Arc the Lad Sound Track Complete

Arc the Lad Sound Track Complete. Case Front. Click to zoom.
Arc the Lad Sound Track Complete
Case Front
Composed by Hirotaka Izumi / Masahiro Andoh
Arranged by Hirotaka Izumi / Keiichi Oku / Masahiro Andoh / Takehiro Kawabe / Takeshi Watanabe
Published by Village Records
Catalog number VRCH-4002~3
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 85 tracks
Release date February 7, 2001
Duration 01:56:03
Genres
Rate the album!

Overview

Arc the Lad and its sequel were among the PlayStation's first role-playing game, hitting the console two years before Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy Tactics redefined the genre. Masahiro Andoh, famed leader and guitarist of jazz fusion band T-Square, was hired to compose the scores in collaboration with several arrangers. Blending his trademark sound with various RPG staples, he initially struggled to produce memorable or fitting compositions, though improved somewhat on the sequel. The Arc the Lad I & II Soundtrack Complete is a compilation of both soundtracks.

Body

The first disc is dedicated to the complete soundtrack of Arc the Lad. It opens with the "Theme of Arc the Lad", a very typical march written in the spirit of television theme tunes. The brass melody here is a good fit for the bold and youthful main character Arc and is fairly memorable despite its derivative qualities. The track also features high production values — orchestrated by Keiichi Oku and performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — that ensure it makes quite an impact in the game. However, it lack elaboration compared to the full rendition of the theme on the Arc the Lad Original Game Soundtrack, ending after just 80 seconds.

Despite the orchestrated introduction, a lot of the soundtrack references the mainstream-targeted styles that Masahiro Andoh is known for. Character themes such as "Arc", "Tosh", and "Gogen" are typical of his jazz fusion music with their slightly catchy electric guitar leads and light-hearted backing. Sadly, like so many other tracks on the soundtrack, they greatly lack in terms of development and also fail to represent much about the characters, serving more as transient theme tunes than character explorations. Others have a bit more personality, such as the eccentric "Chongara" or the effeminate "Kukuru", but they still loop after 15 or so seconds.

One of the better features of the Arc the Lad in context is the large number of battle themes. Given the nature of the game, Andoh generally focuses on conveying fun and naivity in the battle themes, rather than danger like most RPG counterparts. "Battle 1" arguably goes too far and could fit in some beach resort with its Latin jazz stylings and mellow panpipe leads. "Battle 3" has a playful circus-like feel to it, while "Battle 7" is another cookie-cutter light rock theme. It's only with the semi-orchestrated final battle theme that Andoh introduces any drama to the combat, but even then it is a little too understated to make a big impact like Final Fantasy or even Zelda would.

There are a few more mature entries on the Arc the Lad soundtrack. Given the superficiality and brevity that follows, "All Beginnings" is a surprisingly decent piece of cinematic underscore that undergoes an impressive evolution. "Four Generals" is also a fine composition to reflect the more serious undertones of the story and is composed in a similar spirit to Nobuo Uematsu's themes. Of the more emotional entries, "Separation" manages to tug at the heartstrings with its simple piano melody, while "Recollection" focuses on nostalgic suspended string motifs. Neither are ground-breaking, but they serve their effect in the game well and are decent transient additions to the album.

Following the mediocre score for the original Arc the Lad, Masahiro Andoh manages to improve on the original game. The production quality is slightly improved and the compositions are generally more elaborate. Furthermore, the compositions sound less like they came from stock music libraries and seem more specifically intended for the game. For example, "Elc" is a great theme for the new main character with its unforgettable melody and lavish orchestration; it's a little on the short side, but compensates with great quality. "Arc" also returns, but in a slow and intimate arrangement that gives the melody a more personal quality.

The action themes seem much more suited for combat this time after the bland and light approach of the original. "Battle 1" is styled off Final Fantasy's normal battle themes, with its upbeat melodies and turbulent development, though can grow someone obnoxious on repeated listens in the game. With their mixture of playful and dissonant features, rock and orchestral stylings, "Battle 2" and "Battle 4" have a fascinating effect in and out of the game and rival even those of Hiroki Kikuta in terms of quirkiness. "Last Battle", while still lacking the development to really stand out, captures the ultimacy of the final encounter with its conflicted march-like orchestration.

There are also some clear centrepieces on this soundtrack. Most notably, "MusicMan" is a lounge jazz theme featuring beautiful vocals by Cara Jones and a piano-based accompaniment. This track has a special effect in the game and manages to be spell-binding on the stand-alone soundtrack too. It's a little cheesy, but genuinely emotional and memorable. The two ending themes have a surprisingly deep quality that matches the bittersweet tone at the end of the game. "To Tomorrow" is especially impressive with its small ensemble orchestration. The album ends with a bonus special mix of battle cries from the game set to music.

