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Persona OST CD

[back cover]
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: April 29, 2009 (reprint September 22, 2009)
Composed By: Hidehito Aoki, Misaki Okibe, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Shoji Meguro
Arranged By: Kenichi Tsuchiya, Shoji Meguro, Ryota Koduka
Published By: Atlus
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Dream of Butterfly
02 - Persona's Door
03 - Paranormal Phenomena
04 - My Name is Philemon
05 - Name Entry
06 - Bestowing the Persona
07 - School Days
08 - ICU Panic
09 - A Lone Prayer
10 - Mad Hospital
11 - Guidance
12 - Mikage Police Station
13 - Appearance!
14 - Strange Atmosphere
15 - Let Butterflies Spread Until the Dawn
16 - Maki
17 - SEBEC
18 - The Girl in Black
19 - Battle with Tesso
20 - Shopping
21 - Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy's Theme 2009
22 - Aria of the Soul
23 - Persona Fusion
24 - Quest for the Expel Mirror
25 - Kama Palace
26 - Mikage Ruins
27 - Lost Forest
28 - Mana Castle
29 - Confrontation
30 - Bloody Destiny
31 - Persona
Total Time:
51'11"

Disc Two
01 - Ice Castle
02 - Frozen St. Hermelin
03 - Search for the Shards
04 - Sweet Slumber
05 - Hypnos Tower
06 - A Warning
07 - Twisted Revenge
08 - Nemesis Tower
09 - Prison of Death
10 - Thanatos Tower
11 - Eternal Night
12 - Devil's Peak
13 - Queen Asura's Descent
14 - Night Queen
15 - Morning of St. Hermelin
16 - Agastya Tree
17 - Daily Life
18 - Tension
19 - Haunted Mansion
20 - At Deva Yuga's Door
21 - Deva Yuga
22 - Closed Heart
23 - Smile
24 - To Alaya Cavern
25 - Alaya Cavern
26 - Space
27 - Avidia World
28 - Sea of Conciousness
29 - Overcoming Sadness
30 - To a Shining Future...
31 - Bringer of all Misfortune
32 - Pandora, the Last Battle
33 - Maki's Confession
34 - Season of Cherry Blossoms
35 - Voice
36 - Dream of Butterfly (Instrumental)
Total Time:
46'09"

The American print of the album, entitled "Shin Megami Tensei: Persona OST," is the exact same two disc set.

When I heard Atlus was bundling a two-disc bonus OST with their new PSP version of the first game in the Persona series, I thought to myself: "not again!" You see, the full soundtrack for Persona has been printed not once, but twice! First by "First Smile" (now out of business), and again by King Records. The last thing I needed was a separate printing of these familiar tunes.

But when I got my hands on the soundtrack, I made a startling discovery: this was an entirely new soundtrack! Though a few pieces were brought over from the original PlayStation game (and re-arranged for this new version), the vast majority (I'd say somewhere between 65% and 80%) of the music here is entirely new compositions. Seriously, I was shocked.

This may not come as welcome news for fans of the game who want to re-experience it on the PSP. But as a game music collector, I was quite pleased with the prospect of new Persona music. And I have to say, this soundtrack delivers. There's a little something for everyone. For example, if you like the vocal stylings of Persona 3 and 4, know that this OST includes a whole bunch of new vocal tracks. I'm estimating again, but I'd guess there are about seven vocal tracks across the two discs (including the new version of the Satomi Tadashi Drugstore song). Songs like "School Days," "Dream of Butterfly," and "Voice" have that same, signature Meguro pop sound you heard in later Persona titles.

But the instrumental tracks pay respect to the days of old. I have fond memories of the original Persona soundtrack; and though the melodies aren't the same, and even though the style is slightly refined, I think I can safely say that the music remains true to the "feel" of the first Persona. Your creepy school, the shopping mall, the dungeons (including that awful hedge maze), and even the hospital where we find Maki–all of these places feature music that somehow manages to "fit" my expectations, while still sounding new and fresh to my ears.

If you're reading this review and thinking "I need to import this soundtrack, and it's a promo? What a pain!" I have good news for you. Atlus USA issued this same soundtrack when they brought the localized Persona PSP to we happy English-speaking gamers. So don't fret: just get the September 22nd American release and you'll be in business!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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