19 Songs, 1 Hour, 8 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Masterful Composer


In my opinion, Nobuo Uematsu is one of the best modern composers, period, and this wonderful soundtrack presents this case wonderfully. With the subtle nuances that he presents in Aerith's Theme, the overt power in J-E-N-O-V-A, or the zany sounds of Electric Chocobo, this collection has something for everyone. Purchase this CD and you won't regret it!

Best of FF7


The second-best bargain in the FF collection (behind the arranged "20020220"), this single disc set is effectively a "best of" from the FF7 soundtrack. If most of it sounds like MIDI, that's because it is - Uematsu's music, originally hemmed in by the limitations of the Nintendo and PlayStation music synthesizers, emphasizes melody over timbre, and the result is hooks you'll find yourself whistling or humming when you least expect it. This collection wisely focuses on musical value to the exclusion of plot - themes for main characters like Cloud and Tifa are absent - focusing on memorable "field screen" and battle themes. It concludes with the series' first orchestral arrangements, notably "One Winged Angel" (the apocalyptic theme for the final battle with Sephiroth) and the beloved ballad "Aeris' Theme".

Uh- Can I have the orchestrated version?


I'm also a rabid Final Fantasy fan, but I ask you: why buy an album of midis from a game you've beat 10,000 times. Instead, buy the orchestrated albums from Uematsu. I've seen him live in concert, and this is a joke compared to the potential of an orchestra. Besides, why would you pay for midi versions of songs at all?

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. In 2015, Square Enix released Bra Bra Final Fantasy: Brass de Bravo, the first in a series of recordings that arranged Uematsu's music from the Final Fantasy franchise for the Siena Wind Orchestra. ~ Marcy Donelson



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