First off let me say my one star rating has nothing to do with Nobuo Uematsu's BRILLIANT compositions. "Welcome To Our Town" and "Theme of Love" are classics that belong in any standard collection of uematsu's works. It's Square who screwed the pooch this ost, by cramming all 45 tracks on a single disc. What's wrong with that? The songs don't last nearly long enough, some are not even presented in their entirety! For example, the stunning "Welcome To Our Town" clocks in at a whopping 45 seconds! This song was made to loop at least 4 times before the listener tires of the melody, instead it plays once through and fade out.
Most insulting of all, however, is the butchery of the sacred "Prelude." As FFIV was the first Final Fantasy on the SNES, it was the first version of the classic "Prelude" to feature a new string part, that comes in after one regular rotation of the harp piece. This would have been a goose-bump rising shock to gamers used to the 8-bit harp only version. However, on this pathetic ost, the prelude quickly fades shortly after the strings come in - not just not looping it long enough, but not ever letting it go a single rotation before it decides to fade out! It's clear this CD was mixed by someone who a) didn't understand the music and b) didn't care about the music.
frankly it's worthless. i have a software player that can read sound data from SNES game files. you're much better off emulating the music than buying this piece of garbage. SHAME ON YOU SQUARE, SHAME.