This update has been delayed extensively in hopes of a Shining: The Holy Ark soundtrack review from a reader, but he has yet to actually send the review. The soundtrack would've been nice to have, because then every Sakuraba RPG soundtrack would be reviewed at RPGFan with it...That is, until the release of a soundtrack not reviewed: Tales of Eternia Remaster Audio. This is more like an OST than what is labelled the "OST"...The Tales OSTs always used a manipulated MIDI format to make it sound different from what it was like in-game. Remaster Audio's music sounds exactly like the game. This soundtrack is also not reviewed in the update, so Shining: The Holy Ark is not alone I guess. ;)
Today's update includes reviews of the following:
Melody of Legend: Chapter of Dream
Melody of Legend: Chapter of Love (note that while these soundtracks weren't really Sakuraba soundtracks, each disc does have one Sakuraba song on it)
Star Ocean Sound Collection (that's right, the soundtrack to the rare first game for Super Famicom!)
Star Ocean: The Second Story Arrange Album
Star Ocean: The Second Story Fantasy Megamix (not arranged by Sakuraba, actually)
Tales of Eternia OST
Tales of Phantasia ~ The Dream Will Not Die (opening/ending single, Super Famicom version...also note that Sakuraba did not actually have any involvement in this soundtrack)
Valkyrie Profile: Voice Mix Arrange (special thanks to Shiguma for writing this review back in January...)
I'd like to encourage everyone to read all the reviews...and PLEASE listen to the Melody of Legend samples, these soundtracks are great!
The next update will definitely be an ENORMOUS Falcom soundtrack update that's been building up over months and months of time. I won't say EVERYTHING that will be in there (no more than 20 soundtracks), but here are some highlights for the next update:
- Falcom Neo Classic (the OGC of Falcom)
- Perfect Collections for Dragon Slayer , Brandish, Sorcerian, Ys III
- Provincialism Ys
- a bunch of JDK Bands, Vocal Collections, and more!
And, for summer's soundtrack plans, expect us to finally complete our crazy mission of reviewing EVERY Square RPG soundtrack in existence!
(Also, expect an INTERVIEW with a certain VGM composer whose name will remain anonymous until the time of the interview being posted... ^_^)