Falcom Special Box 2004

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Falcom Special Box 2004
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Published by Falcom
Catalog number NFA0134
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 8 CD - 170 tracks
Release date December 19, 2003
Duration 04:53:49
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Falcom Special Box 2004 :: Review by Charles

Falcom Special Box 2004 Album Title: Falcom Special Box 2004
Record Label: Nihon Falcom
Catalog No.: NFA0134
Release Date: December 19, 2003
Purchase: Buy at VGM World

Overview

In 2004, Falcom revived their Special Box series for the last time with an eight disc release commemorating Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and The Legend of Xanadu. In contrast to their previous box sets, Falcom Special Box 2004 featured content other than music. In fact, it compiles together original soundtracks, movies, images, and even a game itself. While the individual components are pretty good, does it really work as a collective whole?

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The box set features three non-music discs. The first disc, Ys VI Material Collection, is a CD-ROM featuring various images and bonus media for fans of the game. The Ys VI Movie Collection is potentially more attractive, since it features the various FMVs from the game, as well as trailers for now-released Falcom titles. The final disc features the The Legend of Xanadu Complete Reissue Edition. This actually features the game itself, so will be a great bonus for those Falcom gamers out there, though I'm not sure most would expect it to be found within a music box set.

The third and fourth discs of the soundtrack feature the original score to Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim. This score is pretty awesome and nicely revived the Ys series for the new millenium. Though a little synthy, it's pretty representative of the sound of the new Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. Expect everything from organic beauties like "Gratitude for Nature's Blessing" to electronic ambience in "Overwater Drive" to hard rock in "The Depth Napishtim". Note that this score was also separately released and has been reviewed in more detail elsewhere for those Ys collectors interested in it.

The remaining three music discs are dedicated to The Legend of Xanadu Original Soundtrack. Compared with Ys VI, this score is technologically primitive, inconsistent, and lacking individuality. There is just too much filler and superficial compositions. However, there are still some good moments, such as the cinematic "Prologue", the gliding "Legend of the Wind", and the experimental "Silent Tower", among a handful of others. Again, this score has been separately released and might be more appealing outside the context of a box set.

Summary

There is a lot on offer on Falcom Special Box 2004 and much of it will be very appealing to collectors. However, I'm not convinced that the various discs here are complementary. It is somewhat strange that material from Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim and The Legend of Xanadu were packaged together given the games are from different series and eras. Furthermore, it's bizarre that soundtracks, visual media, and entire games are compiled together in one box set. In the end, there are no musical exclusives on this release and most just interested in the soundtracks should head straight to the stand-alone albums.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

Number of Discs: 8 (2 DVDs + 6 CDs)

Disc 1 (DVD-ROM) - Ys 6 Material Collection
Disc 2 (DVD-Video) - Ys 6 Movie Collection
Disc 3 - Ys 6 Original Soundtrack (Disc 1)
Disc 4 - Ys 6 Original Soundtrack (Disc 2)
Disc 5 - Legend of Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Disc 1)
Disc 6 - Legend of Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Disc 2)
Disc 7 - Legend of Xanadu Original Soundtrack (Disc 3)
Disc 8 (CD-ROM) - Legend of Xanadu - Complete Reissue Edition
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on December 19, 2003. Soundtrack consists of 170 tracks tracks with duration over more than 4 hours. Album was released by Falcom.

CD 1

1
Data Track

CD 2

1
Opening
2
Insertion Movie 1
3
Insertion Movie 2
4
Ending 1
5
Ending 2
6
Staff Roll
7
Prologue
8
Introduction - Escape • The Farthest Island
9
Chapter 1 - Meeting Again • The Meeting Circle
10
Chapter 2 - Victory • At That Time...
11
Chapter 3 - Disaster • Black Light
12
Opening 1
13
Opening 2
14
Chapter 4 - Legend • The Evil God
15
Chapter 5 - Nightmare • The Cave of Fascination
16
Chapter 6 - The Church • Parthia Sanctuary
17
Chapter 7 - The Holy Sword of Legend • Dragon Slayer
18
Chapter 8 - Pulsation • Through Ice and Snow
19
Chapter 9 - Illusions • A Bird Crossing the Desert
20
Chapter 10 - Fate • Code of the Hero
21
Final Chapter - Fight to the Death • The Evil Dragon Dardandis
22
Wings of Freedom
23
Ending
24
Staff Roll
25
The Legend of Heroes VI ~Sora no Kiseki~ Trailer
26
New Works Promo 2004

CD 3

1
Olha
00:37
2
Release of the Far West Ocean
01:42
3
Gratitude for Nature's Blessings
06:10
4
The Akindo
02:26
5
Quatera Woods
04:10
6
Mighty Obstacle
03:54
7
Ultramarine Deep
04:50
8
Reconciled People
05:15
9
Windslash Steps
05:03
10
Mountain Zone
03:01
11
Ruins of Amnesia
05:11
12
The Zemeth Sanctum
02:58
13
Overwater Drive
05:46
14
The Pirate Ship
03:16
15
Escape from the Great Vortex ~Invasion of the Romn Fleet~
01:04

