Distant Worlds II: more music from FINAL FANTASY

by Nobuo Uematsu

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Distant Worlds II: more music from FINAL FANTASY, the much anticipated new CD with all new FINAL FANTASY scores was recorded in late January, 2010 by Arnie Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Elmhurst College Concert Choir. For the first time on any recording, Distant Worlds welcomes the group Earthbound Papas, featuring Nobuo Uematsu on organ. We also welcome back vocal soloist Susan Calloway, Laura Stephenson on harp, Per Skareng on guitar, and Oskar Ekburg on the Stockholm Concert Hall Pipe Organ (Grönlund 1982). The album was recorded on location in the Stockholm Konserthuset (Sweden) & in Elmhurst College (IL, USA) Hammerschmidt Chapel in high resolution at 88.2khz/24bit.

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released 01 May 2010
all music composed by: Nobuo Uematsu
conductor and executive producer: Arnie Roth
performed by: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Elmhurst College Concert Choir, Nobuo Uematsu's band Earthbound Papas
vocal soloist (tracks 4,8): Susan Calloway
guitar soloist (track 12): Per Skareng
pipe organ soloist (track 6): Oskar Ekburg, Stockholm Concert Hall Organ, Grönlund 1982
harp soloist (track 1): Laura Stephenson
orchestra arrangements by: Kenichiro Fukui, Shiro Hamaguchi, Adam Klemens, Sachiko Miyano, Arnie Roth, Eric Roth, Nobuo Uematsu
recorded on location at: Stockholm Konserthus, Elmhurst College Hammerschmidt Chapel
orchestra recording by: Michael Dahlvid, Lars Nilsson of Nilento studios
additional recording at: AWR Music Studio, Ping Pong Pit Studio
additional recording by: Mathew Prock, Katsumi Sanbongi
editing & mixing by: Arnie Roth and Mathew Prock
High resolution recording at: 88.2khz / 24bit
mixed at: AWR Music Studio
mastering by: Dan Stout of Colossal Mastering
awr music production team: Leanne Araya, Fritz Hocking, Eric Roth, Marcy Roth, Chris Szuberla
art director: Bill Dolan
photographers: Jan-Olav Wedin, Stefan Ellerich, Shinjiro Yamada
production consultant: Thomas Böcker
published worldwide by: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
original publisher: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
special thanks to: Stefan Forsberg and all of our friends at the RSPO and SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.

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Track Name: Prelude (FINAL FANTASY SERIES)
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Ignis



Terra

Track Name: A Place to Call Home - Melodies of Life (FINAL FANTASY IX)
Alone for a while, I’ve been searching through the dark
For traces of the love you left inside my lonely heart
To weave by picking up the pieces that remain
Melodies of life, love’s lost refrain.

Our paths, they did cross, though I cannot say just why
We met, we laughed, we held on fast and then we said goodbye
And who’ll hear the echoes of the stories never told?
Let them ring out loud ‘til they unfold

In my dearest memories, I see you reaching out to me
Though you’re gone, I still believe that you can call out my name
A voice from the past, joining yours and mine
Adding up the layers of harmony

And so it goes on and on
Melodies of life to the sky beyond the flying birds
Forever and beyond

So far and away see the bird as it flies by
Gliding through the shadows of the clouds up in the sky
I’ve laid my memories and dreams upon those wings,
Leave them now and see what tomorrow brings

In your dearest memories, do you remember loving me?
Was it fate that brought us close and now leaves me behind?
A voice from the past, joining yours and mine
Adding up the layers of harmony

And so it goes on and on
Melodies of life to the sky beyond the flying birds
Forever and on

If I should leave this lonely world behind
Your voice will still remember our melody

Now I know we’ll carry on
Melodies of life come circle round and grow deep in our hearts
As long as we remember

English translation by Alexander O. Smith from Japanese by Hiroyuki “Shiomi” Ito
Track Name: Suteki da ne (FINAL FANTASY X)
Wind, and my heart swimming in collected words
Moved by the wind, in through the world.
Clouds, like a voice that we all recognize
Carry the holding future.

Moon, on the sky as a trembling heart
Shown on the glass unsteadily.
Stars, shedding tears in an overflowing stream
I see the night all around me.

Suteki da ne
Being together, all alone walking hand in hand.
And I want to go to your city
To your home, into your arms.

That soul
Inside your body
From those conflicted nights
As from my dreams.

Wind died away, and I feel all the words
Led by a gentle illusion.
Clouds are the future that cannot be attained
Told from impossible distance.

The moon filled with night as it flowed through your heart
Such faraway reflections.
Stars, ripe like tears, like fruit falls from a tree
I wipe my dreams off the nighttime.

Suteki da ne
Being together, all alone walking hand in hand.
And I want to go to your city
To your home, into your arms.

To feel your face
The touch of memory
And now that I awake
As from a dream.