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Nintendo DS Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver Music Super Complete

[back cover]
Catalog Number: ZMCP-5243
Released On: October 28, 2009
Composed By: Go Ichinose, Jun'ichi Masuda, Morikazu Aoki, Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Sato, Satoshi Nohara
Arranged By: Go Ichinose, Jun'ichi Masuda, Morikazu Aoki, Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Sato, Takuto Kitsuta
Published By: Media Factory
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Opening
02 - Title
03 - The Adventure Begins!
04 - New Bark Town
05 - Come Along
06 - Kotone
07 - Elm Research Lab
08 - Obtained Key Item!
09 - Route 29
10 - Battle! Wild Pokémon (Johto)
11 - Victory Against Wild Pokémon!
12 - Level Up!
13 - Cherrygrove City
14 - Come Along 2
15 - Pokémon Center
16 - Recovery
17 - Spotted! Boy 1
18 - Battle! Trainer (Johto)
19 - Victory Against Trainer!
20 - Route 30
21 - PokéDex Rating...That's No Good
22 - Violet City
23 - Sprout Tower
24 - Spotted! Sage
25 - Friendly Shop
26 - Obtained Pokémon Egg!
27 - Kimono Girls
28 - Union Cave
29 - Obtained Item!
30 - Ruins of Alph
31 - Radio: "Unown"
32 - PokéDex Rating...Not Yet
33 - Azalea Town
34 - Spotted! Team Rocket
35 - Battle! Team Rocket
36 - Route 34
37 - Enter the Rival!
38 - Battle! Rival
39 - Evolution
40 - Congratulations on Your Evolution!
41 - Goldenrod City
42 - Gym
43 - Battle! Gym Leader (Johto)
44 - Victory Against Gym Leader!
45 - Obtained League Badge!
46 - Radio: "Pokémon Channel"
47 - Radio: "Buena's Password"
48 - Obtained TM!
49 - Goldenrod Game Corner
50 - Slots Win!
51 - Obtained Accessory
52 - Global Terminal
53 - GTS
54 - PokéDex Rating...Keep it up!
55 - Bicycle
56 - Spotted! Girl 1
57 - PokéGear Number Registered!
58 - National Park
59 - Obtained Berry
60 - Ecruteak City
61 - Kimono Dance Theater
62 - Burned Tower
63 - Eusine
64 - Radio: "Oak's Pokémon Talk"
65 - PokéDex Rating...Getting Better!
66 - Route 38
67 - Radio: "Pokémon March"
68 - Battle! Raikou
69 - Olivine Lighthouse
70 - Surf
71 - Cianwood City
72 - Entrusted a Pokémon!
73 - Route 42
74 - Strange Radio Signal
75 - Rocket Hideout
76 - Spotted! Suspicious Person 1
77 - Enter the Rival! 2
78 - Radio Tower Takeover!
79 - Ice Path
80 - Move Deleted
81 - Dragon's Den
82 - Clair
83 - Battle! Entei
84 - Tin Tower
85 - Dance of the Sacred Beasts
86 - Ho-Oh's Advent!
87 - Battle! Ho-Oh
Total Time:
65'37"

Disc Two
01 - Route 26
02 - S.S. Aqua
03 - Vermilion City
04 - Battle! Gym Leader (Kanto)
05 - Lavender Town
06 - Rock Tunnel
07 - Battle! Wild Pokémon (Kanto)
08 - PokéDex Rating...One More Step!
09 - Cerulean City
10 - Route 24
11 - Magnet Train
12 - Radio: "Pokémon Lullaby"
13 - Battle! Suicune
14 - Celadon City
15 - Hibiki
16 - Route 11
17 - Radio: "Poké Flute"
18 - Viridian Forest
19 - Spotted! Boy 2
20 - Pewter City
21 - Route 3
22 - Spotted! Suspicious Person 2
23 - Mt. Moon
24 - Route 1
25 - Pallet Town
26 - Professor Oak
27 - PokéDex Rating...Perfect!
28 - Spotted! Girl 2
29 - Battle! Trainer (Kanto)
30 - Cinnabar Island
31 - Route 47
32 - Safari Zone Gate
33 - Safari Zone
34 - Radio: "Variety Channel"
35 - Bug-Catching Contest, Start!
36 - Bug-Catching Contest
37 - Placed 3rd in the Bug-Catching Contest!
38 - Placed 2nd in the Bug-Catching Contest!
39 - Won the Bug-Catching Contest!
40 - Pokéthlon - Dome
41 - Pokéthlon - Changed into the Jersey!
42 - Pokéthlon - Opening Ceremony
43 - Pokéthlon - Start of the Event!
44 - Pokéthlon - During the Event!
45 - Pokéthlon - Currently in 1st Place!
46 - Pokéthlon - The Finals
47 - Pokéthlon - Announcing the Results
48 - Pokéthlon - Awards Ceremony
49 - Pokéthlon Champion!
50 - Mystery Gift
51 - Battle Tower Reception Desk
52 - Battle Tower (Johto)
53 - Received Battle Points!
54 - Battle Factory
55 - Battle Hall
56 - Battle Arcade
57 - Received BP at the Battle Arcade!
58 - Battle Castle
59 - Received Castle Points!
60 - Battle! Frontier Brain
61 - Victory Against Frontier Brain!
62 - Radio: "Trainer Channel"
63 - Spin Trade
64 - Wi-Fi Communication
65 - Wi-Fi Plaza
66 - Wi-Fi Plaza - Plaza Game
67 - Cleared Plaza Game
68 - Wi-Fi Plaza - Parade
69 - Radio: "Route 101"
70 - Radio: "Route 201"
71 - PokéWalker
72 - Enter the Spiky-Eared Pichu!
73 - Spotted! Kimono Girl
74 - Lugia's Revelation!
75 - Battle! Lugia
76 - Victory Road
77 - Pokémon League
78 - Battle! Champion
79 - Hall of Fame
80 - Ending
81 - THE END
82 - Battle! Super-Ancient Pokémon
83 - Shinto Ruins
84 - Arceus
Total Time:
72'12"

