Ys IV vs The Legend of Xanadu J.D.K. BAND 4

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Ys IV vs The Legend of Xanadu J.D.K. BAND 4
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1141
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 12 tracks
Release date April 30, 1994
Duration 00:47:17
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Overview

Following their controversial vocal album, the J.D.K. Band returned back to their principles in 1994 with their instrumental fourth album. It was entirely dedicated to two of Falcom's biggest titles at the time, Ys IV and The Legend of Xanadu. Let's take a closer look on their offerings...

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The album opens with an emotional interpretation of Ys IV's "The Dawn of Ys". Though it starts off atmospherically, it's clear that the J.D.K. Band are back at their best with the big euphoric keyboard melody at 0:43. Tomohiko Kishimoto really knows how to bring the flair behind the sound team's melodies and this arrangement is a good example of that. Interestingly, he also seems to be able to inject some life into even some of Falcom's weaker creations. The Legend of Xanadu's "The Legend Begins" was never a fan favourite, but it sounds quite appealing here with its punchy chord sequences and soothing recorder interludes.

When Tomohiko Kishimoto wants to rock, he really doesn't hesitate to. After the slightly tame preceding tracks, "Lava Field" is a breath of fresh air with all its rough and distorted elements. Nevertheless, it still retains the powerful melodies and compelling rhythms so characteristic of the J.D.K. Band. "On Wings of Pride" meanwhile offers a good dose of motivational rock and seems to really capture the ambition of the characters in The Legend of Xanadu. "Frozen Tower" and "Winter Wind" are much the same, but it's very interesting how Tomohiko Kishimoto still references the icy element of the originals with his impressive introductions and percussive use.

Though much of the album is anthemic rock, there is still a considerable variety. "Parthia", for example, is surprisingly an acoustic theme featuring mellow flute leads and snare backing. It serves as a scenic interlude between the rocking tracks. "A New Beginning" meanwhile strips the elements down into a sort of new age theme. It's actually pretty superficial, but still good at calming listeners after all the rock before. "Field" brings the album round full circle by blending the rock elements of the soundtrack with the acoustic elements — juxtaposing a radiant flute lead against thrashing rhythm guitars.

Summary

Falcom J.D.K. Band 4 demonstrates Tomohiko Kishimoto and band back on form. They offer plenty of what they do best here — hyper-melodic instrumental rock — but also colour the album with a range of atmospheric moments too. It's amazing what they manage to do even with some of the weaker tunes in Falcom's discography. Highly recommended.



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Charles Szczygiel

Tracks 1, 3, 7, 8, 11, 12: from Ys IV
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10: from The Legend of Xanadu

Executive Producer: Masayuki Kato (Nihon Falcom inc.)
Producer: Fujio Sakai
Director: Jun Endo, Mieko Ishikawa (Nihon Falcom inc.)
Sound Engineer: Kouichi Suzuki
Mastering Engineer: Seiji Kaneko
Design: Yasuhito Ikeda (works D), Shinichi Matsuda
Ys IV Illustration: Yukitoshi Hotano
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on April 30, 1994. Soundtrack consists of 12 tracks tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
THE DAWN OF Ys
04:34
2
The Beginning of the Legend
05:24
3
A Clown's Invitation
04:40
4
PARTHIA
01:46
5
Code of the Hero
03:13
6
The Ice Tower
05:04
7
Lava Area ~ A Kiss From Eldiel
04:25
8
The Ordeal Becomes Great
03:45
9
Wings of Pride
02:13
10
Arctic Wind
02:16
11
A New Beginning
05:53
12
Field
04:04
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