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Artists & Credits

Faye Wong Performer
Nobuo Uematsu Composer
Nobuo Uematsu Arranger
Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack box cover
Publisher
DigiCube
Catalog ID
SSCX-10028
Release Date
March 01, 1999
Retail Price
?3873
Original track list
(S-JIS)

Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack

Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack summary

The collective reaction to the Final Fantasy VIII OST was predictably mixed when the game was released in 1999. Uematsu, according to some, had been withering away after his "amazing" work on Final Fantasy VI, whereas others called FFVIII his greatest accomplishment. But regardless of the fans' opinions of his work, this album can be called unique for a standard of quality it set for future RPGs - regardless of the company behind them. This OST was the first to feature a theme song - Eyes on Me, by Hong Kong pop artist Faye Wong - and that theme was used in a thirteen minute-long ending sequence, accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Liberi Fatali too could perhaps be considered a milestone even after FFVII's One Winged Angel, a track many found to be uncompromising in its excellence. However, Uematsu's intricate expertise in applying strong musical themes and a variety of professional work (ranging from solo artists to entire choirs and orchestras) did not make up for his marginal in-game musical work, which seemed to feel more at home on the SNES and did not mesh well with the singular pieces on the OST. While many fans would disagree given their predilection for "game-like" music, perhaps RPGs (back in 1998) called for something more, and perhaps this was finally answered when Square brought in new blood (namely, Junya Nakano and Masashi Hamauzu) for the tenth Final Fantasy.


Notes & Factoids
  • The letters in the faux-Latin "Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec" can be rearranged to form "Succession of Witches," with the remaining letters forming "Love."

  • This OST is the first one that I know of that has it's track listing entirely in English. Most odd indeed.

    (Nephtis)
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Final Fantasy VIII Original Soundtrack Track List

All track list translations were done by Videogam.in staff and contributors unless otherwise stated here.

Disc 1

track number  Name extended information  Time
1 Liberi Fatali 3:07
2 Balamb Garden 3:29
3 Blue Fields 2:54
4 Don't Be Afraid 2:52
5 The Winner 1:07
6 Find Your Way 3:47
7 SeeD 4:16
8 The Landing 4:36
9 Starting Up 1:19
10 Force Your Way 3:53
11 The Loser 1:26
12 Never Look Back 3:23
13 Dead End 1:11
14 Breezy 2:43
15 Shuffle or Boogie 2:04
16 Waltz for the Moon 3:00
17 Tell Me 3:24
18 Fear 2:24
19 The Man with the Machine Gun 2:49
20 Julia 1:23
21 Roses and Wine 2:18
22 Junction 1:37
23 Timber Owls 2:51

Disc 2

track number  Name extended information  Time
1 My Mind 3:12
2 The Mission 3:36
3 Martial Law 3:48
4 Cactus Jack (Galbadian Anthem) 1:30
5 Only a Plank Between One and Perdition 2:24
6 Succession of Witches 3:18
7 Galbadia Garden 3:37
8 Unrest 2:36
9 Under Her Control 3:30
10 The Stage Is Set 3:39
11 A Sacrifice 3:26
12 Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinose 4:33
13 Intruders 2:31
14 Premonition 4:36
15 Wounded 0:53
16 Fragments of Memories 3:13
17 Jailed 3:50
18 Rivals 3:30
19 Ami 4:37

Disc 3

track number  Name extended information  Time
1 The Spy 3:46
2 Retaliation 0:45
3 Movin' 5:18
4 Blue Sky 0:44
5 Drifting 2:56
6 Heresy 4:10
7 Fisherman's Horizon 3:35
8 Odeka ke Chocobo 1:15
9 Where I Belong 3:40
10 The Oath 3:25
11 Slide Show Part 1 1:23
12 Slide Show Part 2 1:47
13 Love Grows 4:28
14 The Salt Flats 3:36
15 Trust Me 3:13
16 Silence and Motion 5:47
17 Dance with the Balamb-fish 3:39
18 Tears of the Moon 1:12
19 Residents 3:08
20 Eyes on Me 5:38

Disc 4

track number  Name extended information  Time
1 Mods de Chocobo (featuring N's Telecaster) 2:24
2 Ride On 3:03
3 Truth 3:40
4 Lunatic Pandora 3:28
5 Compression of Time 4:34
6 The Castle 5:19
7 The Legendary Beast 5:50
8 Maybe I'm a Lion 5:35
9 The Extreme 6:44
10 The Successor 3:37
11 Ending Theme 13:20
12 Overture 3:36

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