NiGHTS ~Journey of Dreams~ Original Soundtrack

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Composed by Фумиэ Куматани / Naofumi Hataya / Tatsuyuki Maeda / Teruhiko Nakagawa / Томоко Сасаки / Томоя Отани
Arranged by Хидэаки Кобаяси / Дзюн Сэноэ / Кэнъити Токой / Naofumi Hataya / Teruhiko Nakagawa / Томоко Сасаки / Томоя Отани / Ютака Минобэ
Published by Wave Master
Catalog number WWCE-31153~5
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 3 CD - 76 Tracks
Release date January 16, 2008
Duration 03:11:29
Genres
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Overview

NiGHTS Journey of Dreams was a surprising Wii sequel to Sonic Team's popular dream-like adventure NiGHTS into Dreams. The team from the original game — Tomoko Sasaki, Naofumi Hataya, and Fumie Kumatani — returned alongside a large team of arrangers. They carried over most of the familiar themes from NiGHTS into Dreams and reinvigorated them with diverse arrangements. Nevertheless, there is a large amount of original material offered too and the resultant soundtrack spans a full three discs. Let's take a closer look...

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Once again, Tomoko Sasaki's main theme for NiGHTS into Dreams remains at the centre of the soundtrack. Yu Miyake's opening orchestral arrangement isn't quite on par with Hayato Matsuo's equivalent, but effectively establishes the warm and dreamy atmosphere with its romantic waltz-like orchestration. There are also offers several noteworthy instrumental renditions, including "Located Link Mix" with its uplifting electro-acoustic soundscaping, "NiGHTS and Reala" with its bold big band brass, and "Growing Wings" with its upbeat flute melodies. However, it's probably the vocal variations of the theme that will be most remembered, for better or worse. There are numerous performances of the themes throughout the soundtrack featuring child vocals, adult vocals, or an ensemble of the two. While they retain the aura of the original, the performances are variably tolerable and the accompaniment is generally poppier. If that isn't enough, there are even two instrumental variations and a bonus vocal arrangement at the end of the soundtrack. Even more so than the previous soundtrack, the reliance on the main theme is overkill on this soundtrack, but at least the core melody is enjoyable and most arrangements tend to be novel.

The most enjoyable feature of the album are the various stage themes. Sasaki recounts the whimsical and organic flavour of the series with the first stage theme, "Eloquent Echo"; while a simple piece, the streamed instrumental recordings really bring a new humanity to the soundtrack. Plenty of diversity is subsequently created with the lively tropical instrumentation of "Sweeping Seashore", the jazzy night-themed soundscapes of "Electrical Entertainment", or the folky dance flavours of "Merry Memory Go Round". No theme is one-dimensional, however, and most impress with their intricate and often surprising development. As with past NiGHTS soundtracks, each theme receives several arrangements to vary during the gameplay. Some are completely different to their original, such as the impressionistic second variation of "Merry Memory Go Round", while others evolve from what was offered in their original themes, such as the increasingly broadway-flavoured "Electrical Entertainment" arrangements. Later in the soundtrack, the variations of "Crystal Choir" an "Ai-Di-La" will delight those looking for more experimental soundscapes still within the dreamy context of the series.

Away from the stage themes, there is plenty of diversity to be discovered and rarely at the sacrifice of quality. Each stage receives a battle theme and a hard variation. For example, "Drifting Donbalon" is instantly infectious with its rhythmical and chanting, while its arrangement is bass-heavy, distorted, and accelerated. At the stages become harder, the boss themes become more intense. Whether the mocking funk riffs of "Cacking Chameleon", haunting neo-classical orchestrations of "Bony Bomamba", and aggressive rock-funk blends of "Queen Bella's Ball", the composers ensure the dreams can turn nightmarish in the sequel. The way the battle themes are scattered through the soundtrack also helps to break up the stage themes. Less welcome are the abundance of event themes featured in the soundtrack. While most suit their in-game purpose, they are usually to short and contextual to be anything other than interruptions in the main soundtrack release. Nevertheless, a few of the cues towards the end, such as "Captive", "Suspicion", and "Belief", bring genuine drama to the album.

