Mother

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Mother
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Composed by Hirokazu Tanaka / Keiichi Suzuki
Arranged by David Bedford / Keiichi Suzuki / Michael Nyman / Takeshi Saito
Published by Sony Records
Catalog number 32DH-5285
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 11 tracks
Release date August 21, 1989
Duration 01:03:47
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Overview

Mother (aka EarthBound Zero) seems to have a cult following; it certainly has a good cultstone foothold in RPG history. While the Mother 1 + 2 Original Soundtracks have been recommissioned not so long ago, it seems fair to delve back and review the arranged album. Intrestingly, the lyrics for the several vocal tracks are recorded in English with Catherine Warwick giving her best with what she's got to play with.

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"Pollyanna (I Believe in You)" is very typical of Japanese 1990s music. It features very cheesy guitar, MIDI pianos, and chirpy lyrics. Catherine Warwick is out of tune at times and the song has some other problems, though it's far from offensive. "Bein' Friends" is a much better reflection on the whole process with Warwick almost taking on a classical whaling in the bridges. The point where tacky happiness becomes actually rather good is here and you need some of this once in a while. Definately a highlight if you're looking for the fun of the series. Away with the English lady and out with Jeb Million who thinks he's Bryan Adams stuck in a cowboy bar! Catchy, fun country madness that could find its way onto 'The Best of Line Dancing Vol. 1'. No harm in that either I think!

"Magicant" sees vocals disappear in favour for some ambigious synths and abstract instrumentation. Intrestingly arranged, albeit not a song I'd have thought could be arranged particularly well, but sometimes the least obvious choices make for musical gold. Catherine Warwick makes her next appearance with "Wisdom of the World", an absolutely beautiful ballad with angelic vocals, sweeping string arrangements, and subtle drums. This song is made all the more enchanting by the production in which the vocals seem to be very soft and flowing with the strings never a separate entity.

"Flying Man" brings out the ukelele! Louis Philippe has a voice not dissimilar to that of an early French George Michael, however you'll never get him singing a song like this. Weird tuned percussion and quirky uke riffs make this song quite a unique experience — even for the gaming community — and it's not every day you can get that. "Snow Man" is in a similar vein to "Magicant", but is a more traditional arrangement. Good fun to listen to. "All That I Needed (Was You)" is Catherine Warwick's final song, which is, like the opening duo, another catchy, inoffensive, and, above all, fun early 1990s Japanese pop song.

Moving towards the end of the arranged section, "Fallin' Love, And..." is a very progressive track that only really sways between two chords. Variety is nevertheless created through adding various instruments and little patterns here and there. The song is pretty itself but goes on for too long to be anything worthwhile repeating often. However, "Eight Melodies" is one of the simplest and most sumptuous songs in video game music written. A beautiful children's choir and a full orchestra present a stellar performance of a very sweet but powerful tune. While some may find repetitive, I find it completely overwhelming.

Keichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka, the original composers for Mother, then give us a 24 minute compilation of the entire original soundtrack under the title "The World of Mother". It is a superb indulgence and a real bonus. Each piece plays through and fades out while the next starts and there's no special effects rubbishing their way into the music either! Hurrah! "Smiles And Tears" closes the album as an unreleased track; it is simple enough, but has not been polished sound-wise so it really does sound like a demo left on the cutting floor.

Summary

Mother's arranged album intends to be a happy little gem with quirks and surprises. The surprise is that the album is actually rather good. While it hasn't stood the test of time well in terms sound production, it certainly has stood the test of time in terms of good music. The original game music is a wonderful bonus.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Simon Smith

1. POLLYANNA (I BELIEVE IN YOU)

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Voice: Catherine Warwick
B-Vox: K.Suzuki & G. Tommey
Drums: Geoff Dugmore
Bass: Graham Edwards
Guitars: Keith Beauvias
Chester Camen
Keyboards & Programming: Bob Andrews
All Other Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Programming: Tatsuhiko Mori
Yukio Doki
Takazumi Kunitomo

