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Dragon Quest Live Concert

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Catalog Number: BY30-5206
Released On: November 21, 1988
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: Apollon
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

From Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest I & II
01 - Overture 'Dragon Quest March'
02 - Château Ladutorm
03 - Château
04 - People
05 - Endless World
06 - Requiem
07 - Deathfight ~ Dead or Alive
08 - My Road, My Journey
09 - Finale
Symphonic Suite Dragon Quest III
10 - Roto
11 - Rondo
12 - Around the World
13 - Adventure
14 - Dungeon ~ Tower ~ The Phantom Ship
15 - Requiem ~ Small Shrine
16 - Sail on the Sea
17 - Flying in the Sky
18 - Fighting Spirits
19 - Into the Legend
Total Time:
69'39"

The sequel to "Dragon Quest in Concert" is a live performance from the NHK Orchestra with music from Dragon Quest I, II, and III. Released in 1988, it was the first orchestra recording to contain a collection of music from the Roto trilogy on one disc.

Tracks 1 through 9 cover Dragon Quest I and II, and then there's a big Finale at the end of track 9. After that, we transition to Dragon Quest III for tracks 10 to 19.

The recording quality is excellent, and I love hearing the audience clap after each song is performed. It makes me feel as though I had been sitting there myself (though, had I been at this actual recording, I would have only been in Kindergarten). NHK's performance of these tracks is phenomenal. It's no wonder that this is the sort of album that set the precedent for Sugiyama (and those who finance him) to record multiple Symphonic Suites for each Dragon Quest to come.

This album is extremely rare. Some of its tracks can be found on a "Live Best" album published years later (though it's a separate recording), but I would recommend that serious fans/collectors do their best to locate this fantastic live album.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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