Pocket Monster Black & White Super Music Collection

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Pocket Monster Black & White Super Music Collection
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Composed by Go Ichinose / Hitomi Sato / Junichi Masuda / Minako Adachi / Morikazu Aoki / Satoshi Nohara / Shota Kageyama
Arranged by Go Ichinose / Hitomi Sato / Minako Adachi / Shota Kageyama
Published by Media Factory
Catalog number ZMCP-5919
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 4 CD - 173 tracks
Release date October 20, 2010
Duration 03:57:52
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Overview

Released in late 2010, the newest entry in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White has received accolades in Japan for some major overhaul to quite a number of franchise mainstays, delivering an entirely new yet familiar experience. The soundtrack, Pokémon Black & White Super Music Collection, as well, is an entirely different beast from its predecessors, featuring higher quality synth and looped tracks. Are the compositions themselves, however, worth hearing?

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The soundtrack starts proper with "Title," which quickly delves into an arranged version of the main Pokémon theme. This introduction is bombastic but not altogether unpleasant, and serves as a decent opener for what's to come. "Route 1," being the first area theme in the game, is sanguine and vivacious, though otherwise not terribly noteworthy. "Route 10," however, with its mellow Parisian influence, is easily the most enjoyable piece of its moniker on the album.

Among the village themes, "Kanoko Town," curiously enough, is reminiscent of Tenpei Sato's "Orange Village", with its reliance on harmonica providing a backdrop for a yearning, western-sounding melody. It's a peaceful song, and well suited for the game's first village. "Sanyou Village," meanwhile, is much lighter, thanks to its curious accordion and brass ensemble which balances the melody's evolution quite well. The listener really feels the nightlife with "Shippou City," a pleasant and soothing jazz piece, while "Raimon City" is another jazzy track featuring far more aggressive orchestration. However, not even this track aforementioned can compare to the blazing trumpets of "Fukiyose City" or its rather addictive electronic sections that give the track a flavor of its own. "Sekka City" has an endearing folksy charm to it, though the percussion sounds a bit too heavy.

Some setting themes are presented in a series of variations. It was wise to disperse all four variations of "Route 4," as they are all rather similar to one another. Its melody, regardless, is somewhat catchy, and its adventurous tones are infectious. "Souryuu City (Black)" might be the more interesting of its two variations, but it ends up a bit too busy compared to the soothing tones of "Soryuu City (White)." Similarly, the peaceful and minimalist "Sanazami Town (Autumn~Spring)" uses calming sounds of the ocean far better than its crass variant, "Sanazami Town (Summer)." These variations all bring interactivity and novelty to the gameplay. Their effect is reduced on a stand-alone basis, but they're not overly repetitive in part due to the expansive nature of the soundtrack release.

Though there is a fair amount of filler on this release, several themes are particular highlights for me. "N's Castle" is a rather superbly crafted though melodically simplistic little gothic piece. It also features undertones of Tenpei Sato, thanks to its shifting choir work. "The Pleasure Cruise Ship, The Royal Isshu" is quite a soothing, well orchestrated piece, likely the most emotional on the album at its melodic climax. Meanwhile, a great contrast is provided by "Gear Station," a coarse, yet intelligent, jazzy piece. "Village Bridge" is worth a mention, if only for the odd synthetic vocals that pervade the piece, though taken with a grain of salt, the track isn't bad at all.

The battle themes all tend to be standard Pokémon affair. They are driving, brass heavy tunes that evolve well but tend to lack a cohesive, catchy melody, instead flitting from one idea to the next. Some notable themes include the synth-heavy, gothic "Decisive Battle! N," the minimalist, percussive "Battle! Geechisu," and "Battle! Legendary Pokémon," which features some neat synth percussion. Each of these tracks represents the encounters in a novel and fitting way.

