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All Sounds of Albert Odyssey

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Catalog Number: DPCX-5008
Released On: June 25, 1993
Composed By: Naoki Kodaka
Arranged By: Naoki Kodaka
Published By: DataM/Polystar
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Memories of the Past
02 - The Other Side of Reminiscence
03 - Beyond the Empty Space
04 - An Offering to the Holy King Gort
05 - Gathering of Comrades
06 - Hometown Tiberis
07 - On Holy Ground
08 - Fine Goods
09 - The Road Walked by Heroes
10 - Brimming Strength
11 - Roar of the Beast
12 - Fire Raid
13 - At the Base of Gort's Flag
14 - Goodnight, Sophia
15 - Take a Rest
16 - Clouds Riding the Wind
17 - We're Cheerful Workers
18 - In a Strange New World
19 - Lovers' Dirge
20 - Proof of Mania
21 - Sleeping World
22 - Stir of Sorcery
23 - To a New World
24 - Mysterious Garden
25 - World of Twilight
26 - Lovely Faeries
27 - Lost in the Darkness
28 - A Faint Glimmer
29 - Temple of the Demon God
30 - Messenger at the Lunatic Banquet
31 - Until My Life Comes to an End
32 - Song of Reposing Souls: Warrior's Headstone
33 - Anthem of a New Hero
34 - Someday, Once More Will He...
35 - Sunsoft
36 - Fantasia "Singing Voice of Distant Days"
Total Time:
57'03"

For years, RPGFan has hosted a review of the Albert Odyssey Gaiden soundtrack, "The Legend of Eldean." However, I had always known that Sunsoft had previously developed two RPGs simply entitled Albert Odyssey and Albert Odyssey 2. Knowing that Naoki Kodaka had composed the music for all three titles, and recognizing the brilliance of the compositions of AO Gaiden, I wanted to hear what the first two soundtracks were like. Well, after years of searching, I finally got my chance. Let me tell you what I think of this first soundtrack, "All Sounds of Albert Odyssey."

Firstly, it must be said that Kodaka is proven as an accomplished composer by this soundtrack and its sequels; whether or not Kodaka was a student of music, I do not know for sure, but my guess would be yes. Making use of different compositional styles, modal scales, and chord progressions typical of many different historical eras, these songs effectively paint a soundscape that is cohesive despite its diversity.

Secondly, Kodaka does not seem to have mastered the art of making intense battle themes or anything that could be described as "rockin'." Rather, Kodaka's field of expertise seems to be with softer songs: both the ominous ones and the peaceful ones. They are not all of a slower tempo, but they all prefer the softer sounds of synth pads and flutes and pianos to, say, high-pitched brass or electric guitars. The most decent "fast" song I could find was track 31, which featured a lot of orchestra hits and a steady bass line.

Finally, it is sad to say that this score is not very memorable. It fits nicely onto one disc, as many of the tracks are short (15 to 30 second) fanfares, but the few songs that stand out are not enough to warrant seeking out the obscure soundtrack, nor is it even worth praising as one of the better soundtracks of its era. I was disappointed to find that I enjoyed Albert Odyssey Gaiden's music much more than this soundtrack; either the limitations in sound hardware or the crudeness of Kodaka's earlier compositions are what hinder this soundtrack from being as great as The Legend of Eldean.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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