Final Fantasy Vocal Collections II "Love Will Grow"

Final Fantasy Vocal Collections II
Final Fantasy Vocal Collections II "Love Will Grow"
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Composed by Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Haruki Mino / Kiyoshi Kobayashi / Masatsugu Shinozaki / Patrick Nugier / Risa Ohki / Yoshiro Nakamura / Yuichiro Goto
Published by NTT Publishing
Catalog number NTCP-5041
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 11 Tracks
Release date October 1, 2004
Duration 00:42:41
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Overview

Final Fantasy arranged albums, such as orchestrated remixes, piano collections, unofficial projects, and other such releases, have always captivated Uematsu fans worldwide. None of this, however, can compare to the sense of awe and nostalgia that came from hearing classical Final Fantasy pieces put to lyrics. The combined talents of Nobuo Uematsu and Lisa Ooki formulate to create what could be the most artistic use of video game music ever with the "Final Fantasy Vocal Collection" two disc series. The second volume Love Will Grow features vocal variations of various favourites that are arranged for live orchestration and beautifully performed.

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"Have You Ever Seen Me" is an arrangement of Final Fantasy III's fan favourite "Cute Little Tozas". Here we have a cute song with a cute premise sung to cute lyrics. The amount of cuteness in this song is addictive, catchy, and you'll be listening to this song more than any other with no idea quite why. That's about it for this one.

The titular track of the second Vocal Collection, "Love Will Grow", is great not only as an arranged Final Fantasy piece, but as a very believable song as well. It's a rather sentimental love ballad sung in English and the instrumentation isn't as much the focus as it is with the other tracks. Unlike most other additions of the album, it also features excellent lyrics. Most of the other English songs are confusing and sometimes ridiculous in their lyrical content.

"Esterlas" represents the very reason of why the first album is so much better than the second. The album just happens to have far too many of these (for lack of a better word) boring tracks. It's hard to tell what original track they're a variation of, the lyrics are uninspired and slow, and the orchestration is very heavy and deep. The kind of pieces that put you to sleep even when you don't want to do so.

It's quite unique how the vocal collection opens and closes with two different versions of the "Prelude," not to mention the fact this track is interesting in itself. First off, it's a perfect example of how silly and random some of the English lyrics on these albums are. Also, it's a jazzy version of the famous piece, making the instrumentation as interesting to hear as the song itself. An honorary mention goes to Lisa Ooki for most likely being one of the first Japanese to sing in scat.

Summary

I know I sound like a broken record, but Pray and Love Will Grow both have a sense of nostalgia to them; fans of the music practically NEED to hear these albums. Love Will Grow is certainly a lot more tedious to listen to, but by skipping it you're missing out on three really great pieces: "Long Distance," "Have You Ever Seen Me," and "Love Will Grow". A highly recommended album.



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"Long Distance [Final Fantasy IV Main Theme (F.F.IV)]"
Lyrics by Ririko Yamabuki
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Masatsugu Shinozaki
Performed by Risa Ohki

"Eternal Wind [Eternal Wind (F.F.III)]"
Lyrics by Claudio Ramos
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Yoshiro Nakamura
Performed by Risa Ohki

"Have You Ever Seen Me? [Cute Little Tozas (F.F.III)]"
Lyrics by Katsuhiko Kinoshita
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Yuichiro Goto
Performed by Risa Ohki & Ikuko Noguchi

"Valse des Amoureux [a newly written]"
Lyrics by YU-PA
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Patrick Nugier
Performed by Ikuko Noguchi

"GAIA [Main Theme (F.F.I)]"
Lyrics by Kaoru Ichigatsu
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Haruki Mino
Performed by Ikuko Noguchi

"Traces of Distant Days [Nostalgia (F.F.V)]"
Lyrics by Ririko Yamabuki
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Haruki Mino
Performed by Risa Ohki

"Distant Hometown [Distant Hometown (F.F.V)]"
Lyrics by Kaoru Ichigatsu
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Yuichiro Goto
Performed by Risa Ohki & Ikuko Noguchi

"Estrelas [Melody of Lute (F.F.IV)]"
Lyrics by Claudio Ramos
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged by Yoshiro Nakamura
Performed by Risa Ohki

"God's Cradle [Relm (F.F.VI)]"
Lyrics by Ririko Yamabuki
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged by Risa Ohki
Performed by Risa Ohki

"Love Will Grow [Finale (F.F.II)]"
Lyrics by Katsuhiko Kinoshita
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu
Arranged by Masatsugu Shinozaki
Performed by Risa Ohki

"Prelude [Prelude]"
Lyrics by Kazuko Sancha
Composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Performed by: Risa Ohki & Ikuko Noguchi
Album was composed by Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki and was released on October 1, 2004. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by NTT Publishing.

CD 1

1
Long Distance
03:52
2
Eternal Wind
03:25
3
Have You Ever Seen Me?
02:45
4
Valse des Amoureux
03:23
5
GAIA
04:23
6
Traces of Distant Days
06:04
7
Distant Hometown
02:37
8
Estrelas
03:02
9
God's Cradle
04:01
10
Love Will Grow
05:31
11
Prelude
03:38
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