Competition / Sega Rally Championship Complete

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Competition / Sega Rally Championship Complete
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Composed by Naofumi Hataya / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi / Tomoyuki Kawamura
Arranged by Takayuki Hijikata
Published by Futureland
Catalog number TYCY-5484
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 35 tracks
Release date February 7, 1996
Duration 00:45:43
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Overview

The Competition Sega Rally Championship Complete album features both Saturn and Arcade versions of a variety from each game. However, for the most part, there are many differences on each album. Initially Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and Tomoyuki Kawamura were responsible for the Arcade version, though the score was remixed, resynthed, and elaborated upon with Naofumi Hataya's Saturn version. How does the Sega sound team handle the original Sega Rally entry?

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The Arcade version is featured on the second half of the soundtrack. It features many shorter themes with a variety of styles. Present is an elaborate version of "Conditioned Reflex"; rather than just keeping with the rock theme, the Arcade version also throws in a nice bit of synth work as well, making it stand out against the shorter version heard in the Saturn version. "Desert Land" is a funky rock and synth lead composition with a nice energy. It drags on a bit, but the melody line is nice and there are some interesting percussion and piano additions. "Reckless Running" reminds me of Super Mario Kart in a way, mainly due to the focus on the synthesizer. There are some nice deep bass grooves as well as well as some electric guitar accents. Lastly, "Ignition" is a fantastic blend of jazz, techno, and rock influences, although the rock influence is definitely less prominent. It's one of my favorites on this album.

The first portion of the soundtrack is dedicated to the Sega Saturn soundtrack. Most of the themes are short once again, but there are a few more meatier compositions to be had. In addition, there are a number of remixes of themes present in the Arcade version. The most notable among these are the D.J. versions arranged by Takayuki Hijikata using streamed guitars. The series' staple "Conditioned Reflex" is present on the Saturn section and is a nice rockin' interpretation. It reminds me a lot of Guilty Gear in a way. The Saturn version of "My Dear Friend, Rally" is especially enjoyable too since it features the corny vocals also featured in the arranged album, though note it's a shortened interpretation.

As for Hataya's original compositions, The Replay themes are definitely worth checking out. Each one starts with a small voice addition describing you'll be viewing replay data. From there, each one goes into its own musical direction. The "Desert Replay" track fuses some nice synth, rock, jazz, and electronica influences to create an engaging theme that isn't too hardcore and isn't too soft. "Forest Replay" is definitely a lot jazzier, with some nice percussion lines that really help move the track along. The best parts are definitely the flute and guitar passages, giving a nice atmosphere to the theme. "Mountain Replay" is a more electronically focused piece of music with a nice rock influence as well. The electric guitar really makes this theme shine and it's probably my favorite of the replay themes. The solo is strong and the combination of rock and synth make for a pleasurable listen. Lastly, the "Lakeside Replay" is another electronically focused theme and includes some interesting synth effects as well as a strong jazz influence. It also reminds me a bit of something you'd hear in Super Mario Kart, although not as playful.

Summary

This release is interesting in the fact that it contains both the Saturn and Arcade versions of the soundtrack. However, many of the themes are quite short whereas the developed ones, like those mentioned above, stand out for their development and length. For a collector, I'd definitely recommend it, as it does feature a lot of themes. However, for those looking for some meat to their purchases, this one is a little lean. What is there, though, is quite pleasant.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Don Kotowski

Saturn Side: 1 - 21
Arcade Side: 22 - 35

Composition:
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (1, 3, 10, 11, 16, 19, 21, 22, 24~29)
Naofumi Hataya (2, 4~8, 12, 20)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & Tomoyuki Kawamura (34)

Producer: Yukifumi Makino (Sega), Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Sega), Kazuhiko Inomata (Youmex)
Director: Tatsuya Kozaki
Music Composer: Naofumi Hataya (Sega), Takenobu Mitsuyoshi (Sega), Tomoyuki Kawamura (Sega)
Arrangement & Guitars (#1.#3.#11.#16.#19.#21): Takayuki Hijikata
Voice: Julian Bamford
Reording Engineer: Naoyuki Machida (Sega)
Mastering Engineer: Yo-Ichi Aikawa (Toshiba Emi)
Art Direction & Design: Shiro Kinemura (Sega)
Special Thanks to: Sega Rally Championship Team, Haruki Nakayama (Sega), Norio Otani (Sega Music Inc.)

ISBN: 4-988006-130760
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From in-game credits:

Arcade Version:
- Music
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

- Sound Effects & Music
Tomoyuki Kawamura


Saturn Version:
- Sound Producer
Yukifumi Makino

- Sound Director
Tatsuya Kouzaki

- Music Composer
Naofumi Hataya

- Sound Effects
Seiroh Okamoto, Tatsuya Kouzaki

- Sound Programmers
Naomi Yamamoto
Tadahiko Inoue
Yoshiaki Kashima

- Music Composed By (Original Sound Track)
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

- Sound Produced By (Original Sound Track)
Takayuki Hijikata

- Written By ('My Dear Friend, Rally')
Kenneth Ibrahim
Tetsuya Mizuguchi


PS2 Version:
- Music & Sound Effects
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Tomoyuki Kawamura

- Sound Programmer
Yuichi UeDA
Album was composed by Naofumi Hataya / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi / Tomoyuki Kawamura and was released on February 7, 1996. Soundtrack consists of 35 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by Futureland.

CD 1

1
GETTING MUDDY ~ D.J.
00:35
2
MODE SELECT
01:27
3
CONDITIONED REFLEX
01:06
4
ARCADE SELECT
01:04
5
DESERT REPLAY ~evaluation~
03:45
6
FOREST REPLAY ~evaluation~
02:53
7
MOUNTAIN REPLAY ~evaluation~
03:17
8
LAKE SIDE REPLAY
02:49
9
PUT UP A SIGN
00:13
10
POWER GAMES
00:57
11
RECKLESS RUNNING ~ D.J.
01:19
12
RESULT
01:07
13
MY DEAR FRIEND, RALLY (Saturn Version)
01:04
14
END OF ROAD MONACO
00:10
15
FANFARE
00:12
16
DESERT LAND<D.J.
01:18
17
GAME OVER YEAH!
00:10
18
AROUND A LETTER
01:04
19
IGNITION
01:11
20
ENDING DEMO
00:21
21
MY DEAR FRIEND, RALLY
01:03
22
POWER GAMES
00:59
23
JUDGEMENT
00:37
24
CONDITIONED REFLEX
03:03
25
DESERT LAND
02:15
26
GETTING MUDDY
01:34
27
MY DEAR FRIEND, RALLY
01:33
28
RECKLESS RUNNING
02:41
29
IGNITION
03:18
30
END OF ROAD MONACO
00:10
31
FANFARE
00:10
32
GAME OVER YEAH!
00:07
33
AROUND A LETTER
00:56
34
WELCOME TO SEGA RALLY
01:07
35
PUT UP A SIGN
00:08
30.04.12
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