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Spectral Force 2 OST
Catalog Number: AZCA-10003
Released On: October 23, 1998
Composed By: Ryuji Iuchi, Toru Kobayashi (22, 23)
Arranged By: Ryuji Iuchi, Toru Kobayashi (22, 23)
Published By: A'Zip Music
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Theme Song Opening of the Heart (Game Edit)
02 - Theme of Spectral Force 2
03 - Character Select
04 - Opening
05 - Field 1
06 - Field 2
07 - Field 3
08 - Gods
09 - Castle And Dragon
10 - Game over
11 - Fight
12 - Destiny
13 - Rival
14 - Offense And Defense
15 - Battle 1
16 - W.A.Z.A. 1
17 - Battle 2
18 - W.A.Z.A. 2
19 - Battle 3
20 - W.A.Z.A. 3
21 - W.A.Z.A. 4
22 - W.A.Z.A. 5
23 - W.A.Z.A. 6
24 - Winner
25 - Last Boss
26 - Ending
27 - Theme of Little Snow
28 - Theme of Gaizan
29 - Theme of Iardle
30 - Theme of Hiro And Aira
31 - Theme of Spectral Force 2 (arrange version)
32 - Ending (arrange version)
Total Time:
61'22"

If you read my scathing review for the Spectral Force "Lovely Wickedness" soundtrack (which was actually printed after this second one), you may be surprised to find that I have much better things to say about this soundtrack. However, if you are surprised, you shouldn't be: look up. See that? Kobayashi only contributed two songs to the album. And though Ryuji Iuchi may himself be a "no-name" in the world of VGM composers, his work far outclasses the work of Kobayashi-san.

"Opening of the Heart" is a moody and melancholy opening theme, and it sets the tone for what is a much more serious, "let's get down to business" kind of soundtrack. From here on out, it's instrumental, and it's pretty good. Iuchi's style is reminiscent to Hitoshi Sakimoto, especially in terms of instrument choice. Orchestra bells, harps, snare drums, and high-pitched woodwinds are found in many of the songs here.

The tracks are ordered systematically, as you can see, with different melodies for Fields and W.A.Z.A.s, whatever those are. Most of these songs are either upbeat and wild, or else mid-paced, solid, somber tunes. It's pleasant, and the synth sounds pretty good.

Add to that the two arranged tracks at the end (higher quality synth), and you have one very good soundtrack. The bad news? This thing is mighty hard to find. The good news? Team Entertainment printed a "Best of" Spectral Force album, so most of the good stuff is on there too. As for this rare print, I'd assume it's worth a fair chunk of change, so collectors, get your E-wallets ready.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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