|Treasure Hunter G OST|
|Catalog Number: PSCN-5051/2|
|Released On: June 9, 1996|
|Composed By: John Pee, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Masaharu Iwata, Toshiaki Sakoda, Yoko Takada, Akiko Goto, Tomoko Matsui|
|Arranged By: Hitoshi Sakimoto & Masaharu Iwata|
|Published By: NTT Publishing|
|Format: 2 CDs|
Disc One01 - Gemini Wing
02 - Hamarira Hahihi
03 - There Goes That Shameful Daizaburou
04 - My Rural Town
05 - Well, Let's Get Out There and Fight!
06 - The World's Cavern 1
07 - "Somehow, Something Doesn't Look Right..."
08 - My Father's Absence From Childhood (Preview)
09 - Go! Go! Kids
10 - A Drink to Victory
11 - An Enticing Town
12 - Hey You, What Time is It?
13 - Piano Skill Level 1
14 - Piano Skill Level 2
15 - Piano Skill Level 3
16 - Piano Skill Level 4
17 - Theme From "YAMASAN" (Mountain-San)
18 - Urgent, Get There in a Hurry
19 - Come Here! I Defend You
20 - Ponga's Violin Performance
21 - Surrounded by Forest 1
22 - The Absence of my Father From my Childhood
23 - What Thoughts Do You Have in the Treasure Room?
24 - Conquer the World!
25 - The Teacher's Elegy
26 - He Will not Move, Like a Mountain Will not Move
27 - This is Also Training
28 - "I Memorized my Multiplication"
29 - It Has Been a Long Time Since Someone Called me a Magician
30 - Peaceful Sleep
31 - Yearning for Love (Preview)
32 - Defeated Treasure Hunters
33 - Upscale Harbor Town
34 - "Hey Darlin', Aren't You Gonna Come Any Closer?"
35 - Go Red Team! Go White Team! Rah Rah Rah!!
36 - "A Woman, Huh? Remember That it's Important to Set the Right Mood!"
37 - The World's Cavern 2
38 - Found an OOPART (Out-Of-Place-Artifact)
39 - Surrounded by Forest 2
40 - Whose Cat is This?
41 - Buddhist
42 - Haririririiiii
43 - Dance! Dance! Dance!
44 - Bossa Nova of Love
45 - "Can't Screw Up the Order"
46 - Of my Life, I Regret Nothing
47 - Mad Science
48 - Psycho Beasts
49 - The World's Cavern 3
50 - A Hearty Welcome to the Pyramid Investigation Group
51 - Muruowaan
Disc Two01 - Demi Human Battle
02 - There is Nothing Else We Can Do Except Sing
03 - Relax, Relax
04 - The Queen Says "Wait"
05 - "Wow, What a Story"
06 - The Turtle Samurai Appears
07 - Heading West to Escape my Past
08 - Dead Town
09 - The Attack of Rising Water on Bichu Takamatsu Castle
10 - The World's Cavern 4
11 - The Road To Survival
12 - Sad Freedom
13 - Winged Maiden
14 - Love's Escape
15 - An Illicit Fishing Boat and a Russian Patrol Ship
16 - A Position of Total Control
17 - A Former Kagonari
18 - I Might Die
19 - Apprentice of Balladry
20 - Emperor of Balladry
21 - It's Raining on the Peninsula of Magahama
22 - Around the World
23 - Gemini Wing
24 - Hamarira Hahihi
25 - There Goes That Shameful Daizaburou
26 - Go! Go! Kids
27 - Buddhist
28 - Mururowaan
29 - Demi Human Battle
30 - An Illicit Fishing Boat and a Russian Patrol Ship
31 - A Former Kagonari
32 - I Might Die
33 - Apprentice of Balladry
34 - Emperor of Balladry
35 - It's Raining on the Peninsula of Magahama
Treasure Hunter G was Square's last game for the Super Famicom, and the Treasure Hunter G OST was Square's last soundtrack printed with NTT Publishing. And, even though it was printed in 1996, it is still a hard find for online shoppers. To know why this is such a tragedy, read further.
According to Ramza's Theory of Composition, soundtracks with multiple composers tend to excel in musical prowess compared to soundtracks with only one composer. Some may say "too many cooks spoil the broth", but there isn't any cooking going on here. This soundtrack was created by a whomping SEVEN composers (each one getting at least one of their tracks sampled below), the most composers listed for one OST that RPGFan soundtracks has seen to date. However, the last four people in the list only do about six tracks from the entire OST. The first three (Pee, Sakimoto, Iwata) do the majority, and John Pee does the most tracks by far. Funny, an American made the majority of this soundtrack, and six Japanese people (two being very accomplished) take the backseat. Sound like a good idea to you? Whether it does or does not, the final result is astounding.
Pee's musical style is definitely that of "new age"...My favorite track that he composed is disc 2 track 12, "Sad Freedom". With piano reminiscent to my favorite Alundra OST track (The Shrine within the Lake), this has got to be one of my favorite songs on here. Another great track would be what I assume is either a last dungeon, last battle, or near ending track "Emperor of Balladry", disc 2 track 20 (arranged as track 34) composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto. This has got to be one of the best tracks from an obscure Square soundtrack (others being LiveaLive, Rudra no Hihou, Bahamut Lagoon, etc.). The entire soundtrack is soothing such as this.
There is the occasional "bad" track on here, about three that you would just want to skip after hearing it once. Other than that, this soundtrack is remarkable by every means. I highly suggest any fan of Squaresoft or the Sakimoto/Iwata combination to buy this soundtrack! As said earlier, it's not that easy. To get this beauty, you'll simply have to keep an eye out on eBay. If you don't wanna click on it right now, listen to the samples so that the music can persuade you.
Reviewed by: Patrick Gann