'Mother Music Revisited' the New Soundtrack of the Classic Game 'Mother', to Be Released on Jan. 27 and...
A live video of the classic song 'SNOW MAN' has also been uploaded.
'MOTHER MUSIC REVISITED'
The music for Nintendo's classic game Mother, which has been newly recorded, produced and self-covered by composer Keiichi Suzuki, will be distributed to the U.S. and Canada as MOTHER MUSIC REVISITED on Jan. 27. This release was officially announced at Keiichi Suzuki 50th Anniversary Live held at Billboard Live Tokyo on Nov. 28, and has been receiving a great response, both in Japan and abroad.
Today, the concert video for “SNOW MAN,” one of the most popular songs from Mother, began streaming on YouTube to celebrate Suzuki's 50 years as a musician.
Mother is a classic role-playing game (RPG) released by Nintendo in 1989 for the Family Computer system (Famicom). Japan's well-known copywriter Shigesato Itoi, who is also a producer and writer, pitched the concept of Mother and then produced this RPG. The science-fiction setting in a contemporary world similar to the U.S., which was rare for RPGs at the time, combined with Itoi's literary storyline and dialogues, created a unique world that still feels impactful today. The series has spawned many enthusiastic fans in Japan and abroad, where the series is called EarthBound.
In addition to the game's storyline, the many pieces of music that appear in the game – which follows the main characters as they go on adventures with their friends while collecting eight melodies – have captured the people's hearts. The music was composed by Keiichi Suzuki, the leader of the Moonriders, and Hirokazu Tanaka, who worked at Nintendo at the time and would later work on the music for Pocket Monsters. Suzuki is a prominent musician who has been active in the rock and pop world since that time, while Tanaka is a genius who has absorbed a wide range of Western music genres while composing music for a game company. The meeting of these two extraordinary talents formed the trinity with Itoi's production, creating a world where story and music fused together.
At the time, more resources were given to the music in Mother than other video games, which was also groundbreaking. The game was filled with unique tracks, including the famous song “Eight Melodies,” which also appeared in Japanese school textbooks. The music in the game captured people's hearts, just as much as the game's story. The Mother series was followed by several sequels, including the Mother 3 game, which have found success not only in Japan, but also in Europe and the U.S., as well as the rest of the world.
The album MOTHER MUSIC REVISITED, which will be released in the U.S. and Canada via download and subscription services such as Spotify and Apple Music on Jan. 27, contains ten songs, featuring new recordings, arrangements and vocals by Keiichi Suzuki. This album, which has been completed by Suzuki himself (who continues to evolve 50 years into his career), can also be viewed as a complete edition of Suzuki's masterpieces. These masterpieces have continued to gain brilliance in the 30 years since they were first released.
In addition, the YouTube video released today for “SNOW MAN” is part of the memorable live concert for MOTHER MUSIC REVISITED held at Billboard Live Tokyo on Nov. 28.
Album Release Information
TITLE: MOTHER MUSIC REVISITED
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
To be available on subscription platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify, as well as on download services, including iTunes in Japan, the U.S. and Canada.
LABEL: NIPPONOPHON/BETTER DAYS
01. POLLYANNA (I BELIEVE IN YOU)
02. BEIN' FRIENDS
03. THE PARADISE LINE
05. WISDOM OF THE WORLD
06. FLYING MAN
07. SNOW MAN
08. ALL THAT I NEEDED (WAS YOU)
09. FALLIN' LOVE, AND
10. EIGHT MELODIES
Keiichi Suzuki Bio
Born in 1951, Keiichi Suzuki started his musical career around 1970 as a supporting musician for Morio Agata, Happy End, etc., and engaged in many recording sessions. In 1972, he formed the band Hachimitsu Pie. As one of the pioneers of Japanese rock music, he released the album “Sentimental Street.” After the breakup of Hachimitsu Pie, he formed the Moonriders and debuted with the album “Hinotama Boy” in 1976. In addition to his band activities, he has composed and produced a wide range of greatly influential music for TV commercials, idol singers and enka singers, while composing game music for games like Mother and Mother 2. As a film soundtrack composer, he won the Japan Academy Award for Best Music for Takeshi Kitano's films Zatoichi and Outrage Coda. He also won the Best Music Award for Satoshi Kon's film Tokyo Godfathers at the Sitges Film Festival. In 2015, he celebrated his 45th anniversary as a musician with a sold-out show at Tokyo Mielparque Hall. He is also an actor, and has appeared in many movies and TV dramas.
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Keiichi Suzuki official website: http://www.keiichisuzuki.com/
Keiichi Suzuki Twitter: https://twitter.com/keiichi_suzuki
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