2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha Original Soundtrack

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2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Asei Kobayashi / Columbia Music Entertainment / Eri Shingyoji / Hiroaki Serizawa / Johann Strauss II / Kenichi Sudo / Kouhei Tanaka / Michiaki Watanabe / Miki Matsubara / Minami Takayama / Mitsuo Hagita / Satoshi Kadokura / Shigeaki Saegusa / Shunsuke Kikuchi / Tachio Akano / Takeo Watanabe / Tetsuya Komuro / Yohgo Kohno / Yoko Kanno
Arranged by Yohgo Kohno
Published by Lantis
Catalog number LACA-9025~6
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 78 tracks
Release date May 21, 2003
Duration 01:56:09
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Overview

Banpresto's ever-expanding robot saga continued in 2003 with 2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha for the PlayStation 2. The soundtrack for the game, created by the three-person team at Salamander Factory, was commemorated with a complete album release by Lantis divided distinctly into two halves. While a bigger soundtrack, is it necessarily better than its predecessor?

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Once again, JAM Project lead the score for 2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha with two theme songs. In what has become a recurring trend for the series, the opening track "Skill" is cut cripplingly short in the game animation and soundtrack release, left exclusive to the single. What is given is nevertheless quite catchy with its 'call and response' vocal passages and dramatic rock accompaniment. The ending theme "Forever & Ever", while not the full version, clocks in at a respectable 2:39. There is creative use of both the male and female vocalists here. Indeed, whereas some parts of the song resemble a romantic duet, others are closer to a rock anthem. Unfortunately, though, the song comes across as a bit disjointed overall despite its touching moments.

Aside the opening song, the first disc of the soundtrack is entirely dedicated to arrangements of anime theme songs. There are a mixture of new arrangements and rehashed arrangements here, and the two types are readily distinguishable due to synth differences. From the Gundam series, "Silent Voice" is near-identical to its rendition on the original Alpha. The tracks have been slightly remastered, but still sound just as uninspiring with its feeble synth lead and dated pop accompaniment. Taken from the same series, "Sally" follows the anthemic brassy format of many theme song arrangements elsewhere. Yet the trumpet this time sounds much more real and the classically-oriented accompaniment. There is at last some progress, but it's a real pity that the team did such a lazy job with the rehashed pieces.

In terms of theme song selections, the choices here are considerably more extensive than those in Super Robot Taisen Alpha. Between the typical additions from the Mazinger titles and Robot Romance Trilogy, there is a much more fleshed-out selection of Gundam favourites. Furthermore, there are some debuts that introduce a new sound to the series. Aside the quirky introductory theme, the selections from Kohei Tanaka's King of Braves GaoGaiGar have a tense orchestral feeling, serving almost as a prelude to some original tracks featured in the main soundtrack. "In My Dream" from Brain Powered provides some of the most sentimental moments on the disc, while the somewhat underdeveloped "Ephemera" is a downright strange ending. A special mention is also warranted for GoShogun for bring a touch of Johann Strauss Jr.

The second disc of the soundtrack is dedicated to the original compositions created for 2nd Super Robot Taisen Alpha. Some of the additions here bridge the gap with the anime theme arrangements. For example, there are some enjoyable new remixes of existing themes such as "Trombe", "Ace Attacker", and "My Rival" that mostly continue the upbeat focus. In addition, there are some original compositions with an anime-inspired sound. "To that Blue Sky" is particularly anthemic with its bright youthful melody and energetic rock accompaniment, going on to receive an arrangement in 3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha. "The Sword That Cleaves Evil" takes things one step further and is a fantastic theme to represent the honorable demeanour of Sanger Zonvolt. It's excellent how the team at Salamander Factory are able to create such old-school themes while still expressing their individuality.

For the most part, however, the original compositions tend to be more dramatic than those in the first disc. Right from the dark cinematic orchestrations "The Guardian of Earth" and "100 Travelling at Night", the team reflect that an epic saga is about to unfold. Perhaps the most impressive feature of such additions is the amount of intricacy contained within the synthetic orchestrations. Even shorter tracks such as "Antagonistic Visitors", "Alpha Numbers", and "Custos" show great attention to detail, making them much more dramatic in context and entertaining outside it. Though the soundtrack doesn't quite attain such a balanced dramatic arch as other Super Robot Taisen albums, the collective additions make for a very rich listening experience.

Summary

The anime theme song disc is a mixed bag, due to the bizarre combination of rehashes and new arrangements, but is quite a wholesome selection overall. The original compositions, however, are the main highlight and there are some especially attractive action pieces and cinematic orchestrations. While not the best soundtrack in the series, it is a clear progression from its predecessor that is enjoyable both in and out of context.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Chris Greening

SKILL - Opening Theme
Composition: Kenichi Sudo / Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno / Vocals: JAM Project / Lyrics: Hironobu Kageyama

FOREVER & EVER - Ending Theme
Composition & Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno / Vocals: JAM Project / Lyrics: Hironobu Kageyama

1.02~37: anime songs
Mazinger Z: 2, 3
Mazinkaiser: 4*
Great Mazinger: 5
Getter Robo: 6
Steel Jeeg: 7
Great Sky Demon Dragon Gaiking: 8
Choudenji Robo Combattler V: 9
Choudenji Machine Voltes V: 10
Toushou Daimos: 11, 12
The Unchallengeable Daitarn 3: 13
GoShogun: 14, 15
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: 16, 17
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: 18, 19
Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack: 20~22
Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory: 23, 24
Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz: 25
Mobile Suit Gundam F91: 26~28
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar: 29~34
Brain Powerd: 35~37

* The booklet incorrectly credits track 4 to Mazinger Z.

