3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha -To the End of the Galaxy- Original Soundtrack

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In 2005, Banpresto finished a trilogy of mech battling games in style with 3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha: The End of the Galaxy. A team led by Takuya Hanaoka put all their effort into the soundtrack for the game, creating a humungous 141 tracks in total. Offering a mixture of original vocal themes, anime and classic arrangements, and brand new instrumental compositions, the soundtrack spans a very diverse range of mood, styles, and material. Does it provide the definitive end the subseries deserves?

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Once again, JAM Project headline the soundtrack for 3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha with two theme songs. The opening theme "Gong" is only presented in a short version on this release and listeners will have to check out their single or vocal compilation to hear the full version. What's offered here is promising, combining melodramatic vocal passages with elevating rock and orchestral accompaniment. In fact, it is highly reminiscent of some of the music of Malice Mizer. The ending theme is also shortened here, but the two minutes provided are still quite wholesome. Another typical JAM Project song, it opens in a balladic format with soft female vocals and unobstrusive new age instrumentals, before moving into a more motivating ensemble passage. Overall, a special way to end the game.

In terms of quality, there isn't always a significant improvement in the intricacy of the arrangements or the quality of the synth since 2nd Super Robot Taisen 2nd. The ensemble brass sound used to interpret the melodies on most of the Mazinger and Getter Robo selections is as obnoxious as ever and pales to Ichiro Mizuki's performances on the vocal collections. However, at least all these tracks have been resynthed this time to attain a consistent quality, after their mixed treatment earlier in the franchise. Plenty of the other selections on the first disc adhere to typical mecha anime tradition, such as the additions from Yoshiyuki Tomino's numerous animes or Tadao Nagahama's Robot Romance Trilogy. They deserve a place on the game and soundtrack, given their historical importance, but are still quite blaring and superficial.

Thankfully, the anime selection extends beyond these staples into quite a few other series that offer a wider range of music. The Gundam selection is a diverse bunch, encompassing dramatic orchestral epics like Z's "Fleet Battle" and electrifying action themes like Seed's "Gundam Sortie", between the more typical pieces. Much of the second disc of the album is dedicated to Macross 7's soundtrack and tracks such as "Try Again", "My Friends", and "Planet Dance" bring a more mainstream-targeted rock sound to the album, while still having an upbeat and catchy aura. The King of Braves GaoGaiGar also receives a generous commemoration and Kohei Tanaka's orchestral compositions like "Dividing Driver" are easily among the most serious and impacting on the soundtrack. There's even a surprise dedication to Sega's Virtual-On series at the end too.

The last two discs of the soundtrack are dedicated to the original music that Takuya Hanaoka and company created for 3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha. As the game was actually intended to concluded the Alpha trilogy, there are actually a fair number of retrospective tracks. Favourites such as "Ace Attacker", "Trombe!", and "Time Diver" receive exciting rock-based arrangements here that bring out all the flair of the original melodies. There are also intense orchestrations of "Omnipotent Mediator", "Abominable Visitor", and "100 Travelling at Night" that make an enormous impact in context and benefit from various synth enhancements. There are also curious orchestrations of "Skill" and "Gong" at select points in the soundtrack that present the melodies in a refreshing new context. The latter, used during the final battle, will be especially delightful for fans of JAM Project.

Despite the huge amount of commemorations featured on this soundtrack, there is plenty of completely original material too. After all, there are 70 pieces of music on the last two discs alone. Salamander Factory continue to impress with vast and detailed orchestrations like the heroic "Union is Strength", "Risk of My Life" and "My Righteousness". Though somewhat lighter than earlier Alpha soundtracks, there are also jaw-droppingly dark additions too, such as the modernist-inspired "Gospel of the Imperial Soul", electro-tinged "Existence Becomes Nought for a Spirit", and, with its Front Mission 3 vibes, "Gate to Target Shots". A special mention is also deserved for "The Soul of Alpha", an impressively produced and truly entertaining fusion theme from Koji Hayama that capture most positive feelings associated with the Super Robot Taisen.

