Fighters Megamix Sound Tracks

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Fighters Megamix Sound Tracks
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Composed by Akiko Hashimoto / David Leytze / Hiroyuki Kawada / SEGA Sound Team / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Arranged by David Leytze / Hiroyuki Kawada / SEGA Sound Team / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Published by Futureland
Catalog number TYCY-5550~1
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 41 tracks
Release date March 26, 1997
Duration 01:15:04
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Overview

In an attempt to popularise the Saturn, Sega released the acclaimed crossover fighting game Fighters Megamix in 1996. It featured the complete cast of Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighters Vipers, as well as a number of guest appearances. The soundtrack, led by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, featured some original music, but mainly featured reprises of existing arrangements of other fighting scores...

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The majority of the Fighters Megamix Soundtrack features reprises of tracks featured in the Saturn versions of Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2, given the ported cast from each game. The featured soundtracks are likeable, but not exceptional. The Fighting Vipers offerings range from the gritty guitar-punctuated "Bahn" to the lively keyboard-decorated "Raxel"; the tracks have an energetic and modern feel throughout, though suffer a little from derivative qualities and lack of variety. The Virtua Fighter 2 stage themes are also rock-focused, though is quite a bit less impressive in terms of compositional refinement and is only mildly enhanced with its Saturn treatment. The score nevertheless offers some melodic gems such as "Man of the Fist" to exotic excursions such as "Mountain Hermit Shun Di".

Unfortunately, the reuse of these scores is problematic for many reasons. First of all, Fighters Megamix offers little original value for gamers and album collectors who have already experienced the Virtua Fighter 2 and Fighting Vipers soundtracks. Worse still, the two soundtracks aren't presented effectively here. All the Fighting Vipers tracks are short versions, cut after 1:16, meaning their full development doesn't shine. Furthermore, the compositions from both games aren't integrated properly with the rest of the album and are included after the ending themes. The Virtua Fighter 2 soundtrack feels especially tagged on, since the entire second disc is dedicated to it, albeit without the non-stage themes that completed its individual album release.

The Fighters Megamix soundtrack does feature a number of original themes, but they're not worthwhile ones. Menu themes such as "Name Entry", "Ranking", and "Fighters Megamix" are acceptable in context, but are too brief and bland to appeal otherwise. It is also difficult to feel excited about the nine ending themes; though a little more fleshed-out than most fighting ending themes, the majority are just very vanilla rock, pop, or orchestral imitations lacking the strong melodies and clear focus of the stage themes. There is also a vocal theme based off Rent A Hero for those who enjoy Takenobu Mitsuyoshi's voice. This track has since been reused on the Vermilion vs Rent A Hero Original Soundtrack.

Summary

The Fighters Megamix Soundtrack is an example of a crossover soundtrack done badly. The Fighting Vipers and Virtua Fighter 2 tracks really needed novel arrangements and proper integration into the rest of the score to shine. The final album feels more like three lacking soundtracks jammed into one album than a cohesive and fulfilling overall experience. The result is better in-game, but still could have been more inspired.



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Disc 1

Tracks 01-17 from Fighters Megamix
   1, 2, 5, 6, 9-17 composed and arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
   3, 4 composed and arranged by Hiro
   7 composed and arranged by Sega Sound Team (Takayuki Nakamura)
   8 composed by Sega Sound Team (Takayuki Nakamura)
      arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

Tracks 18-27 from Fighting Vipers (Short Version)
   all tracks composed and arranged by David Leytze

Tracks 28-29 from Rent A Hero
   all tracks composed and arranged by Hiro
   28 lyrics by Tombo Arikawa
        vocals by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

Disc 2 from Virtua Fighter 2
   1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 composed by Sega Sound Team (Takayuki Nakamura)
   3, 4 composed by Akiko Hashimoto
   9, 12 composed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
   all tracks arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Album was composed by Akiko Hashimoto / David Leytze / Hiroyuki Kawada / SEGA Sound Team / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and was released on March 26, 1997. Soundtrack consists of 41 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Futureland.

CD 1

1
Fighters MegaMix
01:34
2
Welcome To Festival
01:03
3
Name Entry (Last Wave)
01:27
4
Ranking (City 202)
00:47
5
Continue
00:13
6
Win
00:09
7
Virtua Fighter 1 Game Over
00:07
8
Virtua Fighter 3 Game Over
00:06
9
Ending A "Light"
01:49
10
Ending B "Virtua Fighter Ending Ver. II"
01:35
11
Ending C "Hard Vipers"
01:51
12
Ending D "Girls"
02:05
13
Ending E "Muscle Power"
02:02
14
Ending F "Young Guys"
02:10
15
Ending G "Hate"
01:48
16
Ending H "Last"
01:37
17
Ending I "With Mother"
02:13
18
Bahn
01:16
19
Grace
01:16
20
Honey
01:16
21
Jane
01:16
22
Mahler
01:15
23
Picky
01:16
24
Raxel
01:16
25
Tokio
01:16
26
Sanman
01:16
27
Game Over
00:09
28
Can You Become a Rent A Hero for Mankind's Sake?
03:53
29
Can You Become a Rent A Hero for Mankind's Sake? (Karaoke)
03:50

CD 2

1
Man of the Fist
02:53
2
BLACK CAT MOON
03:02
3
Mountain Hermit Shun Di
02:38
4
Star from Hong Kong
02:34
5
YOUNG KNIGHT
03:00
6
Fisherman of the Seven Seas
02:54
7
Secret Hiding in the Leaves -A Heartless Law-
02:34
8
ESCAPE
02:50
9
The Woodcutter's Dirge
02:19
10
Ride The Tiger
02:30
11
Messenger from the Dark ~Dural~
03:37
12
CHICAGO
02:22
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