Fire Emblem: Genealogy of Holy War Arrange Soundtrack

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Fire Emblem: Genealogy of Holy War Arrange Soundtrack
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Composed by Yuka Tsujiyoko
Arranged by Eiji Nakagawa / Etsuo Kawasaki / Hiroaki Watanabe / Kenichi Kimura / Naoyuki Horikou
Published by Tokuma Japan Communications
Catalog number TKCA-70929
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 14 Tracks
Release date June 24, 1996
Duration 00:48:19
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Overview

The Fire Emblem Thracia 776 Original Soundtrack is the third and final installment of the Super Nintendo Fire Emblem titles. The game was released at the very end of the Super Nintendo's life and also was extremely shadowed by the Nintendo 64. The game is even less known as it was only released in Japan. Unpopular or not, the soundtrack was still composed by Fire Emblem veteran, Yuka Tsujiyoko. There are two arranged tracks on the album, but the rest consists of original work. There's a significantly lower amount of tracks than on the previous soundtracks. Could this mean less filler and sustenance?

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Let's get these oddball tracks out of the way first, the first and final tracks. It was hard to tell whether these tracks were based of tracks from the original score, but after a few listens it made sense that these were bonus arrangements by Ko Otani. I call them oddballs because, to put it bluntly, they are. They are the complete opposites of every entries on the original album or any Fire Emblem composition in general. But besides not fitting in, they aren't half bad. "Blowin' in the Wind" is an arrangement of one of the ending tracks called "Ballad", which I suppose was a bit of an oddball also. Vocals really do this track justice and the new piano line also adds a lot to the composition. The last track, "Wind", fits in even less than "Blowin' in the Wind"; it has kind of a tropical island feel to it, which I didn't really like. While both songs are sung in Japanese, they randomly have English phrases thrown in and it distracts from the flow of the song. Neither one is bad, but these tracks didn't feel very necessary either.

Given it is the final Super Nintendo game, one might expect the original score should top all of the others musically. However, sound quality is the only thing it has going and even that isn't outstanding for its time. On the original score, one of the first themes that catched my ear was track nine, "Base". It features some of the best brass lines in the series in good sound quality. I noticed that this and a lot of other melodies or recycled throughout this album as different variations. While I do like variations on a theme, I felt that this album just made the melody stale. A lot of the map tracks sound the same and it's not good at all.

I am happy that there are not too many filler tunes even with the variations problem. Most pieces last over a minute making them all equally important with a couple acceptable exceptions. I like the ideas behind "Arena" with the clapping and all; it works since the melody is also interesting meaning it's not just a silly little thirty second track. "Score" is also another small highlight bringing back that classic Fire Emblem feel. As mentioned before, "Ballad" is kind of an oddball track. It used a lot of instruments that were never used in other parts of the album and was written in the ballad genre, which doesn't fit the rest of the album much. The other ending themes were alright, but nothing else on this album really shines brightly enough for me.

Summary

The Fire Emblem Thracia 776 Original Soundtrack is nowhere near the quality of Fire Emblem Genealogy of Holy War's. The bonus tracks, though interesting, certainly don't bring it to the top like they did for Fire Emblem Mystery of the Emblem Sound Memorium. It's not horrible music or anything close to that, but I'd still only recommend it to hardcore fans of the series.



Album
6/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

Overview

The Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War Arrange Soundtrack is one of the strongest Fire Emblem arranged albums simply because it has the advantage of its tracks being taken from a stronger Fire Emblem soundtrack. All the tracks on this album pay respect to their originals while being completely different at the same time. Fire Emblem arranged albums are usually better than the originals because they do a good job of picking out the meat of the original albums. Admittedly, however, the arrangers still missed many great tracks here. Luckily the ones they picked were definitely great track choices. Whether these are great choices or not, do the arrangements actually please?

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Keep in mind the album is arranged, but not orchestrated. This was a horrible choice in that nowadays games like Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn sound better than this. Yes, it's a huge contrast from the Super Nintendo version but any untrained ear will know these are MIDI tunes and it just ruins the point of this being an arranged album. It's not appropriate to the compositions and it sounds archaic and flat. It especially has this effect on tunes with heavily orchestrated chords like "Beginning" or the intro of "Theme of Fire Emblem". These two tracks are prime examples of why this album deserved to be orchestrated.

Luckily there are still a few interesting compositions on the album. In general, every track has its low and high points. The most solid track is chapter two's theme, "Disturbance in Augusteria" The "oboe" was a great choice for this specific melody, which was already a great one. The piece has a very fantasy-like feel that should please fans. It was already one of the better tracks on the original and I think this holds true to this album. It's also a weaker track in terms of ambition, but I guess there was no need to throw away what they already had going.

This is the complete opposite of chapter one's theme, which uses an electric guitar. The electric guitar is definitely fitting for this theme, "Girl of the Spirit Forest", over any other theme, but it's as if the arrangers relied on solely the guitar. Because of this, the track feels a bit empty, novice, and corny, but at least the guitar goes away during parts of the piece. Of course, once the guitar leaves the scene it becomes flat with the MIDI chords. It's definitely a poor arrangement but it's on the right track in terms of trying something new.

The next track, "Lion King Eltosian", is a nice sound faithful track but also a repetitive one. The crescendo that happens throughout the track is a bit interesting. Not many of these arrangements goes out of the A-B-A-B form, which was also a poor choice considering the arrangements are twice as long as the original. The originals were just too short for repetition, but these tracks are above three minutes, plus every single piece had great potential for better arrangements.

"Crossing the Desert" has a very faulty arrangement. The original tune had plenty of potential to be an amazingly atmospheric composition. The arrangers decided to go with a kind of electric keyboard sound and it just doesn't fit at all. It's a bit reminiscent music out of Phantasy Star Online, which can be a good thing, but not for this arrangement and not usually for Fire Emblem music. Like the original, I really enjoy the running background line. Speaking of originals, I don't really remember liking the original "For Whose Sake" and this one captured me a bit more. It's more of an atmospheric piece like "Crossing the Desert", but also repetitive in the same. "Light and Dark" is an acceptable arrangement but you can really start to here the MIDI quality when you listen to the trumpets while when you don't when the instruments are odder.

Summary

This is not a bad album in the least and I still suggest it to any fan that has played the game. There were some missed arrangement opportunities but the album is still solid with the tracks chosen. I personally would have enjoyed an arranged version of "Celice's Theme". With a mixture of flat arrangements and computer made sounds, it's sometimes hard to appreciate the arrangements as much as they could be. Thankfully there is still enough musical creativity going on in this album to enjoy it.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

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Album was composed by Yuka Tsujiyoko and was released on June 24, 1996. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by Tokuma Japan Communications.

CD 1

1
Beginning
01:18
2
Theme from Fire Emblem
03:13
3
Opening Chapter (Awakening of the Holy)
02:58
4
Chapter 1 (Girl of the Spirit Forest)
03:16
5
Chapter 2 (Disturbance of Agustria)
03:09
6
Chapter 3 (Lion King ELTOSIAN)
03:10
7
Chapter 4 (Dancing in the Sky)
03:38
8
Chapter 5 (Door to Destiny)
03:32
9
Chapter 6 (Light Continues to Shine)
04:43
10
Chapter 7 (Crossing the Desert)
04:25
11
Chapter 8 (Thracia's Dragon Knights)
03:34
12
Chapter 9 (For Who's Sake)
04:08
13
Chapter 10 (Light and Dark)
03:23
14
Last Chapter (The Last Holy War)
03:52
30.04.12
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