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Disgaea Custom Soundtrack

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Catalog Number: D09SD-CD001
Released On: August 26, 2008
Composed By: Tenpei Sato
Arranged By: Tenpei Sato
Published By: NIS America
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Demon Academy
02 - Demon Academy Prospective Student
03 - Tales of Innocent Youth
04 - Lord Laharl's...Hymn?
05 - Galaxy Wars
06 - Planet X
07 - Etna Boogie
08 - Poem of the Vagabond
09 - Sinful Rose
10 - My Comrade
11 - Rock Crystal
12 - Etna Rock
13 - Twinkle☆Star
14 - Disgaea Rhapsody
15 - Extreme Outlaw Overlord
16 - White Tiger
17 - Running Fire
18 - Dark Whisper
19 - Makai Fugue
20 - Demon Academy Alma Master
21 - Lord Laharl's Hymn
Total Time:
62'40"

Note: track 20, "Demon Academy Alma Master" is either a pun or a typo...we're not sure which. One would think it ought to read "Alma Mater."

Released as a special bonus item alongside NISA's English release of Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, the "Disgaea Custom Soundtrack" is a best-of album for Disgaea 1, 2, and 3. The packaging is similar to another Disgaea 3 bonus, the opening singles collection (which NISA also distributed with some purchases of the PS3 title).

As for the music, the tracks were actually decided by votes, from fans, on NISA's website. As a result, it's no surprise that many of the vocal performances from each Disgaea title appeared on this soundtrack. Though, surprisingly, the ending theme for Disgaea 3 is absent.

Regardless, some of my favorite tracks from each Disgaea managed to make it to the collection. "Demon Academy Prospective Student" is one of the cutest songs ever written, and "Poem of the Vagabond" one of the most beautiful. Both of these songs are from Disgaea 3.

This album is the perfect album to expose newcomers to Tenpei Sato's zany, creative compositions. If you're well-versed in the series, this collection is nothing new, but it's a lovely bonus anyway. Since the album is packaged with the game, I guess I'd have to recommend the whole game itself to also recommend this CD. And I do: I recommend both. Go for it!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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