Planetary Pieces: Sonic World Adventure Original Soundtrack

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Composed by Fumie Kumatani / Hideaki Kobayashi / Kenichi Tokoi / Mariko Nanba / Takahito Eguchi / Tomoya Ohtani
Published by Wave Master
Catalog number WWCE-31193~5
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 3 CD - 91 tracks
Release date January 28, 2009
Duration 03:22:05
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Overview

Planetary Pieces is the three disc album behind the game Sonic World Adventure, or as it is known in the USA, Sonic Unleashed. In the game, Sonic not only undergoes a transformation, becoming a werewolf alter ego, but also gets the chance to travel around the world. Traveling to cities, countries, and continents that are vastly inspired by our own world, the choice for the musical approach was to give it that authentic cultural feeling, helping in bringing out the life in the area Sonic visits. Tomoya Otani, who previously directed the Sonic '06 soundtrack, returns once again to direct Planetary Pieces. Fumie Kumatani, Hideki Kobayashi, and Takahito Eguchi not only make a return from Sonic '06 as well, but accompanying them is a wonderful and talented group of performers. They include the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Koji Haijima, well known for various Final Fantasy scores such as Dirge of Cerberus, Advent Children, and Final Fantasy IX.

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The most important thing I have to point out about this soundtrack is that it is far different from any other music that fans have come to enjoy out of Sonic. In a way, it's a spiritual successor to the Sonic the Hedgehog Original Soundtrack. Unlike Sonic '06 though, worldly music was the main approach for Planetary Pieces. It doesn't follow a specific genre; it follows the same musical style that many imaginative cultures have created ages ago. Specific instruments were handpicked to best represent any current city and country that Sonic can visit. For example, Apotos, a regular Sonic stage, is heavily based off of Mykonos, which is a Greek Island. The main instrument that represents Apotos is the Maccaferri Guitar combined with an Alto Flute. The Chinese bamboo flute with a small hint of Shamisen was used for Chun-Nan, which is based off of China. Mazuri, which is an alternative of Africa, offers Bamboo flute, percussions, like bongo drums, and the native chanting. Certainly, this soundtrack was given a lot of attention to detail.

Outside the style of worldly music used in the majority of the album, there are also various interesting choices of genre explored as well. A lot of it can be described as Jazz interlude, Lounge Music, Big Band Broadway, and even street performance-inspired Soul, Blues, and Funk. Some tracks make unique combinations of instrument and genre you normally wouldn't picture together. "Rooftop Run - Night" is a very 1970's inspired funk piece that combines the sound of the electric bass and accordion. "Arid Sands - Night" makes a nice use of Trumpet fanfare, combined with violins, and a lead saxophone to give it that Arabian feeling while still giving the impression of a lounge band performance. Around the album, you will also get to hear the main theme and its variations, entitled "The World Adventure", a heroic orchestral masterpiece. "The World Adventure" is a charming, whimsical, and enchanting piece that greatly describes an epic tale and journey to travel around the world, to sightsee, to imagine, and to dream. Unlike the orchestra for Sonic '06, you can really feel the heart and the emotion that the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra poured out.

The entire soundtrack is indeed a masterpiece and well worth a complete listening, but here's the ultimate limitation. The music behind Planetary Pieces dwells so deep into its culture, that the music does not in any way sound like it came from a video game, let alone a Sonic game. If a person were to listen to the music without any prior knowledge as to where its source material is, that person wouldn't be the wiser. He'd swear it was an album that was purchased at a Rain Forest Café or a Natural Wonders store. The music isn't bad, but for Sonic fans who are willing to listen to Planetary Pieces outside the game, they must have a STRONG understanding and appreciation for worldly music. It would've been great if several selected pieces were remixes, rearrangements, or even cover performances for an already existing Sonic theme; that way, Sonic fans would have had a closer connection. The way I see it, the people who would closely enjoy the music more than the average Sonic fan would the older adults, because the music is strongly sophisticated and full of ambience that can help a person sit down, think, and relax.

Planetary Pieces also has two vocal themes. The first one is called "Endless Possibility", performed by Jaret Reddick, the lead vocalist and guitarist behind the band Bowling for Soup. "Endless Possibility" is perhaps the only theme in the album that mainstream Sonic fans will enjoy a lot, because it follows the same hard rock formula left behind by Crush 40. "Endless Possibility" is fast paced light hearted rock with a little bit of punk. It has a nice rhythm guitar intro, with a very smashing drum performance. Jaret himself provides a great singing voice. It's smooth and light, and perfectly fits the theme of hopefulness and travel, never looking back. The second vocal song is the ending theme "Dear My Friend", composed by Mariko Nanba, arranged by Takahito Eguchi, and performed by Brent Cash. "Dear My Friend" is a piano, violin, and vocal tune, which perfectly sums up the feeling of happiness with a mix of sadness. It's a very nice and positive way to end the album.

Summary

If you haven't played Sonic World Adventure / Sonic Unleashed at all, and if you are curious enough to give the album a listen to, I would strongly suggest playing the game first, so that you can understand why the worldly music was the template behind Planetary Pieces. For a Sonic fan, the music may be very difficult to feel a connection, especially if they had to hear the music outside its original source. Ultimately, the decision to purchase the album is best suited for someone who can appreciate this kind of natural music. With that said, the musical performance in any and every piece is unique, elaborate, and mesmerizing. There's a lot of ambience and imagination to be explored, with themes that are peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing, or themes that are fast, frantic, and energetic. The orchestra arrangement is an amazing addition as well, and anyone who has heard Haijima's conducting will definitely enjoy his latest work with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Overall, it's an amazing soundtrack, and it deserves a listening.



