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Gyakuten Saiban + Gyakuten Saiban 2 OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: CPCA-1087/8
Released On: March 31, 2004
Composed By: Masakazu Sugimori (disc 1), Akemi Kimura (disc 2), J.S. Bach
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Suleputer
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Gyakuten Saiban
01 - Gyakuten Saiban - Prologue
02 - Courtroom Lounge ~ Beginning Prelude
03 - Gyakuten Saiban - Trial
04 - Examination ~ Moderate 2001
05 - Logic and Trick
06 - Ryuuichi Naruhodou ~ Objection! 2001
07 - Examination ~ Allegro 2001
08 - Investigation ~ Cornered
09 - Announce the Truth 2001
10 - Suspense
11 - Investigation ~ Cornered / Variation
12 - Jingle ~ It Doesn't End Here
13 - Search ~ Opening 2001
14 - Shinshuu Ryouri ~ Gyakuten Sisters' Theme 2001
15 - Police Cell ~ Jailers' Elegy
16 - Keisuke Itonoko ~ Itonoko Geijissu
17 - Reminiscence ~ True Evening of Grief
18 - Soranosuke Hoshikage ~ Age, Regret, Reward
19 - Congratulations Everybody
20 - Reminiscence ~ Light and Shadow at the Film Studio
21 - Oo-edo Soldier Tonosaman
22 - Reminiscence ~ DL6 Case
23 - Search ~ Core 2001
24 - Reminiscence ~ Classroom Trial
25 - Won the Lawsuit! ~ The First Success
26 - Gyakuten Saiban - End
27 - Gyakuten Sisters' Ballad
Total Time:
44'28"

Disc Two
Gyakuten Saiban 2
01 - Gyakuten Saiban 2 - Prologue ~ From J.S. Bach 'Tocatta and Fugue in D- BWV565'
02 - Arrival Melody / Takamasa Moroheiya
03 - Courtroom Lounge ~ Overture Again
04 - Gyakuten Saiban 2 - Trial
05 - Examination ~ Moderate 2002
06 - Trick and Magic
07 - Ryuuichi Naruhodou ~ Objection! 2002
08 - Examination ~ Allegro 2002
09 - Investigation ~ Cross-Examination
10 - Announce the Truth 2002
11 - Arrival Melody / Ryuuichi Naruhodou
12 - Investigation ~ Cross-Examination / Variation
13 - Jingle ~ I Can't Sleep on a Night Like This
14 - Psycho Lock
15 - Search ~ Opening 2002
16 - Shinshuu Ryouri ~ Gyakuten Sisters' Theme 2002
17 - Police Cell ~ Elegy of Surveillance Cameras
18 - Souin Village
19 - Reminiscence ~ Scars Etched by Flame
20 - Eccentric
21 - Gorgeous!
22 - Tachimi - Circus
23 - Congratulations Everybody, Again
24 - Reminiscence ~ True Pain
25 - Sasayuuemon Kuroushike ~ The Murderous Gentleman's Pleasure
26 - Harumi Ryouri ~ Hamichan Questioning
27 - Search ~ In the Midst 2002
28 - Great Revival ~ Reiji Mitsurugi
29 - Hotline of Fate
30 - Search ~ Core 2002
31 - Reminiscence ~ Tonosaman's Ballad
32 - Great Revival ~ Myou Shuma
33 - Won the Lawsuit! ~ Success Again
34 - Gyakuten Saiban 2 - End
35 - Prosecutors' Murmurings ~ Expecting the Next Meeting
Total Time:
53'23"

For those unfamiliar with the title, Gyakuten Saiban is the Japanese name for the US game Phoenix Wright. Many of the songs from the first CD of this collection should be familiar to anyone who's ever played the US release of the game. The second CD in this album is comprised entirely of music from its sequel.

Music from the first game was composed primarily by Masakazu Sugimori. As stated in an earlier review of Phoenix Wright, the music on the soundtrack remains entirely 16-bit. However, the music really did set the mood for the game and created an unforgettable soundtrack. The sampling work by Sugimori is simply superb. While tracks like "Examination ~ Moderate 2001" and "Examination ~ Allegro 2001" seem to be remixes of each other, they are really quite different in their own way. Sometimes, when completely wrapped up in a game as intense as Phoenix Wright can be, it's easy to not hear these differences but individually on a CD, the differences come out quite well. Also, the 7 additional tracks (tracks 28-34) the Gyakuten Saiban Yomigaeru Gyakuten OST reviewed earlier are missing from this CD.

Akemi Kimura is responsible for the soundtrack in Gyakuten Saiban II. Like Sugimori before him, Kimura is able to make full use of 16-bit sound to set both tone and mood. Both the "Prologue" and "Arrival Melody" makes great use of perhaps what is one of the most well known "sinister" classical pieces, J.S. Bach "Toccatta and Fugue in D". While there are a few light hearted pieces in this CD, such as the slightly remixed track "Shinshuu Ryouri ~ Gyakuten Sisters' Theme 2002", the Prologue sets the mood for an overall darker soundtrack than the first one. For the second soundtrack, Kimura took a lot of the more popular tracks from the first game like "Examination ~ Moderate 2001" and "Search ~ Core 2001" and altered them by dropping down to a minor key and heavily modifying the melody to fit the darker, more intense feel the second soundtrack has over the first.

Both CDs are worth listening to, both together and apart. It's always a welcome change to listen to great sampled 16-bit music when the trend in games these days seems to be geared towards sweeping orchestration and J-pop.

Note: This album was a special order from Capcom, but you can still get it from VGM World as a special order.

Reviewed by: Rebecca Cheng



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