The final disc of the soundtrack is rather short and dominated by a number of filler tracks. However, the album impressively concludes with four arrange tracks. "Summer in Kagome" is a simple piece, though it still is quite enjoyable, featuring a cheery melody on the flute with some soft percussion. Overall, it transmits the feeling of summer quite well. "Lullaby for Trains" is a soft jazz piece with a curious little ragtime section inserted halfway through, while "sayonara –refrain-" is a peaceful track that develops quite well. "LAST BATTLE -N^n mix-" is a neat little mix of one of the game's more creative battle tracks. Heavy synth and electric guitar use pervades this track, creating a grungy sort of feel that meshes well with the simplistic melody.

Summary

The Pokémon Black & White Super Music Collection is the most accomplished Pokémon score to date, featuring quite respectable synth quality, and, perhaps more importantly, some much needed variation amongst most of the tracks. That said, there's still an overabundance of filler material, and not terribly many tracks really do stand out on the stand-alone release. However, the soundtrack is certainly impressive in context with its great variety and detail. Though certainly not a necessity for a game music collector, the soundtrack remains an interesting and enjoyable listen.



Album
8/10

Music in game
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Game
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Marc Friedman

Composition:

- Junichi Masuda
Disc 1: 1, 2, 7, 8, 11, 14~16, 18~20, 26, 27, 29, 34, 36, 37, 43, 44, 46~48, 53, 59
Disc 2: 17, 29, 36, 37, 39
Disc 3: 10, 13, 29, 50, 52
Disc 4: 7, 10, 12, 17

- Junichi Masuda & Go Ichinose
Disc 1: 3, 45
Disc 4: 14

- Shota Kageyama
Disc 1: 4~6, 10, 12, 17, 22, 24, 25, 40, 50~52, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 62
Disc 2: 4, 6, 7, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 25, 28, 30~35, 38, 40, 41
Disc 3: 4, 15, 22, 28, 38~45, 48
Disc 4: 1, 8, 18

- Hitomi Sato
Disc 1: 9, 23, 28, 30, 38, 49, 56, 61
Disc 2: 2, 3, 9, 20, 22, 27
Disc 3: 1, 2, 6, 8, 16~18, 20, 21, 23, 31, 32, 34~37, 46, 47
Disc 4: 2~4, 6, 13, 15

- Go Ichinose
Disc 1: 13, 32, 33, 39, 41
Disc 2: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26
Disc 3: 12, 30, 33, 49
Disc 4: 5, 9, 16

- Morikazu Aoki
Disc 1: 21, 31, 42
Disc 2: 10, 11
Disc 3: 3, 9, 11
Disc 4: 11

- Minako Adachi
Disc 1: 35
Disc 3: 19, 24~27, 51

- Go Ichinose & Hitomi Sato
Disc 3: 5, 7

- Satoshi Nohara
Disc 3: 14


Arrangement:

- Shota Kageyama
Disc 1: 1, 2, 4~6, 8, 10~12, 15~22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 36, 37, 40, 42, 43, 46~48, 50~55, 57, 58, 60, 62
Disc 2: 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16~19, 25, 28, 30~35, 38, 40, 41
Disc 3: 3~5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 22, 28, 38~45, 48
Disc 4: 1, 7~9, 11, 18

- Go Ichinose
Disc 1: 3, 7, 13, 14, 26, 32~34, 39, 41, 44, 45, 59
Disc 2: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 23, 24, 26, 29, 36, 37, 39
Disc 3: 8, 11, 12, 29, 30, 33, 52
Disc 4: 5, 6, 10, 12, 16

- Hitomi Sato
Disc 1: 9, 23, 28, 30, 38, 49, 56, 61
Disc 2: 2, 3, 9, 20~22, 27
Disc 3: 1, 2, 6, 14, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 31, 32, 34~37, 46, 47, 49
Disc 4: 2~4, 13, 15

- Minako Adachi
Disc 1: 35
Disc 3: 19, 24~27, 51
Disc 4: 14, 17

- Go Ichinose & Hitomi Sato
Disc 3: 50


Bonus Tracks: 4.15~18
Flute: 安永裕美 (4.16)
Guitar: Nobuo Kiyota (清田 伸雄) (4.17)
Piano: Shota Kageyama (4.18)
Album was composed by Go Ichinose / Hitomi Sato / Junichi Masuda / Minako Adachi / Morikazu Aoki / Satoshi Nohara / Shota Kageyama and was released on October 20, 2010. Soundtrack consists of 173 tracks tracks with duration over more than 3 hours. Album was released by Media Factory.

