Falcom Special Box '90

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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Anthem / Hiroshi Shinkawa / Kazuhide Shirota / Keiichi Oku / Kentaro Haneda / Michio Fujisawa / Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number 169A-7717~20
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 4 CD - 27 tracks
Release date December 21, 1989
Duration 01:27:28
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Overview

Falcom Sound Box '90 is a compilation of four 20 minute singles. It features three arranged discs, entitled 'Vocal', 'Heavy Metal', and 'New Age' respectively, as well as the original soundtrack for the anime adaptation of Ys. This box set is a major improvement on the inconsistent and derivative Falcom Special Box '89, but it still has its limitations. Time for a closer look...

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Those who can't get enough of Falcom's vocal themes will enjoy the first disc. It features five vocal arrangements of favourites from several franchises. The opener is a straightforward pop-based interpretation of "Trading Village of Redmont", but refreshingly features a slightly more mature vocalist than most Falcom vocals. The jazz influences in the instrumentals are also appealing. The Sorcerian offerings feature even better vocalists and are presented like epic set numbers from musicals. However, the interpretations of Ys and Star Trader compositions return back to the company's characteristic focus on youthful vocalists and sentimental melodies. These vocal arrangements are some of Falcom's best, but they're still very much a select taste.

The Heavy Metal section features a range of vocal and instrumental performances by the J.D.K. Band. "Holy Fighter" is an effective introduction to the disc, since it features vocals like the preceding disc. Thankfully, the vocals are actually quite compelling ones and the instrumental backing is equally charismatic. "Lonely Soldier" also offers vocals and is pretty reminiscent of typical metal coming from Japan at the time. Some will find it clichéd, others brooding and captivating. However, the instrumental performances are certainly the jewels on this disc. "Stranger in the Night" is a racing power rock version of Sorcerian's "Major Demon" and "Protecters" features some absolutely awesome guitar work. These are easily some of J.D.K. Band's very finest.

The third disc provides a major contrast with a series of acoustic performances by the Michio Fujisawa Project. Those who have listened to the PrePrimer albums will know what to expect here and that is, of course, exceptional piano quintet arrangements. "Rainy Weekend" beautifully portrays the imagery suggested in the title with its fluid, falling piano work and restful violin overlays. "The First Day of Spring" interprets one of Sorcerian's more marginal tracks with a passionate jazz piano arrangement, while "Legend of Moon and Light" is full of bittersweet contrasts and melancholy undertones. The final track, "Departure of Sunrise", rounds off the section in a wonderful manner and captures all the emotions that originally went into Mieko Ishikawa's composition.

The final disc provides the original music for the anime Ys Heaven's Sanctuary. There are some good compositions here, but they're often hindered by their presentation. The opener "Battle with the Demon Lord!!", for instance, provides a pleasant twist on the classic Falcom rock theme with its flute leads. However, it's not appealing to have to listen through 40 seconds of sound effects and crazy shouting to get to the body. Other tracks such as "Darm Tower Floating in the Sea", "What's Ys", and "The Enigma of Esteria" are effective in context, yet little more than short cinematic filler on the soundtrack. Among the biggest highlights are the arrangements of classic, including even a sample from Symphony Ys, though there is a little too much reliance on "First Step Towards Wars". Stick to the Perfect Collection Heaven's Sanctuary albums instead.

Summary

Falcom Special Box '90 is a vast improvement on Falcom Special Box '89. The vocal, heavy metal, and new age arrangements are all of exceptional quality and among the very finest of Falcom's discography. However, the vocal tracks won't appeal to everyone and the soundtrack to Ys Heaven's Sanctuary is rather strange. Also keep in mind that the discs are generally quite short — about 20 minutes each — so it's not a fully-fledged four disc effort like it might appear to be.



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Disc 1: Vocal
Disc 2: Heavy Metal
Disc 3: New Age Music
Disc 4: Ys Animation Video Soundtrack

-DISC 1: VOCAL-
Composition: Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arrangement: Hiroshi Shinkawa (1,2,5), Keiichi Oku (3,4)
Vocals by: Shoko Minami (1,3), Charito (2,5), Naoki Watanabe (4)
Lyrics by: Ruby (1), Yoshihiko Ando (2,3), J.D.K. (4), Linda Hennrick (5)

-DISC 2: HEAVY METAL-
Composition: Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arrangement: Anthem (1,3), Kazuhide Shirota & Tomohiko Kishimoto (2,4)
Performance: Anthem (1,3), Presence Project (2,4)
Lyrics by: Yukio Morikawa (1), Tomohiko Kishimoto (2,4)

