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The Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy OST - The White Witch / A Tear of Vermillion

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Catalog Number: LACA-5382
Released On: May 25, 2005
Composed By: Sound Team JDK, riya (01, 31)
Arranged By: Sound Team JDK, Tamiya Terashima, Tomohiko Kishimoto, MANYO (01), Hajime Kikuchi (31)
Published By: Lantis
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Opening Theme Song
01 - Beyond Time (half edit)
Original Game Soundtrack
02 - Opening
03 - Music Box
04 - Cheerful Event
05 - Shalinay (Movie Event)
06 - Suspicious Event
07 - Comical Event
08 - Plain
09 - Coal Mine
10 - After Galga Left the Town
11 - Poison Swamp
12 - Geld Event / Geld's Hill
13 - Darts
14 - Sad Event
15 - Beach of Bolt
16 - Defeated in Combat
17 - Utility
18 - Lost Forest
19 - Ordos Town
20 - Ordos Cathedral
21 - Desert (Gidona)
22 - Prison
23 - Colosseum
24 - Serious Event (Dream)
25 - In Memorial - Requiem
26 - Lude Castle
27 - Before the Battle with Queen Isabelle
28 - Ending Geld Demise
29 - Ending Lude Castle Throne
30 - Ending Show (Geld)
Bonus Track
31 - Toki no Mukou Gawa (~cuckool mix~)
Total Time:
62'49"

When Bandai published the ported Legend of Heroes "Gagharv Trilogy" (III, IV, V) for PSP, Lantis produced a new theme song called "Beyond Time" ("Toki no Mukou Gawa" in Japanese). Other than that, compositions for the game's soundtrack remained Falcom's responsibility. Of course, why create new music when there's plenty of Legend of Heroes music out there already?

Though this soundtrack claims (by the front packaging) to be a soundtrack for both "The White Witch" (LoH III, "Shiroki Majo") and "A Tear of Vermillion" (LoH IV, "Akai Shimizu"), the tracklist shows clearly that these are taken entirely from Legend of Heroes III. It can be assumed that the LoH IV logo was stuck on the packaging because it too shares the beautiful opening theme song from riya.

This tracklist of LoH III music is from a hodge-podge of sources, much like "Very Best of Legend of Heroes III", but now an OST for the PSP version. These arranged tracks (be they from the Electric Orchestra, the "White Witch" Symphonic Fantasy, Symphony Gagharv Trilogy, the Piano Collection, or other sources) fit nicely into the game...but as a soundtrack release, there is a feeling of awkwardness. This soundtrack was pieced together in a way that makes it feel artificial, especially for fans of the game and its music.

I was not able to determine the origin of every single song on this soundtrack; this may be my own ignorance, or it may be that some songs were taken from the most recent OST releases and upgraded in synth for the PSP release. I do not know.

At the end of the day, however, this soundtrack contains virtually no "exclusive" music. The only exclusive track it has is the "cuckool" mix of the theme song, which is enjoyable, but not nearly as good as the original. As this is the case, I recommend fans of the Legend of Heroes series skip over this soundtrack if they already own other LoH CDs and get the theme song single instead of this soundtrack. If, however, you don't own any LoH soundtracks and the series is new to you (thanks to Bandai's bringing Tear of Vermillion to America), then go ahead and pick up this unique blend of White Witch sounds.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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