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All Sounds of SaGa
Catalog Number: N32D-007/8 (reprint NTCP-1004/5)
Released On: December 21, 1991 (reprint December 15, 2004)
Composed By: disc 1 - Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Ito; disc 2 (except for 21) - Ryuji Sasai, Chihiro Fujioka
Arranged By: (disc 2 track 21) - Nobuo Uematsu
Published By: NTT Publishing/Square Brand (reprint NTT Publishing)
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Warrior in the Tower of the Spirit World ~ SaGa
01 - Prologue
02 - Main Theme
03 - Town Theme
04 - Fight
05 - Eat the meat
06 - Demon Cave
07 - Hurry up!
08 - Fierce Battle
09 - Requiem
10 - Forbidden Tower
11 - Wipe Away Your Tears
12 - Knights of the Demon World Tower
13 - The Highest Floor
14 - Furious Battle
15 - Epilogue
SaGa 2 ~ The Treasure Legend
16 - The Legend Begins
17 - Searching for the Secret Treasure
18 - Lethal Strike
19 - Eat the meat
20 - Peaceful World
21 - Adventurer's Theme
22 - Pillar of Heaven
23 - Through the Cramped Darkness
24 - Wandering Spirit
25 - Theme of the New God
26 - Ah!!
27 - Decisive Battle
28 - Mystery of the Secret Treasure
29 - Never Give Up
30 - Wipe Away Your Tears
31 - Burning Blood
32 - Saving the World
33 - Ending Theme 1
34 - Ending Theme 2
Total Time:
51'27"

Disc Two
The Ruler of Time and Space ~ SaGa 3
01 - Opening
02 - Setting Off Into the Future
03 - Deep
04 - Oasis
05 - Fight!
06 - Holy Ruins
07 - Stronghold
08 - Gods of Another Dimension
09 - Eat the meat
10 - Warrior's Rest
11 - Theme of Another Dimension
12 - Village in a Strange Land
13 - Dungeon
14 - Steslos
15 - Insanity
16 - Wipe Away Your Tears
17 - Dark Zone
18 - Laguna's Palace
19 - Spiritual Battle
20 - Supreme Ruler of Time and Space
SaGa Arrange Version
21 - SaGa Arrange Version "Journey's End" (Prologue~Town~Main~Wipe Away Your Tears~Epilogue)
Total Time:
36'51"

All Sounds of SaGa is a compilation OST, containing all the original tracks to SaGa 1-3 (or, in America, Final Fantasy Legend 1-3), as well as one arranged track of songs from the first SaGa. SaGa 1 and 2 were co-composed by Uematsu and Ito, and the less-impressive SaGa 3 was composed by Ryuji Sasai (who is one of my favorite unknown composers) and Chihiro Fujioka (who, as far as I know, has never worked with Square again).

The best gameboy soundtrack ever? How about, the best composition for a videogame soundtrack?!? It may sound ludicrous, but I stand firm in that belief. Considering what they had to work with (three different synth voices could run at the same time, and they all sounded pretty similar) they created one heck of a soundtrack. Case in point, disc 1 track 14 (last boss of SaGa): what lacks in synth quality is made up for, in a sense, with quantity. What I'm talking about here is the EXTREMELY fast runs of notes that play as one of the three synth voices. Through what I would consider the first part of the song, this part is running in 16th notes...but by the second part, it's running in 32nd notes (and it's not just a trill, the notes are spread out and they sound GREAT). And is it only possible for a fast song to excel? No sir! "Wipe Away Your Tears", now a staple in the SaGa series (a total of five original soundtrack versions of this song exist), this song is an amazing work as far as composition goes, better than most of Uematsu's trademark "sadness" themes in the Final Fantasy series.

At this point, I am honestly led to believe that very few original soundtracks have as much composition merit as this one. Perhaps it was the limited resources that allowed the composers to focus on what is most important...if so, I think most OSTs should start on Gameboy-quality sound systems and then build from there. Either way, this is still one of my favorite soundtracks to listen to, and no one can deny how awesome this is for Gameboy.

The arranged track at the end is somewhat dissappointing, especially if you were expecting an orchestral piece similar to Romancing SaGa 3: Windy Tale. It's nothing more than a higher-quality synth medley. It's good...but it really isn't anything special.

The booklet with this soundtrack has some very neat artwork that American gamers missed out on. There are pictures of main characters throughout the series, as well as major villains and monsters that reappeared throughout the series. This was a very special surprise for me personally, because I love these gameboy games.

Like the other two one-print-only Square soundtracks (Hanjuku Hero OST and FF Mystic Quest OST), this soundtrack has become VERY rare. A standard price for it is $60, varying drastically with higher prices, and there are also some lower prices (the lowest I've ever seen was $45, which is what I proudly purchased mine for). eBay is your only chance, friend: Good luck!

Editor's Note: long after the writing of this review, NTT inexplicably decided to reprint it, so now it is more readily available!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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