Hoshi no Kirby 64 Original Soundtrack

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Hoshi no Kirby 64 Original Soundtrack
Booklet Front
Covers release: CHz
Composed by Hirokazu Ando / Jun Ishikawa
Arranged by Shinji Yoshimura
Published by Teichiku Entertainment
Catalog number TECD-27457
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 39 tracks
Release date April 26, 2000
Duration 01:05:01
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Overview

Simply put, this is a very catchy soundtrack for a very catchy game. The Kirby of the Stars 64 Original Soundtrack consists of a few remixes and a multitude of great original material. The soundtrack was composed by the main Kirby composers, Jun Ishikawa and Hirokazu Ando, who have been composing Kirby music ever since the beginning. Although some themes get repetitive while some are just straight out filler or annoying, this soundtrack has some of the catchiest melodies you may ever find. Some tunes go even further than just catchy, which is rare for an average Kirby score and definitely a positive aspect of the album.

Body

Let's start off by talking about some of the best original material on this album. Obviously, since it's a pure soundtrack, it starts off with pretty basic Kirby intro and menus pieces. Although "Training" gives off some hints, the fourth track "Pop Star" is where the music really starts. The new, for lack of a better term, "overworld" theme is simply Kirby music doing what it does best. It's pure happiness, catchiness, and will put you in a good mood no matter what (unless you hate cheery songs of course). It's great to have such a familiar yet totally original sounding piece to start things off, and it's definitely a highlight of this album. I'll admit these some of these pieces get a little overly happy, but they really are appropriate for the type of game Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is. After "Pop Star" come a couple shorter and generic themes intended purely for the sake of the game. These filler tracks like "Whoa" or "Eek!!" are mostly used for small in game cut scenes and similar causes. Because of all these filler tracks, I tend to go by the rule that, if the piece is under a minute, then it probably isn't worth listening too.

By the time we get to the next significant track "Quiet Forest", it starts to become clear that pan flutes and bells are star instruments in this game. Whether slow or fast, the majority of the tracks in this game use bells and flutes. I find these instruments to be appropriate no matter where they are used. In themes like "Quiet Forest" and "Ruins", bells are heavily used to create a more moody atmosphere for these more isolated lands. Tracks like these two are solid ones and definitely worth listening too, but the slow heavy bell style gets old after listening too long. Bells are also used very appropriately in songs like "Shiver Star" (the winter level), which makes for a kind of a Kirby-ized winter holiday theme.

This album is far from just cheery Kirby music though. There are some deeper, more serious sounding tracks that start to show up as the album nears an end. Right when you started to get sick of those happy tunes, you get pieces like "Zero-Two", "Factory Investigation", or "Ripple Star". There's a reason that "Zero-Two" was the only Kirby 64 theme chosen to be in the latest Super Smash Bros. "Zero-Two" is one of the top five pieces on this album; the flowing string instrument line ties the pressuring beat together and gives a very monumental sound. It's a powerful piece (for a Kirby game), but not out of place sounding. "Factory Investigation" is also a great highlight and probably has the most contrasting content to offer in this album. The orchestra hits from 29-50 seconds and the piano chords from 1:31-1:38 really give an amazingly eerie feel, yet in the end it still fits with the rest of the album... maybe it's the bells in the background.

Kirby music gets recycled much too often, but it seems that it's for the better this time around. Many of the remixed pieces are fresh and fun. Let's take "Above the Clouds" for example. "Above the Clouds", if you didn't already know, is yet another remix of the original "Butter Building". It has this jazzy and fun feel to it that really makes it a fresh song. Another quality remix is track 21, "Down the Mountain Stream", which is a remix of the first level theme from Kirby's Dreamland 3. It's a wonderful remix and very fitting for the flowing river level it plays in. In the end of the album you can also hear the famous gourmet race music and this rendition is probably one of the lesser remixes, but the piece in general is good. They threw in some remixed medleys in the end for giggles, but they aren't much more than that. They are basically just medleys of other tracks with little Kirby voices dubbed over them.

Summary

As mentioned before, this album has many fillers and a couple duds even. A couple songs like "Room Guarder" are just way too repetitive and take the quality of the album down a bit. Others like "Boss" or "Miracle Matter" are also repetitive when not actually fighting a boss, but do the job just perfectly for when actually playing the game. It seems like they should have just picked the best out-of-game songs to create a more solid album in the end. Either way, this Kirby album can still be considered one of the better Kirby albums out there.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

Composition
Hirokazu Ando: 1, 6-7, 9-11, 13, 15, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 35, 37-38
Jun Ishikawa: 2-5, 8, 12, 14, 16-18, 20-21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31-34, 36, 38-39

Arrangement
Shinji Yoshimura: 38-39

Original Game Staff
Sound Effects & Composed by Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando / HAL LABORATORY, Inc.
Administrated by Tetsuya Notoya / HAL LABORATORY, Inc.

Music Performed & CLUB MIX Sequenced by Shinji Yoshimura
A & R Performance Directed by Kohshyoh Ohtake

Product Management by Tomomi Takemua / OHTAKE LTD.
Digital Mastered by Wataru Ishii / ONKIO HAUS
Art Direction & Design by Takeshi Konno, Toru Baba
Directed by Osamu Hidaka / TEICHIKU ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

Special Thanks to Takanao Kondo / Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Supervised by Kenji Inaba / Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Produced by Akira Noguchi / TEICHIKU ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Album was composed by Hirokazu Ando / Jun Ishikawa and was released on April 26, 2000. Soundtrack consists of 39 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Teichiku Entertainment.

CD 1

1
Opening
01:17
2
Training
01:43
3
World Map
01:57
4
Pop Star
01:39
5
Room Guarder
01:00
6
Whaa!?
00:31
7
I'll Go Too
00:20
8
Quiet Forest
02:26
9
Eek!?
00:36
10
Mix Me In Too
00:28
11
Whoa!?
00:30
12
Battle Against Comrades
02:06
13
I'll Come Along With You
00:23
14
Boss
02:24
15
Alright On To the Next
00:25
16
Horobita Star
01:58
17
Ruins
02:35
18
Inside the Ruins
01:44
19
I'm Starving
00:55
20
Urlun Star
01:57
21
Down the Mountain Stream
01:47
22
Idiot of the Sea
00:42
23
Korekara Star
01:23
24
Big Eruption
00:33
25
Buruburu Star
01:47
26
Above the Clouds
02:05
27
Factory Investigation
02:06
28
Overnight Detective
00:36
29
Ripple Star
02:38
30
Bye-Bye
00:52
31
Game Over
00:43
32
Ken-Ken Race
02:14
33
Take-Take Battle
02:12
34
Fall-Fall Fight
01:36
35
Final Decisive Battle
00:56
36
0² (Zero Two)
02:38
37
Grand Finale~Staff
02:33
38
Club Mix In the Field
05:15
39
Club Mix The Bosses
05:31
30.04.12
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