2. BEIN' FRIENDS

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Voice: Catherine Warwick
Jeremy Holland-Smith
B-Box: 1,000 Voices
Drums: Geoff Dugmore
Bass: Graham Edwards
Guitars: Keith Beauvias
Chester Camen
Keyboards & Programming: David Motion
All Other Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Programming: Tatsuhiko Mori
Yukio Doki
Takazumi Kunitomo

3. THE PARADISE LINE

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Voice: Jeb Million
B-Vox: King Edward School Choir Boys
Drums: Geoff Dugmore
Guitar: Chester Camen
Keyboards & Programming: Bob Andrews

4. MAGICANT (INST.)

Music: Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
All Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Synthesizer Programming: Tatsuhiko Mori
Takazumi Kunitomo

5. WISDOM OF THE WORLD

Music: Hirokazu Tanaka
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: David Bedford
Voice: Catherine Warwick
Programming: Don Camer

6. FLYING MAN

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Voice: Louis Philippe
B-Vox: L.Phillipe, K.Suzuki & G. Tommy
Ukulele: Hitoshi Watanabe
Bouzouki: Hitoshi Watanabe
Acoustic Bass: Hitoshi Watanabe
Guitar: Louis Philippe
All The Other Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Synthesizer Programming: Tatsuhiko Hori
Takazumi Kunitomo

7. SNOW MAN (INST.)

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Bouzouki: Hitoshi Watanabe
Acoustic Bass: Hitoshi Watanabe
All The Other Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Synthesizer Programming: Tatsuhiko Mori
Jun Tohyama
Takazumi Kunitomo

8. ALL THAT I NEEDED (WAS YOU)

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Voice: Jermy Budd
B-Vox: K.Suzuki & G.Tommy
Drums: Geoff Dugmore
Bass: Steve Barnacle
Guitar: Chester Camen
Keyboards & Programming: David Motion

9. FALLIN' LOVE, AND (INST.)

Music: Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement: Takeshi Saitoh
Piano: Kazuto Shimizu (Killing Time)
Naoko Saitoh
Electric Bass: Masashi Yokohama (Killing Time)
Drums: Jun Aoyama
Electric Gut Guitars: Masashi Yokohama (Killing Time)
Mandolin: Bun Itakura
Percussion: Tetsuaki Hoashi (Killing Time)
Mato
Saxophone: Masami Shinoda (JAGATARA)
Trombone: Yoichi Murata (JAGATARA)
Chorus: Reichi

Saito Neko Strings Quartet
Joe Group Strings

10. EIGHT MELODIES

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
Words: Linda Hennrick
Arrangement: Michael Nyman
Voice: St. Paul's Cathedinal Choir

11. THE WORLD OF MOTHER

Music: Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement: Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka
All Instruments: Keiichi Suzuki
Hirokazu Tanaka

Саундтрек RPG Mother доступен на виниле

По случаю 30-летия Mother - первого части популярной серии RPG для консолей Nintendo, известной на западе как Earthbound Beginnings, - Sony Music Direct выпустила саундтрек из игры на виниле. Альбом содержит две прозрачные пластинки с музыкой Кэйити Судзуки. Купить издание можно на официальном сайте лейбла за... Expand

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Album was composed by Hirokazu Tanaka / Keiichi Suzuki and was released on August 21, 1989. Soundtrack consists of 11 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Sony Records.

CD 1

1
Pollyanna (I Believe In You)
03:43
2
Bein' Friends
05:14
3
The Paradise Line
03:44
4
Magicant (Inst.)
04:22
5
Wisdom Of The World
04:42
6
Flying Man
04:50
7
Snow Man (Inst.)
03:52
8
All That I Needed (Was You)
04:43
9
Fallin' Love, And (Inst.)
06:19
10
Eight Melodies
05:46
11
The World of MOTHER
16:32
30.04.12
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