For Brighter Day: Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack

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For Brighter Day: Phantasy Star Universe Original Soundtrack
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Covers release: Sabreman
Composed by Fumie Kumatani / Hideaki Kobayashi / Kenichi Tokoi / Seirou Okamoto / TAI-HEY
Arranged by Fumie Kumatani / Kenichi Tokoi / Masamichi Amano / Philippe Saisse / Toshio Mashima
Published by Wave Master
Catalog number WM-0507~9
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 3 CD - 69 tracks
Release date October 12, 2006
Duration 03:29:55
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Overview

Let's begin all this by saying that, while I have very little experience with the Phantasy Star series' mechanics, I have loved the music of all the entries of this series since its induction to the online world. Phantasy Star Universe was a first in the series to offer live orchestral tracks mixed with very good quality synth, making it the first Phantasy star that had truly "real" sounding music. It also boasts one of the largest soundtracks with around 70 tracks. I went into this album with zero expectations, and came out the other end with my jaw on the floor. This is my story.

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As I mentioned earlier, the live orchestra is a new asset to the series, and Hideaki Kobayashi proves he is a master at writing for the large ensemble. One particular think to look at is this game uses two different orchestras, making the budget for this album seem very high. The beginning of the album introduces us to both, starting with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Playing a beautiful and heart wrenching arrangement of "Save this World", the main theme of Phantasy Star Universe, Warsaw immediately fights for top spot with the other contender. The beautiful violin passages flow very nicely with the epic brass that takes the forefront of the track. What a great way to begin the album!

Warsaw has shown us their idea of how to get to our hearts, so it stands to be told that The Hollywood Session Orchestra should prove itself in the same manner. It does, and probably does it better in my opinion. Giving us an arrangement of the games main city's theme, "Parum" should be written as the definition of musical perfection. Focusing on the high strings and blaring brass, Kobayashi shows us exactly what being in the highest power in the world "should" feel like. I have goose bumps on my goose bumps, and we are only two tracks in!

Kobayashi has proved himself on the orchestrations, but how do his in game tracks fare? Well, starting with another city theme, "Clyez City -Guardians Colony-" has all the makings of a track whose sole purpose is to allow the listener to envision the area down to the exact detail. His area themes also seem to be getting the same attention, only here we get to see him really show off his electronic side. Meanwhile "Rozenom Line Milate 04" is heavily techno based, with electronic vocals carrying the background on top of a drum n' bass beat.

Looking past Sega's lead composer, we'll look to someone who has been in Sega's walls for quite some time. Fumie Kumatani has shown such a versatility that I don't think anyone else on this album could rival her in the slightest. We'll start with "Otoku City -Neudaiz-", which has a surreal oriental vibe going on, carried by the piano and flute. "Z.C. Enemy 1" meanwhile is an easy choice to show how she can handle suspenseful orchestral pieces without losing any quality that she has proven she can deliver. The pinnacle track for her, showing just about every style used on this album, would be "Z.C. Enemy 2". It begins with an electronic beat, which quickly moves into a rock main theme. Once that has time to burn into your head, she changes it up again with an orchestral passage, which then cycles through all styles in random order focusing on brass in the orchestral sections until the end of the track.

The last major composer on the album I'm going to discuss in detail would be Kenichi Tokoi. His style seems to be an enhanced version of Kumatani's, although focusing more on orchestral variances than hers. "Valentine" is an amazing jazz piano piece, with airy strings taking the harmony and lifting the song right into the sky. He takes a more tribal approach with his addition to the town themes in "Dagora City -Moatoob-". Focusing more on percussion and less on the flute, he takes the two mentioned instruments on a ride though the savanna, adding string work in later on that reinforces an intense atmosphere not heard so far in the town themes. My favorite of his though would have to be the final boss theme, "The Vibe -The End of Planets-". While not having the electronic strength of the previous IDOLA tracks from other games in the series, it still holds up a great amount of suspense and anguish with the leading choir and supporting techno-esque percussion. Surely one of my favorites on the album.

Fumie Kumatani and Kenichi Tokoi write the vocal theme and corresponding arranges of "For Brighter Day". I am not the biggest fan of either iteration of the vocal theme, but I will say that both have some pretty amazing jazz instrumentation. The remix version has a church choir sound to it, which is even more of a turn off. The strings sound slightly better here though, if not as listenable. There are also a few composers I didn't mention that you should definitely check out, such as Taihei Sato or Seiro Okamoto. Their work just didn't stand apart from the others enough to mention. While there are some fresh ideas and some newcomer composers to the series, it is still highly influenced by Kobayashi's style and those who do not like him might not take to this album either.

