Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack
(Cover taken from a web site;
full image taken from a Yahoo Japan auction)
Soundtrack to the Final Fantasy VII game for the Playstation.
Warning! If you have this set, be careful where you store it. I've found that the Meteor logo on the front of the liner notes, whatever it's made of has a tendency to melt after a while and stick to whatever it's next to. Yes, it happened to me, so I advise that you check on your copy every so often to make sure this hasn't happened.
Alcahest (not his real name), who is a former employee of Square Europe, tells me there is only one version of the limited edition. However, Roger Matthews bought a version that looked *very* different from the official one; click here to see video captures of it, courtesy of Roger. It has no catalog number. None of us is quite sure of its origin, but it looks pretty cool nonetheless. ^_^
Mystery version: Comes in a double-CD jewel case with a slipcase. The slipcase shows Cloud standing beside his motorcycle. Roger bought his secondhand and he tells me there are no liner notes. Alcahest suspects that whoever it was simply made his own slipcase. Which makes me wonder where the guy got the original CDs in the first place...
Official limited edition: Comes in a black, laser-disc sized box with the FF7 logo engraved on a thin metal plate.
- The CDs are kept in a white box, which has the FF7 logo on it, that you pull out of the black outer cover. The CDs themselves have the same designs as the ones you see on Roger's screenshots.
- The liner notes are as big as the white box and so they do not fit inside it; they come separately outside the box. They have the Meteor logo in white on the front and include: several pictures of what I assume are of Nobuo Uematsu's workspace, including his keyboard, computer, and sheet music in progress; various full-color CG shots from the game, both from the FMV portions and the regular gameplay portions, scattered throughout the liner notes; a picture of what I assume are Uematsu's personal effects; a page of battle screenshots from the game; messages from Nobuo Uematsu, Square producer Tadashi Nomura, and Digicube music director Kensuke Matsushita; and a rather incomplete discography ^_~.
- The tracklist is the same as the regular edition. It is in a separate booklet with Amano art of Cloud and Aeris on the front, and Amano art of Cloud on a motorcycle inside, alongside the tracklist. The tracklist fits inside the white box.
- Also comes with survey card.
If you're looking to buy this set: My general advice to you is: Don't hold your breath. This is one of the rarer Final Fantasy CDs, but there are a few places you can try.
- Check the eBay auctions of a seller going by the user id of "coco74"; click here to do so. She sells a lot of game, anime and other import music, and she has had the set for sale at least twice in the past and might have it again in the future. You can try and email her personally and request that she look for it. BEFORE YOU DO SO, click here to read her AboutMe page. She has been having a lot of problems lately with deadbeat bidders and requests that went sour; click here to read about it.
- If you're feeling more adventurous, scour the auctions of Yahoo Japan for it. Read more about this at my YJ tutorial.
Tracklisting: The tracklist is the same as the regular-edition version; please check there for the complete listing.
Related works: CDs with arrangements of FF7 tunes. Please check the FF7 regular edition page for related works. All arrangements of the FF Prelude, FF Prologue, the Victory Theme, and the Chocobo Theme are listed with the FF1 soundtrack.
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Last revised August 10, 2010