I like Final Fantasy VII well enough, but I’m not the biggest fan of its soundtrack. Nobuo Uematsu’s world famous composition has a few decent tunes tucked away in there, but most of it is just a lot of filler. One major problem with the filler, though, is that it is backed by the PlayStation’s sound processor, which wasn’t exactly cutting edge even at the time.
Still, whenever I hear an unmistakable tune from the revolutionary title, I get a ping of nostalgia remembering how much I used to have nothing but pure reverence towards it. That music can be better appreciated through remixes and remasters, no longer held back by the limited powers of the PlayStation. That’s where albums like MATERIA: Final Fantasy 7 Remixed come into play.
Produced by the Materia Collective, this huge five-disc set combines the talents of over 200 musicians who pay tribute to Composer Nobuo Uematsu and his works within the game. It is available now through iTunes and Loudr for $15, and the Materia Collective was even kind enough to provide some samples. Sounds like a bargain, but I’d rather see something for Final Fantasy VI instead.
In the meantime, I wonder how many of these classic tunes will be used for the upcoming remake. “One Winged Angel” and Jenova’s theme have to make it of course, but what else do you think will make the cut?