Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection 2
|Composed by||Akihiro Komori / Асэй Кобаяси / Hideya Nakazaki / Hiroaki Serizawa / Койти Сугияма / Kyohei Tsutsumi / Michiaki Watanabe / Neil Sedaka / Shinichi Tanaka / Takeo Watanabe / Tomohisa Kawazoe|
|Arranged by||Hajime Hyakkoku / Hidetoshi Suzuki / Masaaki Iizuka|
|Published by||first smile|
|Release type||Game Soundtrack - Official Release|
|Format||2 CD - 24 tracks|
|Release date||July 17, 1998|
Here's more of the same. The purpose of the Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection 2 is to reflect the original nature of the anime theme songs that are arranged extensively in the Super Robot Taisen series. Expect to hear songs from franchises such as Gundam, Ideon, and in their ancient glory with their vocals restored. The results are far from deep, but potentially charming nonetheless...
The album opens with an arrangement of an original composed for the Super Robot Taisen series, "Crossing Time". It isn't the strongest rendition, due to its generic rock stylings, though the melody is nicely brought out. The three-way vocal performances by Ichiro Mizuki, Hironobu Kageyama, and MIO are the main highlight here.
Thereafter there is a rendition of Great Mazinger's "Tetsuya's Theme". Like the performances in the original Vocal Collection, Ichiro Mizuki is able to bring more life to the melodies with his half-operatic, half-poppy vocals than the horribly synthesised brass did on the Super Robot Taisen arrangements. Furthermore, the use of more authentic jazz accompaniment is another clear improvement. It's definitely not for everyone, but it's possible to understand why some younger audiences might find the performance charming.
Elsewhere on the album, there is a little variety provided by the different performances. "Song of Voltes V" has a slightly goofy feel with its female vocals and silly accompaniment, almost reminiscent of stereotypical Russian folk songs; "Beyond Time", on the other hand, is a little more sassy and seductive. "Anime Ja Nai" meanwhile injects a bit more of a rock spirit and is reminiscent of more modern theme songs in the series, except less well-produced. Basically, though, the material is uniformly bouncy and superficial, hence not for everyone.
In contrast to the original vocal collection, there is a second disc on the soundtrack dedicated to karaoke versions of the theme songs. They're definitely no good for stand-alone listening, since the melody line is completely absent, giving a hollow sound. That said, most wouldn't want to be caught singing karaoke to these songs, even if they enjoy karaoke in the first place. Overall, a pretty pointless disc.
The material here isn't as strong as the first vocal collection, but there are still some fun performances of fairly famous theme songs that exceed their Super Robot Taisen arrangements. That said, most of the music featured here sounds pretty old and Ichiro Mizuki's vocals are definitely a select, arguably dubious, taste and the second disc is a waste of money. Most can safely skip the album, either in favour of the first vocal collection or, ideally, nothing at all.
Disc 2: Karaoke Track
01 Composition: Shinichi Tanaka / Arrangement: Masaaki Iizuka / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama, MIO, Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: 坂井大
02 Composition: Michiaki Watanabe / Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Shinobu Urakawa (浦川しのぶ)
03 Composition: Asei Kobayashi / Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki / Vocals: Mitsuko Horie / Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude (八手三郎)
04 Composition: Hiroaki Serizawa / Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Yasushi Akimoto
05 Composition: Neil Sedaka / Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki / Vocals: MIO / Lyrics: Rin Iogi
06 Composition: Koichi Sugiyama / Arrangement: Hajime Hyakkoku / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Rin Iogi
07 Composition: Tomohisa Kawazoe (川添智久) / Arrangement: Masaaki Iizuka / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama, Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Rin Iogi, Reo Mikami (みかみ麗緒)
08 Composition: Takeo Watanabe / Arrangement: Hajime Hyakkoku / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Nippon Sunrise Planning Office (日本サンライズ企画室)
09 Composition: Akihiro Komori / Arrangement: Hajime Hyakkoku / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie / Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
10 Composition: Takeo Watanabe / Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki / Vocals: Ichirou Mizuki / Lyrics: Nippon Sunrise Planning Office
11 Composition: Hideya Nakazaki / Arrangement: Hajime Hyakkoku / Vocals: Hironobu Kageyama / Lyrics: Yasushi Akimoto
12 Composition: Kyohei Tsutsumi / Arrangement: Masaaki Iizuka / Vocals: MIO / Lyrics: Masao Urino
Jun Senoue on guitars for tracks 2,3,4,5, and 10.
Crossing Time (Super Robot Wars Original Song)
Tetsuya's Theme (Great Mazinger)
Song of Voltes V (Choudenji Machine Voltes V)
Anime Ja Nai ~The Old Man From Earth Whose Dream Was Forgotten~ (Kidou Senshi Gundam ZZ)
Z•Beyond Time (Kidou Senshi Z Gundam)
Ideon Reborn (Densetsu Kyojin Ideon)
STAND UP TO THE VICTORY ~To the Victory~ (Kidou Senshi V Gundam)
Go! Zambot 3 (Muteki Choujin Zambot 3)
Go Forth! Akira (Yuusha Raideen)
Come Here! Daitarn 3 (Muteki Koujin Daitarn 3)
Like Melos ~LONELY WAY~ (Aoki Ryuusei SPT Layzner)
No Reply of the Wind (Heavy Metal L-Gaim)