Summary

Clearly, 3rd Super Robot Taisen Alpha is the musical culmination of the Alpha subseries in terms of both quantity and quality. Furthermore, the presentation fo this soundtrack across four discs is much more exuberant than the troublesome soundtrack releases of earlier instalments. The soundtracks for MX, Z, and Original Generations are probably more impressive than this one in terms of intricacy and diversity. However, this album captures the spirit of Super Robot Taisen the best while still pushing various musical and technical boundaries and offering numerous surprises. Highly recommended.



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Music Composed by
   Salamander Factory (Naofumi Tsuruyama, Takuya Hanaoka, Takahiro Kamikawa, Yasufumi Fukuda)
   Koji Hayama
   Michiaki Watanabe

GONG (Game ver.) (opening theme song)
   Music: Yohgo Kohno, Hironobu Kageyama
   Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno
   Strings Arrangement: Kenichi Sudo
   Song: JAM Project
   Additional Vocal: Ricardo Cruz
   Lyric: Hironobu Kageyama

Brother in Faith (OST ver.) (ending theme song)
   Music: Hironobu Kageyama
   Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno
   Song: JAM Project
   Lyric: Masami Okui

Tracks 1.02~36 and 2.01~32 are originally from anime:
   Mazinger Z: 1.02, 1.03
   Mazinkaiser: 1.04 (credited in the booklet as being from Mazinger Z)
   Great Mazinger: 1.05
   Getter Robo: 1.06
   Steel Jeeg: 1.07, 1.08
   Great Sky Demon Dragon Gaiking: 1.09
   Brave Raideen: 1.10
   Choudenji Robo Combattler V: 1.11
   Choudenji Machine Voltes V: 1.12
   Toushou Daimos: 1.13
   Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3: 1.14
   Sengoku Majin GoShogun: 1.15, 1.16
   Dancouga - Super Beast Machine God: 1.17, 1.18
   Space Runaway Ideon: 1.19~21
   Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: 1.22~24
   Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: 1.25, 1.26
   Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack: 1.27, 1.28
   Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory: 1.29
   Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz: 1.30
   Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: 1.31~33
   The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?: 1.34~36
   Macross Plus: 2.01, 2.02
   Macross 7: 2.03~10
   Gunbuster: 2.11~13
   Neon Genesis Evangelion: 2.14~19
   The End of Evangelion: 2.20
   The King of Braves GaoGaiGar: 2.21~29
   The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final: 2.30~32

Anime composers:
   Michiaki Watanabe: 1.02~5, 1.07, 1.08
   Shunsuke Kikuchi: 1.06, 1.09, 1.13
   Akihiro Komori: 1.10
   Asei Kobayashi: 1.11, 1.12
   Takeo Watanabe: 1.14
   Tachio Akano: 1.15
   Johann Strauss II: 1.16
   Tetsuya Furumoto (古本鉄也): 1.17
   Osamu Totsuka (戸塚修), Takeshi Ike: 1.18
   Koichi Sugiyama: 1.19~21
   Shigeaki Saegusa: 1.22~24, 1.26, 1.28
   Hiroaki Serizawa: 1.25
   Tetsuya Komuro: 1.27
   Miki Matsubara: 1.29
   Minami Takayama: 1.30
   Toshihiko Sahashi: 1.31
   Daisuke Asakura: 1.32
   y@suo ohtani: 1.33
   Kentaro Haneda: 1.34, 1.35
   Kazuhiko Kato: 1.36
   Yoko Kanno: 2.01
   CMJK: 2.02
   Hideki Sudou (須藤英樹): 2.03, 2.05
   Junki Kawauchi: 2.04, 2.10
   Yoshiki Fukuyama: 2.06~8
   Miki Kawano (川野美紀): 2.09
   Kouhei Tanaka: 2.11~13, 2.21~32
   Shiro Sagisu: 2.14~17, 2.19, 2.20
   Ludwig van Beethoven: 2.18

