Falcom Vocal Special J.D.K. BAND 3

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Falcom Vocal Special J.D.K. BAND 3
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1128
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 10 tracks
Release date July 21, 1993
Duration 00:50:02
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Overview

Falcom J.D.K. Band 3 Vocal Special tends to receive a lot of bad press compared to other albums released by Falcom's in-house band. That's principally because it's so different from their previous instrumental albums, yet clearly the clue is in the title. Those who don't enjoy Falcom's vocal tracks should avoid this one at all costs. However, the album won't be bad for those who are prepared to approach it without too many expectations.

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Multifaceted band arranger Tomohiko Kishimoto actually takes the lead for most of the album. His vocals are certainly a select taste, but somehow still seem to complement the sound he has built for the J.D.K. Band. The opener, Brandish 2's "Turn It Up", starts softly but soon enough Kishimoto takes up the pace. He soon starts offering driving vocal performances and passionate guitar performances. As with the successor "Stranger", this arrangement manages to rock, yet still be exceedingly light and poppy too. It's quite an achievement.

Perhaps some parts of the album will be too cheesy for some people's tastes, however. The most obvious example would be "She's Like So Hot", which as the name suggests, is a big cringe-worthy cheese factory. The Legend of Heroes II's "Grostus Castle" is transformed almost beyond recognition into a high-pitched vocal anthem. Unsurprisingly, the two performances of Popful Mail are also very feathery too. "Menu" still might appeal for its extended instrumental sections, however.

Several tracks also feature female vocals by Yayoi Yamashita and Yuka Nagaori. "Only One Diamond" is an undeniably catchy and refreshing version of Ys II's "Too Full With Love", complete with a showy but not over-the-top guitar solo, while Ys III's "Departure at Sunrise" sounds more beautiful than ever in its lavishly orchestrated version here. Another popular ending theme — Ys' "See You Again" — is also interpreted in "You Are The Only One". It's cheesy as hell, but that was always the point of the original. In some ways, the vocal arrangement actually sounds more natural than the original itself and that's no easy acheivement!

Summary

Overall, Falcom J.D.K. Band 3 should be approached as one of Falcom's vocal albums, not as one of Falcom's rock arrangements. It's totally different from its predecessors, but not necessarily bad nevertheless. However, most who dislike cheesy vocals will also generally hate this album. Consider your purchase wisely as this will either become one of the biggest stinkers in your collection or a surprisingly appealing listen.



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Charles Szczygiel

J.D.K.BAND:   ★TOMOHIKO KISHIMOTO
                     ★YASUHARU TAKANASHI
                     ★JUNICHIRO MATSUKAWA

Vocals: Tomohiko Kishimoto (1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 10)
            Yayoi Yamashita (2, 3, 5)
            Yuka Nagaori (4, 8)

Composed by Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. BAND
Tracks are arrangements of the following tracks:

Track 1: Dora Doran (Brandish 2)
Track 2: Stranger ~ Wandering Swordsman (Brandish 2)
Track 3: Peace (Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II)
Track 4: Too Full With Love (Ys II)
Track 5: Grostus Castle (Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II)
Track 6: Departure at Sunrise (Ys III)
Track 7: Jungle Battle (Popful Mail)
Track 8: See You Again (Ys)
Track 9: Menu (Popful Mail)
Track 10: Ending (Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II)
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on July 21, 1993. Soundtrack consists of 10 tracks tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
TURN IT UP
05:25
2
STRANGER
04:12
3
TRAVELLIN' HEART
04:49
4
ONLY ONE DIAMOND
04:59
5
SHE'S LIKE SO HOT
05:07
6
DEPARTURE AT SUNRISE
06:16
7
TAKE ME TO THE TOP
04:40
8
YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE
04:28
9
PARADISE
04:34
10
(time will be) ROUND'N' ROUND
05:32
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