Summary

Without ruining too much, I think you can see that I have some pretty high marks to award this album. It is fresh, appealing to a wide variety of audiences, and has a really high repeat listen value. If you enjoy other works from Kobayashi, then you should enjoy those two. Same can be said about this album.I happen to be a pretty big fan of his, and can walk away giving this a great score. If you do enjoy this team, then seek this one out, as it is the pinnacle of their Phantasy Star work.



Album
9/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Bryan Matheny

Disc 1 (PARUM SIDE)

1. Save This World - Orchestra Version -
Composed by Hideaki Kobayashi
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Andrzej Sasin at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Assistant Engineer: Aleksandra Nagórko

2. Parum
Composed by Hideaki Kobayashi
Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Orchestrated by Toshio Mashima
Played by The Hollywood Session Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Damon Tedesco at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: Steven Rhodes

3. Guardians
Composed by Hideaki Kobayashi
Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Orchestrated by Toshio Mashima
Played by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Andrzej Sasin at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Assistant Engineer: Aleksandra Nagórko

4. The First Story
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

5. Endrum Collective
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
6. Obel Dallgun
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
7. Holtes City - Parum -
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
8. Clyez City - Guardians Colony -
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
9. New Year
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY
  
10. Carnival
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani
  
11. RELICS
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
12. Ancient Civilization
Composed by Hideaki Kobayashi
Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Orchestrated by Toshio Mashima
Played by The Hollywood Session Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Damon Tedesco at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: Steven Rhodes
  
13. Raffon Meadow
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
14. Rozenom Line Milate 04
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
15. Abandoned City, Mellvore
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

16. Contamination - Fire -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
17. Lunga
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY
  
18. Z.C. Enemy : 1
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani
  
19. Mistery
Composed & Programming by Seirou Okamoto
  
20. Growl, From The Wild Sky
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
21. The Last Story
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
22. With You
Composed & Arranged by Fumie Kumatani & Kenichi Tokoi
Lyrics by Fumie Kumatani
Translated by Kan Hashimoto
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Andrzej Sasin at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Assistant Engineer: Chad Lupo

Vocal: Lita Harvey
Vocal Recording by Roy Hendrickson at Avatar Studios, NY
Directed by Atsushi "SUSHI" Kosugi (Beat On Beat, Inc.)
Assistant Engineer: Chad Lupo

Disc 2 (NEUDAIZ SIDE)

1. Save This World
Composed and Arranged by Hideaki Kobayashi
Lyrics by Kan Hashimoto
Strings Arranged & Scored by Philippe Saisse
Sound Produced by Atsushi "SUSHI" Kosugi (Beat On Beat, Inc.)
Recorded & Mixed by Roy Hendrickson at Avatar Studios, NY
Pro Tools Operation & Edit by "SUSHI"
Assistant Engineer: Chad Lupo

Vocals: Kelli Sae
Drums: Scoota Warner
Guitar: Sherrod "Lic Spiffy" Barns
Strings: Richard Sortomme, Carol Webb, Barry Finclier, Johnathon Dinkledge, Vincent Lionti, Eileen K. Moon
  
2. Neudaiz
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by The Hollywood Session Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Damon Tedesco at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: Steven Rhodes
  
3. Mirei
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

4. Ohtoku City - Neudaiz -
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani
  
5. Making Character
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

6. Marriage
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY  

7. Sadness
Composed & Programming by Seirou Okamoto

8. Mizuraki C.D.
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani
  
9. Ukishima
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

10. Hakura Temple
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

11. Tension
Composed & Programming by Seirou Okamoto

12. RELICS - Sleep -
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
13. Contamination - Dark -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

14. Clyez Linear Line
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

15. Floader
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY
  
16. S.E.E.D
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by The Hollywood Session Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Damon Tedesco at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: Steven Rhodes

17. Valentine
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

18. Halloween
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

19. Violent
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

20. Madness the Machine Sparx
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

21. Resolution
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
22. The Hunt - The End of Planets -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

23. Epilogue 1
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi
  
24. For Brighter Day
Composed & Arranged by Fumie Kumatani & Kenichi Tokoi
Lyrics by Fumie Kumatani
Translated by Kan Hashimoto

Sound Produced by Atsushi "SUSHI" Kosugi (Beat On Beat, Inc.)
Recorded & Mixed by Roy Hendrickson at Avatar Studios, NY
Pro Tools Operation & Edit by "SUSHI"
Assistant Engineer: Chad Lupo
Strings Arranged & Scored by Philippe Saisse
Chorus Section Arranged by Marlon D. Saundars

