Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy
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Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy

March 3, 2008

Song Title
Opening~Bombing Mission (Final Fantasy VII)
Liberi Fatali (Final Fantasy VIII)
Aerith's Theme (Final Fantasy VII)
Fisherman's Horizon (Final Fantasy VIII)
Don't Be Afraid (Final Fantasy VIII)
Memoro de la Stono~Distant Worlds (Final Fantasy XI)
Medley 2002 (Final Fantasy I-III)
Theme of Love (Final Fantasy IV)
Vamo' alla Flamenco (Final Fantasy IX)
Love Grows (Final Fantasy VIII)
Opera "Maria and Draco" (Final Fantasy VI)
Swing de Chocobo (Final Fantasy Series)
One-Winged Angel (Final Fantasy VII)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Label: AWR Records
  • Copyright: 2010 AWR Records
  • Total Length: 1:14:26
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003TXO56K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,359 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest recording yet for the Final Fantasy series. December 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I, like many others, didn't think much of this album when the track listing was announced. Many of these same pieces and arrangements are repeated here that have been performed countless times before, and fans of Final Fantasy would already have one or more of the many recordings of each of these pieces. With only one new piece featured, this album does not boast a particularly strong lineup for longtime fans of the series.

However, once one gets past the specs and actually listens to the product, the intent of the producers becomes instantly clear. Most of the recordings that have been available thus far have been live concert recordings, and as such have suffered from several technical flaws, ranging from muddy sound and musical errors, to crowd noise covering up whole sections of music. In addition, every Final Fantasy album ever released has been Japan-only, leaving us American fans having to import them at often very high costs. Availability has also been problematic, given Japan's limited release schedules.

This is the first Final Fantasy album intended for and released to the American Final Fantasy fans, and this alone gives the CD a great deal of credit. But this album goes far beyond that; it is the first time since the Japanese album "Fifthos Lusec Vicos Vinosec" that an orchestra has been assembled in a controlled studio environment to record Final Fantasy tunes without a crowd in attendance, simply for the purpose to record note-perfect renditions of these fine pieces. A truly world-class orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic has been employed to infuse these works with a raw orchestral power unmatched in previous recordings, all captured with state-of-the-art recording equipment.

The final product?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great arrangement, horrible mastering September 24, 2011
By L. Zhou
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, the orchestra arrangement is impeccable and powerful. On the other hand, the album is horribly mastered. Most of the reviews focus on the individual pieces, and for the most part, I agree that the tracks are great, especially highlights such as Liberi Fatali, Aerith's Theme, Memoro de la Stono, the Mario and Draco Opera, and One Winged Angel. Instead, I will focus on the mastering problem, which diminishes the enjoyment of listening to these otherwise wonderful pieces.

The album is far too compressed during the mastering process. For those of you who are not familiar with audio compression, I am not referring to compression of CD or WAV to some lossy format such as MP3. Audio compression is the process of taking a recording and making everything louder, and in the process, loud peaks within a track gets cut off, which means you're essentially losing audio data. For an idea of its effects, please refer to:


One (out of many) example of this heavy compression killing the music is in One Winged Angel, at 0:39, when the big drums hit. In a live setting, that produces a loud, thundering bass sound compared to the rest of the sounds. Instead, what we get in the CD is a distorted mesh that only sounds nominally louder than the other sounds, in essence, losing whatever dynamics the original sound had.

It's unfortunate that the producers of this album decided to go this route, especially considering that classical recordings (the closest genre this album comes to) typically have the most dynamic range and least compression.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of Final Fantasy orchestral music to date! December 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although there are a lot of orchestral CDs and DVDs of Final Fantasy music at this point, this recording stands out among them due to it's amazing sound quality. It was recorded at 24 bit, 88.2k by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. It has a very "live" sound instead of sounding exactly like the studio recording which gives it a bit of flair. FF music regulars will hear instrument parts they could never hear before.

I was at first disappointed by the track list since they can all be found on one CD or another. I was hoping to see some exclusive recordings that we haven't had a chance to hear at this quality. Specifically, I would like to see Not Alone, Prelude, Final Fantasy V Main Theme, and Dancing Mad if they decide to record a second volume. Still, I'm extremely impressed with this CD and recommend it to anyone - even the most diehard Final Fantasy music fans.

Track-by-Track Review:
9.5/10 Opening~Bombing Mission - A great song to use as an opening, the recording does very well what past recordings have not. It has a strong bass, unlike Tour de Japon, and doesn't sound full of spaces like the More Friends recording. It could easily pass as part of a film score.
8/10 Liberi Fatali - An obvious choice for a Final Fantasy compilation album, I found this recording to be a pretty decent take on the original studio recording. However, the choral parts seem a little too soft for this piece. I always considered them to be the main focus of the song. I think I prefer the studio version over this version.
10/10 Aerith's Theme - Another classic that demanded to be on this album. It easily bests previous recordings at this quality. It's much slower than other recordings (45 seconds longer than the original), but I find it a lot more satisfying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what he wanted
Got this for my husband to pump him up for the sympthony a few months in advance. Love to have a hard copy available!
Published 4 days ago by L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fantasy music - what more could you want?
I've been a Final Fantasy fan since I was in fourth grade - played the US version of FF3 and fell in love with the series. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Video Game Music
Nobuo Uematsu composes some of the most beautiful music, and all for video games like Final Fantasy. His music rates right up there with Debussy, John Williams, and others of note. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Denise L. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
its in great condition when it came in and its what I wanted. I love the product, and nobody recommended it
Published 1 month ago by Nickolas S. Sine
4.0 out of 5 stars Distilled Nostalgia
'One-Winged Angel' is now sadly for me one of those songs that I have listened to so much that it's impossible to get as much joy out if it as I did when I first heard it back in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas D. Donner
5.0 out of 5 stars "Final Fantasy" Fantastic
John Williams. Harry Gregson-Williams. Hans Zimmer. Nobuo Uematsu. Yes, you read that right. Uematsu's work is so affecting, so moving, so resonant, so wide in scope, that he is in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vladimir Davidiuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome renditions.
Nobuo Uematsu is one of my favorite composers of all time. This is a nice performance of many of his masterpieces from his time with the Final Fantasy series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Prodigy4u
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Arrangement
Love the music from the Final Fantasy series. I wasn't able to attend the live concert so this was the next best thing.
Published 5 months ago by Failas
4.0 out of 5 stars good, some minor issues
Music was very good, performances were very good too, although in some instances I do not think they represent the "best ever" recordings of some of these songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by SogeKing
5.0 out of 5 stars Distant Worlds / Old Memories
I have always been a fan of the Final Fantasy series - From the time I was young taking turns with my cousin squashing spiders with the Light Warriors (and cracking jokes about... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Hanchett
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