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Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 1

[back cover]
Catalog Number: SVWC-7101~3 (reprint KICA-1465~7)
Released On: December 5, 2001 (reprint October 7, 2009)
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: SME Visual Works (reprint King Records)
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One: Famicom Edition
Dragon Quest
01 - Game Original Sound Story
Dragon Quest II ~The Evil Spirit God~
02 - Game Original Sound Story
Total Time:
39'03"

Disc Two: Famicom Edition
Dragon Quest III ~And Into the Legend...~
01 - Game Original Sound Story
Dragon Quest IV ~The People Are Shown the Way~
02 - Opening ~ Intermezzo
03 - Chapter 1 ~The Royal Soldiers~
04 - Chapter 2 ~Princess Alena's Adventures~
05 - Chapter 3 ~Arms Merchant Torneko~
06 - Chapter 4 ~The Sisters of Monbarbara~
07 - Chapter 5 ~The Chosen Ones~
08 - Finale
Total Time:
69'22"

Disc Three: Dragon Quest Ringtone Collection
Dragon Quest I
01 - Overture March
02 - Château Ladutorm
03 - People
04 - Unknown World
05 - Fight
06 - Dungeon
07 - Dragon King
08 - Finale
Dragon Quest II
09 - Love Song ~ Only Lonely Boy
10 - Pastoral ~ Catastrophe
11 - Château
12 - Town
13 - Fright in Dungeon
14 - Devil's Tower
15 - Distant Journey
16 - Endless World
17 - Ocean Journey
18 - Fight
19 - Risk Death
20 - This Journey
Dragon Quest III
21 - Rondo
22 - Town
23 - Boogie-Woogie ~ Rolling Dance
24 - Jipang
25 - Pyramid
26 - Village
27 - Adventure
28 - Dungeon
29 - Tower
30 - The Phantom Ship
31 - Distant Memories
32 - Requiem
33 - Small Shrine
34 - Sail on the Sea
35 - Flying in the Sky
36 - Village
37 - With Alefgard
38 - Hero Challenge
39 - And Into the Legend...
Dragon Quest IV
40 - Minuet
41 - Interlude
42 - Solitary Warrior
43 - Princess Alena's Adventure
44 - Arms Merchant Torneko
45 - Gypsy Trip ~ Gypsy Dance
46 - Town
47 - Homeland
48 - Wagon Wheels' March
49 - Elegy
50 - Mysterious Shrine
51 - Balloon's Flight
52 - Sea Breeze
53 - The Unknown Castle
54 - Battle For the Glory
55 - Vicious Thing
56 - The People Are Shown the Way
Dragon Quest V
57 - Castle Trumpet
58 - Toward the Horizon
59 - Casino City
60 - Lively Town
61 - To the Ocean
62 - Violent Enemies
63 - Heaven
64 - Bridal Waltz
Dragon Quest VI
65 - At the Palace
66 - In the Town
67 - Inviting Village
68 - Folk Dance
69 - Wandering Theme
70 - Embark for the Aegean Sea
71 - Brave Fight
72 - Melancholy
73 - Prayer to the Ocarina of Miracles
74 - Eternal Lullaby
Dragon Quest VII
75 - Morning in Eden
76 - Saraband
77 - Echo of Horns Throughout the Castle
78 - Heavenly Village
79 - Days of Sadness
80 - Relaxing Corner
81 - Paradise
82 - Banquet Plaza
83 - Memories of a Lost World
84 - Moving Through the Present
85 - Fighting Spirit
86 - World of the Strong
87 - Toura Dance
88 - Sphinx
89 - Mysterious Sanctuary
90 - Aboard Ship
91 - Pirates of the Sea
92 - To My Loved One
93 - Screams From the Tower of Monsters
94 - With Sadness in Heart
95 - A Safe Haven
96 - Magic Carpet
97 - Over the Horizon
98 - Orgo Demila
Total Time:
67'18"

Have you ever been in the import store, and thought you had found something really awesome, but due to your lack of proficiency in the language, realized later that it wasn't nearly as cool as you had hoped? Then take a trip with me back to the year 2004, to my purchase of the Dragon Quest Daizenshu albums, so you may laugh at my misfortune.

Okay, perhaps I'm succumbing to hyperbole, but I was honestly very disappointed with my purchase of these three albums, mostly because I thought I was getting a collection of all the orchestrated music from the Dragon Quest games. Little did I know, THAT collection wouldn't come out for another year or two, and so I bought, unknowingly, three 3-disc collections of all the in-game Dragon Quest music. All of it. Joy.

Okay, now that the nattering naybob is out of the way, lemme judge these albums on their own merits. Honestly, these albums are nifty, in that they do some innovative things with the ol' chiptunes. For example, Disc 1 and 2 provide a "sound playthrough" of the first 4 games. You basically listen to the music in a fashion similar to if you were actually playing the game. For example, you hear the opening music, then the name entry music, then the castle, town, field, battle, field again, back to town, etc. The effect is kinda cool, actually, even though it's a little tricky to "get into it" unless you're a real fan of the Dragon Quest games themselves. Don't expect any orchestration here, trust me.

But the weirdness doesn't end there, folks. Disc 3 is an odd duck, in that it has the music from the first 7 games being played on something between a moog synthesizer and the SNES sound chip. Upon further investigation, I found out that these are actually ringtones! Imagine having the main theme alerting you to a call! Could it be the call of...ADVENTURE?! Probably not, but anyone who wants some DQ goodness on their phones, you can get it here!

If you're really a fan of the music from the first 4 games, I suppose you might want to pick up volume 1. Also, the ringtone thing is nice. Otherwise, spend your money somewhere else, and stay tuned for a review of volume 2!

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas



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