Disc Three
01 - Opening
02 - Title
03 - New Bark Town
04 - Come Along
05 - Elm Research Lab
06 - Route 29
07 - Battle! Wild Pokémon (Johto)
08 - Victory Against Wild Pokémon!
09 - Cherrygrove City
10 - Come Along 2
11 - Pokémon Center
12 - Spotted! Boy 1
13 - Battle! Trainer (Johto)
14 - Victory Against Trainer!
15 - Route 30
16 - Violet City
17 - Sprout Tower
18 - Spotted! Sage
19 - Friendly Shop
20 - Union Cave
21 - Ruins of Alph
22 - Azalea Town
23 - Spotted! Team Rocket
24 - Battle! Team Rocket
25 - Route 34
26 - Enter the Rival!
27 - Battle! Rival
28 - Evolution
29 - Goldenrod City
30 - Gym
31 - Battle! Gym Leader (Johto)
32 - Victory Against Gym Leader!
33 - Goldenrod Game Corner
34 - Global Terminal
35 - Bicycle
36 - Spotted! Girl 1
37 - National Park
38 - Bug-Catching Contest, Start!
39 - Bug-Catching Contest
40 - Ecruteak City
41 - Kimono Dance Theater
42 - Spotted! Kimono Girl
43 - Burned Tower
44 - Eusine
45 - Spotted! Suspicious Person 1
46 - Route 38
47 - Olivine Lighthouse
48 - Surf
49 - Route 42
50 - Rocket Hideout
51 - Enter the Rival! 2
52 - Rocket Tower Takeover!
53 - Tin Tower
54 - Battle! Suicune
55 - Ice Path
56 - Dragon's Den
57 - Clair
58 - Route 26
59 - S.S. Aqua
60 - Vermilion City
61 - Battle! Gym Leader (Kanto)
62 - Lavender Town
63 - Rock Tunnel
64 - Battle! Wild Pokémon (Kanto)
65 - Cerulean City
66 - Route 24
67 - Magnet Train
68 - Celadon City
69 - Route 11
70 - Viridian Forest
71 - Spotted! Boy 2
72 - Pewter City
73 - Route 3
74 - Spotted! Suspicious Person 2
75 - Mt. Moon
76 - Route 1
77 - Pallet Town
78 - Professor Oak
79 - Spotted! Girl 2
80 - Battle! Trainer (Kanto)
81 - Cinnabar Island
82 - Route 47
83 - Safari Zone Gate
84 - Safari Zone
85 - Pokémon Channel Medley!
86 - Pokéthlon - Dome
87 - Pokéthlon - Opening Ceremony
88 - Pokéthlon - Start of the Event!
89 - Pokéthlon - During the Event!
90 - Pokéthlon - The Finals!
91 - Pokéthlon - Announcing the Results
92 - Pokéthlon - Awards Ceremony
93 - Battle Tower Reception Desk
94 - Battle Tower (Johto)
95 - Victory Road
96 - Pokémon League
97 - Battle! Champion
98 - Hall of Fame
99 - Ending
Total Time:
76'34"

In the HeartGold/SoulSilver soundtrack, we find a couple of diamonds (and pearls) in the rough.

Seriously, when they named this album "Music Super Complete," they weren't kidding. Every single melodic theme, and all its many variations, found a way onto this soundtrack. The average (mean and median) track time is under 50 seconds, as each disc holds anywhere from 80 to 99 tracks. The sheer quantity is daunting. And though, for some rabid PokéFans, every single jingle found on this soundtrack might be worth its weight in (Heart)Gold, I found that only a select few tracks stand out.

Someone should really consider doing a 15 track arranged album using some of the best themes from all the Pokémon games. That would be worth listening to.

But enough speculation. We're here to talk about the three disc soundtrack for HeartGold and SoulSilver. This is a DS remake of "Gold and Silver," the definitive Pokémon games for Game Boy Color. The first two discs feature all the music for the two DS games. The third disc is a collection of music from the original Game Boy games (though this set of music seems slightly less complete, at least by comparing tracklists). What was packed into 3 discs really should have been expanded to a five or six disc set with looped tracks. Because even the lengthiest, most enjoyable tracks (some nearly reach the two minute mark!) deserve more time so that the listener can soak in the melody.

Among the tracks that I found to be enjoyable, the big two, by type, were town themes and battle themes. I don't think this is an uncommon finding when surveying the whole of Go Ichinose's and Jun'ichi Masuda's Pokémon work. But there's just so much music, so many short little melodies, that break up the action of the "good songs," it's hard to appreciate a straight listen of this soundtrack. I eventually found it better to create a custom playlist with some of my favorite pieces to listen to. When there are nearly 300 tracks for one soundtrack, consolidation is the only sane thing to do.

Nearly every Pokémon soundtrack has gone out of print shortly after release, with no reprints in sight. I recommend interested fans buy this album now, before they lose the opportunity. If nothing else, the bonus disc with the original Game Boy chiptunes serves as a wonderful lesson in PokéHistory. And if you're really into chiptunes, you may well find disc three to be your favorite. Me? I liked the DS music a lot, but the GB music was also great. I'm not sure which I like more. But I'm glad that both came in this package!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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