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Super Robot Taisen Vocal Collection 2
Catalog Number: FSCA-10042
Released On: July 17, 1998
Composed By: Shinichi Tanaka (1), Masaaki Iidzuka (1), Michiaki Watanabe (2), Asei Kobayashi (3), Hiroaki Serizawa (4), Neil Sedaka (5), Koichi Sugiyama (6), Tomohisa Kawasoe (7), Takeo Watanabe (8, 10), Akihiro Komori (9), Hideya Nakazaki (11), Kyouhei Tsutsumi (12)
Arranged By: Masaaki Iidzuka (1, 7, 12), Taisei Aoki (1, 4, 7, 12), Hidetoshi Suzuki (2-5, 10), SASUGA (3, 4, 8, 11, 12), Hajime Hyakkoku (6, 8, 9, 11), Ryuuichi Katsumata (6, 8), Masami Itou (9, 12)
Published By: First Smile Entertainment
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Vocal Track
01 - Crossing Time
02 - Tetsuya's Theme
03 - Song of Voltes V
04 - Anime Ja Nai ~The Old Man From Earth Whose Dream Was Forgotten~
05 - Z•Beyond Time
06 - Ideon Reborn
07 - STAND UP TO THE VICTORY ~To the Victory~
08 - Go! Zambot 3
09 - Go Forth! Akira
10 - Come Here! Daitarn 3
11 - Like Melos ~LONELY WAY~
12 - No Reply of the Wind
Total Time:
41'31"

Disc Two
Karaoke Track
01 - Crossing Time
02 - Tetsuya's Theme
03 - Song of Voltes V
04 - Anime Ja Nai ~The Old Man From Earth Whose Dream Was Forgotten~
05 - Z•Beyond Time
06 - Ideon Reborn
07 - STAND UP TO THE VICTORY ~To the Victory~
08 - Go! Zambot 3
09 - Go Forth! Akira
10 - Come Here! Daitarn 3
11 - Like Melos ~LONELY WAY~
12 - No Reply of the Wind
Total Time:
41'31"

The second SRT vocal collection is much like the first: more classic mecha anime theme songs, more Ichiro Mizuki, more '70s (and now '80s!) goodness. But, there are some lovely additions on this disc.

You should first notice that this album has two discs. The second disc, of course, is nothing more than the karaoke versions of the disc-one counterparts to sing along to (background vocals are still in, just the lead vocal is out). I had mentioned in my review of the first vocal collection, "Robonation," that the instrumental work on these songs are top-notch, but the vocals can be a turn-off. Thus, we're lucky to have a karaoke disc this time around, for those people who simply cannot stand the nerd-opera styles of Mizuki-san and company.

Next, I'd like to note the presence of one of the best songs ever written, "Anime Ja Nai" (or, "It's Not Anime"), one of the early Gundam theme songs. It's crazy awesome: silly, yet awesome.

Finally, I'd say that in general, this collection is better than the first in that it is more diverse in terms of musical style and, dare I say it, quality of music performance. It's an all-around more enjoyable album.

But again, an album like this is the poster child for niche appeal. If you weren't already interested in these songs, I doubt a chance encounter with an album like this will have you saving up money for a copy of it. But, for what it's worth, I really enjoyed this album, more than I thought I would.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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