Played by Philippe Saisse Acoustique Trio featuring Kelli Sae

Piano: Philippe Saisse
Bass: David Finck
Drums: Scoota Warner
Vocal: Kelli Sae
Guitar: Sherrod "Lic Spiffy" Barns
Chorus: Marlon D. Saundars, Biti Strauchn, Arlf St. Michael
Strings: Richard Sortomme, Carol Webb, Barry Finclier, Johnathon Dinkledge, Vincent Lionti, Eileen K. Moon

MOATOOB SIDE

1. Save This World - Orchestra Short Version -
Composed by Hideaki Kobayashi
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Andrzej Sasin at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Assistant Engineer: Aleksandra Nagórko

2. Moatoob
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
Orchestrated, Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Played by The Hollywood Session Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Damon Tedesco at Cello Studios, Los Angeles
Assistant Engineer: Steven Rhodes
  
3. Alfort Tylor
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
4. Dagora City - Moatoob -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
5. My Room
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

6. Cherry Blossom
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY

7. Galenigare Mine
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
8. Kugu Desert
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
9. Uneasiness
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

10. RELICS - Awakening -
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

11. Contamination - Ice -
Composed & Programming by TAI-HEY

12. Striker
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

13. Z.C. Enemy : 2
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

14. Comedy
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

15. Christmas
Composed & Programming by Seirou Okamoto

16. Brave Fight
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
17. Fly Up Ivy
Composed & Programming by Fumie Kumatani

18. S.E.E.D - Hive -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi

19. The Vibe - The End of Planets -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
20. Epilogue 2
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

21. Overture
Composed & Programming by Hideaki Kobayashi

22. For Brighter Day - Remix -
Composed & Programming by Kenichi Tokoi
  
23. For Brighter Day - Orchestra Version -
Composed by Fumie Kumatani
Conducted & Mixed by Masamichi Amano
Orchestrated by Toshio Mashima
Played by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra Recorded & Edited by Andrzej Sasin at Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
Assistant Engineer: Aleksandra Nagórko
Album was composed by Fumie Kumatani / Hideaki Kobayashi / Kenichi Tokoi / Seirou Okamoto / TAI-HEY and was released on October 12, 2006. Soundtrack consists of 69 tracks tracks with duration over more than 3 hours. Album was released by Wave Master.

CD 1

1
Save This World - Orchestra Version -
07:10
2
Parum
02:23
3
Guardians
02:25
4
The First Story
02:18
5
Endrum Collective
03:04
6
Obel Dallgun
03:00
7
Holtes City - Parum -
04:14
8
Clyez City - Guardians Colony -
03:44
9
New Year
01:38
10
Carnival
02:03
11
RELICS
02:42
12
Ancient Civilization
03:26
13
Raffon Meadow
03:15
14
Rozenom Line Milate 04
03:20
15
Abandoned City, Mellvore
03:41
16
Contamination - Fire -
03:34
17
Lunga
01:52
18
Z.C. Enemy - 1
02:34
19
Mistery
01:17
20
Growl, From The Wild Sky
02:05
21
The Last Story
04:43
22
With You
05:15

CD 2

1
Save This World
03:19
2
Neudaiz
03:08
3
Mirei
03:06
4
Ohtoku City - Neudaiz -
02:56
5
Making Character
02:23
6
Marriage
02:38
7
Sadness
01:44
8
Mizuraki C.D.
03:29
9
Ukishima
03:33
10
Hakura Temple
03:07
11
Tension
01:39
12
RELICS - Sleep -
04:29
13
Contamination - Dark -
03:31
14
Clyez Linear Line
03:36
15
Floader
02:36
16
S.E.E.D
03:31
17
Valentine
02:30
18
Halloween
02:32
19
Violent
01:51
20
Madness the Machine Sparx
03:04
21
Resolution
01:44
22
The Hunt - The End of Planets -
03:04
23
Epilogue 1
01:59
24
For Brighter Day
05:39

CD 3

1
Save This World - Orchestra Short Version -
02:43
2
Moatoob
02:55
3
Alfort Tylor
02:37
4
Dagora City - Moatoob -
03:53
5
My Room
03:43
6
Cherry Blossom
03:20
7
Galenigare Mine
03:47
8
Kugu Desert
02:24
9
Uneasiness
01:20
10
RELICS - Awakening -
04:17
11
Contamination - Ice -
03:38
12
Striker
02:17
13
Z.C. Enemy - 2
02:34
14
Comedy
01:34
15
Christmas
02:10
16
Brave Fight
01:51
17
Fly Up Ivy
02:23
18
S.E.E.D - Hive -
03:39
19
The Vibe - The End of Planets -
03:42
20
Epilogue 2
01:41
21
Overture
02:38
22
For Brighter Day - Remix -
05:19
23
For Brighter Day - Orchestra Version -
04:39
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