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Genso Suikoden Music Collection Produced by Kentarou Haneda

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Catalog Number: KMCA-143
Released On: April 24, 2002
Composed By: Miki Higashino, Masahiko Kimura, Keiko Fukami, Takashi Yoshida
Arranged By: Kousuke Yamashita, Hiroshi Takaki, Michiru Oshima, Rie Akagi, Kenji Yamamoto
Published By: Konami Music Entertainment
Recorded At: Crescente Studio, On Air Azabu Studio, Flair Mastering Works
Format: 1 CD
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Tracklist:

01 - From Genso Suikoden "Into a World of Fantasy"
02 - From Genso Suikoden "Searching the Royal Palace"
03 - From Genso Suikoden II "Occupied City"
04 - From Genso Suikoden II "Gothic Neclord"
05 - From Genso Suikoden "Theme of Sadness"
06 - From Genso Suikoden II "Beautiful Morning"
07 - From Genso Suikoden III "Mountain Crossing"
08 - From Genso Suikoden III "Good Crop Festival"
09 - From Genso Suikoden II "Reminiscence"
10 - From Genso Suikoden "Avertuneiro Antes Lance Mao ~The Battle Has Ended~"
Total Time:
42'01"

As a big fan of Suikoden music, I couldn't help but seek out the two Genso Suikoden Ongakushu albums. While I tend to enjoy Hiroyuki Nanba's arrangements more because of their experimental nature, Kentarou Haneda's arrangements are solid through and through, relying on traditional instrument combinations and a mixture of chamber music, piano, and light jazz.

The most interesting thing about this album is how it manages to adeptly portray such great Suikoden tunes as "Gothic Neclord" and "Theme of Sadness" so beautifully and clearly while still providing interesting and divergent arrangements. You'll be able to pick out all the pieces without referring to the tracklist, provided you've played the Suikoden games.

While Haneda's Ongakushu has a similar tracklist to Nanba's, I prefer Haneda's interpretation of "Moutain Crossing," though Nanba's got the more energetic "Gothic Neclord" and more emotional "Reminiscence" (Haneda's is more upbeat). Still, Handea does an outstanding job with all the pieces on this CD, and I can't think of a reason any Suikoden fan would decline to pick up this CD given the chance. Perhaps those who can't tolerate piano or light jazz may decline, but otherwise it's one of the more enjoyable game music CDs out there right now, and should appeal to the mainstream more than Nanba's.

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas



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