Anthem Members: (Vocal) Yukio Morikawa (Guitar) Hiroya Fukuda (Bass) Naoto Shibata (Drums) Takamasa Ohuchi

Presence Project Members: (Vocal) Tomohiko Kishimoto (Guitar) Kazuhide Shirota (Bass) Yoshihito Onda

-DISC 3: NEW AGE MUSIC-
Composition: Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arrangement: Michio Fujisawa
Performance: M-Fujisawa & Score Set

-DISC 4: YS ANIMATION VIDEO SOUNDTRACK-
Composition: Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arrangement: Michio Fujisawa, Kentaro Haneda (12)
Performance: J.D.K. Band


|RECORDING STAFF|

DISC 1 (VOCAL)
Director: Takuo Uchida
Recording Studio: King Record 2nd Studio, Studio Impulse
Recording Engineer: Takao Suga
Assistant Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
Musician Co-ordinator: Velvet Line

DISC 2 (HEAVY METAL)
Director: Atsushi Ohtsuki
Recording Studio: King Record 2nd Studio
Recording Engineer: Yoshinari Tamura
Assistant Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi, Tamagawa Mikata
Artist Co-ordinator: Osamu Kifune
Special Thanks: レインソング・コーポレイション, ミュージック・オフス・アームズ

DISC 3 (NEW AGE MUSIC)
Director: Takuo Uchida
Recording Studio: King Record 2nd Studio
Recording Engineer: Takao Suga
Assistant Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
Artist Co-ordinator: Michio Fujisawa

DISC 4 (YS ANIMATION VIDEO SOUNDTRACK)
Director: Takuo Uchida
Recording Studio: King Record 2nd Studio
Recording Engineer: Takao Suga
Assistant Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi
Special Thanks: Seigo Nakai, Shingo Ohashi, Yutaka Yamamoto


|STAFF CREDIT|
Executive Producer: Masayuki Kato (Nihon Falcom Inc.)
Producer: Fujio Sakai
Musical Produce & Arrangement: Keiichi Oku (disc1 3・4), Hiroshi Shinkawa (disc1 1・2・5), Anthem (disc2 1・3), Kazuhide Shirota & Tomohiko Kishimoto (disc2 2・4),
Michio Fujisawa (disc3、disc4)
Director: Takuo Uchida, Atsushi Ohtsuki, Mieko Ishikawa (Nihon Falcom Inc.)
Recording Engineer: Takao Suga, Yoshinari Tamura
Mastering Engineer: Mei Ando
Assistant Engineer: Yoshimasa Sakaguchi, Tamagawa Mikata
Artist Co-ordinator: Borderline, Osamu Tanno
Special Thanks: ファルコムクリエイティブオフィス, オフィス・トゥー・ワン, (株)郡由多, レイソング・コーポレイション, ミュージック・オフィス・アームズ, STUDIO IMPULSE, (株)メーザーアンドサンズ
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on December 21, 1989. Soundtrack consists of 27 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
Eyes the Color of Dreams (Wanderers of Ys "Trading Village of Redmont")
04:37
2
Crossing Into a Distant Age (Sorcerian "Ending")
04:27
3
Oath on a Starry Sky (Ys "Feena")
04:50
4
Star Trader (Star Trader)
04:01
5
All Because of You (Sorcerian "Ending")
04:26

CD 2

1
Holy Fighter (Sengoku Sorcerian "Tengu")
03:41
2
Stranger in the Night (Sorcerian "Major Demon")
04:36
3
Protectors ~Instrumental~ (Ys II "Protectors")
03:48
4
Lonely Soldier (Sorcerian Additional Scenario Vol. 1 "Minotauros")
06:24

CD 3

1
Rainy Weekend (Sorcerian "Harp")
03:34
2
The First Day of Spring (Sorcerian "Sigh and Tear")
04:19
3
Legend of Moon & Light (Ys "Ending ~ Palace")
06:02
4
A Fast Flight to You (Ys II "Ending II")
03:47
5
Departure at Sunrise (Wanderers from Ys "Departure at Sunrise")
05:01

CD 4

1
Battle With the Demons!!
02:30
2
Darm Tower, Floating in the Sea
00:31
3
Night in Promarock
00:53
4
Adol's Determination (Ys "Grasslands")
01:33
5
Lost in the Tempest (Ys "Grasslands")
03:57
6
Esteria ("Feena")
01:22
7
The Enigma of Esteria
01:12
8
What's Ys? (Ys "Grasslands")
00:49
9
The Citizens (Ys "Town")
00:54
10
Sara's Theme (Ys "Shop II")
02:43
11
Battle With the Demons Part II
02:47
12
The Morning Grow (Ys Symphony)
03:12
13
Minstrel's Song
01:32
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