Perfect Collection Sorcerian Vol. 3

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Perfect Collection Sorcerian Vol. 3
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Composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK
Arranged by Makoto Matsushita / Mitsuo Hagita / Rei Atsumi / Ryo Yonemitsu / Takashi Saito / Takayuki Hijikata / Tomoyuki Asakawa / Yoshio Tsuru
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1039~40
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 28 tracks
Release date November 21, 1991
Duration 01:29:14
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Overview

The Sorcerian Perfect Collections are, for the most part, pretty darn good. While they lack the power rock that is present throughout the Ys Perfect Collections, they make up for it with plenty of great synth arrangements. They will really grow on you if given the chance, as their takes on the original music can vary from dead-on-similar to unrecognizable. That said, Vol. 3 is easily the weakest in the series, although on its own, it's a decent album.

Body

As per the usual, this set contains two discs. Disc One is the special arranged disc, containing arrangements for the last 19 tracks in the 58 track score. Disc Two contains vocal, new age, and special arranged takes on the score. Ryo Yonemitsu kicks in with Sorcerian Megamix #3, although apparently, he had little to do with the rest of the arrangements (he did most of the arrangements for the Ys Perfect Collections).

The best thing I can say about Disc One is that it maintains a very fast pace throughout. I would hesitate to classify it as rock, but it would teeter into that category. That said, don't expect Perfect Collection Ys all over again. Guitar solos are few and far between and most of the tracks fail to leave a lasting impression, as if the synthesizers are on auto-pilot. This album has a certain rushed feeling to it — some tracks could be longer, very little experimentation is done, and the whole thing is only about 40 minutes long. This may sound nitpicky, but as a fa. I'm disappointed the Sorcerian Perfect Collections don't redefine and immortalize the music as the Ys Perfect Collections do.

Now for the good stuff. Check out "Evil Shaman" for one of the best examples of Falcom rock you can hope to find. The synthesizers hit the closet and JDK busts out the guitars for one awesome boss theme. Too bad it's more of an exception than a rule. "Double Devils" brings this album's problems to light; it's the closest to "Evil Shaman" with guitar solos and fast paced synth, but it only runs a lousy minute and a half (and part of the half is so it can fade out in a peaceful tone). This piece deserved at least a two minute arrangement. "Medusa", "Underground Fortress", and "Fire Element" are all good high-powered synth arrangements. "Cavern II" is a nice adventuresome theme and "Forest" sounds like part of a Tom and Jerry cartoon with its whimsical sound. Last are the ending themes. "Ending I" is a slow piano-driven piece, while "Ending 2" relies on a playful beat to get through. Overall, not perfect, but a worthy listen once in a while.

Now we have the coaster... er, Disc Two. I don't like this disc at all. Most of the tracks have an unnerving slowness to them that strips them of their personality and makes them seem like a chore to listen to. A little tempo change would have gone a long way. The vocals contain some nice passages, but are fairly bland overall. "Endless Love Song" is a sweet take on the second ending theme. The new age tracks lost the guitar from Vol. 2 and revert back to their usual selves that I always flip over. The Super Arranges are a bit of a pick-me-up. The lone highlight of the CD, "Castle of Sand" starts off blistering, then slows into a piano groove, then returns to the fast beginning pace. The next two tracks lean more towards the techno side of things, but they still have that sticky slowness to them.

Finally, the Megamix turned out to be the biggest disappointment of all. It's little more than an eight minute version of "King Dragon" with a techno beat and electronic noises in the background. I'm guessing someone didn't tell Ryo they were putting the Super Arranged "King Dragon" right before it! I HATE that piece. Listen to the Disc One sample, then imagine it arranged for 12-minutes back-to-back! A poor effort from my favorite arranger. My sprite cans will always have a home on this disc.

