The Game: considered by most RPG fans one of the best games ever, Chrono Trigger is a Super Nintendo/Famicom game first released in Japan by former Squaresoft (now Square-Enix) on March 11, 1995, and that arrived in the US on August 22, 1995. Later, a PSX (PlayStation) remake was made that included anime scenes among other extras, and which was released in Japan on November 2, 1999. The remake also hit the States, but as part of a compilation called Final Fantasy Chronicles which also included the Final Fantasy IV PSX remake. The story, to put it in a simple way, follows the events of a group of adventurers lead by our silent hero, Crono, who in order to save the world will have to travel across time. But don't let this simplicity fool you: this game is one of the most beautiful experiences I've ever had, from its music to its gameplay, its characters and story. All of them will leave a deep mark on your heart no matter how many years have passed since you finished it ^^
The Composers: this beautiful music is the first game soundtrack composed by the talented Yasunori Mitsuda (also known for his work in the other two installments of the Chrono saga, Radical Dreamers and Chrono Cross, as well as in Xenogears and Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht) after he entered Squaresoft. Mitsuda worked previously as a sound engineer despite being hired originally as a composer, but after giving an ultimatum to Squaresoft vice-president Hironobu Sakaguchi, he finally could do what he loved most: making music. The ever famous Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu assisted him in the creation of the soundtrack, and even composed ten tracks when Mitsuda was sent to the hospital due to a stomach ulcer, one of them with the help of Noriko Matsueda (Front Mission, The Bouncer, Final Fantasy X-2).
The Soundtrack: the Original Sound Version appeared on March 25, 1995 according to Mitsuda's official site, Our Millennial Fair. It had 64 tracks that span over 3 CDs, some of them which were never used in the game. Months later, on June 25, an arrange album called The Brink of Time was released, containing jazz variations of some of the songs. And on December 18, 1999, appeared the Original Soundtrack (usually called Chrono Trigger '99 OST), which had only a selection of themes from the OSV but which also included nine bonus tracks, amazing arrangements from the original themes used in the PSX remake of the game, made by Tsuyoshi Sekito, well-known for being the charismatic guitarist and arranger in Uematsu's band The Black Mages. Finally, when the PSX remake of the game was released in the US as part of the Final Fantasy Chronicles package, another soundtrack started being sold in a limited edition: it was called Chrono Trigger Official Soundtrack: Music from Final Fantasy Chronicles, had 25 tracks and was more or less the same in contents as the japanese Original Soundtrack. For more information about the soundtracks themselves check the Extra section.
The Feelings: even though it may sound strange, this OST became something like the music of my life. I simply can't forget the memorable scenes that filled this wonderful game, and the music that surrounded them. And yes, that's it, as cheesy as it may sound ^^u