"FINAL FANTASY IV (Original Soundtrack)" by Nobuo Uematsu on iTunes

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4.7 out of 5

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Oldies but Goodies


Nobuo Uematsu was certainly in his prime when he wrote this score. Considering the pitiful 16 -bit tools he was working with he mangaed to create a soundtrack that had more impact than entire games made in more recent times. At the same time, the 'beep-boop-beep' sound quality prevents this soundtrack from reaching masterpiece status. A must listen (not buy) soundtrack for a must buy game.

Prelude to Greatness


This game redefined the RPG genre, and its soundtrack basically introduced leitmotif to the video game world as a whole. For us Americans, FFIV was known as FFII - the second Final Fantasy game to grace our country. The first knocked my socks off, even if it had little to no story (compared to the latter games). For those who did not play these games, it's hard to describe the emotional impact of the following cues - suffice to say, they overcome the 16-bit limitations based on their wonderful orchestrations and powerfully moving themes.

About Nobuo Uematsu

A prolific and versatile composer of popular video game and anime scores, most notably for the ubiquitous Final Fantasy game series, Nobuo Uematsu was born and raised in Kochi, Japan. A self-taught piano player, he graduated from Kanagawa University and played keyboards in local bands, eventually finding work as a composer for radio commercials by sending out his music demos. He moved into the video game medium in the mid-'80s when a friend offered work at the company then known as Squaresoft (later Square Enix). There, he composed music for dozens of games, including the first Final Fantasy installment, released in 1987. He went on to write or co-write music for the international blockbuster series through 2002's Final Fantasy XI. During that time, he released an album of original electronic keyboard music in 1994 titled Phantasmagoria, and many other game scores including 1995's Chrono Trigger (co-written with Yasunori Mitsuda). In his break from the Final Fantasy series after the 11th game, he composed a film score for 2003's Ah! My Goddess: The Movie, and founded his own companies, Smile Please in 2004 and Dog Ear Records Co., Ltd. in 2006. He also provided music for over a dozen video games including 2006's Blue Dragon, and television music for the 2007 anime series based on the Blue Dragon game. Uematsu composed music for the anime television series Guin Saga in 2009, and finally returned to the Final Fantasy franchise as the main composer for Final Fantasy XIV in 2010. He continued a dedicated schedule of game scoring into the 2010s, including but not limited to 2012's Fantasy Life, 2013's Hometown Story and Granblue Fantasy (both with Tsutomu Narita), and 2014's Terra Battle. ~ Marcy Donelson

    Kochi, Japan
  • BORN
    Mar 21, 1959

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