This phrase is also the title of the Final Fantasy VIII Orchestral CD. All tunes written by Nobuo Uematsu
, arranged by Shirou Hamaguchi.
- Liberi Fatali
- Blue Fields
- Don't be Afraid
- Balamb Garden ~ Ami
- Fisherman's Horizon
- Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec
- Eyes On Me
- The Man with the Machine Gun
- Dance with the Balamb-Fish
- Love Grows
- The Oath
- Ending Theme
- Fragments of Memories
God, this is a good album. Uematsu's composition is really given the chance to shine with a full orchestra, rather than being held back by the PSX's limited musical capabilities. Tracks 1, 7 and 12 are taken directly from the game, where they were present as (I think) redbook audio
, but all other tracks have been specially arranged and orchestrated, and very, very well. This is easily up to the calibre of John Williams
The standout track on the album is undoubtably Balamb Garden ~ Ami
, merging two songs together seamlessly to create one of the most serene soundscapes I've ever witnessed. The Man With The Machine Gun fares less well; the original was a fast paced disco
-esque track which used the PSX
very well - transfered to an orchestra, it initially sounds like the theme tune to a national news show, although it subsequently settles in well, and conveys the right feeling
of exciting combat.
Yes, Eyes On Me
is just as good/bad as you remembered it. As a track, it feels frankly out of place with the rest of the soundtrack; a sentimental popsong surrounded by epic orchestral movements. However, the reprise in the Ending Theme works perfectly; given a more fitting backing track, Faye Wong
's clean, pure vocals become another instrument in the orchestra, and blend in seamlessly.
Shirou Hamaguchi deserves a medal for this arrangement. Uematsu deserves the world for the OST; it's easily his finest work, by a vast distance.