Gyakuten Saiban Special Courtroom 2008 Orchestra Concert ~Gyakuten Meets Orchestra~ Commemorative Souvenir

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Gyakuten Saiban Special Courtroom 2008 Orchestra Concert ~Gyakuten Meets Orchestra~ Commemorative Souvenir
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Composed by Masakazu Sugimori / Shu Takumi
Arranged by Noriyuki Iwadare
Published by Capcom
Catalog number CAP-080420
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 2 tracks
Release date April 20, 2008
Duration 00:07:18
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Overview

The Gyakuten Saiban Orchestra Concert Commemorative Souvenir was released in April 2008 at the end of the Gyakuten Saiban Meets Orchestra Live 2008 concert as a promotional CD. It's a simple little vocal arrangement CD featuring two tracks — the first from Gyakuten Saiban 4, the other from the original Gyakuten Saiban. I doubt you'll ever be able to get a hold of this rare promotional item, but let's take a look at the music regardless.

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The original "Loving Guitar's Serenade" was one of the highlights of the Gyakuten Saiban 4 Original Soundtrack. The only vocal track in the series, I quickly fell in love with the elegant melody, and peculiar "doo-da" vocals; these vocal sounds fit with the lyrics (shown in-game) in graceful fashion, although admittedly they weren't that insightful out of the context of the game.

Thankfully in this arrangement, we get proper English lyrics from performer Haruka Shimotsuki meshed in with some Japanese vocal sections. Regardless, this arrangement is an exceptional one, as the vocal performance is outstandingly graceful and shines in conjunction with the sublime melody and fitting developments. What sounds like live instrumentation, including piano, drums and guitar, plays in the foreground of some dreamily atmospheric elements.

This is actually charmingly appropriate considering the thoughtful lyrics showcased, with lines such as: "Guitar, Guitar... Up together to the sky". I recommend you track down this CD for this track alone! 

"Steel Samurai Song", otherwise known as "Oo-edo Soldier Tonosaman's Song", was featured in the original Gyakuten Saiban game as the theme to the hit children's show The Steel Samurai. I made it known in my other Gyakuten Saiban soundtrack reviews that this theme is my favourite composition in the entire series, and is a definite fan favourite. So when I heard that it was to get a vocal treatment, I winced in pain... why taint perfection?

Putting these biases aside, this is actually a pretty solid vocal arrangement. The actual compositional arrangement is the highlight, with live instrumentation such as guitars and Asiatic percussion bringing the piece completely to life; some snazzy guitar solos are a definite bonus. As for the vocals, they're not great, but they're passable, which I'm satisfied with. It's too common for a Japanese male vocalist to sound too dramatic or too silly, but Ryoji Yamamoto finds a happy medium, reaching all the required notes with a reasonable level of competence.

Not as good as the first track on this promotional release, and I probably would have preferred a simple instrumental arrangement, but as it stands it's surprisingly solid if a tad underwhelming.

Summary

I was nicely surprised with these two tracks, which both contain excellent arrangements from the man Noriyuki Iwadare. The only distinguishing factor is that the first song, "Loving Guitar's Serenade", is a tad simpler in execution and the vocals from Haruka Shimotsuki are absolutely stunning in comparison to Ryoji Yamamoto's. Track one's dreamy approach and gentle dynamics contrast well with the second track, "Oo-edo Soldier Tonosaman's Song", which has an upbeat pacing and clever arranging intricacies (guitar solo included). A commendable effort from Mr. Iwadare; it's worth a listen if you're a dedicated Gyakuten Saiban fan, but otherwise you're not missing too much. I do recommend you check out the first track, though!



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Murray Dixon

"Loving Guitar's Serenade"

   Lyrics: Shu Takumi
   Composer: Shu Takumi
   Arranger: Noriyuki Iwadare
   Vocals: Haruka Shimotsuki

"Oo-edo Soldier Tonosaman's Song"

   Lyrics: Shu Takumi
   Composer: Masakazu Sugimori
   Arranger: Noriyuki Iwadare
   Vocals: Ryoji Yamamoto


This Promotional CD was only available during the "Gyakuten Saiban Meets Orchestra LIVE 2008" concert. It was handed out after the show while the attendees were exiting the concert hall.
Album was composed by Masakazu Sugimori / Shu Takumi and was released on April 20, 2008. Soundtrack consists of 2 tracks tracks with duration over about 10 minutes. Album was released by Capcom.

CD 1

1
Loving Guitar's Serenade
04:13
2
Oo-edo Soldier Tonosaman's Song
03:05
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