Tracks 2.33~35 are originally from games (all composed by Kentaro Kobayashi):
   Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Oratorio Tangram: 2.33
   Cyber Troopers Virtual-On Marz: 2.34, 2.35

Album was composed by Akihiro Komori / Asei Kobayashi / CMJK / Daisuke Asakura / Hideki Sudou / Hiroaki Serizawa / Hironobu Kageyama / Johann Strauss II / Junki Kawauchi / Kazuhiko Kato / Kentaro Haneda / Kentaro Kobayashi / Koichi Sugiyama / Koji Hayama / Kouhei Tanaka / Ludwig van Beethoven / Michiaki Watanabe / Miki Kawano / Miki Matsubara / Minami Takayama / Naofumi Tsuruyama / Osamu Totsuka / Shigeaki Saegusa / Shiro Sagisu / Shunsuke Kikuchi / Tachio Akano / Takahiro Kamikawa / Takeo Watanabe / Takeshi Ike / Takuya Hanaoka / Tetsuya Furumoto / Tetsuya Komuro / Toshihiko Sahashi / y@suo ohtani / Yasufumi Fukuda / Yohgo Kohno / Yoko Kanno / Yoshiki Fukuyama and was released on September 22, 2005. Soundtrack consists of 141 tracks tracks with duration over . Album was released by Lantis.

CD 1

1
GONG
2
Into Space, Mazinger Z!
Michiaki Watanabe
3
Theme of Z
Michiaki Watanabe
4
Mazinkaiser
Michiaki Watanabe
5
Tetsuya's Theme
Michiaki Watanabe
6
Getter Robo!
Shunsuke Kikuchi
7
Jeeg's Song and Dance
Michiaki Watanabe
8
Hiroshi's Theme
Michiaki Watanabe
9
Great Sky Demon Dragon Gaiking
Shunsuke Kikuchi
10
Brave Raideen
Akihiro Komori
11
Theme of Combattler V
Asei Kobayashi
12
Song of Voltes V
Asei Kobayashi
13
Stand! Battle Commander Daimos
Shunsuke Kikuchi
14
Come Here! Daitarn 3
Takeo Watanabe
15
GoShogun Takeoff!
Tachio Akano
16
The Beautiful Blue Donau
Johann Strauss II
17
Faraway Love
Tetsuya Furumoto
18
Red-Hot Anger
Osamu Totsuka
19
Top Chord (B-3)
Koichi Sugiyama
20
Overwhelming Force
Koichi Sugiyama
21
The Cosmos
Koichi Sugiyama
22
Run Through Space ~ Zeta Activates
Shigeaki Saegusa
23
Fleet Battle
Shigeaki Saegusa
24
Mobile Suits Game ~At War~
Shigeaki Saegusa
25
Silent Voice
Hiroaki Serizawa
26
Go! Double Zeta
Shigeaki Saegusa
27
BEYOND THE TIME
Tetsuya Komuro
28
MAIN TITLE
Shigeaki Saegusa
29
MEN OF DESTINY
Miki Matsubara
30
LAST IMPRESSION
Minami Takayama
31
GUNDAM Sortie
Toshihiko Sahashi
32
Invoke
Daisuke Asakura
33
Realize
y@suo ohtani
34
Fate's Arrow
Kentaro Haneda
35
Dog Fight
Kentaro Haneda
36
Do You Remember Love?
Kazuhiko Kato

