime" recounts the more whimsical and organic flavour of the series' music across a sequence of four arrangements. A little diversity is also created with the epic orchestration and operatic influences of "Rolling Eggman" before things are wrapped up with the sweet and sassy interpretation of the theme song. While short and stereotypical, the soundtrack features several charming and emotional pieces nevertheless.

Summary

The NiGHTS into Dreams Perfect Album is a soundtrack release done right. It features everything from the original game, most notably the extended stage themes, in a sensible order. Completists no longer need to have niggles about the original release and can bathe themselves in an entertaining two disc listen. The Christmas NiGHTS soundtrack is also a welcome bonus even if a little gimmicky. The whole release is recommended for fans of fantasy game music and those who enjoyed the game.



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Chris Greening

DISC.1   NiGHTS into dreams...


01 Dreams Dreams
     Words & Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Translated by Wornell Jones
     Arranged by Akira Sasaki
     Vocals by Curtis King, Jr.
                     Dana Calitri

02 <JINGLE> Sonic Team 1996
     Created by Naofumi Hataya
     Voice by Tomoko Sasaki

03 Fragmented Nights
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

04 <EVENT> Dreaming Youngsters : Claris Ver.
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

05 Gate of Your Dream
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

06 <JINGLE> Introduced Dream
     Created by Tatsuya Kozaki

07 Paternal Horn : Complete Ver.
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Spicy Ver.)

08 <JINGLE> Acrobat Time
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

09 The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

10 After The Dream
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

11 <EVENT> Dreaming Youngsters : Elliot Ver.
     Music by Fumie Kumatani

12 The Amazing Water : Complete Ver.
     Music by Fumie Kumatani
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

13 <JINGLE> Time Up
     Created by Naofumi Hataya

14 <JINGLE> Pia Over
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

15 She Had Long Ears
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

16 <JINGLE> Mare Over
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani

17 Gloom of The N.H.C. : Complete Ver.
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

18 Deep It Lies
     Music by Fumie Kumatani

19 Message From Nightopia
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

20 Take The Snow Train : Complete Ver.
     Music by Naofumi Hataya
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

21 E-LE-KI Sparkle
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

22 Dreams Dreams : In Silent Memory
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya


DISC.2   NiGHTS into dreams...


01 NiGHTS
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Arranged by Hayato Matsuo

02 Suburban Museum : Complete Ver.
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

03 The Mantle
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

04 Under Construction : Complete Ver.
     Music by Naofumi Hataya
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Fumie Kumatani (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

05 NiGHTS and Reala
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

06 NiGHTS and Reala : Theme of a Tragedic Revenge
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

07 Growing Wings
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

08 D'Force Master
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

09 Peaceful Moment
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

10 <EVENT> On to The Audition
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

11 <EVENT> Score The Goal!
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

12 <EVENT> NiGHTS, Forever in Our Heart
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

13 Sowing Seeds
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

14 Dreams Dreams : Kids Ver.
     Vocals by Cameron Earl Strother
                     Jasmine Allen

15 Fragmented Nights : Epilogue Ver.
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

     BONUS TRACK

     16 Know Thyself!
         Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

     17 Dreams Dreams (instrumental)


DISC.3   Christmas NiGHTS


01 <EVENT> Missing Star
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

02 Welcome to Christmas NiGHTS
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

03 <JINGLE> Introduced Dream
     Created by Tatsuya Kozaki

04 Dream Bells
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki

05 The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream : In Holy Night
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

06 <EVENT> Twinkle Star
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

07 Dreams Dreams : A-Cappella Ver.
     Original Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Chorus Arranged by Marlon D.Sanders
     Vocals by Marlon D.Sanders
                     Gabriel Morris
                     Issa Clemon

08 Winter Sleep
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki

09 Jack Frost's Chime : Complete Ver.
     Music by Tomoko Sasaki
     Arranged by Tomoko Sasaki (Sweet Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Bitter Ver.)
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya (Spicy Ver.)

