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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

46 Ratings

Eyes on This One

Beccatigerpaw,

The Piano Collections soundtrack outstrips the OST in nearly every way, adding more emotion, beauty, and inspiration to the tracks. While FFVIII's Piano Collections isn't the series' greatest, it's still wonderfully arranged and performed and creates a simply lovely atmosphere. "Blue Fields" starts the CD off and is about a million times better than the OST version, evoking far more emotion and capturing the overall tone of the game better. "Eyes on Me" is very atmospheric and sounds as though it could be played in a coffee shop, and is followed by one of the sountrack's jewels "Fisherman's Horizon." "Succession" falls short compared to other tracks, and "Ami" sounds remarkably like elevator music, but "Shuffle or Boogie" totally rocks: the country sound is a real treat. "Find Your Way" is very atmospheric; "The Oath" is very important-sounding, and "Silence and Motion" is far better on the piano than in the OST, but the trio of songs following--"The Castle," "The Successor," and "Ending Theme" are really amazing. In fact, if there's only one song you could download, make is "The Successor"--it's stunning. "Slide Show" is quirkly and lighthearted but not as enjoyable as "Shuffle." Purchase this album; you won't regret it. And, imagine wowing your friends after learning to PLAY these great songs!

An Investment Worth Investing In

stubbynun,

If there's one thing Final Fantasy is known for, it's the music. Every single one has a breathtaking soundtrack... but VIII's piano soundtrack blows everything else out of the water. You want soothing? Fisherman's Horizon is for you. You want beautiful? Eyes On Me. You want dancier? Shuffle or Boogie. You want catchy? Slide Show, Pt. 2. This album has just about everything. My only complaint would be the lack of a true fast-paced song, but the rest of the beautiful melodies make up for that. All in all, if you're looking for some beautiful music, look no further than this soundtrack.

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

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