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Rafael Orantes

CD 1

1. Endless Possibility

Performed by Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup
Music & Arranged by Tomoya Ohtani
Lyrics by Jaret Reddick

Vocals: Jaret Reddick
Chorus: Erik Chandler
Guitars: Chewtaro Moritake
Bass: Takeshi Takeda
Drums: Masayuki Muraishi
Programming: Tomoya Ohtani

CD 2

1. The World Adventure

Performed by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Music by Tomoya Ohtani
Orchestrated by Takahito Eguchi

CD 3

1. Dear My Friend

Performed by Brent Cash
Music by Mariko Nanba
Lyrics by Candie Y
Arranged by Takahito Eguchi
Co-arranged by Mariko Nanba

Vocals: Brent Cash
Chorus: Yoshihiko Chino, marhy
Acoustic Piano & Programming: Takahito Eguchi
Acoustic Guitar: Naganori Sakakibara
Strings: "Daisensei" Muroya Strings

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Album was composed by Fumie Kumatani / Hideaki Kobayashi / Kenichi Tokoi / Mariko Nanba / Takahito Eguchi / Tomoya Ohtani and was released on January 28, 2009. Soundtrack consists of 91 tracks tracks with duration over more than 3 hours. Album was released by Wave Master.

CD 1

1
Endless Possibility - Vocal Theme
04:11
2
Cutscene - Opening
05:39
3
Cutscene - A New Journey
01:34
4
Apotos - Day
03:19
5
Windmill Isle - Day
05:03
6
Cutscene - The First Night
01:03
7
Cutscene - Tails In Trouble!
00:25
8
Intro: Windmill Isle - Night
00:07
9
Windmill Isle - Night
02:54
10
Apotos - Night
03:03
11
Cutscene - To Spagonia!
01:11
12
Tornado Defense - 1st Battle
01:53
13
Mazuri - Night
02:59
14
Intro: Savannah Citadel - Night
00:08
15
Savannah Citadel - Night
03:02
16
Cutscene - Same As Ever
01:03
17
Cutscene - Gaia Manuscripts
01:25
18
Cutscene - Eggman Again
00:43
19
Cutscene - Sonic Appears
00:13
20
Mazuri - Day
03:00
21
Savannah Citadel - Day
03:50
22
Cutscene - The Egg Beetle
00:44
23
Boss Battle - Day
04:48
24
Boss Stage Clear
00:10
25
Cutscene - Temple Activated!
00:17
26
Cutscene - Planet Pieces
00:18
27
Holoska - Day
03:01
28
Cool Edge - Day
05:22
29
Spagonia - Night
02:41
30
Intro: Rooftop Run - Night
00:08
31
Rooftop Run - Night
03:08

CD 2

1
The World Adventure - Orchestral Theme
04:14
2
Gaia Gate
01:57
3
Chun-nan - Night
03:42
4
Intro: Dragon Road - Night
00:08
5
Dragon Road - Night
03:10
6
Boss Battle - Night
04:51
7
Cutscene - Eggman's Idea
02:44
8
Rooftop Run - Day
03:55
9
Spagonia - Day
02:33
10
Chun-nan - Day
03:16
11
Dragon Road - Day
03:08
12
Holoska - Night
03:18
13
Intro: Cool Edge - Night
00:08
14
Cool Edge - Night
02:42
15
Cutscene - Project Dark Gaia
01:13
16
Shamar - Day
03:03
17
Arid Sands - Day
04:01
18
Empire City - Night
02:56
19
Intro: Skyscraper Scamper - Night
00:08
20
Skyscraper Scamper - Night
02:44
21
Shamar - Night
03:03
22
Intro: Arid Sands - Night
00:08
23
Arid Sands - Night
03:48
24
vs. Titan & Big Mother
02:42
25
Empire City - Day
02:39
26
Skyscraper Scamper - Day
03:08
27
Stage Clear
00:10
28
Result Screen - E Rank
00:45
29
The World Adventure - Piano Version
01:28
30
The World Adventure - Jingle
00:11

CD 3

1
Werehog Battle Theme
03:27
2
Adabat - Night
02:35
3
Intro: Jungle Joyride - Night
00:08
4
Jungle Joyride - Night
04:31
5
Adabat - Day
02:22
6
Jungle Joyride - Day
05:02
7
Cutscene - Chip's Change
00:54
8
Cutscene - Chip's Memories
01:19
9
Cutscene - No Reason
01:46
10
Tornado Defense - 2nd Battle
01:53
11
Cutscene - Eggmanland
00:54
12
Eggmanland Entrance
02:18
13
Eggmanland - Day
02:41
14
Eggmanland - Night
03:24
15
Cutscene - The 7th Continent
00:14
16
Cutscene - Congratulations
00:39
17
Cutscene - The Egg Dragoon
00:39
18
vs. Egg Dragoon
05:28
19
Cutscene - Dark Gaia Appears
01:56
20
Cutscene - Shrines in Flight
00:18
21
Cutscene - Hour of Awakening
00:38
22
vs. Dark Gaia
03:33
23
Cutscene - Dark World~Hope and Despair
01:10
24
Cutscene - The Final Form
00:41
25
Super Sonic vs. Perfect Dark Gaia
03:45
26
Cutscene - Annihilation
00:23
27
Cutscene - Rekindled Light~Save the Speech!
02:14
28
Cutscene - To the Surface
01:09
29
Cutscene - Always
00:40
30
Dear My Friend - Ending Theme
06:09
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