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SaGa Battle Track Compilation
Catalog Number: SQEX-10220
Released On: January 1, 2011
Composed By: Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Ito, Ryuji Sasai, Masashi Hamauzu
Arranged By: Tsuyoshi Sekito
Published By: Square Enix
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Warrior in the Tower of the Spirit World SaGa
01 - Battle
02 - Fierce Battle
03 - Furious Battle
SaGa 2 The Treasure Legend
04 - Lethal Strike
05 - At the End of the Decisive Battle
06 - Save the world
The Ruler of Time and Space SaGa 3
07 - Gods of Another Dimension
08 - Hold Your Tears
09 - Divine Battle
Romancing SaGa
10 - Battle 1
11 - Battle 2
12 - Decisive Battle! Saruin
Romancing SaGa 2
13 - Battle with Kzinssie
14 - Seven Heroes Battle
15 - Last Battle
Romancing SaGa 3
16 - Four Demon Nobles Battle 1
17 - Four Demon Nobles Battle 2
18 - Last Battle
SaGa Frontier
19 - Battle #4
20 - Battle #5
21 - Last Battle -T260G-
SaGa Frontier II
22 - Feldschlacht III
23 - Feldschlacht IV
24 - Mißgestalt
UNLIMITED:SaGa
25 - Battle Theme II
26 - Battle Theme IV
27 - Battle Theme EX
Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song-
28 - Passionate Rhythm
29 - Believing My Justice
30 - Decisive Battle! Saruin -Final Battle with Saruin-
Warrior in the Tower of the Spirit World SaGa
31 - Eat the meat
Total Time:
78'35"

Bottom line (at the top): unnecessary for hardcore collectors, perfect introduction for newcomers.

I actually don't own this CD. I don't need to own it. I confirmed with someone who does own it, and there were no bonus or hidden tracks. Nothing is new. It is a compilation in the most true sense of the word.

Square Enix has been milking their old battle themes, as seen in those Battle Music Collections (currently up to Vol.3, running from 1987 to 2000 on the Square side). And for the SaGa series, there was actually a promotional CD release a few years ago called "Kenji Ito x SaGa Battle." Now, this collection obviously didn't have any non-Ito SaGa music, so SaGa 1, SaGa 3, SaGa Frontier 2, and Unlimited SaGa didn't make the cut.

The point is, we've been down variations of this road many times before. And for anyone who owns the 20 disc box set, you can (and I did) re-create this album just by building a custom playlist using the track names from the album.

What this album does is paint a great picture, in the form of a timeline, showing just how great the music of this series has been from Game Boy all the way to PS2. Strangely, it does not include the SaGa 2 or SaGa 3 DS remakes, even though it does include the Romancing SaGa PS2 remake "Minstrel Song."

The pedigree of SaGa's music, specifically battle themes, is insanely high. So getting more exposure is always good. I just can't imagine that there are too many people left out there that meet the "ideal audience" for this series. Those who already buy VGM are probably quite keen on this series already, right? I don't have a large enough sample size to know for sure, but in my mind, there can't be many game music lovers out there who don't know how good this music really is.

But if, somehow, you're one of those people, maybe this album would be a good place for you to start. Check out the audio samples and consider a purchase!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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