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Romancing SaGa: La Romance

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Catalog Number: PSCN-5037 (first print N30D-025; reprint NTCP-5037)
Released On: November 25, 1995 (first print July 20, 1992; reprint October 1, 2004)
Composed By: Kenji Ito
Arranged By: Masaaki Mizuguchi
Published By: NTT Publishing (first print NTT/Square Brand)
Recorded At: Avaco Creative Studios, Tokyufun, Magnet Studio, Sunrise Studio
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - Thème d'ouverture (Opening Theme)
02 - Pot-pourri des héros (Heroes' Potpourri)
03 - Le palais du rêve ~ La ville de cristal (The
Palace of the Dream ~ The Crystal City)
04 - Marche vers l'inconnu (Walk Towards
the Unknown)
05 - Echoppes autour de la ville (Shops Around
the Town)
06 - Perdu dans la forêt (Lost in the Forest)
07 - La gloire du chevalier (The Knight's Glory)
08 - Tango du pays des frontières (Tango of
the Country of Frontiers)
09 - Le village désert~Thème de la solitude
(Deserted Village ~ Theme of Solitude)
10 - Il était une fois : l'histoire d'un barde
(Once Upon a Time: A Bard's Story)
11 - Thème final... La saga (Ending Theme...
The Saga)

Total Time:
42'05"


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This is the cover of the PSCN reprint. As you can see, this is one of the few covers with a significant difference after the PSCN reprints.

Before I get started, I would like to remind everyone that reviews are merely opinions, and can highly differ from one person to another as you're going to see.

I've always liked Kenji Ito's compositions a lot, and I was very found of the music of Romancing SaGa as well after playing the game; with that in mind, I thought the arranged CD could only please me.

Well, I was wrong. Romancing SaGa: La Romance comes as one of my biggest game music disappointments. My first impression of the music was altogether bad already, and as I listened to more of the CD, it was starting to sound like a joke.

The concept of the CD is this whole 'French' theme, hence the accordian and violin sounds here and there, which unfortunately usually get covered up by disgracefully arranged percussions. The thing is, it didn't quite sound French to me at all... It's a little bit jazzy, I could see it labelled as maybe European, but it doesn't match my personal vision of French-style music.... (I am French, by the way). The tracks range from plain boring, making me really want to turn the music off, to somewhat enjoyable, such as Track 06, or the Tango (#08). Unfortunately, this doesn't make it enough of a reason for me to enjoy the CD. I just don't like it...

One more gripe I have against the CD is the arrangement; I'm no expert in the area but the arrangement of La Romance sounded very mediocre to me.

As strange as it may sound after the praise Ramza gave this CD (see below), this is my least favorite game CD and I really can't recommend it. To me, it's ruining the Romancing SaGa themes I loved more than anything else. The choice of instruments, the arrangement and the pace of the CD just didn't sound good to me. If you want to enjoy SaGa's music, get the OSV or one of the other arranged CDs instead, and if you want French-sounding music, well, get some Yann Tiersen CD instead.

Reviewed by: Eve C.

...WOW, am I ever impressed with this CD! WOW WOW WOW!

This CD is the last Square soundtrack I ever purchased, and one of the last I'll ever purchase. But man am I glad I got this CD before I decided to stop buying these things. Wow wow wow. To get an idea of how much I like this CD, read my review of Xenogears: CREID. The musical complexity on this CD is similar, but it's not of Celtic influence. It's of FRENCH influence.

The main performer on this CD is Patrick Nugier on accordian...but the whole style with all the other instruments...it's just amazing. Every song has a great melody (this was one of my favorite Ito OSTs), and the instruments used are just so appealing. The percussion in particular was something I was very impressed with. Goodness gracious, this is quite the CD.

So basically, you don't need to enjoy VGM to like this CD. I had one of my more musically-inclined friends listen to this, and they were as impressed with this as they were with CREID and Uncharted Waters II: Special Edition. So I implore you, find this CD and buy it! Otaku still offers it...this was one of the greatest purchases I've made in quite some time. Check it out!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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