Johto Legends

Johto Legends is a one-hour orchestral arrangement album featuring the timeless music of Pokémon Gold and Silver!

It explores the story of a young Pokémon Trainer's epic journey across the scenic Johto region where they'll grow in strength alongside their Pokémon friends as they take on the Johto League, go head-to-head with the nefarious Team Rocket, and encounter the legendary guardians of Johto — all told through a stunning musical narrative.

Johto Legends: Music from Pokémon Gold and Silver is a sweeping orchestral re-imagining of the classic handheld soundtracks by arranger Braxton Burks. Funded on Kickstarter with nearly 1,000 backers, Johto Legends fulfills its campaign promises and more, giving Pokémon fans over an hour of new music on CD, vinyl, and digital formats. The album features breathtaking performances by some of the game industry's greatest talent with credits that include Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, as well as games like Destiny, Dragon Age, Tomb Raider, and Minecraft.

"Johto Legends is a passion project I've wanted to fulfill since I was eleven years old. Almost every day after school, I'd get on the bus home and turn on my Game Boy Color, loaded with a copy of Pokémon Crystal Version. I spent countless hours headbutting trees in the Ilex Forest, exploring the remains of the Burned Tower, and tracking down the legendaries Entei, Raikou, and Suicune... but it was the game's soundtrack that really pulled me in with its memorable 8-bit melodies, an eclectic mix of romantic harmonies and Japanese folk music - the perfect backdrop for the Johto region. Sometimes I'd even imagine what the music would sound like if it were orchestrated by one of my idols, John Williams. 'I wish I could do that,' I thought. Well, I ended up carrying that dream to adulthood, fueled by my ongoing love affair with the Pokémon games that persists even to this day. I hope listeners will be able to recall their own nostalgic Pokémon journey - the battles, the towns, the routes and caves... and all the adventures in between." - Braxton Burks

Track List & Credits

1Journey to Johto (Overture)3:48
: Arranger
: English Horn, Oboe
: French Horn
2The Adventure Begins1:54
3A Morning in New Bark Town2:56
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
4Route 292:18
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
5Battle! Wild Pokémon (Johto Version)2:30
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
: French Horn
6Violet City2:53
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
7Sprout Tower2:10
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn, Japanese Winds
8Battle! Pokémon Trainer (Johto Version)1:57
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn, Pennywhistle
: French Horn
9Johto Pokémon Gym2:21
: Arranger
10Battle! Johto Gym Leader1:01
: Arranger
: French Horn
: Violin (Solo)
11Azalea Town2:07
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
: Flute, Piccolo
12Trouble at Slowpoke Well1:50
: Arranger
13Battle! Team Rocket Grunt1:49
: Arranger
14Goldenrod City2:31
: Arranger
: French Horn
15National Park2:38
: Arranger
: Arranger (Piano)
16Ecruteak City3:18
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
17The Burned Tower3:04
18A Tale of Three Beasts I. The Fire3:18
: Arranger
: Japanese Winds
19A Tale of Three Beasts II. Resurrection2:38
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
20A Tale of Three Beasts III. Encounter3:46
21Lake of Rage2:14
: Arranger
22Team Rocket Strikes Back2:23
: Arranger
: Tenor Sax (Solo)
23Dark Cave2:41
24Battle with Ho-Oh1:50
: Arranger
: Japanese Winds
: Violin (Solo)
25Whirl Islands (Surf Theme)2:56
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
26Lugia's Song1:27
: Arranger
: Pennywhistle (Solo)
27Battle! Rival Trainer (Johto Version)2:34
: Arranger, Guitar
: Arranger
28Final Showdown! Pokémon Champion Battle3:38
29Ending Theme3:07
: Arranger
: Oboe, English Horn
30Epilogue ~ The Road to Tohjo Falls (Route 26)2:25

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