CD 1

1
The Day I Was Crowned King
00:47
2
A New Adventure!
00:14
3
Title
01:19
4
Now for the Adventure!
00:22
5
The First Day
00:19
6
Kanoko Town
01:40
7
Cheren/Bel Battle!
01:39
8
Taken Along 1
00:21
9
Professor Araragi
01:16
10
Pokémon Research Lab
01:40
11
Received a Key Item!
00:04
12
Let's Go Together!
01:35
13
Route 1
01:22
14
Wild Pokémon Battle!
02:03
15
Victory over the Wild Pokémon!
00:30
16
Level Up!
00:04
17
Karakusa Town
01:17
18
Taken Along 2
00:52
19
Pokémon Center
01:13
20
Recovery
00:04
21
Pokédex Evaluation...Onwards!
00:05
22
Team Plasma's Secret Maneuvers
00:47
23
Route 2 (Spring-Summer)
01:32
24
Live Caster
00:05
25
Eye Contact! Shorts Youngster
00:18
26
Trainer Battle!
03:33
27
Victory over the Trainer!
00:32
28
Eye Contact! Miniskirt
00:35
29
Obtained an Item!
00:04
30
Sanyou City
01:11
31
Pokédex Evaluation...Not Yet
00:05
32
Abandoned Lot of Dreams
02:34
33
Team Plasma Appears!
01:23
34
Team Plasma Battle!
03:08
35
Victory Over Team Plasma!
01:06
36
Evolution
00:38
37
Congratulations on Evolving!
00:06
38
Eye Contact! Twins
00:32
39
Cheren's Theme
00:59
40
Here Comes Trouble!
00:54
41
Shippou City
03:13
42
Pokédex Evaluation...Do Your Best!
00:06
43
Gym
01:32
44
Gym Leader Battle!
02:52
45
Victory is Right Before Your Eyes!
01:41
46
Victory over the Gym Leader!
01:20
47
Received a League Badge!
00:07
48
Obtained a Technical Machine!
00:05
49
Gate
01:56
50
Skyarrow Bridge
01:21
51
Hiun City
01:50
52
Eye Contact! Businessman
00:29
53
Route 4 (Spring)
01:24
54
Eye Contact! Backpacker
00:21
55
Raimon City
01:59
56
Bel's Theme
00:58
57
Unwavering Emotions
01:47
58
One Captivated by Formulae
00:44
59
N Battle!
02:16
60
Crisis in Battle!
00:42
61
Bicycle
01:55
62
Champion Adeku
01:08

