Final Fantasy Vocal Collections I -Pray-

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Composed by Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Arranged by Masatsugu Shinozaki / Risa Ohki / Toshiro Mitsutomi / Yoshiro Nakamura
Published by NTT Publishing
Catalog number NTCP-5006
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 11 Tracks
Release date October 1, 2004
Duration 00:46:54
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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 final volume Pray is a real showcase of Lisa Ooki's talents. Not many people know who she is, which isn't too surprising. She doesn't have a whole lot of public image, although many people will agree with me when I say she should. Her voice is absolutely gorgeous, and she can sing fluently in countless languages, several of which are present in the Vocal Collections. It almost seems as if she can sing perfectly in any pitch, although she tends to wisely keep her voice in the mezzo soprano category.

Body

"Prelude" from is actually more interesting than either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. Unlike every other track on the albums, this variation of the "Prelude" is simply Lisa Ooki humming along as well as a choir. Even though it doesn't have the same effect as the other tracks, it provides a very calming introduction to the music that follows.

"Wanderer of Time" is an excellent example of how the music was remixed to fit the lyrics. Although the actual tune is orchestrated in the background for the most part, the lyrics are sung to a similar melody that was stacked on top of the original. The lyrics themselves are nothing too special, focusing on various abstract concepts and musings, which really play on the whole "fantasy feeling" associated with this music. Also included, much like in several of the tracks, a completely new section to the original score.

In my opinion, "Au Palais De Verre" is one of the greatest tracks off either disc. Not only does Lisa Ooki sing the French lyrics, to the best of my knowledge, fluently, but also the orchestration of the old favorite "Matoya's Cave" is excellent. Most of these tracks are to such notable pieces, that hearing them orchestrated is nothing new. But with "Au Palais de Verre," not only is there a sense of nostalgia from hearing it sung, but hearing it orchestrated is just as awe-inspiring.

As the titular piece of the first album and the vocal version of Final Fantasy's main theme, "Pray" can't be overlooked either. The orchestration is epic, the Japanese lyrics fit the melody perfectly, and this is truly when the nostalgia really sets in.

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. If you must choose between the two, definitely go with Pray given its superior content. The concept here is a lovely addition to the abundant amount of arranged albums that are being released, and I'm glad to see Uematsu doing more of this with the Mahoroba Song Book.



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"Prelude"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Arrangement: Risa Ohki

"The Promised Land [Main Theme (F.F.II)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Katsuhiko Kinoshita
Arrangement: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Synthesizer Operation: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Flute: Toshiro Mitsutomi

"Mon P'tit Chat [Music Box of Memories (F.F.V)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu
Lyrics: YU-PA
Arrangement: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Synthesizer Operation: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Accordion: Patrick Nugier
Piano: Isao Sasaki
Drums: Michio Kohno
Bass: Yoshiyuki Kuriyama

"Wanderer of Time [Tina's Theme (F.F.VI)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Ririko Yamabuki
Arrangement: Masatsugu Shinozaki
Strings: Hiroyuki Koike Strings
C.Percussion: Teiko Haruna
Flute: Takashi Asahi
Harp: Tomoyuki Asakawa
Keyboards: Shuji Tashiro

"Into the Light [Theme of Love (F.F.IV)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Ririko Yamabuki
Arrangement: Masatsugu Shinozaki
Strings: Hiroyuki Koike Strings
L.Percussion: Youki Sugawara
Flute: Takashi Asahi
Harp: Tomoyuki Asakawa
Keyboards: Shuji Tashiro

"Esperança Do Amor [To Dear Friends (F.F.V)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Claudio Ramos
Arrangement: Yoshiro Nakamura
Guitar: Yoshiro Nakamura
Percussion: Yoichi Okabe
Vibraphone: Tatsuji Deguchi
Flute: Shinpei Inoue

"Voyage [The Boundless Ocean (F.F.III)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Kazuko Sancha
Arrangement: Masatsugu Shinozaki
Strings: Hiroyuki Koike Strings

"Au Palais De Verre [Matoya's Cave (F.F.I)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: YU-PA
Arrangement: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Synthesizer Operation: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Recorder: Toshiro Mitsutomi

"Once You Meet Her [Elia, the Maiden of Water (F.F.III)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Katsuhiko Kinoshita
Arrangement: Masatsugu Shinozaki
Strings: Hiroyuki Koike Strings
L.Percussion: Youki Sugawara
Flute: Takashi Asahi
Harp: Tomoyuki Asakawa

"Pray [Final Fantasy]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Kazuko Sancha
Arrangement: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Synthesizer Operation: Toshiro Mitsutomi
Guitar: Mikihiko Matsumiya

"Não Chora Menina [Kids Run Through the City Corner (F.F.VI)]"
Music: Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki
Lyrics: Claudio Ramos
Arrangement: Yoshiro Nakamura
Guitar: Yoshiro Nakamura

All Voices & Chorus Arrangement by Risa Ohki
Enginered by Kazuhiko Miyamoto
Recorded at Baybridge Studio, Pale Green Studio, Sound Inn, Zero Studio, Arc Garret
Album was composed by Nobuo Uematsu / Ririko Yamabuki and was released on October 1, 2004. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over about 50 minutes. Album was released by NTT Publishing.

CD 1

1
Prelude
03:48
2
The Promised Land
05:29
3
Mon P'tit Chat
03:13
4
Wanderer of Time
04:10
5
Into the Light
05:27
6
Esperança Do Amor
03:44
7
Voyage
04:26
8
Au Palais De Verre
03:44
9
Once You Meet Her
04:17
10
Pray
04:38
11
Não Chora Menina
03:58
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