While the soundtrack was composed by the original team of NiGHTS into Dreams, the arrangement cast is a lot bigger and features a number of popular Sonic Team composers. These composers often bring their trademark styles to the forefront to enhance the diversity of the soundtrack. Yu Miyake generally comes to the stage when orchestral elements are needed and offers competent and emotional results. As a guest contributor, Hideaki Kobayashi gives a spacey twist on "D'Force Master" with some ambient and operatic influences from Phantasy Star. Meanwhile Crush 40 maestro Jun Senoue really enhances the rock influences of "NiGHTS and Reala: Theme of a Tragedic Revenge", blending emotional violin leads with distorted guitar solos. Both are major enhancements of their NiGHTS into Dreams originals. Several guest arrangers also bring out the life of the duos of boss themes. Teruhiko Nakagawa's "Giant Girania" themes feature a brutal modernist focus yet occasional retro moments while Tomoya Otani's "Clashing Cerberus" achieves tension with its warped electronic focus and rapid drum beats. While the diversity is nice, what is even better is that these diverse pieces all really fit their in-game context too.

Summary

The musical revival of NiGHTS is a welcome blend of old and new. The familiar themes from NiGHTS into Dreams are back in novel and accessible arrangements that make the most out of the Wii console. However, maybe the biggest pulls are the diverse new stage themes, boss themes, and their variations. The album has a few problems, mainly the numerous short cues and overreliance on the main theme, yet there are sufficient highlights to make it an interesting listen from start to finish. This is highly recommended for those who enjoyed the NiGHTS into Dreams soundtrack and want a lot more.



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CD 1

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams
Original music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Scoring & Conducucted by: Masamicz Amano

Solitude
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki

Eloquent Echo
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Accordion: Hirofumi Mizuno
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake
Chorus: Tomoko Sasaki

Drifting Donbalon
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Eloquent Echo: Fluffy Catch
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Accordion: Hirofumi Mizuno
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake

Eloquent Echo: River Rescue
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Drifting Donbalon: Hard Ver.
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Wandering Wildness
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Harmonica: Tatsuya Nishiwaki
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake

Cacking Chamelan
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Wandering Wildness: Bomb Panic
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya & Tomoko Sasaki

Wandering Wildness: Coaster Rescue
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Cacklinf Chamelan: Hard Ver.
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Dreams Dreams:
Located Link Mix (Instrumental)
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

NiGHTS And Reala
Original Music by: Naofumi Hataya
Re-Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Guitars: Jun Senoue

Electrical Entertainment
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Strings Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
String: RUSH. by Takashi Kato
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake
Piano: Yutaka Minobe

Clashing Cerberus
Music by: Tomoya Ohtani

Electrical Entertainment: Neon City Battle
Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe

Electrical Entertainment: Broadway Guide
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Clashing Cerberus: Hard Ver.
Music by: Tomoya Ohtani

Growing Wings
Original Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Manipulate: Naofumi Hataya & Hideaki Kobayashi

Persona Non Grata
Original Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Re-Arranged by: Hideaki Kobayashi

Win a Goal
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Manipulate: Yutaka Minobe

Dreams Dreams: Will Ver.
Original Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Additional Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Vocal-Recording Directors: Jun Senoue, Greg Weber (Webtone inc.)
Vocals: Robbie Wyckoff, Francis M. Benitez, Riley O’Flynn, Victoria Ashby
String: RUSH, by Takashi Kato
Piano: Yutaka Minobe
Flute: Masami Nakagawa

CD 2

Dreams Dreams: Adult Ver.

Conscience
Music by: Tomoko Sasaski

Sweeping Seashore
Music by: Naofumi Hataya
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake
Bass: Naoki Watanabe

Giant Girania
Music by: Teruhiko Nakagawa

Sweeping Seashore: Aqua Challenge
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Gutiars: Chewtaro Moritake
Bass: Naoki Watanabe
Chorus: Junko Hirotani

Sweeping Seashore: Marine Escape
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Giant Girania: Hard Ver.
Music by: Teruhiko Nakagawa

Crystal Choir
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
String: RUSH. by Takashi Kato
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake

Bony Bomamba
Music by: Fumie Kumatani
Arranged by: Kenichi Tokoi
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
Accordion: Hirofumi Mizuno

Crystal Choir: Labyrinth Guide
Arranged by: Tomoko Sasaki

Crystal Choir: Jewel Fever
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya & Tomoko Sasaski

