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Tokimeki Memorial Sound Collection
Catalog Number: KICA-7644
Released On: September 21, 1994
Composed By: Konami Kukeiha Club
Arranged By: Ryo Yamazaki, Koichi "GINO" Akiyama, Tamehito Ishii
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Planet Sound Studio, Nazz Studio
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

01 - Jumping Smile - Yuuko Asahina's Theme
02 - Just a Few Memories... - Shiori Fujisaki's Theme
03 - More Than Anyone Else in the World - Yuna Himoo's Theme
04 - Temptation in Your Eyes - Mira Kagami's Theme
05 - Boy Friend - Ayako Katagiri's Theme
06 - A Sonata for You - Mio Kisaragi's Theme
07 - I Want to Gaze at You - Nozomi Kiyokawa's Theme
08 - Baby Bird in a Basket - Yukari Koshiki's Theme
09 - The Shop on the Way to School - Megumi Mikihara's Theme
10 - Teenage - Saki Nijino's Theme
11 - Goodnight, Love - Miharu Tatebayashi's Theme
12 - Aim! For the Goal of Love! - Yumi Saotome's Theme
13 - Confession
14 - Ballad of the Effeminate Geek - Bad Ending
Total Time:
49'19''

The Tokimeki Sound Collections (there are four of them) are essentially this: songs from the original version, extended, and arranged with some higher quality instrumentation. This first Sound Collection, released long before the other three came out, features character themes. There is a lot of synth used on these albums, but there is some good live stuff too (sax soloing on track 4 is awesome). The "doo" voice synth used in tracks 2 and 7 are atrocious, and I simply cannot stand either of these tracks.

It's easy to pass the sound collections off as another way for Konami to milk the success of Tokimeki; and yes, that is part of what this CD is. But I always appreciate when a company puts a valiant effort in making SO MANY arrangements of the same music (such as FALCOM). The "extensions" on these tracks are what make them...after introducing the theme that is so similar to the OST version, they throw in some sort of wacky guitar solo or something along those lines...making for an interesting listen. So, while this album isn't anything special to me, it's a good listen and the live instruments are an awesome complement to the usual synth-filled Tokimeki music. If you can find it for a price-range of $15-20, go for it...but I suggest not paying any more than that.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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