CD 2

1
DOG FIGHT
Yoko Kanno
2
INFORMATION HIGH
CMJK
3
PLANET DANCE
Hideki Sudou
4
Lovely Heart Assault
Junki Kawauchi
5
HOLLY LONELY NIGHT
Hideki Sudou
6
POWER TO THE DREAM
Yoshiki Fukuyama
7
TRY AGAIN
Yoshiki Fukuyama
8
TRY AGAIN (Insto Cut Version)
Yoshiki Fukuyama
9
MY FRIENDS
Miki Kawano
10
SEVENTH MOON
Junki Kawauchi
11
Top o Nerae! ~FLY HIGH~
Kouhei Tanaka
12
All Ships Launch! (M30)
Kouhei Tanaka
13
Crisis (M17)
Kouhei Tanaka
14
DECISIVE BATTLE
Shiro Sagisu
15
A STEP FORWARD INTO TERROR
Shiro Sagisu
16
EVA-02
Shiro Sagisu
17
THE BEAST II
Shiro Sagisu
18
Symphony No. 9 D Minor Fourth Movement
Ludwig van Beethoven
19
Both of you, Dance Like You Want to Win!
Shiro Sagisu
20
Komm, süsser Tod/Come, Sweet Death
Shiro Sagisu
21
The King of Braves is Born!
Kouhei Tanaka
22
Launch!
Kouhei Tanaka
23
Final Fusion
Kouhei Tanaka
24
Dividing Driver
Kouhei Tanaka
25
Hell & Heaven
Kouhei Tanaka
26
Goldion Hammer
Kouhei Tanaka
27
Disk X
Kouhei Tanaka
28
Strong Hero Robo Force
Kouhei Tanaka
29
Beautiful Wings of Light
Kouhei Tanaka
30
The King of Braves is Born! Legend (Maisorojii) Version
Kouhei Tanaka
31
Genesic • Hell and Heaven
Kouhei Tanaka
32
Goldion Crusher
Kouhei Tanaka
33
The Wind is Blowing
34
In the Blue Sky
35
Burning muscles ~ Ichiban☆boshi

CD 3

1
Sword That Severs Evil
2
Sword • Soul • One • Strike
3
To that Blue Sky
4
My Rival
5
ACE ATTACKER Ver.W
6
WILD FLUG
7
Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart
8
Shooting Star, Cut the Night Apart Ver.H
9
ACE ATTACKER
10
Trombe !
11
WOMAN THE COOL SPY
12
Steel God of War
13
EVERYWHERE YOU GO
14
No More Fighting Spirit
15
Disease • Wind • God • Thunder
16
From the White Ground
17
Tenshou Ryuuko ~ My Rival
18
ANOTHER TIMEDIVER
19
THE GUN OF DIS
20
CRYING SURVIVOR
21
INVISIBLE AS.
22
CUSTOS
23
TRINITY IDOL
24
TWIN ICON
25
On My Own Baran Doban
26
ZEST SEVEN
27
CLOWN MASTER
28
Dancing Voluptuous Witch
29
To the End of the Galaxy
30
THE FELLOWSHIP
31
THE COMRADE
32
STRONG WILL
33
BEATING WITH PERIL
34
The God of War Calls Forth Flames
35
MAKE HASTE SLOWLY !

CD 4

1
EMETH TO METH
2
WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS
3
Memory, an Unreachable Thing
4
An Abyss
5
PULL THE STRINGS
6
Breath of a God
7
OF ONE ILL COME MANY
8
Your Move
9
FORGOTTEN TEMPLE
10
Someday I Might Meet You on a Sunny Day
11
THE SOUL OF ALPHA
12
Mediation of the Omnipotent
13
Existence Becomes Nought for a Spirit
14
Instead of "Sayonara"
15
Detestable Visitor
16
SKILL Ver.αII
17
100 Travelling at Night
18
RISK OF MY LIFE
19
Now Go, To Our Battlefield
20
Rose Garden
21
Roar of a God
22
Gate to Target Shots
23
THE ABYSS
24
UNION IS STRENGTH
25
Gospel of the Imperial Soul
26
GONG Ver.αIII
27
For the Sake of This Star's Tomorrow
28
My Righteousness
29
Sound the Gong!!
30
GAME OVER
31
ALPHA NUMBERS
32
ALPHA MEMORIES
33
PLEASE FEEL FREE
34
BANPRESTO! Ver.αIII
35
Brother in Faith
30.04.12
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