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The Legend of Xanadu JDK Special

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Catalog Number: KICA-1138
Released On: November 26, 1993
Composed By: Sound Team JDK
Arranged By: Sound Team JDK
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Open Sesami
02 - The Legend Begins
03 - Ikthia - The Boys of Summer
04 - Dawn of Makria
05 - Forever
06 - Makria Castle
07 - Working Out a Grudge
08 - Cathedral
09 - Legend of the Wind
10 - Black Light
11 - Frozen Cave
12 - Glacies
13 - Lake of the Dark God
14 - Sophia
15 - Parthia
16 - Smiling Breeze
17 - Zead
18 - Dakru
19 - Frozen Tower
20 - Lord of the Castle
21 - Path of Succession
22 - A Bird Crossing the Desert
23 - The Four Divine Winds
24 - Desert Wind
25 - In the Name of Ishtar
26 - The Brothers ~ Blood of Aineas
27 - On Wings of Pride
28 - Silent Tower
29 - Supplicant Prayer
30 - Kleene
31 - Like a Wind
32 - Inside the Wind
Total Time:
65'23"

JDK Specials are on the lower end of Falcom arrangements, being somewhat close to an OST release. The Legend of Xanadu JDK Special, thus, is nothing to get too excited about as far as arrangements go.

However, the sheer genius in composition is what makes all Legend of Xanadu music stand out. Take a listen to one of my favorite tracks, "The Legend Begins": there are many arrangements of this song, and they're all good, and that's because with a song like this, you cannot go wrong. Those opening fifteen seconds are some of the best syncopated melodies Falcom's ever brought to our ears. I love it, and so do you. End of story.

The problem with this soundtrack is that, for the most part, the only enjoyable tracks are the ones that were later selected to become better arrangements on other albums (such as LoX SAV or JDK Band 4). You'll notice that I generally chose to sample the more well-known songs from the game's soundtrack: the other tracks can definitely be pegged as filler music. Whether it's slow or fast, it isn't worth remembering. In that regard, the soundtrack suffers greatly.

Of course, you do understand that my review of this soundtrack has very little to do with your possible purchase of the item. Unless you live in Japan and can shop used CD stores, you will probably never find this CD. It comes around eBay every now and then, but usually for a high price. Even as a collector, I don't think I feel it's worth taking the trouble to get this one (unless you really really like Legend of Xanadu, or Falcom in general). If it were still widely available for $20, I'd say "sure, go for it, why not?" As it is, however, I'd recommend you just enjoy these audio samples and then give it a rest. This is the nature of Xanadu: an elusive paradise that you can never have...same goes with the music, I guess.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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