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Final Fantasy Tactics A2 The Sealed Grimoire Original Soundtrack
Secret of Evermore

"A2" is the sequel to "Final Fantasy Tactics Advance" on the Nintendo DS. Along with new music, this album features arrangements from "FFTA" and "FFXII". Music and arragement are by Hitoshi Sakimoto, with his other Basiscape pals helping. A note here, the liners do not say who arranged what, and I did not feel like putting Basiscapes entire staff in the tags, so it is all under Hitoshi Sakimoto. Blame yourself or Square Enix. Another note, I didn't muddle the filenames/tags with "from FFXII "Uematsu's Bitter Tears", so if you want to know whats from what, it is all in the NFO file.

I usually like to pack in at least another album, so the bonus today is a newer rip of the rare "Secret of Evermore" soundtrack, featuring arrangements and original music by Jeremy Soule!

(Ugh, this is what happens when I don't have cover scans provided, I'll update the FFTA-2 one later.)

posted by Godai on 30 November

comments

comment #1

Whoa, A2's out in Japan already? Well awesome! (heh, although the title on my RSS bookmark had me thinking this was Before Crisis or something.)

comment posted by urutapu on 30 November

comment #2

EXCELLENT

comment posted by LCC on 30 November

comment #3

Awesome stuff, thank you very much! ^^

comment posted by Bear on 30 November

comment #4

Evermore is a lovely treat. Thanks!

comment posted by Sabreman on 30 November

comment #5

wow, someone's on a roll. XD thanks, will be dl-ing now.

comment posted by thanatos on 30 November

comment #6

Awesome upload guys! These massive releases are coming just around finals for me so i should have study music aplenty! Great little FFT joke in your description btw :P

comment posted by Sirusjr on 30 November

comment #7

Guys, you are the best! Thanks!

comment posted by OST Collector on 30 November

comment #8

Secret of Evermore hmph? That's Jeremy Soule. He made the awesome main theme for Dungeon Siege. Other than that track, nothing stands out.

comment posted by Elrinth on 30 November

comment #9

I... I... I don't know what to say...

The first Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Advance soundtracks are some of the best VGM I've ever heard and probably Sakimotos greatest work, and now you give us the soundtrack for the next installment. I can hardly wait for this pearl and as always, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

comment posted by Gameguardian on 30 November

comment #10

Thanks as always, Godai!

comment posted by ashmountains on 30 November

comment #11

Many Many thanks, This will keep me going till my copy of A2 arrives :D

comment posted by Argentis on 30 November

comment #12

omg, thank you for the FFTA2

comment posted by SushiChef on 30 November

comment #13

Hitoshi Sakimoto, huh? I'm guessing I'm probably one of the few VGM fans who generally does not care for his work. To me, it seems like he relies a lot less on melody and a lot more on the loudness of instruments. Hopefully his style on the DS is a tad more conservative in the latter department (wouldn't it have to be?). Regardless, thanks for the release.

comment posted by Lawrence_Bastard on 30 November

comment #14

Thanks for the release, I am actually looking forward to Secret of Evermore much more than FFTA even if the cover is horrible.

comment posted by Emil on 30 November

comment #15

@Elrinth
Company of Heroes, Baldur's Gate, Morrorwind, Oblivion, Guild Wars, Natural Selection, Prey, Neverwinter Nights, Unreal 2?

I like each of these soundtracks..

comment posted by StrayFire on 30 November

comment #16

What the hell is up with the cover art for the SoE OST?

comment posted by Moogy on 30 November

comment #17

Thanks for the releases. It's good to have a high-quality rip of Secret of Evermore at last. Are you Mitsuhiro Kaneda's composition credit is an error in the liner notes or merely GMROnline's album listings?

comment posted by Chris on 30 November

comment #18

Elrinth: I love how you talk about music "not standing out", and yet you completely disregard the fact that the other album posted, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, is a [mostly] Hitoshi Sakimoto OST, who is the king of making bland music that doesn't stand out. As far as I'm concerned, Jeremy Soule is the better composer [that's not saying much in the case of Hitoshi Sakimoto, though], and I'm usually someone who prefers Japanese composers.

comment posted by Redfield on 30 November

comment #19

Nice "Blame yourself" reference.