Bony Bomamba: Hard Ver.
Music by: Fumie Kumatani
Arranged by: Kenichi Tokoi
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
Accordion: Hirofumi Mizuno

Merry Memory Go Round
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Oboe: Satoshi Shoji
Strings Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Strings: RUSH. by Takashi Kato
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake

Queen Bella’s Ball
Music by: Fumie Kumatani
Arranged by: Kenichi Tokoi
Sax: Koji Orita

Merry Memory Go Round: Forest Adventure
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Dreams Dreams: Sky Concert
Original music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Queen Bella’s Ball: Hard Ver.
Music by: Fumie Kumatani
Arranged by: Kenichi Tokoi
Sax: Koji Orita

Cruising Together
Original Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya & Tomoko Sasaki
String Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Strings: RUSH. by Takashi Kato
Flute: Masami Nakagawa

NiGHTS And Reala: Theme of A Tragedic Revenge
Original Music by: Naofumi Hataya
Re-Arranged by: Jun Senoue
Guitars & Bass: Jun Senoue

Sonatinas for Two Violins
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Violin: Fumie Kuroda

Applause
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Piano: Yutaka Minobe

Dreams Dreams: Helen Ver.

On The Way Back
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Piano: Yutaka Minobe

Memento of NiGHTS
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Violin: Fumie Kumatani
Piano: Yutaka Minobe

Dreams Dreams: Sweet Snow
Original Music & Re-Arranged by: Tomoko Sasaki
Co-Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya
Vocal: Jasmine Allen
Chorus: Junko Hirotami
Bass: Naoki Watanabe
Piano: Yutaka Minobe
Gutiars: Chewtaro Moritake
Strings: RUSH. by Takashi Kato
Vocal-Recording Director: Kan Andriev Hashimoto

Fragmented NiGHTS
Re-Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe

CD 3

Dreams Dreams: Kids Ver.

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams (Short Ver.)
Original Music by: Tomoko Sasaki
Arranged by: Yutaka Minobe
Scoring & Conducted by: Masamicz Amano

Gate Of Your Dream
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Encounter
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

When The Night Falls
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki

Sweeping Seashore: in Daylight
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Cowardly Custard
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Catch Me If You Can
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Duel in Dream
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Al-Di-La: Lavender Ver.
Music by: Tatsuyuki Maeda

Peaceful Moment
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Al-Di-La: Sandal Wood Ver.
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Bad News
Music by: Naofumi Hataya

Twist of Fate
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki

Al-Di-La: Peppermint Ver.
Arranged by: Tomoya Ohtani

Captive
Music by: Tatsuyuki Maeda

Suspicion
Music by: Tatsuyuki Maeda

Belief
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Al-Di-La: Bergamot Ver.
Arranged by: Tomoya Ohtani & Naofumi Hataya

Precious Orgel
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki

Sentimental Separation
Music by: Tomoko Sasaki

Thank You NiGHTS
Music by: Naofumi Hataya
Manipulate: Hideaki Kobayashi

Dreams Dreams: Located Link Mix
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Dreams Dreams: Located Link Mix
Arranged by: Naofumi Hataya

Dreams Dreams: Sweet Snow (instrumental)

Dreams Dreams (instrumental)

Staff

Producer: Naofumi Hataya
Supervisor: Tomoko Sasaki (TOKIO HEIDI)
Mastering: Tetsuya Yamamoto (avex studio)
Artwork: NiGHTS Development Team
Design: Kinzo Kaneda (avant-gout)
Legal Coordinator: Kazuo Koizumi (wavemaster inc.)
Naming Overtures: Ryoichi Hasegawa

Recoding Director: Yutaka Minobe (delfisound inc.)
Musician Coordinator: Emari Mamiya, Hidetaka Carl Shibata

Recording Coordinators:
Tokyo Session: Yukifumi Makto (delfisound inc.)
L.A. Session: Jun Senoue, Stan Katayama
S.F. Session: Greg Weber (Webtone inc.)
Recording Studio:
Sega Digital Studio (Tokyo/Japan)
Sound City Studio (Tokyo/Japan)
Jungle Room Recording Studio (Los Angeles, CA/USA)
Webtone Recording Studio (San Francisco, CA/USA)

Recording & Mixing Engineer: Yoshitada Miya
Recording Engineer: Shigenobu Mashiko (delfisound inc.)
Assistant Engineer: Shinya Tsuruta

Orchestra Version Staff

Recording Producer: Fumitaka Shibata (wavemaster inc.)