Composition:
Michiaki Watanabe: 2~5, 7
Shunsuke Kikuchi: 6, 8, 11
Asei Kobayashi: 9, 10
Columbia Music Entertainment: 12
Takeo Watanabe: 13
Tachio Akano: 14
Johann Strauss II: 15
Shigeaki Saegusa: 16, 17, 20, 21
Hiroaki Serizawa: 18, 19
Tetsuya Komuro: 22
Miki Matsubara: 23
Mitsuo Hagita: 24
Minami Takayama: 25
Satoshi Kadokura: 26~28
Kouhei Tanaka: 29~34
Eri Shingyoji: 35
Yoko Kanno: 36, 37

2.01~40: original BGM

Album was composed by Asei Kobayashi / Columbia Music Entertainment / Eri Shingyoji / Hiroaki Serizawa / Johann Strauss II / Kenichi Sudo / Kouhei Tanaka / Michiaki Watanabe / Miki Matsubara / Minami Takayama / Mitsuo Hagita / Satoshi Kadokura / Shigeaki Saegusa / Shunsuke Kikuchi / Tachio Akano / Takeo Watanabe / Tetsuya Komuro / Yohgo Kohno / Yoko Kanno and was released on May 21, 2003. Soundtrack consists of 78 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Lantis.

CD 1

1
SKILL (Game Ver.)
00:45
2
Into Space, Mazinger Z!
Michiaki Watanabe
01:15
3
Theme of Z
Michiaki Watanabe
01:09
4
Mazinkaiser
Michiaki Watanabe
01:23
5
I Am Great Mazinger
Michiaki Watanabe
01:00
6
Getter Robo!
Shunsuke Kikuchi
01:10
7
Steel Jeeg's Song
Michiaki Watanabe
01:06
8
Great Sky Demon Dragon Gaiking
Shunsuke Kikuchi
01:15
9
Theme of Combattler V
Asei Kobayashi
00:59
10
Song of Voltes V
Asei Kobayashi
01:08
11
Stand! Battle Commander Daimos
Shunsuke Kikuchi
01:16
12
Transformation Scene
Columbia Music Entertainment
01:29
13
Come Here! Daitarn 3
Takeo Watanabe
01:16
14
Go Forth, GoShogun
Tachio Akano
01:31
15
The Beautiful Blue Danube
Johann Strauss II
04:22
16
Run Through Space ~ Zeta Activates
Shigeaki Saegusa
01:11
17
Fleet Battle
Shigeaki Saegusa
01:10
18
Anime Ja Nai
Hiroaki Serizawa
02:02
19
Silent Voice
Hiroaki Serizawa
01:38
20
SALLY
Shigeaki Saegusa
01:06
21
COMBAT
Shigeaki Saegusa
01:36
22
BEYOND THE TIME
Tetsuya Komuro
02:16
23
MEN OF DESTINY
Miki Matsubara
01:51
24
FEINT OPERATION
Mitsuo Hagita
01:33
25
LAST IMPRESSION
Minami Takayama
04:09
26
To the New Space
Satoshi Kadokura
01:24
27
From F91 Gundam Sortie
Satoshi Kadokura
01:11
28
Final Confrontation
Satoshi Kadokura
01:16
29
The King of Braves Is Born!
Kouhei Tanaka
01:40
30
Launch
Kouhei Tanaka
01:26
31
Final Fusion
Kouhei Tanaka
00:43
32
Dividing Driver
Kouhei Tanaka
01:23
33
Hell & Heaven
Kouhei Tanaka
00:31
34
Goldion Hammer
Kouhei Tanaka
01:20
35
IN MY DREAM
Eri Shingyoji
01:55
36
Ground Zero
Yoko Kanno
01:22
37
Ephemera
Yoko Kanno
00:47

CD 2

1
BANPRESTO! Ver.α II
00:10
2
THE GUARDIAN OF EARTH
01:38
3
THE FELLOWSHIP
01:23
4
Swords, Gather
00:13
5
100 Travelling at Night
02:07
6
RISK OF MY LIFE
02:05
7
For the Sake of This Star's Tomorrow
01:55
8
Justice Is With Us
02:20
9
BEATING WITH PERIL
01:17
10
The God of War Calls Forth Flames
00:58
11
WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS
02:02
12
PULL THE STRINGS
01:24
13
Detestable Visitor
00:54
14
ALPHA NUMBERS
01:41
15
PLEASE FEEL FREE
01:19
16
Sword That Severs Evil
01:13
17
To That Blue Sky
01:08
18
ACE ATTACKER Ver.W
01:19
19
Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart
01:04
20
Sword-Soul-One-Strike
01:42
21
My Rival
01:16
22
WILD FLUG
01:32
23
Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart Ver.H
01:12
24
Trombe!
01:22
25
WOMAN THE COOL SPY
01:26
26
ACE ATTACKER
01:19
27
Trombe! Ver.R
01:22
28
CUSTOS
01:24
29
TRINITY IDOL
01:26
30
TWIN ICON
02:23
31
STRONG WILL
01:38
32
Memory, an Unreachable Thing
02:06
33
Breath of a God
01:38
34
A Moment With You
01:05
35
FORGOTTEN TEMPLE
01:28
36
For the Sake of the Day We Meet Again
01:34
37
Now Go, To Our Battlefield
02:42
38
Land of Baral
02:30
39
SKILL Ver.α II
01:21
40
GAME OVER
00:20
41
FOREVER & EVER (OST Ver.)
02:39
30.04.12
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