Summary

Yet, with all of my complaints, this set gets a tough recommendation. It's still Sorcerian music and that's more than a lot of other soundtracks have going for them. Falcom or Sorcerian newbies should go with Sorcerian Forever II, which contains high-quality no-nonsense arrangements to get a better feel for these tracks, or the better Perfect Collection Sorcerian Vol. 1 or Vol. 2. Anyone familiar with either Sorcerian or Falcom should jump right in (and avoid Disc Two like the plague!). You'll probably need to go through Yahoo! Japan Auctions for it. Expect to pay around $30 for it (double that if you're buying in the American market). Often, sellers there sell combinations of the Perfect Collections in bundles, so try to hold out for a good deal.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Andy Byus

Disc 1: SPECIAL ARRANGE VERSION

Disc 2:

01~03: VOCAL VERSION
04~05: NEW AGE VERSION
06~09: SUPER ARRANGE VERSION

-Music Credits-

Composition: Falcom Sound Team J.D.K.
Arrangement: Takashi Saito, Yoshio Tsuru (Disc 1)
            Takayuki Hijikata (Disc 2, 1)
            Makoto Matsushita (Disc 2, 2)
            Mitsuo Hagita (Disc 2, 3)
            Tomoyuki Asakawa (Disc 2, 4 ~ 5)
            Rei Atsumi (Disc 2, 6 ~ 8)
            Ryo Yonemitsu (Disc 2, 9)

Vocals: Hidemi Miura (Disc 2, 1)            
       Junko Hirotani (Disc 2, 2)
       Shoko Minami (Disc 2, 3)

Lyrics: Yoshihiko Ando (Disc 2, 1 ~ 3)

NEW AGE VERSION

Harp: Tomoyuki Asakawa
Guitar: Masami Satou
Flute: Takeshi Shinohara, Tomoko Iwashita
Strings: Fukumoto Strings

SUPER ARRANGE VERSION

Bass: Tomoyuki Asakawa
Drums: Kozo Suganuma
Keybord: Rei Atsumi

  EXECTIVE PRODUCER : MASAYUKI KATO (NIHON FALCOM INC)
           PRODUCER : FUJIO SAKAI
           DIRECTOR : TAKUO UCHIDA
                      MIEKO ISHIKAWA (NIHON FALCOM INC)
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR : JUN ENDO
RECORDING CORDINATER : TOSHIAKI OHTA (BORDER LINE)
                      SHIGEMITSU SEKI (BORDER LINE)
RECORDING ENGINEER : HARUO SAITO (MIT STUDIO)
                      SHIGEL MATSUMURA (MIT STUDIO)
                      TAKAO SUGA
                      ICHIRO YOSHIE
ASSISTANT ENGINEER : SUSUMU MASUDA
   RECORDING STUDIO : MIT STUDIO
                      KING STUDIO
             DESIGN : AYAKO TAMURA
                      YOSHIO SHIRAKI
                      WORKS D.
  SPECIAL THANKS TO : MAKOTO SUZUKI
                      FALCOM CREATIVE OFFICE INC.
Album was composed by Falcom Sound Team JDK and was released on November 21, 1991. Soundtrack consists of 28 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
Village
02:14
2
Combat Scene
01:51
3
The Heavens
02:22
4
Harp
01:22
5
Evil Shaman
02:24
6
Cave I
02:29
7
Cave II
03:16
8
Ekim
00:45
9
Forest
03:49
10
Village
03:10
11
Medusa
02:10
12
Underground Fortress
02:09
13
Fire Demon
01:58
14
The Cave of Life
01:36
15
Pounding Heart
02:07
16
Pillar Demons
01:23
17
King Dragon
01:11
18
Ending I
04:20
19
Ending II
02:16

CD 2

1
DREAM FOREVER (From The Ice Cave "Cave I")
04:41
2
From the Petrified Village (From Medusa's Head "Village")
05:41
3
ENDLESS LOVE SONG (From "Ending II")
04:08
4
Harp
06:01
5
From Medusa's Head "Forest"
04:53
6
Sand Castle
04:07
7
Red Dragon
04:24
8
King Dragon
04:09
9
SORCERIAN SUPER MEGA MIX Part3
08:18
30.04.12
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