10 New Year's "9TH"
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

11 Rolling Eggman
     Music by Naofumi Hataya

12 Dreams Dreams : Sweet Mix in Holy Night
     Arranged by Naofumi Hataya

     BONUS TRACK

     13 Dreams Dreams : Nightopian Ver.
         Arranged by Naofumi Hataya


Staff

Producer: Yosuke Okunari
Sound Producer: Naofumi Hataya

Mastering: Megumi Aoki (TRC)
Artwork: Kinzo Kaneda (avant-gout)
Naming Overtures Ryoichi Hasegawa

Musicians

Drums: Tadashi Matsumoto
Keyboards: Tadashi Ohtsubo
Bass: Kouhei Okamura
Guitar: Akira Sasaki
           Tomoya Koga
Sax, Flute: Junichi Yoshida
Manipulate: Masafumi Nakao

Special Thanks

Makoto Uchida (SEGA)
Kazuya Takahashi (SEGA)
Junichiro Takahashi (SEGA)
Makoto Matsui (SEGA)
Mitsuaki Sugibayashi (SEGA Direct)

Label Staff

Producer: Kazuo Koizumi
Director: Kenji Tsujisaka
Executive Producer: Fumitaka Shibata
Album was composed by Fumie Kumatani / Naofumi Hataya / Tatsuya Kouzaki / Tomoko Sasaki and was released on February 21, 2008. Soundtrack consists of 52 tracks tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Wave Master.

CD 1

1
Dreams Dreams
05:47
2
<JINGLE> Sonic Team 1996
00:07
3
Fragmented Nights
00:48
4
<EVENT> Dreaming Youngsters : Claris Ver.
01:30
5
Gate of Your Dream
01:32
6
<JINGLE> Introduced Dream
00:16
7
Paternal Horn : Complete Ver.
08:45
8
<JINGLE> Acrobat Time
00:12
9
The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream
02:57
10
After The Dream
02:21
11
<EVENT> Dreaming Youngsters : Elliot Ver.
01:33
12
The Amazing Water : Complete Ver.
09:57
13
<JINGLE> Time Up
00:15
14
<JINGLE> Pia Over
00:13
15
She Had Long Ears
02:10
16
<JINGLE> Mare Over
00:18
17
Gloom of The N.H.C. : Complete Ver.
09:19
18
Deep It Lies
02:05
19
Message From Nightopia
02:57
20
Take The Snow Train : Complete Ver.
09:39
21
E-LE-KI Sparkle
02:21
22
Dreams Dreams : In Silent Memory
02:30

CD 2

1
NiGHTS
04:20
2
Suburban Museum : Complete Ver.
09:29
3
The Mantle
02:11
4
Under Construction : Complete Ver.
09:47
5
NiGHTS and Reala
02:11
6
NiGHTS and Reala : Theme of a Tragedic Revenge
01:58
7
Growing Wings
03:47
8
D'Force Master
02:30
9
Peaceful Moment
01:09
10
<EVENT> On to The Audition
01:07
11
<EVENT> Score The Goal!
01:00
12
<EVENT> NiGHTS, Forever in Our Heart
00:24
13
Sowing Seeds
01:12
14
Dreams Dreams : Kids Ver.
05:17
15
Fragmented Nights : Epilogue Ver.
00:26
16
Know Thyself!
02:00
17
Dreams Dreams (Instrumental)
05:50

CD 3

1
<EVENT> Missing Star
01:52
2
Welcome to Christmas NiGHTS
01:02
3
<JINGLE> Introduced Dream
00:15
4
Dream Bells
04:41
5
The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream : In Holy Night
02:05
6
<EVENT> Twinkle Star
01:17
7
Dreams Dreams : A-Cappella Ver.
04:29
8
Winter Sleep
00:57
9
Jack Frost's Chime : Complete Ver.
07:50
10
New Year's "9TH"
00:58
11
Rolling Eggman
02:07
12
Dreams Dreams : Sweet Mix in Holy Night
05:39
13
Dreams Dreams : Nightopian Ver.
01:38
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