The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks

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Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks, The
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Composed by Atsuyoshi Isemura / Hirokazu Ando / Hironobu Inagaki / Дзюн Исикава / Shogo Sakai / Tadashi Ikegami
Published by Nintendo
Catalog number KIRBY04-2
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 1 CD - 52 tracks
Release date April 15, 2004
Duration 01:16:56
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Overview

Are these really the best tracks Kirby has to offer? Well this compilation consists of 52 tracks so there's got to be something this album has to offer. It's a grab bag, though, because some great themes are still missing, while some not-so-great pieces are present in this album.

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This album truly does contain some of the best Kirby music out there, although the album itself feels very disjointed. Making a best of album takes more thinking than just throwing a bunch of good themes on the album. I don't understanding the ordering choices. It starts with a section of one game, goes to a section of another game, and then back to a different section of the first game. It's not chronological, nor is it themed... just messy. But I suppose that's the least of your worries when dealing with a soundtrack.

As I mentioned in the beginning, there are some missing themes and some not so welcome songs. For example, why would someone put the Kirby Air Ride menu theme over the game's "Checker Knights". I'm not saying the Air Ride menu theme is bad, but it definitely is not up to par with the best themes of the album, therefore not making this a very strong "best of" album. Another example would be the Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards opening theme being chosen over classic tracks like "Zero-Two". It's actually more of a situational theme than anything and that's the last thing I want to see on a best of album.

The album really does have most of the greatest themes of the album. For example, "Green Greens" makes it from Kirby's Dream Land and even receives a Super Smash Bros. Melee arrangement. Nonetheless, there are times when I find myself questioning the album. I'm pleased to know they didn't take multiple tracks out of lesser albums. They only took one theme from Kirby Kira Kira Kids, "Level - Normal". In all honestly, it was the only decent one on the soundtrack.

Summary

I reiterate that it's true that this album contains a lot of the best Kirby music available, but for a whopping 52 tracks you'd expect that all of the best would make it. Many great themes are missing, but that certainly doesn't mean this is a bad album. You just can't go wrong with 52 great Kirby tracks. It just means they could have done a lot better when arranging the album.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Charles Szczygiel

Club Nintendo premium item; released in 2004

Tracks 5-7, 26 from Kirby's Dream Land (GB)
Tracks 16, 18, 25, 49 from Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)
Tracks 17, 23-24 from Kirby's Adventure (NES)
Track 19 from Kirby's Pinball Land (GB)
Tracks 10-12 from Kirby's Dream Land 2 (GB)
Track 32 from Kirby's Dream Course (SNES)
Tracks 1-4, 13-14, 33-34, 44-45, 52 from Kirby Super Star (SNES)
Track 20 from Kirby's Star Stacker (GB)
Tracks 8-9, 15, 27 from Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)
Tracks 21-22, 41-42 from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)
Track 51 from Super Smash Bros. Melee (GCN)
Tracks 28-31, 35-38, 46-48, 50 from Kirby Air Ride (GCN)
Tracks 39-40, 43 from Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (GBA)

Composition:
Jun Ishikawa, Dan Miyakawa (1-4, 13-14, 33-34, 44-45, 52)
Jun Ishikawa (5, 7-9, 15, 22, 27, 41-42, 51)
Hirokazu Ando, Tadashi Ikegami (10-12)
Hirokazu Ando, Jun Ishikawa (16-18, 23-26, 49)
[Unknown artist] (19)
Hirokazu Ando (20-21, 30, 32)
Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai, Tadashi Ikegami, Jun Ishikawa (28, 37-38, 46-48)
Shogo Sakai (29, 31, 35-36, 50)
Hironobu Inagaki, Atsuyoshi Isemura (39-40, 43)

Arrangement:
Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando (20)
Hirokazu Ando (51)
Album was composed by Atsuyoshi Isemura / Hirokazu Ando / Hironobu Inagaki / Дзюн Исикава / Shogo Sakai / Tadashi Ikegami and was released on April 15, 2004. Soundtrack consists of 52 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Nintendo.

CD 1

1
Title
00:17
2
Ground Stage
01:28
3
Crash! Gourmet Race
02:17
4
Cave Stage
01:13
5
Title
00:32
6
Green Greens
01:05
7
Float Islands
01:14
8
Ground Stage
01:06
9
Sea Stage
01:29
10
Title
00:29
11
Kine's Theme
01:24
12
Coo's Theme
00:56
13
The Great Cave Offensive
02:08
14
The Road to Becoming the Grapple King
01:26
15
Ripple Field
01:50
16
Title
00:37
17
Ground Stage
00:59
18
Forest Stage
01:34
19
Title
00:24
20
Level: Normal
01:12
21
Opening
01:26
22
Pop Star
01:32
23
Mountain Stage
01:46
24
Ice Stage
01:28
25
Mid-Boss Tower
01:46
26
And Now for Potato Shooting
00:36
27
Iceberg
01:33
28
Menu
00:52
29
Air Ride: Plantes
01:39
30
Air Ride: Vallerion
02:02
31
Air Ride: Sandoola
01:26
32
Ending
02:00
33
Metaknight's Revenge: Stage
02:06
34
Metaknight's Revenge: Ending
01:55
35
Air Ride: Colda
01:35
36
Air Ride: Magheat
01:43
37
Air Ride: Airoon
01:27
38
Air Ride: Steel Organ
02:01
39
Opening
01:04
40
Forest Area
01:15
41
Ripple Star
01:48
42
Miracle Matter
02:54
43
Ending
02:10
44
Milky Way Wishes: Shooting Stage
01:46
45
Milky Way Wishes: Vs. Marx
01:12
46
Ue Ride: "Grass"
00:55
47
Ue Ride: "Sand"
00:57
48
Ue Ride: "Flame"
01:21
49
Ending
01:37
50
Legendary Air Ride Machine
01:25
51
Green Greens
03:04
52
Milky Way Wishes: Staff Roll
02:55
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