At first I was a bit reluctant to post this, seeing how our big sister typically handles the majority of the coverage related to games, but I'll just come out and say it--Chrono Trigger is perhaps one of the best Japanese RPGs of all time. You can argue against that all you want, but there's a reason that fans continue to show their love for the game even to this day.
From Akira Toriyama's legendary character designs, to Yasunori Mitsuda's memorable score, the game holds a special place in many of our hearts. So much so that fans have spent years begging for Square Enix to drop what they're doing and just make a sequel, only to be met with re-release after re-release. Fans have remained vigilant over the years, producing so many tributes that I've personally lost count. So why bother writing about this one? Well, it's different.
Chronotorious features 16 full tracks of arranged and remixed audio from the classic game by a variety of musicians, all of whom (myself included for disclosure purposes) have years of experience behind their belts. Unlike the fan projects you'll find floating around the net, the audio is immaculately produced (again, for disclosure purposes Dale North contributed to the production,) so that you're not paying for something that sounds like it was made on a Casio keyboard and recorded on a tape deck. The various genres covered range from jazz and electronica, to rock and rnb, so either way, you'll probably hear something you like.
The CD also features art by Maximo V. Lorenzo who has contributed to a number of Tokyopop releases. A unique poster, which you can see in the gallery below, is included which features art by Steph Laberis. The three panel full color booklet also includes some additional art by Brianne Drouhard. Needless to say, a lot of hard work went into making sure this was something special that really captures the essence of the game.
Okay, so maybe it's a bit of a loaded recommendation. I mean, me being on the album and all. Just indulge me a bit, besides I've yet to read a single negative review about this album. It could be that I'm not looking hard enough--but somehow I doubt that, seeing as I have a pretty huge ego and spend half the day googling my own name (and subsequently cursing the Canadian hockey player who happens to share it.) Honestly though, it's probably the best album I've ever contributed to, and if any of you are familliar with my musical endeavors, you'd know I've been on several.
Now, if I haven't already convinced you, you're welcome to hear the samples on the website located here. If you want to score yourself a copy though, you'll have to hurry. It'll only cost you $12, but they only printed 1,000 of them and there are under 100 left. Once they're gone, they're gone for good. A digital release will follow, but it'll be missing 5 entire tracks and you won't be getting any of the amazing art. Oh, and in case you are wondering, they do ship internationally.
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