CD 2

1
Hodomoe Drawbridge
03:57
2
Hodomoe City
01:31
3
Refrigerated Container
01:30
4
Route 6 (Spring-Summer)
01:22
5
Eye Contact! Parasol Lady
00:31
6
Spotted! Scientist
00:30
7
Tourmaline Cave
01:29
8
Fukiyose City
02:45
9
Papa Araragi
01:04
10
Pokédex Evaluation...You're On the Way
00:05
11
Forget a Move
00:04
12
Eye Contact! Psychicer
00:42
13
Sekka City
01:46
14
Ryuurasen Tower
02:08
15
Eye Contact! Team Plasma
00:54
16
Dragon Spiral Tower Top Floor
00:49
17
Route 4 (Summer)
00:51
18
Ancient Castle
01:54
19
Light Stone/Dark Stone
00:05
20
Cylinder Bridge
01:26
21
Shopping Mall R9
01:53
22
Eye Contact! Skinhead
00:54
23
Souryuu City (Black)
04:06
24
Souryuu City (White)
03:30
25
Route 10
02:19
26
Champion Road
01:50
27
Eye Contact! Elite Trainer
00:35
28
Pokémon League
01:22
29
Elite Four Battle!
02:51
30
Pokémon League Under Siege
00:57
31
Carrying out a Mission
01:54
32
N's Castle
01:47
33
N, the Pokémon Child
00:54
34
N's Dragon
00:43
35
Dragon Awakened
00:47
36
Zekrom/Reshiram Battle!
04:29
37
Decisive Battle with N!
03:21
38
Goetis's Designs
00:41
39
Goetis Battle!
04:34
40
Sayonara
03:11
41
Ending -To Each Future-
02:24

CD 3

1
Handsome's Theme
01:06
2
Route 2 (Fall-Winter)
01:32
3
Received a Pokémon Egg!
00:05
4
Cruiseferry SS Royal Isshu
01:46
5
Wi-Fi Connection
01:25
6
Global Terminal
02:07
7
GTS
01:26
8
Spin Trade
00:43
9
Pokédex Evaluation...Just a Little More!
00:05
10
Route 4 (Fall)
00:51
11
Gear Station
02:28
12
Battle Subway
00:34
13
Battle Subway Trainer Battle!
03:33
14
Recieved BP!
00:06
15
Musical Hall
01:34
16
Obtained Goods!
00:04
17
Dressing Up with Goods
00:46
18
The Curtain Rises on the Musical
00:21
19
Musical "Stardom!"
01:11
20
Musical "Stroll in the Woods"
01:07
21
Musical "Evening Party"
01:05
22
Musical "Impassioned Raimon"
01:03
23
Ferris Wheel for Two
01:28
24
Checking Your Chemistry!
00:04
25
Your Chemistry is the Best!
00:06
26
Your Chemistry is Getting There
00:05
27
Your Chemistry Doesn't Measure Up?
00:04
28
Route 6 (Fall-Winter)
01:22
29
Legendary Pokémon Battle!
03:21
30
Kanawa Town
02:23
31
Wonder Bridge
01:47
32
Route 12 (Spring-Summer)
01:58
33
Spotted! Cyclist
00:26
34
Shift Factory
00:58
35
Poké Shifter: Choose Your Pokémon!
00:39
36
Poké Shifter: Catch Your Pokémon!
00:59
37
Eye Contact! Daisuki Club
00:36
38
Black City
01:12
39
White Forest
01:34
40
Game Sync
01:14
41
High Link
01:54
42
High Link Mission Start!
00:07
43
Someone's High Link
01:12
44
Mission Success!
00:07
45
Mission Failed...
00:06
46
Eye Contact! Gentleman
00:32
47
Sazanami Town (Fall-Spring)
02:25
48
Sazanami Town (Summer)
01:32
49
Shirona's Theme
01:23
50
Shirona Battle!
02:47
51
Lost Forest
02:08
52
Powerful Wild Pokémon Battle!
02:04

CD 4

1
Surfing
01:24
2
Undersea Ruins
03:00
3
Route 12 (Fall-Winter)
01:57
4
Kagome Town
01:56
5
Village Bridge
02:54
6
Mystery Gift
01:21
7
Route 4 (Winter)
00:51
8
Challenge for the Battle Conference
01:00
9
Team Rocket!?
01:26
10
Kyurem Battle!
04:29
11
Pokédex Evaluation...Perfect!
00:09
12
Champion Battle!
02:16
13
Victory over the Champion!
00:50
14
Congratulatons on Entering the Hall of Fame!
00:58
15
Summer in Kagome
01:45
16
Lullaby for Trains
04:33
17
LAST BATTLE -N^n mix-
03:17
18
sayonara -refrain-
03:16
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