Piano Collections – NieR Gestalt and Replicant

May 15, 2012 at 3:35 pm (Soundtracks) (, , , , , )

1. Song of the Ancients
2. Kaine
3. Hills of Radiant Wind
4. Snow in Summer
5. Emil
6. Grandma
7. Repose
8. Gods Bound By Rules
9. Shadowlord
10. The Wretched Automatons
11. Ashes of Dreams

In the last few years Square-Enix broadened their Piano Collections series to include the Kingdom Hearts series, a welcome move that produced decent results, which were damped perhaps a bit by the choice of arrangers. This year they opened the door to include NieR, which had a universally acclaimed soundtrack, even spawning two arranged/tribute albums. With a new set of arrangers and performers on this Piano Collections, did the album live up to the great expectations following it?

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NieR Gestalt & Replicant – 15 Nightmares & Arrange Tracks

June 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm (Soundtracks) (, , , )

1. Song of the Ancients (Lost Androids Mixuxux)
2. Blu-bird (Hansel and Gretel)
3. Shadowlord’s Castle (Iron First mix feat. DJ-BKO)
4. Emil (Ultimate Weapon No.7)
5. Shadowlord (Crying Yonah version)
6. Emil (Piano Version)
7. Kaine (Duet Version)
8. The Wretched Automatons (A Cappella)
9. Song of the Ancients (Piano Version)
10. Shadowlord (Music Box Version)
11. The Legend of NieR: 8-bit Heroes

After a stellar Original Soundtrack that captivated me despite not having played the game, I was greatly anticipating this release. NieR 15 Nightmares & Arrange Tracks came out not long after the game did, and features a handful of arranged tracks as well as remixes found in the “15 Nightmares” DLC content (or “The World of Recycled Vessel” in America). It was also streamed live at release (almost at the same time as Utada Hikaru’s WILD LIFE concert, and I’m convinced they delayed the album stream by an hour so it wouldn’t overlap). At the end of the stream, there was also a special performance of a piano arranged version of “Shadowlord(?)” that has not been released elsewhere. Nice little touch.

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