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Super Robot Taisen Z OST

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Catalog Number: LACA-9133~6
Released On: December 10, 2008
Composed By: Naofumi Tsuruyama, Takuya Hanaoka, Kayoko Matsushima, Hironobu Kageyama, Masami Okui, Various
Arranged By: Naofumi Tsuruyama, Takuya Hanaoka, Kayoko Matsushima, Ikuo, Junpei Fujita
Published By: Lantis
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 4 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Mazinger Z
02 - I Am the Great Mazinger
03 - Fly! Grendizer
04 - Now Go! Robot Army
05 - Getter Robo!
06 - Kawara's Getter Robo
07 - Hang In There! Space Soldiers
08 - Sigma Breast
09 - Adrift ~Sky Hurricaine~
10 - Adrift ~Sky Hurricaine~ (OP Size)
11 - In Search of Freedom
12 - Baldeos who Lives for Tomorros
13 - Marin - The Journey of My Life
14 - Go! Zambot 3
15 - Unite! Zambot 3
16 - Come Here! Daitarn 3
17 - Hurricane Xabungle
18 - Into the Hot Sand
19 - Hey You
20 - MS in a Flash
21 - Space War ~ Attack
22 - Run Through Space ~ Zeta Activates
23 - MAIN TITLE
24 - DREAMS
25 - RESOLUTION
26 - Satelite Cannon
Total Time:
67'08"

Disc Two
01 - Turn A Turn
02 - Memory of Military Shoes
03 - Lunar Cocoon
04 - BLACK HISTORY
05 - IGNITED
06 - vestige
07 - meteor
08 - You Are Similar to Me
09 - SURE PROMISE
10 - THE GREAT
11 - King Gainer Over!
12 - CAN YOU FEEL MY SOUL
13 - Devils Icing
14 - Miiya's Festival
15 - Sorrowful Rozario
16 - Unite! God Gravion
17 - Crimson Fang
18 - Days
19 - sakura
20 - STORY WRITER
21 - Genesis of Aquarion
22 - Go Tight!
23 - Heavens Gate
Total Time:
75'40"

Disc Three
01 - BANPRESTO! (Ver.Z)
02 - Crest of "Z's" (GAME Ver.)
03 - Into a World of Chaos
04 - ZEUTH
05 - CODE "SRW"
06 - OVER ACE
07 - The Boundary Between Black and White
08 - As If the Grace of the War God
09 - Crimson Night Travel Team
10 - NO PEACE! DIE!
11 - Infinite Prison
12 - UNEXPECTED STAGE
13 - Abominable Visitor (Ver.Z)
14 - LAND CRSHER
15 - I Won't Lose! Gunleon
16 - PAIN
17 - THE RIGHT STUFF
18 - The Wing That Wipes Away My Tears
19 - A Power Called Sorrow
20 - BATTLE CHOIR
21 - INTO THE CHAOS
22 - The World Will Tremble
23 - Century of the Stars
24 - Man Will Carry On Living
Total Time:
52'33"

Disc Four
01 - First Year of the Tagen Era
02 - MAD UNIVERSE
03 - The Eyes That Gaze Upon Truth
04 - Warped Puzzle
05 - WE SAY GO
06 - STAGE D
07 - BLACK ALARM
08 - 25th Crisis
09 - Collapse Equation
10 - Smile and See
11 - RAIN & TEAR
12 - Blooming and Falling
13 - The Person Who is Near
14 - Dance of the Clowns
15 - SECRET STORY
16 - UNDER WATER
17 - DARK ORBIT
18 - Z WARRIORS
19 - Yotterasshai!
20 - BREAK TIME
21 - GAME OVER
22 - BLACK STRANGER
23 - Irresistable Sword
24 - The Snake is the Path of Evil
25 - The Alure of Wickedness
26 - Eye God of the Puppet
27 - CHIMERA
28 - I LOVE YOU!
29 - Crest of "Z's" (Ver.Z)
30 - And Still Man Will Carry On Living
31 - Cosmic Dance (OST Ver.)
Total Time:
62'41"

What's being rumored as the next SRT series (after Alpha), Super Robot Taisen Z decides not to break any of the musical traditions. The PlayStation 2 Strategy RPG featured four discs' worth of music, and as usual, it's broken out as two discs of mecha anime themes, and two discs of original music for the game.

Frankly, it's coming to be a bit much for me. If you've owned any two Super Robot Taisen OSTs since Alpha, you've heard like, 60% of these songs before. "Z" made great strides by adding a boatload of new anime to the roster, and thus, plenty of new music from those anime, but it wasn't enough to sell me. Also, I generally tend to dislike the first half of anime SRT soundtrack, because I'm not a huge fan of the mecha anime themes. They're more often than not subpar synth instrumental versions of the anime vocal themes.

Discs three and four also (unfortunately) failed to impress me. There were some decent battle themes on disc four, but for the most part, the newly-written music was underwhelming. It also doesn't help that the synth is subpar considering 1) it's 2008, 2) they could do streaming audio with live instruments if they felt like it, 3) even if they want to go synth-only, there wasn't a lot of variety in the instrumental sounds chosen from one track to the next. I tend to find myself bored with this OST, and others like it, rather quickly. It suits the game just fine, but as a standalone experience, I wouldn't recommend it.

The opening and ending themes from JAM Project are great, in their full-length forms. However, the one minute "game size version" of Crest of "Z's" really doesn't give you a good feel for what was written. Cosmic Dance comes out strong, but after nearly 100 tracks of repetitious synth, my mind was too deadened to care.

The only people I'd recommend this soundtrack to are those who have played Z and enjoyed it, and who also don't own any of the other Super Robot Taisen OSTs. Hopefully, in the next console generation, Banpresto will find a way to "switch things up" musically. I'd truly appreciate it.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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