Recording Directors: Kotako Kamada, Hidetaka Carl Shibata, Kan Andrew Hashimoto
Recorded at 20th Century Fox Studio Los Angeles

Scoring Engineer: Damon Tedesco
Mix Engineer: Ryuichi Misawa
Mixed at Power House Studio Tokyo
Album was composed by Фумиэ Куматани / Naofumi Hataya / Tatsuyuki Maeda / Teruhiko Nakagawa / Томоко Сасаки / Томоя Отани and was released on January 16, 2008. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than 3 hours. Album was released by Wave Master.

CD 1

1
NiGHTS:Journey of Dreams
04:00
2
Solitude
01:11
3
Eloquent Echo
03:06
4
Drifing Donbalon
02:18
5
Eloquent Echo:Fluffy Catch
02:59
6
Eloquent Echo:River Rescue
02:02
7
Drifing Donbalon:Hard Ver.
03:10
8
Wandering Wildness
02:41
9
Cacking Chamelan
02:14
10
Wandering Wildness:Bomb Panic
02:26
11
Wandering Wildness:Coaster Rescue
02:04
12
Cacking Chamelan:Hard Ver.
02:21
13
Dreams Dreams:Located Link Mix (Instrumental)
04:53
14
NiGHTS And Reala
02:30
15
Electrical Entertainment
02:48
16
Clashing Cerberus
01:55
17
Electrical Entertainment:Neon City Battle
03:39
18
Electrical Entertainment:Broadway Guide
02:31
19
Clashing Cerberus:Hard Ver.
01:44
20
Growing Wings
02:31
21
Persona Non Grata
01:13
22
D'Force Master
03:59
23
Win a Goal
00:51
24
Dreams Dreams:Will Ver.
05:49

CD 2

1
Dreams Dreams:Adult Ver.
05:52
2
Conscience
00:39
3
Sweeping Seashore
02:54
4
Giant Girania
02:00
5
Sweeping Seashore:Aqua Challenge
02:10
6
Sweeping Seashore:Marine Escape
02:10
7
Giant Girania:Hard Ver.
02:32
8
Crystal Choir
03:08
9
Bony Bomamba
02:11
10
Crystal Choir:Labyrinth Guide
02:52
11
Crystal Choir:Jewel Fever
02:16
12
Bony Bomamba:Hard Ver.
03:07
13
Merry Memory Go Round
02:20
14
Queen Bella's Ball
02:17
15
Merry Memory Go Round:Forest Adventure
02:27
16
Dreams Dreams:Sky Concert
04:27
17
Queen Bella's Ball:Hard Ver.
02:13
18
Crusing Together
03:32
19
NiGHTS And Reala:Theme of A Tragedic Revenge
02:22
20
Sonatines for Two Violins
01:05
21
Applause
00:33
22
Dreams Dreams:Helen Ver.
05:51
23
On The Way Back
00:34
24
Memento of NiGHTS
01:03
25
Dreams Dreams:Sweet Snow
05:16
26
Fragmented NiGHTS
00:22

CD 3

1
Dreams Dreams:Kids Ver.
05:52
2
NiGHTS:Journey of Dreams(Short Ver.)
01:42
3
Gate Of Your Dream
01:06
4
Encounter
00:56
5
When The Night Falls
01:37
6
Sweeping Seashore:in Daylight
00:48
7
Cowardly Custard
01:45
8
Catch Me If You Can
01:50
9
Duel in Dream
02:07
10
Al-Di-La:Lavender Ver.
02:55
11
Reala Returns
01:12
12
Peaceful Moment
01:07
13
Al-Di-La:Sandal Wood Ver.
03:08
14
Bad News
00:58
15
Twist of Fate
00:23
16
Al-Di-La:Peppermint Ver.
04:14
17
Captive
02:05
18
Suspicion
02:31
19
Belief
01:53
20
Al-Di-La:Bergamot Ver.
03:34
21
Precious Orgel
01:01
22
Sentimental Separation
00:58
23
Thank You NiGHTS
00:37
24
Dreams Dreams:Located Link Mix
04:58
25
Dreams Dreams:Sweet Snow (instrumental)
05:15
26
Dreams Dreams (instrumental)
05:49
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