I had the privilege of attending a special performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy last night here at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. It was held outdoors, at San Diego's Embarcadero waterfront venue, on a lovely, cool evening. The concert was completely sold out, as you'd expect at an event as large as Comic-Con, but I don't think anyone in the audience was prepared for all the surprises the concert had in store.
First off, know that there's plenty of new songs in the line-up for Distant Worlds. Now that the second CD has been released, I was expecting to hear some of the new pieces performed live. They did not disappoint on this. One of the best was "Jenova," from Final Fantasy VII. This arrangement was very cool, with a drummer on a trap set keeping a very fast tempo. Slick brass and fancy choir work make this arrangement quite different from the original, but it turned out to be a crowd pleaser. Another new piece was a very short treat: In between longer songs, the "Victory Theme" you'd likely know from every Final Fantasy game was inserted.
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