Falcom J.D.K. BAND 1

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Falcom J.D.K. BAND 1
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1019
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 10 tracks
Release date January 1, 1991
Duration 00:45:10
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Overview

The Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. are one of the most famous "sound teams" in Japan when it comes to making video game soundtracks. They incorporate a healthy dose of rock, synth work, and jazz to take you on a musical ride unlike any other. This mixture has garnered for them a rather large following. It was thus a no brainier to go ahead and make an album with all their popular songs redone by rock band. Enter arranger Tomohiko Kishimoto and his J.D.K. Band.

Body

"To Make the End Of Battle" is a trademark Falcom track many people probably would have heard, even those who haven't played Ys II. Just like the original, this one still rocks and highlights keyboard work. However, the use of instrumental performers adds so much energy and emotion to the track, while the fancy improvisations are also exciting. It's a great way to testify this album was worth purcashing. That is, until the second track...

While the instrumentals of "Go Fight" are well done, unfortunately they provide only a support for some hideous singing above. The singer can't even sing here, offering neither good pronunciation or intonation, particularly during cringe-worthy lines like "You never loooossseeee..." I am in no way against Japanese singing. I love the stuff and I even have a friggin' Pizzicato Five album, which I adore. So I know what good singing is. And this is NOT good. "Traveler's Inn "is also pretty bland. It's a somewhat dynamic piece with some slow singing and echoes in the background. I can see some people getting into this song, though.

After hearing those two songs, I thought this album was going to be REALLY bad. But those are surprisingly the ONLY bad ones! In fact, "Get in the Wild", is done rather well despite featuring more vocals. It has a nice hook to it and great drumming too. Kishimoto also sings on another song, "Boy On The Wing", which again is a good piece. This leads me to believe that the hard rock style he was going after in "Go Fight" wasn't even close to what he is used to doing.

"Let's Face It" surprised me as it turned out to be a pretty head boppin' jazz / swing hybrid. The old guitar style and brass section are especially well done. "Major Demon" was also a nice treat to the ears as pure instrumental metal. The solo Junichiro Matsukawa shreds out here is nothing short of wonderful and this is something that is sorely missing in today's modern rock music. "Valestine" is another outstanding guitar / synth taggin' rock anthem. It's very lively and features plenty of excellent guitar and keyboard work.

 

Summary

If it weren't for "Go Fight" and "Traveler's Inn", Falcom J.D.K. Band 1 would be the hottest game music rock album you could pick up, in my opinion. Heck, it still is. Despite my harsh criticism on the two aforementioned tracks, this is still one of the best albums you can own, with the styles being played here touching many genres. Enjoy this one, folks. It's a keeper.



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J.D.K.BAND: ★TOMOHIKO KISHIMOTO
  All Music Arrange
  Synthesizer & Drum Programing
Bass, Guitar, Vocal, A.Guitar (M-3,4,6,7,9)

★YASUHARU TAKANASHI
  Keybords

★JUNICHIRO MATSUKAWA
  E.Guitar (M-2,5,6,7,9)

GUEST MUSICIANS: MASANORI KUSAKABE / E.Guitar (M-3,4,5,8)
KAZUHIDE SHIROTA / E.Guitar (M-1,7)
TAKASHI MATSUO GROUP


Tracks are arrangements of the following tracks:

Track 1: TO MAKE THE END OF BATTLE (Ys II)
Track 2: Launching (Star Trader)
Track 3: Valestein Castle (Ys III: Wanderers from Ys)
Track 4: Cursed Oasis (Sorcerian)
Track 5: Thieves' Tower (Sorcerian)
Track 6: The Olympians (Sorcerian Additional Scenario Vol. 2: Sengoku Sorcerian)
Track 7: Ninja Mansion (Sorcerian Additional Scenario Vol. 2: Sengoku Sorcerian)
Track 8: ??? (The Legend of Heroes)
Track 9: The Boy's Got Wings (Ys III: Wanderers from Ys)
Track 10: ??? (Sorcerian)
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on January 1, 1991. Soundtrack consists of 10 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
TO MAKE THE END OF BATTLE
05:01
2
GO FIGHT
04:41
3
VARESTAIN
04:17
4
CURSED DESERT
05:39
5
MAJOR DEMON
03:46
6
LET'S FACE IT
03:39
7
GET IN THE WILD
05:24
8
HEROES EMBLEM
04:20
9
BOY ON THE WING
04:38
10
TRAVELERS INN
03:45
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