Donpachi / Dodonpachi / Dodonpachi II Soundtrack

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Donpachi / Dodonpachi / Dodonpachi II Soundtrack
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Composed by Andrew Persons Lin / Eddie You / Ryuichi Yabuki
Published by SuperSweep
Catalog number SRIN-1107
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 92 tracks
Release date November 30, 2012
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Overview

SuperSweep re-released the soundtrack for several of Cave's earliest releases in 2012. The DonPachi / DoDonPachi / DoDonPachi II Soundtrack features the original music from three arcade games. They're presented in both their original sound sources on one disc and their remastered forms in another. Find out what's inside below.

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The music for DonPachi is definitely orchestral in nature. "Silent Outpost Stage" offers a sweeping brass melody, but the overwhelming percussion does tend to take away from the focus. "Gale Force" and "Advance Through the Distant Sky" feature good melodies, the latter especially good for its time. However, the accompaniment in both of these pieces gets very repetitive after a while and the military stylings are very generic. "The God of Destruction Comes" is also half-decent melodically, but does nothing really interesting as the piece progresses.

Moving towards the climax of the soundtrack, "In the Midst of an Intensifying Battle" is very ominous in tone, featuring plenty of militaristic percussion, but comes off sounding generic. "A Worthy Rival Appears" and "Pressure" are also quite lackluster. The last boss theme hardly develops and, despite its short play time, ends up dragging on for too long. While little from this soundtrack was built upon in subsequent DoDonPachi games, it is interesting that some of the motifs featured here were later used in DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu.

Rock is the focus on the DoDonPachi soundtrack. For the most part, every piece on this soundtrack is really nice. "1 & 4 Scene BGM" is an excellent first and fourth stage theme. Intense and exhilarating, this is definitely a piece to rock out too. The electric guitar just sets the entire tone of the piece and the synth accompaniment makes an excellent addition. "2 & 5 Scene BGM" is a much slower piece than the last piece. It's got a nice guitar melody and a catchy bass line. However, at the same time, the guitar solo just helps meld together the melody and is a nice point for looping. It's a very flowing piece.

Continuing with DoDonPachi, "3 & 6 Scene BGM" offers a nice blend of electronica and rock. The electric guitar work here is mellower and doesn't offer anything flashy, but it definitely helps to define the track. The boss theme, "Boss," is awesome. The ominous opening and interludes, the wailing guitar line, and the intense bass line percussion make this one of the best shmup boss themes, at least in my opinion. They definitely did a great job with that one!

The big focus on the DoDonPachi II soundtrack is definitely techno. Unfortunately much of it sounds generic, even if it does offer an interesting soundscape. The few pieces I enjoy would be "Unknown (Stage 7 Boss - Secret Bee)" and "Dragnet (Stage 3 Boss - Hex Comb)," both for very different reasons. "Unknown" has a very ominous sound, even if it is rather repetitive, and the industrial sound effects combine with the synth in an enjoyable and tension building manner.

DoDonPachi II's "Dragnet," on the other hand, sounds almost verbatim to Final Fantasy IX's "Battle 1." That's the reason I like it so much. It's almost like an industrial techno doujin remix of that battle theme, to be honest. It scores no points for originality, but at the same time, it's oddly enjoyable. The rest of music left very little impression on me, lacking good melodies or interesting stylings. Overall, a fairly disappointing soundtrack...

Summary

To summarise, this well-presented compilation features some of Cave's earlier works, long before Manabu Namiki emerged as their most stable and reliable composer. The compilation features a multitude of sounds, ranging from orchestral to rock to electronic. But, in the end, the music is quite lackluster with the exception of DoDonPachi. Avid CAVE collectors will find this is the easiest and most economical way to obtain three of the company's earliest works. But be warned that the quality doesn't match their other scores.



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Don Kotowski

Donpachi: Ryuichi Yabuki
Dodonpachi: Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
Dodonpachi II: Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin

Donpachi: 1.01~14, 1.46
Dodonpachi: 1.15~24, 1.44, 1.45
Dodonpachi II: 1.25~43

Donpachi: 2.01~15
Dodonpachi: 2.16~27
Dodonpachi II: 2.28~46

Album was composed by Andrew Persons Lin / Eddie You / Ryuichi Yabuki and was released on November 30, 2012. Soundtrack consists of 92 tracks tracks with duration over . Album was released by SuperSweep.

