Virtua Fighter "SEGA SATURN" IMAGE by B-univ NEO RISING

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Covers release: Myrkul
Composed by Takayuki Nakamura
Arranged by Aki Hata / David Leytze / Koichi Namiki
Published by Futureland
Catalog number TYCY-5406
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 16 tracks
Release date December 21, 1994
Duration 01:11:36
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Overview

Following the commercial success of Virtua Fighter, Sega decided to capitalise on the product in various ways. One way was through its music. Aware of the success of his Daytona USA score, they allowed sound director Takenobu Mitsuyoshi to produce a vocal arranged album for Virtua Fighter, performed by B-Univ and sung entirely by himself. The concept of the album is arguably a strange one, but the results are actually quite impressive...

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The soundtrack opens with "Virtua Fighter ~ You Are the Master", a rearrangement of the remix of the same name from the Virtua Fighter album. Whereas the original was brash and anthemic, this new rendition is considerably more laid-back, with soothing vocals and saxophone solos. It still maintains some of the charm and hilarity of the original, but isn't quite as enjoyable overall. Nevertheless, it works quite well as an introduction to the album...

A number of other compositions on the album also take a softer approach and are best described as ballads. While Takenobu Mitsuyoshi is mostly known for creating screwball entertainment, his voice can sometimes work in more romantic songs too. Mitsuyoshi brings new depth to Wolf's theme with his soulful rendition here, while "The Moon is the White Gate's Light" is a fairly mature acoustic number. Special praise must be given to the instrumental arrangers and performers who ensure particularly rich moments during these songs.

Nevertheless, those expecting upbeat anthems from Takenobu Mitsuyoshi won't be disappointed either. "Winner Takes All" is a premiere example of such a tune with its upbeat 80s-style instrumentals and stupid yet motivating lyrics. It's Mitsuyoshi cheese at its finest. "My Shadow" is considerably harder, though still light-hearted, and features some awesome guitar solos between the blues-influenced vocal passages. It's wonderful to hear Virtua Fighter's character themes treated in such unexpected ways.

The album also features two fantastic instrumental tracks. "Ocean Crystal Ship" has a progressive rock tone and features fascinating interplay between Chinese fiddles and Western keyboards. "Wounds by Design" meanwhile provides a slow interlude before the conclusion and is gorgeously soundscaped. There are also karaoke renditions of all the vocal tracks at the end of the album, though most unsurprisingly sound quite barren without the voices.

Summary

It's impressive that Mitsuyoshi produced a relatively mature album here. Away from his silly Daytona USA tracks, it's clear he is capable of quite a bit more dramatic and stylistic range. Mitsuyoshi's vocals won't appeal to all and the instrumentals might appear a bit dated all these years on. Nevertheless, this album is undeniably creative, and potentially very emotional and endearing too.



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Charles Szczygiel

Virtua Fighter "You are the Master"

Lyrics: SEGA AM2 "Virtua Fighter" Team
Produced & arranged by Koichi Namiki
Vocals, organ: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Guitars, keyboard & rhythm programming: Koichi Namiki
Drums, blood-curdling scream: David Leytze
Saxophone solos: Shigeo Fuchino

Wolf

Lyrics: Takayuki Nakamura
Produced & arranged by Koichi Namiki
Vocals, electric piano: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Guitars, keyboard & rhythm programming: Koichi Namiki
Conga programming: David Leytze
Bass: Naoyuki "Taro" Irie
Drums: Hisanori Kumamaru

The Moon is the White Gate's Light

Lyrics: Aki Hata
Produced & arranged by Aki Hata
Vocals: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Guitars: Koichi Namiki
Keyboards, rhythm programming: Aki Hata
Bass: Naoyuki "Taro" Irie

My Shadow

Lyrics: David Leytze
Produced & arranged by Dave & Mickey
Vocals, drums: David Leytze
Guitars: Koichi Namiki
Bass: Lenzie Crosby

Ocean Crystal Ship

Produced & arranged by Aki Hata
Guitars, keyboard & rhythm programming: Koichi Namiki
Keyboards: Aki Hata
Violin: Joe Kato
Glottal Noises: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

Stand Tall

Lyrics: David Leytze
Produced & arranged by David Leytze
Vocals, keyboards, drums: David Leytze
Guitars: Koichi Namiki
Organ solo: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Bass: Lenzie Crosby

Winner Takes All

Lyrics: David Leytze
Produced & arranged by David Leytze
Vocals, keyboards, drums, tambourine: David Leytze
Guitars: Koichi Namiki
Bass: Lenzie Crosby

Wounds by Design

Produced & arranged by Aki Hata
Guitars, additional keyboard programming: Koichi Namiki
Keyboards: Aki Hata
Synthesizer solo: Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Intro vocal: David Leytze
Bass: Naoyuki "Taro" Irie
Drums: Hisanori Kumamaru

Warrior Blue

Lyrics: David Leytze
Produced & arranged by David Leytze
Vocals, keyboards, drums, rhythm programming: David Leytze
Guitars: Koichi Namiki
Bass: Naoyuki "Taro" Irie
Intro violin: Joe Kato
Album was composed by Takayuki Nakamura and was released on December 21, 1994. Soundtrack consists of 16 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Futureland.

CD 1

1
Virtua Fighter "You are the Master"
05:23
2
Wolf
03:51
3
The Moon is the White Gate's Light
04:12
4
My Shadow
05:06
5
Ocean Crystal Ship
04:04
6
Stand Tall
07:02
7
Winner Takes All
03:42
8
Wounds by Design
04:53
9
Warrior Blue
07:24
10
Virtua Fighter "You are the Master"
00:57
11
Wolf
03:51
12
The Moon is the White Gate's Light
04:12
13
My Shadow
01:34
14
Stand Tall
06:00
15
Winner Takes All
03:42
16
Warrior Blue
05:43
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