Perfect Collection Ys

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Ys, Perfect Collection
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Composed by Hideya Nagata / Mieko Ishikawa / Yuzo Koshiro
Arranged by Hayato Kanbayashi / Hiroshi Shinkawa / Michio Fujisawa / Ryo Yonemitsu / Tomohiko Kishimoto / Yuzo Hayashi
Published by King Records
Catalog number KICA-1012~3
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 23 tracks
Release date August 5, 1990
Duration 01:19:23
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Overview

Among the numerous albums in the Ys series, Perfect Collection Ys has probably received the most popular praise over the years. It is a two disc set entirely dedicated to arrangements from Yuzo Koshiro's Ys Score. The first disc features arrangements of the entire used score by Ryo Yonemitsu mostly in a rock style. The second disc is more diverse and features vocal, classical, jazz, and rock arrangements. Let's take a tour of what is offered...

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The album opens with Ryo Yonemitsu's 'Special Arrange Version'. Surprisingly given Yonemitsu's reputation, most of the early tracks have an acoustic focus. This is very appropriate given the nature of Yuzo Koshiro's originals and ensures that the compositions aren't transformed beyond recognition. For example, "Feena" stays faithful to the original intentions with its soft woodwind melodies and synthy backing, although Yonemitsu still spruces up the composition with some soulful semi-acoustic guitar work. Looking further into the collection, Yonemitsu's guitar improvisation takes an even bigger role on "The Syonin", while the likes of "Palace" seamlessly blend acoustic and electric elements to chilling effect. The arranger also doesn't hesitate to bring out the fun of "Fountain of Love" in his jazz-pop arrangement here and emphasises the sorrow of "Tears of Sylph" with new age soundscapes and synth chorus. They're so appropriate given the original material yet also more appealing and accessible than ever.

That said, rock is definitely the focus here. The album transforms into a rockfest right from the extravagant interpretation of the overworld theme "First Step Towards Wars". Yonemitsu's dazzling electric guitars and synth backing also take the focus in the dungeon theme "Palace of Destruction" and the medley of "Tower of the Shadow of Death" and "The Last Moment of the Dark", each time to mesmerising effect. He also interprets the game's two battle themes, "Holders of Powers" and "Final Battle", in a very energetic hard rock style that still won't be too abrasive for soundtrack listeners. The latter is particular a classic in my opinion. The interpretations of the ending themes "The Morning Grow" and "See You Again" are also spot on and the credits theme, in particular, stands out for the way it blends rock elements with an upbeat pop vibe. It's probably a select taste, but suits the original so well and also nicely conveys those youthful emotions lying behind the series.

The second disc of the Perfect Collection comprises a hotchpotch of arrangements by other musicians. Peculiarly the selection includes three arrangements from Ys II, "Subterranean Canal", "Ruins of Moondoria", and "So Much For Today", though the other six tracks are from Ys. The two vocal tracks are truly select tastes. "Alone Battle" features a light rock interpretation of "Subterranean Canal" by a male vocalist and is quite reminiscent of the style of anime theme songs. "Endless Grow" meanwhile provides a soothing performance of "The Morning Grow" by Shoko Minami, though in my opinion her intonation and tone are undesirable. Elsewhere on the album, there are authentic jazz interpretations of "Feena" and "Ruins of Moondoria". The former is a smooth jazz performance dominated by cheesy saxophone performances of the over-arranged melody. Fortunately, the latter proves a highlight and is one of the few jazz fusion arrangements that I enjoy in video game music.

There are also three so-called new age arrangements, which are actually classical chamber arrangements by the M-Fujisawa Project. "Baroque Intelligence" is quite beautiful for the way it blends Baroque and Romantic stylings of "Tears of Sylph" on piano and strings. The performance of "Feena" by the same ensemble is also a surprise highlight, partly since the arrangement offers many welcome deviations away from the melody, while "So Much For Today" offers phrasing and form loosely based on Classical sonatas. The album ends with two performances by fan favourites, the J.D.K. Band. "Palace of Destruction" is my favourite rock performance on the entire two disc set, since it offers an energetic full band performance of the classic theme, yet also some more mystical interludes. With its slapped bass and trumpet leads, "Tower of the Shadow of Death" is more of a funk arrangement. It suits the bass-focused original very well and leads the album out on a strong note.

Summary

Perfect Collection Ys will be a treat for many fans of Ys' music. Ryo Yonemitsu took considerable stylistic departures from Yuzo Koshiro's originals in his arrangements, making them much more rock- and pop-oriented. However, it appears the risk paid off since the reception towards his arranged version has been incredibly good. That said, I remain to be convinced thse arrangements are quite as exemplary as many state they are and still feel the original and Chronicles version of the Ys score. The second disc is a mixed bag, but there is bound to be something for everyone in there given how diverse the arrangements are. Overall, though, this will still be a must-have for most people's collections.



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Chris Greening

Disc 1: Special Arrange Version
Arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu

Disc 2

Track 1: Vocal Version
Vocals by Naoki Watanabe
Arrangement by Hayato Kanbayashi
Lyrics by AZUSA

Tracks 2, 3: Super Arrange Version
Sound Produced & Arrangement by Yuzo Hayashi
Synthesizer Programming: Kanichiro Kubo
Guitar: Jun Kajiwara
Drums: Masaharu Ishikawa
Sax: Osamu Koike

Tracks 4, 5, 6: New Age Music Version
Arranged by Michio Fujisawa
Performed by M.FUJISAWA & SCORE SET

Track 7: Vocal Version
Vocals by Shoko Minami
Arrangement by Hiroshi Shinkawa
Lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando

Tracks 8, 9: J.D.K. BAND Arrange Version
Arranged by Tomohiko Kishimoto
Performed by J.D.K. Band

The following tracks on the second disc are arrangements of respective tracks:

Track 1: SUBTERRANEAN CANAL (Ys II)
Track 4: TEARS OF SYLPH (Ys)
Track 5: FEENA (Ys)
Track 6: SO MUCH FOR TODAY (Ys II)
Track 7: THE MORNING GROW (Ys)


All tracks were composed by Yuzo Koshiro
except FOUNTAIN OF LOVE
SUBTERRANEAN CANAL
SO MUCH FOR TODAY composed by Mieko Ishikawa
and RUINS OF MOONDORIA composed by Hideya Nagata
Album was composed by Hideya Nagata / Mieko Ishikawa / Yuzo Koshiro and was released on August 5, 1990. Soundtrack consists of 23 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
FEENA
03:29
2
FOUNTAIN OF LOVE
02:32
3
THE SYONIN
03:16
4
TEARS OF SYLPH
01:43
5
FIRST STEP TOWARDS WARS
03:06
6
PALACE
02:46
7
HOLDERS OF POWER
02:26
8
PALACE OF DESTRUCTION
02:02
9
BEAT OF THE TERROR
03:10
10
TOWER OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH ~ THE LAST MOMENT OF THE DARK
03:53
11
FINAL BATTLE
02:13
12
REST IN PEACE
01:56
13
THE MORNING GROW
02:14
14
SEE YOU AGAIN
03:12

CD 2

1
Alone Battle
04:47
2
FEENA
03:58
3
RUINS OF MOONDORIA
03:34
4
Baroque Intelligence
06:00
5
Listen to Satie afterwards
05:34
6
Time for Afternoon Tea
05:08
7
Endless History
04:57
8
PALACE OF DESTRUCTION
04:04
9
TOWER OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH
03:23
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