CD 1

1
出撃命令!(自機セレクト)
Ryuichi Yabuki
2
静けさの前哨基地(1面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
3
疾風部隊(2面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
4
破壊神が行く(3面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
5
遥か上空での進撃(4面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
6
激化する戦況の中で(5面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
7
好敵手、現わる(ボス)
Ryuichi Yabuki
8
俺に任せな!!(ステージクリア)
Ryuichi Yabuki
9
首領からの祝辞(エンディング 1)
Ryuichi Yabuki
10
突破口を開け!(ボーナスシーン)
Ryuichi Yabuki
11
重圧(最終ボス)
Ryuichi Yabuki
12
任務を終えて・・・(エンディング 2)
Ryuichi Yabuki
13
戦士として永遠に(ネームレジスト)
Ryuichi Yabuki
14
闇の標的を追え!(未使用)
Ryuichi Yabuki
15
自機セレクト
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
16
1&4面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
17
2&5面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
18
3&6面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
19
ステージクリア
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
20
1週目エンディング
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
21
最終鬼畜兵器
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
22
ボス
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
23
2週目エンディング
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
24
ネームエントリー
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
25
オープニング デモ
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
26
モードセレクト/ネームエントリー
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
27
自機セレクト
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
28
覚醒(ステージ1)・悪夢(Nightmare)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
29
出撃(ステージ2)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
30
戦慄(Deep-Fear)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
31
飛翔(ステージ3)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
32
天羅(Dragnet)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
33
侵略(ステージ4)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
34
地網(Snare)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
35
禁固(ステージ5)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
36
驚愕(Panic)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
37
終結(ステージ6)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
38
深藍(Deep-Blue)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
39
陰謀(偽エンディング)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
40
真相(ステージ7)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
41
陰霾(Unknown)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
42
真相(真エンディング)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
43
スタッフロール
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
44
サターン版オリジナルステージBGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
45
ボイスコレクション
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
46
ボイスコレクション
Ryuichi Yabuki

CD 2

1
タイトル~クレジット
Ryuichi Yabuki
2
出撃命令!(自機セレクト)
Ryuichi Yabuki
3
静けさの前哨基地(1面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
4
疾風部隊(2面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
5
破壊神が行く(3面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
6
遥か上空での進撃(4面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
7
激化する戦況の中で(5面)
Ryuichi Yabuki
8
好敵手、現わる(ボス)
Ryuichi Yabuki
9
俺に任せな!!(ステージクリア)
Ryuichi Yabuki
10
首領からの祝辞(エンディング 1)
Ryuichi Yabuki
11
突破口を開け!(ボーナスシーン)
Ryuichi Yabuki
12
重圧(最終ボス)
Ryuichi Yabuki
13
任務を終えて・・・(エンディング 2)
Ryuichi Yabuki
14
戦士として永遠に(ネームレジスト)
Ryuichi Yabuki
15
闇の標的を追え!(未使用)
Ryuichi Yabuki
16
タイトル~クレジット
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
17
自機セレクト
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
18
1&4面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
19
2&5面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
20
3&6面BGM
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
21
ステージクリア
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
22
1週目エンディング
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
23
最終鬼畜兵器
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
24
ボス
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
25
2週目エンディング
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
26
ネームエントリー
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
27
未使用曲
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
28
オープニング デモ~クレジット
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
29
モードセレクト/ネームエントリー
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
30
自機セレクト
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
31
覚醒(ステージ1)・悪夢(Nightmare)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
32
出撃(ステージ2)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
33
戦慄(Deep-Fear)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
34
飛翔(ステージ3)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
35
天羅(Dragnet)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
36
侵略(ステージ4)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
37
地網(Snare)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
38
禁固(ステージ5)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
39
驚愕(Panic)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
40
終結(ステージ6)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
41
深藍(Deep-Blue)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
42
陰謀(偽エンディング)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
43
真相(ステージ7)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
44
陰霾(Unknown)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
45
真相(真エンディング)
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
46
スタッフロール
Eddie You, Andrew Persons Lin
28.11.12
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