Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon

Artist Credits

Tracks

52 minutes total
  1. The Prelude
  2. Prologue...
  3. Chocobo-Chocobo
  4. Into the Darkness
  5. Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV
  6. Welcome to Our Town!
  7. Theme of Love
  8. Melody of Lute
  9. Parom & Polom
  10. Giotto, the Great King
  11. Dancing Calcobrena
  12. Mystic Mysidia
  13. Illusionary World
  14. Rydia
  15. Troian Beauty
  • Released Nov 26, 1994 by NTT/Polystar (catalog no. PSCN-5017, retail 2500 yen).

Reviews

More than improves what the OST did so well!

Reader review by Jeremy Thain

First of all I want to say that this is not only my first review, but this was my second ever Final Fantasy arranged soundtrack. The first one I ever got to own was the incredible FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC. After hearing all of the contoversy that surrounded the OST I didn't know what to expect. I was simply amazed. Now, when I received Celtic Moon I had even less expectations.

The OST was a marvel for its time, and it was a bold choice to go for something different when it came to the arranged version. I had never heard celtic music before (or at least known it was celtic music), so I was amazed when I poped it in and loved what I heard. This CD not only stays true to the original version, but adds so much as well. Certain tracks (such as Dancing Calcobrena, Into the Darkness, and Palom and Porom) have whole sections added to them. It adds to an already incredibly musical experience.

When I listened to the first track (the arranged Prelude) I already heard a big difference. I had the privaledge of owning the OST beforehand so I knew the original versions well. The first three tracks were beautiful renditions of the OST. When track number four (Into the Darkness) started I had no idea which one it was. The beginning section starts out so different from the original.

There are other wonderful highlights from the CD. Melody of Lute was a nice little piece before, but here it just amazes. The musicians make total use of the slowness on the track, creating a nicely emotional track. Giotto, the Great King is almost unrecognizable, starting out as a slow, mellow piece, and ending stronger while still staying true to the original track. I just wish it were longer. Mystic Mysidia and Palom and Porom are also standout tracks.

All of the tracks are beautiful, but there are two that really jumped out at me. I loved Dancing Calcobrena. I've had friends of mine listen to the track, them knowing full well that it was from a video game. What they didn't know was that it was a battle theme! That made them even more interested in the sountrack and the game itself. It starts out just like the original, but goes into a whole new middle section, then back to the original in flawless transitions. The other track that made me tear up was of course Rydias' theme. I know many will agree with me when I say that this is one of Nobuo Uematsu's best works ever.

What I loved about this arranged sountrack more than any other arranged soundtrack I've gotten the chance to get was the length. Fifteen songs!! The most out of any I've seen so far. They really make use of the disc space, not wasting the great OST tracks that should get the arranged treatment. Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite and Final Fantasy VI were much shorter. Thank you Uematsu for making not just one of the best orchestral CDs, but one of the best CDs ever!

Final Fantasy meets Braveheart.

Reader review by Paul Hoyak

One person on the Internet said that this is where Final Fantasy meets Braveheart. He wasn't kidding! I can sum this CD up in just one word: "wonderful". When I first turned it on and heard "The Prelude" I melted in my seat. The flute was absolutely beautiful. And, it kept getting better. The "Main Theme to Final Fantasy IV" is great. The fiddle and flute each played the song with the other instrument accompanying in the background - the flute was especially nice with the fiddle background. This track is not to be missed! "Rydia" is just fantastic, with a beautiful female vocal background - no words mind you. The flute along with the voices together make this piece enough to shed tears over!

In my opinion, this CD stays true to the original sound version. Obviously, there is some "artist's liberty" with this CD - it's *not* endlessly repetitive. The additional music is very good, however, and adds to the song. I get shivers just thinking about the game if some of the music on this CD were involved. The best in this case would be "Prologue..." and "Chocobo-Chocobo". Very appropriate. There is only one disappointment with this CD. "Into the Darkness" was turned from a eerily beautiful and haunting piece into a waltz! I can just see Gomez Addams dancing with his wife. However, the background was still very nice, so the song wasn't that bad. All in all, this CD is a delight to listen to and should definitely be added to any video game music fan's collection.

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