Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert

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Official cover and poster art for the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert.

The Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert was a series of concerts performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and held across Japan in the year 2017 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Kirby series. A live recording of the second concert - along with a second set of bonus tracks - was then released as a two-CD set in Japan only on December 20th, 2017. The digital versions of the CDs were released internationally on June 26th, 2018.

The concert arrangements were written by Shogo Sakai and Megumi Ohara, and were conducted by Taizo Takemoto, except for the "Kirby Air Ride Medley", which was conducted by Sakai. The second CD's arrangements were written by Sakai, Ohara, Jun Ishikawa, and Hirokazu Ando.

Concerts[edit]

Two separate concerts were performed, though of the same suite. The first was performed in Tokyo on April 16th, 2017. The second was performed in Osaka on June 18th the same year. The second concert was the one from which the CD version was derived.

Both concerts featured - in addition to the orchestra - a video display which showed gameplay snippets from the games the music was taken from and commentary in-between performances by the staff.

CD Track List[edit]

A collage of every item available as part of the Kirby 25th Orchestra Concert CD and video set. Includes jewel case and the two CDs, and either a DVD or Blu-Ray disk containing video of the concerts.

On December 20th, 2017 - the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert was released as a 2-CD set for purchase in Japan only. The first disk, Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert, consists of the full suite as performed in the concert. The second disk, Kirby Memorial Arrangements, consists of bonus music and orchestrations which were not part of the concert proper.

The digital versions of the CDs were released internationally on June 26th, 2018, available on several music streaming service websites, including but not limited to iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Line Music.

Disk 1[edit]

Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert
Track # Title[1] Length Game(s) Notes
01 Kirby's 25th Anniversary: Grand Opening 2:11 Kirby's Dream Land A medley consisting of Welcome to Dream Land and Green Greens (theme).
02 Kirby's Adventure Medley 3:40 Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land Consists of Fountain of Dreams (theme), Grape Garden (theme), Orange Ocean (theme), and the Ending theme.
03 King Dedede & Meta Knight Medley 3:51 Kirby's Dream Land, Kirby Super Star, Kirby Super Star Ultra Consists of King Dedede's Theme, Masked Dedede's Theme, Boarding the Halberd, Havoc Aboard the Halberd, and My Friend and the Sunset.
04 Kirby's Dream Land 2 Animal Friends Medley 3:36 Kirby's Dream Land 2 Consists of Rick's Theme, Kine's Theme, and Coo's Theme.
05 Kirby's Dream Land 3 / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley 6:22 Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Consists of Ripple Field: Ocean Waves, Sand Canyon 3, Planet Popstar (theme), Ripple Star: Stage Select, and 0² Battle.
06 Kirby Super Star Medley 6:14 Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra Consists of Grand Opening, Gourmet Race (theme), Crystal Field Area, Above the Halberd, Meddlesome Marx, and Kirby's Triumphant Return.
07 Kirby Air Ride Medley 4:49 Kirby Air Ride Consists of Air Ride: Fantasy Meadows, Air Ride: Magma Flows, and The Legendary Air Ride Machine.
08 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror / Kirby: Squeak Squad Medley 3:19 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Kirby: Squeak Squad Consists of Forest/Nature Area (theme), Candy Constellation (theme), Prism Plains (theme), and Squeak Squad Appears!.
09 Kirby Ball Medley 5:21 Kirby's Pinball Land, Kirby's Dream Course, Kirby: Canvas Curse, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Consists of the Wispy-Woods Land theme from Kirby's Pinball Land, the Iceberg Ocean theme from Kirby's Dream Course, Drawcia's theme from Kirby: Canvas Curse and Rainbow Across the Skies from Kirby and the Rainbow Curse.
10 Kirby Triple Deluxe Medley 5:49 Kirby: Triple Deluxe Consists of Floral Fields, Moonlight Capital, Taranza, the Master of Puppetry, and Fatal Blooms in Moonlight.
11 Kirby: Planet Robobot Medley 4:15 Kirby: Planet Robobot Consists of Pink Ball Activate!, Vs. Star Dream, and Planet Heart.
12 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Medley 5:43 Kirby's Return to Dream Land Consists of The Adventure Begins, Sky Tower, Dangerous Dinner (theme), C-R-O-W-N-E-D, and Returning to Dream Land.
13 Kirby's Dream Land / A New Wind for Tomorrow 2:08 Kirby's Dream Land Extended version of A New Wind for Tomorrow, the credits theme for Kirby's Dream Land.
14 Kirby Super Star / Milky Way Wishes: Staff Credits 2:47 Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra The credits theme for Kirby Super Star, as played at the end of Milky Way Wishes.
TOTAL LENGTH 60:05

Disk 2[edit]

Kirby Memorial Arrangements
Track # Title[2] Alternate title[3] Length Game(s) Notes
01 Big Band Kirby Big Band! Kirby 2:52 Kirby's Dream Land Based on A New Wind for Tomorrow, Float Islands (theme) and Kabula's Theme.
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
02 Take off! Take off!! 2:37 Kirby Super Star/Kirby Super Star Ultra Based on Boarding the Halberd (see track page for lyrics).
Arranged by Shogo Sakai.
03 Sleeping Like a Baby Plump Up a Fluffy Pillow 3:45 Kirby's Adventure/Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land A re-instrumentation of the Kirby's Adventure Medley from Disk 1.
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
04 Star Tumble Sparkling ☆ Rolling 2:29 Kirby's Star Stacker / Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble A medley of the Insane round theme from both versions of Star Stacker and the Simple Stage theme from Tilt 'n' Tumble.
Arranged by Jun Ishikawa.
05 Epic Yarn Spun Yarn Story 3:05 Kirby's Epic Yarn A medley consisting of Fountain Gardens Soundtrack, Big-Bean Vine Soundtrack, Snowy Fields Soundtrack, and Dream Land Select.
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
06 Driving Star Driving Star 3:40 Kirby Air Ride A medley consisting of the main menu theme from Kirby Air Ride, Top Ride: Water, and Air Ride: Frozen Hillside.
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
07 The Apple Juice Song Apple Juice Song 3:02 Kirby Battle Royale Based on the Apple Scramble theme (see track page for lyrics).
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
08 Happy Castle in the Grasslands Grasslands Fun Castle 2:27 Kirby Mass Attack Based on Meadow Breeze and the Castle Dedede theme for Kirby Mass Attack.
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando.
09 Beyond the Forest and the Desert Beyond the Forest and the Desert 4:11 Kirby's Dream Land 2, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley consisting of the Big Forest (theme), Sand Canyon 1, and Aqua Star (theme).
Arranged by Shogo Sakai.
10 Across the Rainbow Bridge Seven Color Bridge Building 2:38 Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Based on Rainbow Across the Skies.
Arranged by Hirokazu Ando.
11 Eternal Dream Eternal Dream 3:32 Kirby: Triple Deluxe Based on Fatal Blooms in Moonlight (see track page for lyrics).
Arranged by Megumi Ohara.
12 I'll Never Forget You We Won't Forget Our Memories with You 4:57 Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Kirby: Planet Robobot Based on Magolor, the Distant Traveler and The Noble Haltmann.
Arranged by Shogo Sakai.
TOTAL LENGTH 39:15

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