Adam Corn wrote: vgmusic wrote: Adam Corn wrote:
there's "Battle on the Big Bridge" ...
... which is -.- how lame -.- only the version known from symphonic fantasies, played twice with bad transitions. ugh.
Yeah I was surprised how similar the Returning Home version is to the Symphonic Fantasies one (the former's Arnie Roth and the latter's Thomas Boecker seem to be quite chummy so I assume the decision was mutual).
That said I definitely prefer the Returning Home version - I think the faster tempo and the more bombastic orchestral performance better capture the frantic quality of the piece. The transitions aren't brilliant but I wouldn't say they're bad either. Also in this case I prefer having the track solo as opposed to being part of a medley.
I honestly didn't even realize they were pretty much the same version. This is probably because I only listened to the Symphonic Fantasies FF track once. That disc doesn't get much attention from me solely because of my general dislike of medleys that jump all over the place. I only ever touch that CD for The Oracle part of the Secret of Mana track and for the awesome way that Frog, CT, and CC main themes were handled together.
Since I don't even have the memory of the FF track on Symphonic Fantasies, I really loved the Battle on the Big Bridge from Returning Home.
Returning Home ended up being a fantastic purchase for me, as it's overall at least solid from start to finish, and a nice chunk of disc 2 really shines. I can't get enough of this version of Dancing Mad. It's incredible, and I fully appreciate not having the Earthbound Papas in there. I really dig the first 3 FF14 tracks (not that the last is bad, it's just not as interesting of a song to me). The Battle on the Big Bridge is also probably my all time favorite version of that song.
I have not checked out the DVD at all yet. I assume it's just the concert footage of some of the same tracks from the CDs themselves, yes?