I hope someone is planning on ripping the Club Nintendo Mario Galaxy OST for you guys.

comment posted by mazoboom on 30 November

comment #20

Nice, I really like the FFTA2 OST, even better than original FFTA's I think.
Even the arranged tracks bring a lot to the table.

comment posted by OSD on 30 November

comment #21

Chris, It's in the liners.

comment posted by Godai on 30 November

comment #22

OK, thanks. There's an interesting discussion here that I just found about Square Enix not doing an amazing job with tagging etc. with the album release:

http://www.cocoebiz.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715

Also, thanks for the tags in Secret of Evermore. It's good to know what Julian Soule's role was at last.

comment posted by Chris on 30 November

comment #23

...as usual thanks a lot Godai!

comment posted by air on 30 November

comment #24

I know most of you here don't actually buy this stuff, but a lot of great music by Jeremy can be downloaded over at his online music store, DirectSong... http://www.directsong.com. I hear rumor they are in the process of doing away with DRM altogether for their releases, and this will be a retroactive decision as well.

comment posted by Tomahawk360 on 30 November

comment #25

How do you guys expect me to listen to all these great albums? Slow down!

comment posted by Tom Kenney on 30 November

comment #26

Redfield: you know what? They say Jeremy Soule is the Hitoshi Sakimoto in the west! XD Seriously I love both these guys

comment posted by Ovelia on 30 November

comment #27

Secret of Evermore has one of my favorite videogame soundtracks of all time; it's truly an underappreciated gem. Thanks so much for the upload, so that others may experience its sublime beauty.

comment posted by SabinFigaro on 30 November

comment #28

Thanks, Can't wait until the Mario Galaxy 2-Disc soundtrack is up that was just released in Japane :-)!!!

comment posted by Ilayla on 01 December

comment #29

Cool, thanks. It's always nice when the older soundtracks get some time in the spotlight.

comment posted by Antignition on 01 December

comment #30

Oh man, KILLER combo. You guys are awesome, thank you! It's going to be a battle not to listen to the whole A2 soundtrack and spoil the experience of hearing them ingame for myself! I must keep it to a small sample!

comment posted by Klondike on 01 December

comment #31

Talk about the oasis in the middle of the desert. Damn, Godai, you're on fire lately.

Here's hoping for not just corrected FFTA-2 artwork, but corrected ZXA Tunes artwork as well.

comment posted by Desides on 01 December

comment #32

Tom Kenney is just joking with the 'slow down' bit, you know. Keep up the wonderful, timely releases! :)

comment posted by animetayl on 01 December

comment #33

Thanks for the upgraded encode of the Evermore soundtrack! I echo the praise for Secret of Evermore, both the music and the game. It makes excellent use of ambience (a genre of music very beloved by me), enhances and in some areas actually establishes the bizarre and bleak atmosphere of the game. I love how music carries a certain strangeness to it and totally fits the game's eccentricities. The overall minimal use of melody is still not too monotonous or bland to my tastes as with some other ambient music, and is quite pleasant listening.

Too bad quite a lot had to be cut out for a single disc release of the game-- some of my favorite songs aren't included. All we have to fill in the cracks is an expansive SPC rip whose music doesn't sound very well emulated at times.

comment posted by papa_haydn on 01 December

comment #34

Thanx for both of these!

comment posted by darkvir on 01 December

comment #35

There are no caps large enough to express my enthusiasm over the FFT-A2 soundtrack.

comment posted by Morphballer on 02 December

comment #36

Holy shit SoE Official. Now I can have something to augment the rather nice mp3 rip done by . . . dammit, I don't remember; I'd have to ask BlueKirby/Basil. Still, Ebon Keep's music is really fucking good.

I could give a shit about Sakimoto. Talk about bland non-ambient music.

comment posted by wvlfpvp on 02 December

comment #37

Also, are there no plans to release Beautiful Katamari's OST whatsoever?

comment posted by wvlfpvp on 02 December

comment #38

"Ripped by dancey on 7/24/07"
you mean d/l'ed from OiNK

comment posted by HiKek on 03 December

comment #39

Secret of Evermore official soundtrack?! Woaaah! This totally made my day! Just listening to it sure brings back nostalgic memories from when I was in the 2nd grade when I played it...wow... Thank you guys so much!

comment posted by Chrosius on 03 December

comment #40

HiKek, I had a good laugh, thanks.

comment posted by Godai on 03 December

comment #41

We only have so many soundtracks from oink left to release, we're going to have to retire after that. ;_;

comment posted by Fei on 03 December

comment #42

"Blame yourself or Square Enix."

You card. :)

comment posted by Plaguefox on 04 December

comment #43

Dear HiKek,

I can send you the paypal receipt and a big fuck you scan if you want!

comment posted by dancey on 05 December

comment #44

Offtopic: Hey, Godai, is the Pirate Broadcast still functioning? Whenever I try to play it, it gives me the 15 seconds of Megaman 7's Opening Stage and then shuts up.

comment posted by mazoboom on 06 December

comment #45

It's usually up all the time, I'm just not actively playing music, but when I do, you should hear it.

comment posted by Godai on 06 December

comment #46

Blame yourself or Square Enix.
Or is it...Blame yourself or God.
=P

comment posted by Charisma on 08 December

comment #47

Wow, this inclusion of classic vgm with smaller releases idea seems to have had a great response! Super neat idea, Godai.

comment posted by papa_haydn on 09 December

comment #48

Thank you very much for these awesome releases!

comment posted by Homalef on 10 December

comment #49

Thanks for another great release, Godai. Do you still plan to update with the scans for FFTA2, though?

comment posted by Bubble on 06 August

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