Summary

Note that, despite its name, this compilation is not quite complete and omits several tracks, including the full opening and three ending themes of the Arc the Lad score. Nevertheless, this is the only soundtrack release for the original Arc the Lad, although the sequel has its own exclusive album release. The music itself is mediocre at best and Masahiro Andoh was clearly a dubious choice to lead the series. However, the music will bring back good memories for many who have played the games, so may still be worth purchasing.



Album
6/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

Contains the complete soundtracks for Arc the Lad and Arc the Lad II.


All Music Composed by Masahiro Andoh
except Hirotaka Izumi (D1 - 12, 14, 21, 30, 32, 34)

All Music Arranged by Masahiro Andoh except
Keiichi Oku (D1 - 1)
Hirotaka Izumi (D1 - 12, 14, 21, 30, 32, 34; D2 - 28, 31)
Takeshi Watanabe (D2 - 9)
Takehiro Kawabe (D2 - 4, 10, 14, 24, 26)

Performed by: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (D1 - 1), Cara Jones (D2 - 9)

Lyrics by: Cara Jones (D2 - 9)
Album was composed by Hirotaka Izumi / Masahiro Andoh and was released on February 7, 2001. Soundtrack consists of 85 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Village Records.

CD 1

1
Theme of Arc the Lad
01:24
2
All Beginnings
02:30
3
Father, Yoshua
01:21
4
Arc
00:45
5
Battle 1
01:34
6
Ark Demon
00:33
7
Ghost
01:20
8
Battle 2
01:29
9
Victorious Fanfare
00:45
10
Critical Moment
00:51
11
Separation
01:22
12
Seiyra
01:20
13
House of Hometown
01:47
14
Niedel
01:20
15
Between Audiences
00:46
16
Battle 3
00:51
17
Battle 4
00:52
18
Poco
00:38
19
Four Generals
01:34
20
Area Movement
02:07
21
Millmana
00:54
22
Battle 5
01:09
23
Battle 6
01:52
24
Battle 7
01:23
25
Tosh
00:38
26
Underground Prison
00:46
27
Recollection
01:53
28
Anger
00:46
29
Gogen
00:33
30
Alatos
00:55
31
Chongara
00:39
32
Greyshine
02:01
33
Iga
00:55
34
Zariban
01:18
35
Battle 8
01:36
36
Biotechnology Research Institute
01:15
37
Battle 9
01:24
38
Save & Load
00:37
39
Joy
00:45
40
Recollections
00:53
41
Kukuru
00:30

CD 2

1
Opening
01:23
2
West Aldia
00:56
3
Airport
01:09
4
Battle 1
01:13
5
Encounter With Lieza
00:54
6
Battle 2
01:15
7
Elc
01:17
8
Shu
01:06
9
Musicman
05:53
10
Prodias
00:53
11
Recollections
00:56
12
Yados Island
00:59
13
Cave
01:02
14
Beach
01:36
15
Mansion of Gallarno
00:56
16
Battle 3
01:08
17
Silver Noah Strategy Room
01:06
18
Doubtful Place
00:53
19
Battle 4
01:51
20
Sabatico Shrine
01:04
21
Lieza
01:13
22
Gruga
01:12
23
Scrap Iron Town
01:09
24
Battle With the Four Generals
01:26
25
Romalia
01:11
26
Time Battle
01:28
27
Anger
01:08
28
Father, Yoshua
01:55
29
Last Battle
01:15
30
Ending
02:24
31
To Tomorrow
04:57
32
Battle 5
01:13
33
Clenia Island
01:18
34
Arc
01:41
35
Amigue
01:13
36
Dungeon
01:01
37
Woods of Illusion
01:09
38
Mariel
01:13
39
Monji
01:09
40
Gia Temple
01:18
41
Romalia Castle
01:17
42
Monster Game
01:13
43
Chongara
04:19
44
Special Ability Mix
03:20
You can't post comments, you need to sign up and authorize. Or you can use one of these services

  STATISTICS
  • Album has no ratings. Be the first!
  • Page views: 4572
  • 0 persons have this album in collection

  USEFUL LINKS
INFO
  VGMDB.net
  COVERS

Popuplar

Полицейский с Рублёвки. Новогодний беспредел 2 Музыка к сериалу
Bad Boys For Life Soundtrack
Death Stranding: Timefall (Original Music from the World of Death Stranding)
Borderlands 3 Original Game Soundtrack
Warface - Mars (Original Soundtrack)
Jumanji: The Next Level Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Irishman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The
Девушки Бывают Разные - из х\ф "Девушки Бывают Разные"
Бывшие Музыка к сериалу
NFS: Heat