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Megaten World ~ Goddess World

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Catalog Number: PCCG-00257
Released On: April 21, 1994
Composed By: Tsukasa Masuko, Hiroyuki Yanada, Hidehito Aoki
Arranged By: Hideyuki Tsunoda
Published By: Pony Canyon
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - House of Heresy
02 - Ginza
03 - Cathedral
04 - Ending
05 - Last Bible
06 - Rocky Mountain of Paro
07 - The Ark
08 - Gaia
09 - Together with the Force
10 - Frame Up Fragment
11 - Devil Dance
12 - Chaotic Law
13 - Scene of Carnage
14 - Pallid Tears
Total Time:
46'31"

Is there anything in this world that's cooler than (Shin) Megami Tensei? I DON'T THINK SO!

Okay, so that was the most subjective statement I've made in a couple years. But seriously, Atlus has really allowed Shin Megami Tensei to take off in the last five years. The series is rich in historical, religious, and mythological reference. It makes for strong social commentary for the past and the present. Also, as RPGs, they are a ton of fun to play.

But back in the day, the Goddess' Revelation was going on at a much smaller scale. Yet, the soundtracks were kicking as much digital-demon butt back then as they do now. We're talking pre-Meguro here, when people like Tsukasa Masuko reigned supreme. Funk, jazz, rock, neo-classic orchestra, all in a high-quality synth recording arena? Yes please!

Honestly, I can't think of anything intelligent to say about this particular arranged album. When I listen to it, my mind just melts and I want to say "awww, yeah." If the band members of Genesis all procreated with Japanese women, and their children were raised on a healthy ecclectic diet of Baroque, Romantic, 1960s jazz/rock, 1970s disco, and just a hint of ethnic/world music, and then they were told to write their own music... The resulting album would sound mighty close to "Megaten World."

Being from 1994, the album is quite obscure, but it's one of the best arranged albums in the SMT franchise pre-2000, so collectors will definitely want to check it out. I can't decide between this and the live performance from the first "Devil Summoner" album. Both are good...but this one kicks me in the face, and I like it!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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