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Black/Matrix Sound Collection
Catalog Number: KICA-5019/20
Released On: January 22, 1999
Composed By: The Hustler's Concept
Arranged By: The Hustler's Concept
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Arranged Version
01 - Earlynight News
02 - Green Face
03 - Zombie Spray
04 - School Grade Closing
05 - Mantle on the Truck
06 - Inner Life
07 - Chain Smoker
08 - BLACK/MATRIX Theme of Love - Truth
09 - Navy Cosmetic
10 - Loin
11 - Examination
12 - Coastal Native Amoeba
13 - Samson
14 - Debonair
15 - 54,200 Yen
16 - Blue Face
17 - Cockroach
18 - Closing Ward Melancholy
19 - Buchi Freaks
20 - Praying Mantis Woman
21 - Since 1983
22 - Religious Order Theme
23 - Gold Dragon (Opening 2)
24 - Middle Iron
25 - Gurasanoba
Total Time:
71'27"

Disc Two
Original Version
01 - Closing Ward Melancholy
02 - Zombie Spray
03 - Examination
04 - School Grade Closing
05 - Blue Face
06 - Loin
07 - Coastal Native Amoeba
08 - Mantle on the Truck
09 - BLACK/MATRIX Theme of Love - Truth
10 - Navy Cosmetic
11 - Green Face
12 - 54,200 Yen
13 - Debonair
14 - Praying Mantis Woman
15 - Cockroach
16 - Samson
17 - Chain Smoker
18 - Middle Iron
19 - Inner Life
20 - Buchi Freaks
21 - Religious Order Theme
22 - Gold Dragon (Opening 2)
23 - Since 1983
Total Time:
65'52"

Well, this is what it all adds up to. This is the soundtrack to an underground hit in Japan that was released on Saturn, PlayStation, and then improved for a Dreamcast re-release. Disc one is really good because it's arranged...it's basically all the same tracks on the original disc, in a different order. I like the tracks I sampled a lot...the arranged disc is so great.

But, the original disc is pretty stinky. The sound quality is not good at all...it sounds cheesy. Some of the songs aren't too different from the arranged version. But, when you have the arranged disc, there's not much point in listening to the original disc...ever.

The Black/Matrix Sound Collection is a pretty obscure thing. Unless you have a reason to buy it, I wouldn't suggest looking for it. It's nothing too special...the jazzy numbers are the best, but there's very few of them (like...two). If you can find it, don't pay more than $30 for it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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