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Final Fantasy VII – “One-Winged Angel” (Nobuo Uematsu)

October 31, 2010

Go to any Final Fantasy or general game music concert, and unless it’s specifically organized for a particular series or company, you will probably hear an arrangement of “One Winged Angel” (often by howling encore request).  The song’s popularity is probably due to four main reasons: the fame of Final Fantasy VII is such a popular game, the battle scene with Safer Sephiroth was very memorable (particularly its combination of long, cinematic magic spells wreaking apocalyptic destruction at a time when such things were novel), it used a recorded choir for the first time in the series’ history (and good audio quality always makes things seem better), and that it’s a good song. You combine all three together, and you give a piece legendary status. It is perhaps best to view “One Winged Angel” in regards to its orchestral arrangements, as these place the song in the way it was meant to be played, to which the original synths, good as they are, can’t compare. Run-down of both major versions, with lyrics, after the break.

The best recording of “One-Winged Angel” is from Distant Worlds and conducted by Arnie Roth Read the rest of this entry ?