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Tamamayu Monogatari OST
Catalog Number: ABCA-5
Released On: December 23, 1998
Composed By: Kimitaka Matsumae
Arranged By: Kimitaka Matsumae
Published By: Absord Music Japan
Recorded At: Magnet Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Opening ~ Genesis
02 - Legend of Arcana ~ Main Theme
03 - Sirus Village
04 - Dream
05 - Invasion
06 - Time of Judgment
07 - The Binding Ceremony
08 - Legend of Arcana ~ Clandestine Meeting
09 - Gate to the Binding World
10 - Neverending Corridor
11 - Area of Space-Time Part 1
12 - Area of Space-Time Part 2
13 - Sirus Village ~ Night of the Funeral
14 - Beetle Forest
15 - Battle ~ Drill
16 - The Blue Cocoon Master ~ Kolis
17 - Masked Man ~ Louie
18 - Dragonfly Forest
19 - Birdman Kikinak
20 - Sirus Village ~ Chrysalis
21 - Legend of Arcana ~ Adventure
22 - Gi, the Seer
23 - Spider Forest
24 - Yamoo Tribe
25 - The Godtree
26 - Gehenna's Art ~ The Seal
27 - Battle ~ The One Who Stood in the Way
28 - Passion
29 - Sirus Village ~ The Holy Ghost
30 - Moth Forest
31 - The Promised Land ~ Khem'el Temple
32 - Gatewatcher of Time ~ Ni, the Chief
33 - Battle ~ Destiny
34 - Ending ~ Truth of Wisdom
35 - Staff Roll
Total Time:
71'56''
I'd never played the game, but something drew me to this soundtrack. I didn't know what to expect at first; there are a lot of mediocre RPG soundtracks out there, and I was afraid this would prove to be yet another. Thankfully, I was wrong. Tamamayu Monogatari (Jade Cocoon in the US) is different from anything I've heard before it. Its unique blend of tribal and orchestral themes make it an invigorating change in this sea of never ending Final Fantasy wannabe's.

Just imagine walking through a jungle with lush, verdant leaves brushing against your cheeks, while streams of golden light filter down from above. Then imagine coming across a small village, straw huts protected by the canopy of trees overhead. These were images I imagined while listening to the music on this CD. Kimitaka Matsumae did a wonderful job of immersing you into the tribal locales of the game, creating a forested atmosphere that's present throughout. And when we do hear a divergence, it's usually with an emotional, orchestra-styled piece that is likely an in-game cut scene or event piece. Many tracks have a mystical feel to them, as well, such as songs that would be played at sacred ceremonies only performed deep within the heart of the jungle, which can be quite breathtaking at times.

Two themes recur throughout: "Legend of Arcana," the game's Main Theme, and Sirus Village. Thankfully, the Main Theme happens to be one of the more enjoyable pieces on the soundtrack. Its arrangement is not only dramatically beautiful, but has a mystical quality to it. And we get four (including the ending theme) doses of it, each one just as enjoyable as the last. "Sirus Village's" also gets numerous arrangements, each one in style and feel that coincide with plot developments in the game and conveys a certain emotion for that particular time in the village. "Night of the Funeral" is a more somber rendition while the "Holy Ghost" is hauntingly beautiful in its simplicity. What I found to be the most interesting pieces were the decidedly ambient "forest" themes. Not as melodic as some of the other compositions, they perfectly capture the feel of dense forests populated by many strange and exotic creatures. Matsumae is a talented composer, and he did wonders with this music.

For those who have played the game, I won't have to urge you to seek out this album. For everyone else, unless you absolutely hate ethnic sounding music, you cannot go wrong with this CD. The tribal elements that influence the entire album make it a very unique and enjoyable experience. The bad news is you'll have a really hard time finding this treasure. It's been out of print for almost 2 years, and I haven't seen it listed for sale on any retailers site, nor has it ever showed up on Ebay, at least while I was looking. If possible, try special ordering it from places like Animenation. And if you're able to use Yahoo Japan, you'll probably have the best chance of finding it there. With any luck, you may be able to snag yourself a copy.

Reviewed by: Lucy Rzeminski



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