CD 4

1
Under the Occupation
03:40
2
The Fleet of Romn
03:38
3
Defend! And Escape!
04:23
4
The Successor of Almarion
02:32
5
The Ark of Napishtim Revival ~The Great Vortex Reborn~
02:03
6
The Ruins City "Kishgal"
05:36
7
Pressure Stairs
02:08
8
Armored Bane
03:13
9
Ernst
04:39
10
Black Ark Unveiled
05:37
11
The Depth Napishtim
04:42
12
The Ark of Napishtim Collapse
01:25
13
Zemeth's Protection
01:22
14
Spread Blue View
04:33
15
The Moonset Shore
02:25
16
So Much for Today
01:16
17
Olha ~Long Version~ (Bonus Track)
01:11

CD 5

1
Start Screen
00:26
2
Open Sesami
00:50
3
Peaceful Living
00:40
4
The Spiral Stair of Hope
00:32
5
Prologue
05:49
6
The Beginning of the Legend
01:44
7
Ikthia - The Summer of Youths
01:48
8
Welcome
00:43
9
Shop
01:08
10
The Sleeping Cave
01:23
11
Dawn of Makria
01:15
12
The Awakening of the Sealed Ones
01:32
13
One Who Disturbs the Slumber
00:51
14
Vomit
00:47
15
Song of Victory
00:08
16
Theo & Melleina
02:10
17
The Church
02:04
18
Until We Can Meet
01:30
19
Ship
01:29
20
The Cave of Despair
01:22
21
The Power of Friendship
01:33
22
Meidouble
00:54
23
Forever
01:56
24
The Road to Victory
00:58
25
Xarkas
01:59
26
Castle Makria
01:19
27
Trap
01:00
28
Defeat Your Old Nemesis
01:32
29
Jemeux Mouvais
01:12
30
Kakos
01:04
31
Makria in Celebration
02:24
32
The Legend of the Wind
02:39
33
The Evil Dragon Reborn
04:58
34
A Deep Enigma
01:43
35
Black Light
01:45
36
Yeti
01:09
37
The Ice Cave
00:50
38
Arctic Wind
02:11
39
Glacies
01:32
40
New Companions
01:14
41
Prisme
01:00

CD 6

1
The Demon of the Lake
01:15
2
Toon Temple
02:15
3
A False God
01:13
4
Toon
01:02
5
The Silent Shore
02:18
6
Attending the Royal City
01:15
7
The Cave of Fascination
01:33
8
A Beautiful Prize
01:23
9
Beauty is a Trap
01:04
10
Sophia
02:32
11
Parthia Port
01:52
12
The Voice of the Sacred Wind
01:54
13
Wedding
00:13
14
Beneath the Temple
01:15
15
Parthia
01:31
16
The Smile of the Breeze
01:20
17
The Whisper of the Breeze
00:21
18
Sophia (PSG Version)
01:23
19
Aineas
01:22
20
The Cursed Beauty
02:06
21
Alexandra
01:30
22
The Holy Sword of Legend
02:22
23
Winds of Grief
01:23
24
The Pirates' Song - Arios Version
00:12
25
The Pirates' Song - Nous Version
00:12
26
Gymnos
01:19
27
Zead (PSG Version)
00:50
28
Burning Saranda
01:54
29
Lemini = Drago
01:00
30
Zead
01:27
31
Enas
01:26
32
Dakru
01:36
33
Through Ice and Snow
01:17
34
The Ice Tower
01:26
35
A Castle Without a Master
01:11
36
I Am Flybrute
00:47
37
Successor
02:30
38
Ramabard
01:08
39
I Hope We Can Meet
02:06
40
Thoughts, Once More
01:06
41
With Wind
02:50
42
A Bird Crossing the Desert
01:06
43
The Gods of the Four Winds
01:54
44
Com-plex-i-ty - Pyular
01:10
45
Harp
00:09
46
Harp - Hearer
01:30
47
Desert Wind
02:06

CD 7

1
Town of the Dragonflies
01:19
2
Code of the Hero
01:38
3
Rialla
00:41
4
In the Name of Ishtar
01:39
5
Power Greater than God Himself
01:22
6
Brothers ~ The Blood of Aineas
03:53
7
The Holy Spirit
01:52
8
Wings of Pride
02:04
9
The Silent Tower
01:41
10
Chaotic Sanctuary
01:58
11
The Ordeal
01:25
12
In Search of Hope
00:53
13
Dardandis
04:53
14
Wings of Darkness
04:55
15
Companions and Reunions
01:52
16
Kleene
01:30
17
Wings of Freedom
04:11
18
Ending
05:43
19
Like a Wind
05:19
20
In the Wind
03:08
21
Theo & Melleina (PSG Version) [Bonus Track]
01:16
22
Desert Wind (PSG Version) [Bonus Track]
01:14

CD 8

1
Data Track
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