Final Fantasy 1987-1994

  • "Not quite a true best album, but a good starter or supplement for Final Fantasy music collections."
Editor's review

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Tracks (63 minutes total)

  1. SCENE III - Final Fantasy Symphonic Suite listen
  2. Roaming Sheep - FF3 Eternal Legend of Wind listen
  3. Theme of Love - FF4 Celtic Moon
  4. The Legend of the Great Forest (Remix) - FF5 Dear Friends
  5. Aeira, the Prophet of Water - FF3 Eternal Legend of Wind listen
  6. Welcome to Our Town! - FF4 Celtic Moon listen
  7. Moogle Theme - FF5 Dear Friends
  8. The Breeze - FF3 Eternal Legend of Wind
  9. Troian Beauty - FF4 Celtic Moon
  10. My Home, Sweet Home - FF5 Dear Friends listen
  11. Dear Friends - FF5 Piano Collections listen
  12. Aria Di Mezzo Carattere (Remix) - FF6 Grand Finale
  13. Rydia - FF4 Celtic Moon
  14. SCENE VII - FF Symphonic Suite
  15. Song de Chocobo - previously unreleased listen
  16. Final Fantasy (Piano Version) - previously unreleased

Release Notes

  • Released Dec 10, 1994 by Squaresoft (catalog no. PSCN-5011, retail 3000 yen).

Not quite a true best album, but a good starter or supplement for Final Fantasy music collections.

Editor's review by Adam Corn (2010-02-10)

Final Fantasy 1987-1994 is for the most part a compilation album covering arranged albums from Final Fantasy I through VI. Final Fantasy arrangements spanned a variety of styles in that period and most are featured here, including orchestral, Celtic, piano and vocal music. There's even a bit of big band (in one of its two exclusive bonus tracks).

The tracks from Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon and Final Fantasy VI Grand Finale don't really represent the best of those albums. The four Celtic Moon arrangements are all pretty, but most of that album's more distinctive themes and arrangements like the FFIV main theme having unfortunately been omitted. The sole inclusion from Grand Finale, "Aria Di Mezzo Carattere", is rather mundane compared to the other pieces from that album, operatic vocals notwithstanding.

Several of the selection from other albums, however, are essential listening for any Final Fantasy fan. Final Fantasy Symphonic Suite's dignified orchestral rendition of the series' main theme and heart-melting arrangement of the classic "Matoya's Cave" theme in "Scene III" make a perfect opening to a Final Fantasy best album. And both the solitary a capella vocals of "Roaming Sheep" and the wispy singing of a young woman in "Home Sweet Home" remain to this day among the most beautiful vocal pieces I've heard in a soundtrack.

The final two tracks are arrangements exclusive to Final Fantasy 1987-1994. The first is a feisty big-band rendition of the chocobo theme, the second a pretty piano performance of the series' main theme that though predictable closes out the album nicely. These two arrangements alone won't warrant purchase of the album for those who already own all the other selections, but as bonus tracks they do add a bit of extra value.

Final Fantasy 1987-1994 makes an excellent supplement to Final Fantasy music collections that have a few gaps remaining from the series' early years. Some of the albums represented are certainly good enough to own in full (Grand Finale and especially Symphonic Suite), and the track selection from Celtic Moon leaves something to be desired, but the producers did a commendable job of choosing from albums like Final Fantasy III Eternal Legend of Wind and Final Fantasy V Dear Friends their most powerful themes and organic arrangements. As one not endeared to either of those latter two soundtracks, I consider this best collection a perfectly good replacement. As for those listeners who have yet to experience any arranged music from the early era of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy 1987-1994 is one of the best places to start.

4 starsRecommended

Cool chocobo song! 3000 yen!

Reader review by Kevin Murphy

I was really looking forward to this CD, and I was a little disappointed. I don't own a copy of Final Fantasy 4 - Celtic Moon, but I want one bad after listening to this CD! The tracks from Celtic Moon are the best ones on the CD. I also liked both of the Symphonic Suite tracks; they are really top-notch! I am just not sure if this CD is worth it though. I paid forty dollars for it and it just isn't as good as most of the other Final Fantasy CDs that I have. Let me put it this way, the CD is very *good*, but it isn't great. Something just keeps it from reaching its full potential.

Poor selections of songs that don't say 'best' at all.

Reader review by Aaron Lau

So this is the best of Final Fantasy? Well, for some songs. I was actually a bit disappointed; the choice of songs were a bit off. There are too many Celtic Moon songs in here. And what was that putting in the Moogle theme? I really didn't like "Theme of Love" too much, but it was a good one to put in as it truly says, "Final Fantasy". "Troian Beauty", no. Symphonic Suite's "Scene III", consisting of the awesome FF Theme, Matoya and City Theme and Scene VII's Rebel Army was excellent, though they should've put in "Scene V" also, which consisted of Main Theme 1, Prelude and Chaos Temple. Now *those* scream FF. Eternal Wind's selection was good, but they should've put Tina and Gau in. "Dear Friends" Piano Collections was a good choice, and "Rydia" was a very good decision. To top it off, an unreleased version of "Mambo de Chocobo" was put on it, and one of the most beautiful variations of the Final Fantasy theme was put in, a piano version. I think the criteria of these songs were based on how good they were performed, because I noticed the ones that weren't put in had a few mistakes in the performance.