Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection ~ Robonation.1

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Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection ~ Robonation.1
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Composed by Asei Kobayashi / Kazuya Amikura / Michiaki Watanabe / Neil Sedaka / Shinichi Tanaka / Shunsuke Kikuchi / Tachio Akano / Takeshi Ike / Yoshifumi Ushima
Arranged by Hideaki Nakaji / Shiro Sasaki / Yohgo Kohno
Published by first smile
Catalog number FSCA-10004
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 12 tracks
Release date May 16, 1997
Duration 00:39:11
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Overview

The first halves of most Super Robot Taisen soundtrack releases tend to be dominated by instrumental arrangements of famous anime theme songs. The main purpose of the Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection is to restore the vocals and reflect what the original themes were like. Expect to hear songs from franchises such as Mazinger, Gundam, and Getter Robo in their ancient glory. It's time for some silliness...

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The selection here is mostly dominated by performances by Ichiro Mizuki, the king of the rather exclusive kingdom of anison. His half-operatic, half-poppy vocals appear in the majority of the selections here and inject plenty of life into the source melodies. The themes from the Mazinger series tend to be the most annoying aspect of the old-school Super Robot Taisen soundtracks with their nonsensical brass leads and synth leads. They're much more enjoyable in their original forms here, with Ichiro Mizuki's charismatic and varied treatment of the melody, and the authentic jazz accompaniment. "Mazinger Z" is a fun, bouncy way to open the album, while "I Am Great Mazinger" features very cute children's backing singers. They're select tastes, certainly, but not abominations like some of their instrumental counterparts.

The theme arrangements in the Super Robot Taisen series generally suffered from near-identical arrangements in the past and this is, in part, due to the source material. The songs featured here are uniformly dominated by similarly shaped upbeat melodies and superficial jazz-oriented accompaniment. That said, the originals are a little more entertaining en masse due to the use of different vocal styles and vocalists, rather than hideous brass synth throughout. A particularly enjoyable feature is the use of female vocalist MIO to interpret two of the slightly deeper entries in the album, "Fly, Dunbine" and "To the Star of Water With Love". Likewise, Hironobu Kageyama's performance on "Burning Love" injects a contrasting rocking feel to the otherwise feathery album, serving as a prelude to some of JAM Project's work.

While most of the source material is mecha animes, there is one original vocal arrangement at the start of the album. Masaki's character theme "Scirocco! Gale! Cybuster" receives an upbeat J-Rock arrangement featuring a duet between Hironobu Kageyama and Ichiro Mizuki. Surprisingly, this arrangement isn't that enjoyable despite the strength of the original melody and the decent vocal performances. The rock work just sounds too cookie-cutter, with overly abrasive and repetitive rhythm guitar riffs and tagged-on electric guitar solos. There are better renditions in the main soundtracks.

Summary

This album is a decent compilation of mecha anime theme songs. It's interesting to revisit the source material of the various theme song arrangements featured in the Super Robot Taisen franchise and, generally, it is comforting; for the most part, the originals are more enjoyable due to the more expressive vocals, greater emotional range, and more authentic instrumentation. That said, most of the music featured here sounds pretty old and Ichiro Mizuki's vocals are definitely a select, arguably dubious, taste. Most can safely skip the album unless they're feeling curious or nostalgic.



Album
6/10

Music in game
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Game
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Chris Greening

01 Composition: Shinichi Tanaka / Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki, Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Maiko Tanaka, Masahiro Koizumi
02 Composition: Michiaki Watanabe / Arrangement: Shiro Sasaki, Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Fumihiko Azuma (東文彦)
03 Composition: Michiaki Watanabe / Arrangement: Shiro Sasaki, Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Kazuo Koike (小池一夫)
04 Composition: Shunsuke Kikuchi / Arrangement: Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Go Nagai
05 Composition: Asei Kobayashi / Arrangement: Shiro Sasaki, Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
06 Composition: Michiaki Watanabe / Arrangement: Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Susumu Takaku (高久進)
07 Composition: Kazuya Amikura / Arrangement: Shiro Sasaki, Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: MIO / Lyrics: Rin Iogi
08 Composition: Tachio Akano / Arrangement: Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Toyohisa Araki
09 Composition: Takeshi Ike / Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Goro Matsui
10 Composition: Yoshifumi Ushima / Arrangement: Yohgo Kohno / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Yoshifumi Ushima
11 Composition: Neil Sedaka / Arrangement: Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: MIO / Lyrics: Masao Urino
12 Composition: Michiaki Watanabe / Arrangement: Shiro Sasaki, Hideaki Nakaji / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Kazuo Koike

Musicians
Guitar: Hiroaki Matsuzawa (松澤浩明), Akio Minami
Bass: Getao Takahashi (高橋ゲタ夫), Koichi Kamimura (上村功一)
Drums: Setsu Fujii, Shinsuke Sasai (笹井新介)
Piano: Yasuaki Maejima (前島康明)
Keyboard: Yohgo Kohno
Percussion: Kosmas Kapitza (コスマス・カピッツァ), Gen Ogimi
Chorus: Apple Pie (Kayoko Hirayama, Sayuri Yoshida, Saeko Sugiyama), The Kinds (Watari Sasuga, Hiroshi Tsunemi, Hideki Waga, Ichiro Kono)

Tropical Jazz Big Band ~Brass Section~
Trumpets: Shiro Sasaki, Masanori Suzuki, Futoshi Kobayashi, Sho Okumura
Trombones: Hideaki Nakaji, Taisei Aoki
Bass Trombone: Kan Nishida
Alto Sax: Kazuhiko Kondo, Yoshinari Takegami
Tenor Sax: Mantell Nonoda
Baritone Sax: Dairo Miyamoto
Album was composed by Asei Kobayashi / Kazuya Amikura / Michiaki Watanabe / Neil Sedaka / Shinichi Tanaka / Shunsuke Kikuchi / Tachio Akano / Takeshi Ike / Yoshifumi Ushima and was released on May 16, 1997. Soundtrack consists of 12 tracks tracks with duration over about 40 minutes. Album was released by first smile.

CD 1

1
Scirocco! Gale! Cybuster (Cybuster)
03:48
2
Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z)
01:49
3
I Am Great Mazinger (Great Mazinger)
02:34
4
Getter Robo! (Getter Robo)
03:07
5
Theme of Combattler V (Choudenji Robo Combattler V)
02:55
6
Into Space, Mazinger Z! (Mazinger Z)
02:58
7
Fly, Dunbine (Seisenshi Dunbine)
04:18
8
Go Forth, GoShogun! (Sengoku Majin GoShogun)
03:01
9
Burning Love (Choujou Kishin Dancouga)
03:38
10
FLYING IN THE SKY (Kidou Butouden G Gundam)
04:22
11
To the Star of Water With Love (Kidou Senshi Z Gundam)
03:24
12
My Mazinger Z (Mazinger Z)
03:17
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