Shin Super Robot Taisen ~ Powerful Music Battle II

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Shin Super Robot Taisen ~ Powerful Music Battle II
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Composed by Atsushi Migaki / Mitsuhiko Takano
Arranged by Kakumi Nishigomi / Takaaki Yasuoka
Published by Kitty Records
Catalog number KTCR-1423
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 43 tracks
Release date January 25, 1997
Duration 01:13:06
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Overview

Shin Super Robot Taisen was released for the PlayStation in late 1996 and its album release Shin Super Robot Taisen Powerful Music Battle II was published just a month later. The name of the album itself a little confusing, since it isn't a second album for the game, but rather named after the 4th Super Robot Taisen Powerful Music Battle which features the music from the separate 1995 Super Famicom game 4th Super Robot Taisen. Putting the confusion regards the naming of the album to one side, the album features the original in-game music composed by Atsushi Migaki and Mitsuhiko Takano, alongside a few arranged themes too.

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The album starts off with a selection of arranged themes from Kakumi Nishigomi and Takaaki Yasuoka. The vocal arrangements of "Everywhere You Go" and "Psychic Energy" are fairly hit and miss, but certainly give different takes on the original themes, and feature a decent selection of instruments. The four other arranged tracks are much more enjoyable though, with each theme having their own unique sections: "The Firebird" features a gorgeous saxophone line, the comically named "Get the Funk Out" has some suitably styled electronic synth, "The Opened Door is beautifully orchestrated, and "Star Emblem" features some otherworldly synth and intriguing vocals. Out of these themes, Nishigomi's "Star Emblem" is actually the most striking, probably due to the fact that it's something which we expect to hear on a game music soundtrack even now, many years down the road after the release of this album. The synth used helps to conjure up an amazing spacey atmosphere and moreover the simple development that the track receives makes it an ambient, but gripping, track.

In regard to the original additions on the album, they are very different to Noboru Yamane and Shinichi Tanaka's contributions to 4th Super Robot Taisen, with the most obvious difference being the style and greater strength of the synth sounds used. The majority of these tracks are very good too, with the best themes taking forms not so far off power pop or power rock. "Everywhere you Go," "Killer Bee," and "In Chains" are the best of these, for the reasons that they all seem to exude their own unique atmosphere, despite being produced through different styles. Out of this selection, "Everywhere you Go" is a favourite of mine, maybe due to the fact that the synth vocals and mad bass featured remind me a lot of Koji Hayama's contributions later in the series.

Alongside these, the album also has a some other decent themes, which are mostly upbeat. "Love Faraway," "Flying in the Sky," and "A Blazing Will to Fight ~ Crossing Over an Awful Destiny" are probably the best examples of these, each featuring gentler synth to what can be heard elsewhere on the album. They're all among the arranged versions of famous tracks from various mecha animes. Out of this selection, "Flying in the Sky" is probably one that you might want to avoid if you aren't in the mood for an extremely upbeat theme, and rather, you'd probably more enjoy listening to the less energetic "Love Faraway." Overall, these themes aren't as well executed as the likes of "Just Communication" or "Everywhere you Go," but are good listens nonetheless.

Summary

The album does feature a number of other respectable tracks, and just like its predecessor, it turns out to be a nice musical journey. This album is in fact more listenable, with the fact that it has a larger ratio of original themes to anime tracks, which tend to be a little less enjoyable. Shin Super Robot Taisen Powerful Music Battle II is a worthy purchase and is one of the series' better early soundtracks. Go and hunt it down!



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Original Music: Atsushi Migaki (WINKY SOFT), Mitsuhiko Takano (WINKY SOFT)
Arranger: Kakumi Nishigomi (Bard) (1, 5, 6), Takaaki Yasuoka (Bard) (2, 3, 4)

Everywhere You Go (Arrange Vocal Version)
Composition/Lyrics: Atsushi Migaki
Arrangement: Kakumi Nishigomi
Vocals: Takaaki Yasuoka

Psychic Energy (Arrange Vocal Version)
Composition: Atsushi Migaki
Arrangement: Takaaki Yasuoka
Vocals: Kaori Yano
Lyrics: Takanobu Terada

Musicians:
Takaaki Yasuoka: synth programming, background vocals, lead vocals on "Everywhere You Go"
Kakumi Nishigomi: synth programming, electric bass
Shinichi Iwai: guitars
Noboru Saito (斎藤昇): sax
Kaori Yano: lead and background vocals on "Psychic Energy"
Album was composed by Atsushi Migaki / Mitsuhiko Takano and was released on January 25, 1997. Soundtrack consists of 43 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Kitty Records.

CD 1

1
Everywhere You Go (Arrange Vocal Version)
04:20
2
Psychic Energy (Arrange Vocal Version)
04:06
3
Bird of Fire (Arrange Version)
03:36
4
Get The Funk Out (Arrange Version)
03:14
5
The Opened Door (Arrange Version)
04:21
6
Star Emblem (Arrange Version)
04:41
7
Love, Faraway
01:31
8
Great Sky Demon Dragon Gaiking
01:15
9
Getter Robo!
01:09
10
JUST COMMUNICATION
01:03
11
FLYING IN THE SKY
01:35
12
A Blazing Will to Fight ~ Crossing Over an Awful Destiny
01:09
13
My Heart is as a Polished Mirror and Still Water ~ Heavy Palms are Burning
01:03
14
Like Melos ~ LONELY WAY
01:42
15
Mazinger Z
01:02
16
V Gundam
00:57
17
Brave Raideen
01:12
18
Theme of Trider G7
01:12
19
Song of Voltes V
01:08
20
STAND UP TO THE VICTORY
01:16
21
Everywhere You Go
01:23
22
Bird of Fire
01:12
23
The Opened Door
01:17
24
Silver Wind
00:55
25
Star Emblem
02:31
26
Galaxy Surfer
00:56
27
Psychic Energy
01:40
28
Blue Labyrinth
01:00
29
Iron Rose
01:40
30
Overflowing Affection
02:06
31
Variable Formation
01:20
32
Get The Funk Out
01:12
33
Hell Fire
01:15
34
Kurayame de Bikkuri!! (Shout In The Dark)
01:05
35
Killer Bee
02:29
36
Codename Viper
01:38
37
No Way!
01:08
38
In Chains
00:59
39
When Night Turns to Rust
00:55
40
Invisible
00:47
41
Castle of Sand
02:12
42
To the Distant Place
00:59
43
Legend
00:55
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