The Kotaku Mixtape Volume 4: Nobuo Uematsu

When you talk to people about game music, Nobuo Uematsu is gonna come up.

It's just going to happen, and with good reason: the guy is the John Williams of the Final Fantasy series. The sheer volume and quality of work the man has produced is pretty staggering, and I can think of a number of gamers who have weeped openly while listening to his music.

On today's Kotaku Mix Tape, we're going to listen to some of my favourite renditions of Uematsu's work. It even doesn't begin to cover the entirety of his career (Both "One-Winged Angel" and the theme from the PC88 game Alpha are not present), but it does include some orchestrations of his work you might have never heard before. Particularly worth noting is the absolutely fantastic and often overlooked Front Mission: Gun Hazard soundtrack.


The Final Fantasy Legend - Wipe Your Tears Away

Front Mission Gun Hazard - Blue Sky

Final Fantasy IV - Theme of Love ("Piano Collections" version)

Final Fantasy V - Lenna's Theme ("Dear Friends" version)

Final Fantasy VI - Terra's Theme ("More Friends" version)

Final Fantasy VII - Anxious Heart

Final Fantasy VIII - The Man With The Machine Gun ("Fithos Lusec Wescos Vinosec" Version)

Final Fantasy IX - Kuja Exits Burmeci (From "Final Fantasy IX OST PLUS")

All illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano


    I'd like to add this gem from Chrono Trigger:

    Light of Silence

    and this one from Lost Odyssey:

    Battle with the Demonic Beast

    The king.

      I feel inclinded to mention :

    You're Not Alone from FFIX is, I think, an oft-overlooked gem of a song.

      All of FFIX's music and itself as a game, is an overlooked gem of the series

    Are Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu the same person? Or is that a mis-labeled photo (or mis-photoed label?)
    Or are they just brothers-in-moustache?

      And oh yes, I love all of his soundtracks. Such emotion!

    The live rendition of Vamo' Alla Flamenco from the 20020220 Music from Final Fantasy live album is one of my favourites personally.

    I'd argue that the loss of Uematsu from Final Fantasy was as much of a death knell for the series as losing Sakaguchi was. While I didn't really like the game, FF9 is one of his best soundtracks. The piano collection from it is easily the most listenable of those as well.

    Some of my favourites:
    FFVII - Jenova Absolute, Great Warrior
    FFVIII - Movin', Love Grows (there is an orchestral version that's amazing), The Extreme
    FFIX - Vamo' alla Flamenco
    FFX - To Zanarkand, Yuna's Determination

    He's an awesome composer, musician and all round cool dude! I was lucky enough to get to meet him last year at the distant worlds concert :) one of my favorites too is Vamo alla flamenco or you're not alone!

    I'd add:

    Hidden in Crisis Core's closing track - Destiny Fulfilled - is a bit over 1 minute's orchestration of "Those Who Fight" (the main battle theme from FFVII), which is a favourite.

    Also Eyes on Me from FFVIII.

    I'm glad that the mix tape has some songs that are not played as much. =)

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