Square Enix Gets in the Christmas Spirit With Their New “X’mas Collections II” Album

on November 27, 2013 10:09 PM

Square Enix won’t let Christmas pass them by–the company is releasing a Christmas album, titled X’mas Collections II music from SQUARE ENIX, which is full of arranged tracks from a variety of old titles, including Final Fantasy and SaGa Frontier II.

The composer of the album, Yuzo Koshiro, was recently interviewed concerning the new soundtrack. He discusses his difficulties with arranging tracks from these classic tracks, including from the “masterpiece” Final Fantasy series. Koshiro also went into how he maintained the simplicity of the original music while revamping it with a Christmas feel.

The interview revealed that Koshiro, interesting enough, used a clarinet for the main melody. Other instruments, such as the violin, flute and oboe, were also used in the album’s arrangement. Check out the full tracklist posted below:

1.DEWPRISM / X’mas Edit
“DEWPRISM”より
Music Composed & Arranged by Junya Nakano

2.Roman~Vorspiel / X’mas Edit
“SaGa Frontier II”より
Arranged by Ryo Yamazaki
Original Music Composed by Masashi Hamauzu

3.クロノとマール~遠い約束~ エピローグ~親しき仲間へ~ / X’mas Edit
“クロノ・トリガー”より
Arranged by Kenichiro Fukui
Original Music Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda

4.夢見るクリスマス
Performed by Nanaa Mihgo’s
Music Composed & Arranged by Naoshi Mizuta

5.やがて訪れる時 / X’mas Edit
“SIGMA HARMONICS”より
Performed by Yuki Hirose & Yasuhiro Yamanaka feat.HEAT_CZR
Arranged by Yuki Hirose & Yasuhiro Yamanaka
Original Music Composed by Masashi Hamauzu

6.クリスタルタワー~アムルの街~エンタープライズ海を行く / X’mas Edit
“FINAL FANTASY ?”より
Performed by Tsuyoshi Sekito & Yasuhiro Yamanaka feat.Remi
Arranged by Tsuyoshi Sekito & Yasuhiro Yamanaka
Original Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu

7.Joy to the World / Post Production Mitsuto Suzuki Mix
“The 3rd Birthday”より
Performed by Mitsuto Suzuki feat.Hijiri Kuwano
Arranged by Mitsuto Suzuki

8.闇王さんのクリスマス
“FINAL FANTASY XI”より
Arranged by Kumi Tanioka & Sebastian Schwartz
Original Music Composed by Kumi Tanioka

9.心踊りし魂の住処 / X’mas Edit
“聖剣伝説 (Future Project)”より
Arranged by muZik!
Original Music Composed by Yoko Shimomura

10.焦燥 / X’mas Edit
“GUN HAZARD”より
Arranged by Masashi Hamauzu
Original Music Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda & Masashi Hamauzu

11.少女リディア / X’mas Edit
“FINAL FANTASY IV”より
Arranged by Yuzo Koshiro
Original Music Composed by Nobuo Uematsu FINAL FANTASY 25th ANNIVERSARY ULTIMATE BOX

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