NiGHTS Original Soundtrack

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NiGHTS Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Fumie Kumatani / Naofumi Hataya / Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by Akira Sasaki / Fumie Kumatani / Hayato Matsuo / Naofumi Hataya / Tomoko Sasaki
Published by PolyGram
Catalog number POCX-1038
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 24 tracks
Release date July 10, 1996
Duration 00:57:30
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Overview

NiGHTS into Dreams was an adventure game developed by Sonic Team following two children entering a dream world. Three Sonic Team veterans, led by Tomoko Sasaki, crafted a soundtrack that complemented the game with light-hearted, flighty, and fantastical music. The initial soundtrack release was a one disc compilation of the main tracks from the soundtrack, but lacked several important themes and has since been made redundant by the NiGHTS into Dreams Perfect Album. Nonetheless, it provides a good reflection of the style of music for the game and should suffice for those who already own it.

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The album opens with the orchestral overture, "NiGHTS". Composer Tomoko Sasaki introduces the main theme for the soundtrack in this track — simple yet dreamy and adventurous melody filled with Disney influences. Meanwhile Hayato Matsuo richly orchestrates it through grandiose, action-packed, whimsical, and romantic sections, culminating in a recapitulation with powerful brass and lavish piano decoration. The result perfectly captures the atmosphere of the game and is a wonderful stand-alone listen too. This is actually an arrangement exclusive to the album releases and an extended version of the game's opening theme featured at the very end of the album. The main theme is integrated in slightly less elaborate ways throughout the soundtrack in pieces such as the dance mix "Message from Nightopia", pop-flavoured "Growing Wings", or minimalistic "D'Force Master". The melody isn't that flexible and therefore often seems obligatory in these interpretations, yet the arrangements are good enough for the tracks to still be worthwhile.

Throughout the soundtrack, Tomoko Sasaki tends to maintain a very optimistic vibe. The character select theme reinforces the youthful aura of the game with fragile tuned percussion and child voices. Setting themes such as the "Gloom of the N.H.C." and "Paternal Horn" instantly delight with their whimsical phrasing and unconventional use of organic instrumentation. "Suburban Museum" is a particular favourite with its unforgettable melody and folky instrumentation. However, note that the main setting themes are shortened from their full versions featured in the Perfect Album, which is probably the biggest limitation of this soundtrack release. Even the themes for the antagonists can be really endearing, whether the bouncy funk-flavoured "The Mantle" or the temperamental semi-operatic "She Had Long Ears". Although everything is kept light throughout, there is certainly a tonne of diversity in styles here nevertheless. What's more, the synth is so well done that the instrumentation sounds well-balanced and realistic.

The co-composers certainly offer plenty of diversity in the soundtrack. Fumie Kumatami once again demonstrates her tendency to offer abstract fusions of electronic and acoustic sounds in "The Amazing Water" and "Deep It Lies". Whereas the former is quite soothing, the latter is pretty 'out there' and offers a vibrant accompaniment to delving into the dungeons. Naofumi Hataya's "The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream" is an infectious blend of jazz and electronic features, culminating in an extravagant saxophone solo from the 1:06 mark. The two versions of "Nights and Reala" are also delightful, the first a refreshingly unconventional chillout theme, the reprise a hard rock fest. Both make good use of the main theme, as does the unused orchestral action theme "Know Thyself" featured at the climax of the album. The album ends with the main arrangement of the main theme, "Dream Dreams", featuring gospel vocals. It's a select taste, but still relatively creative for a theme song and integrated into the game reasonably well.

Summary

The NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack will be a highly enjoyable listen for fans of light-hearted fantasy music. However, the first soundtrack release is probably not the one to go for due to several reasons. Most importantly, it is incomplete given the extended stage themes, various event cues, and vocal track variations are all absent. In addition, it is out-of-print and therefore carries a high pricetag to buy second-hand these days. But fear not, as the NiGHTS into Dreams Perfect Album offers a complete soundtrack for a more affordable price and even a bonus Christmas-themed soundtrack to go with it.



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NiGHTS Music Credits:

01. NiGHTS
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Orchestra Arrangement: Hayato Matsuo
    Orchestra Coordination: Shogo Shomura

02. Gate of Your Dream
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

03. Paternal Horn
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

04. The Dragon Gave A Loud Scream
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya
    Sax: Junichi Yoshida
    Flute: Junichi Yoshida

05. Take The Snow Train
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

06. The Mantle
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki
    Sax: Junichi Yoshida
    Flute: Junichi Yoshida

07. Message from Nightopia
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya
    Guitar: Akira Sasaki
    Sax: Junichi Yoshida
    Flute: Junichi Yoshida

08. Gloom of The N.H.C.
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

09. E-LE-KI Sparkle
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki
    Guitar: Akira Sasaki
    Sax: Junichi Yoshida
    Flute: Junichi Yoshida

10. The Amazing Water
    Music: Fumie Kumatani
    Arrangement: Fumie Kumatani

11. Deep It Lies
    Music: Fumie Kumatani
    Arrangement: Fumie Kumatani

12. Dreams Dreams ~In Silent Memory~
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

13. Suburban Museum
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

14. She Had Long Ears
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki
    Keyboards: Tadashi Ohtsubo
    Guitar: Akira Sasaki

15. Under Construction
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

16. Nights and Reala
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya
    Keyboards: Tadashi Ohtsubo

17. Growing Wings
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

18. Nights and Reala ~Theme of a Tragedic Revenge~
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya
    Guitar: Akira Sasaki

19. D'Force Master
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

20. After The Dream
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

21. Know Thyself!
    Music: Naofumi Hataya
    Arrangement: Naofumi Hataya

22. Sowing Seeds
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki

23. DREAMS DREAMS
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Lyrics: Tomoko Sasaki
    Translation: Wornell Jones
    Arrangement: Akira Sasaki
    Vocals: Curtis King Jr. & Dana Calitri
    Drums: Tadashi Matsumoto
    Keyboards: Tadashi Ohtsubo
    Bass: Kouhei Okamura
    Guitar: Akira Sasaki & Tomoya Koga
    Sax: Junichi Yoshida
    Flute: Junichi Yoshida

24. Fragmented Nights
    Music: Tomoko Sasaki
    Arrangement: Tomoko Sasaki
Album was composed by Fumie Kumatani / Naofumi Hataya / Tomoko Sasaki and was released on July 10, 1996. Soundtrack consists of 24 tracks tracks with duration over about 60 minutes. Album was released by PolyGram.

CD 1

1
NiGHTS
04:21
2
Gate of Your Dream
01:33
3
Paternal Horn
02:03
4
The Dragon Gave a Loud Scream
02:58
5
Take the Snow Train
02:33
6
The Mantle
02:09
7
Message from Nightopia
02:54
8
Gloom of the N.H.C.
02:11
9
E-LE-KI Sparkle
02:19
10
The Amazing Water
02:20
11
Deep it Lies
02:05
12
Dreams Dreams ~In Silent Memory~
02:30
13
Suburban Museum
02:11
14
She Had Long Ears
02:10
15
Under Construction
02:16
16
Nights and Reala
02:10
17
Growing Wings
02:13
18
Nights and Reala ~Theme of a Tregedic Revenge~
01:55
19
D'Force Master
02:31
20
After the Dream
02:20
21
Know Thyself!
02:00
22
Sowing Seeds
01:12
23
DREAMS DREAMS
05:50
24
Fragmented Nights
00:46
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