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Weltorv Estleia OST

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Catalog Number: APCG-4042
Released On: April 21, 1999
Composed By: Kazuhiko Sawaguchi, Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged By: Kazuhiko Sawaguchi
Published By: Bandai Music Entertainment
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

[Introductory Chapter (Age of Pantheon)]
01 - Estleia Creation
02 - Theme of Estleia
[Chapter 1 (Start of Adventure)]
03 - Unknown World
04 - Introduction to the Legend
05 - Curiosity
[Chapter 2 (Town)]
06 - Farbell
07 - Tete
08 - Upper Lasure
09 - Lower Lasure
[Chapter 3 (Dungeon)]
10 - Cave
11 - Swarming Demons
12 - Victory
13 - Ancient
[Chapter 4 (People)]
14 - Flower Shop's Daughter
15 - Church of the Supreme God
16 - Shopping
[Chapter 5 (Meeting)]
17 - Thoughts
18 - Emergency
19 - Scars of the Heart
20 - Praising Courage
[Chapter 6 (Richart)]
21 - Ah, Elegant Richart Earl
22 - Flowing Blood Rhapsody
23 - Requiem
[Chapter 7 (Tribal)]
24 - Valvo (The People of Iron)
25 - Arnerial (The People of Forest)
[Chapter 8 (Staked on Life or Death)]
26 - With Deep Eyes of Mercy
27 - Wicked Shadow
28 - Determination
[Chapter 9 (Satan)]
29 - Let Me Enjoy Myself
30 - Fate
[Final Chapter (Hero)]
31 - True Hero
32 - Staff Roll
33 - Believe You
Total Time:
73'30"

I'd never heard of Kazuhiko Sawaguchi before encountering this album, and I'm pretty sure the VGM community also hasn't heard of him since the release of Weltorv Estleia, a PlayStation RPG that stayed in Japan. Sawaguchi's compositional style is somewhere between Hitoshi Sakimoto, Hayato Matsuo, and Koichi Sugiyama. Unfortunately, Sawaguchi seems unable to match any of those three composers' level of skill. Instead, Sawaguchi-san remains a "jack of all trades." And by all, I really mean some. There's no jazz on here, so it's not like Sawaguchi is the next Yoko Kanno or anything like that either.

The score to Weltorv Estleia is memorable thanks to a few select pieces that stand out far beyond the others. Most of this OST is subpar, but some tracks are simply beautiful. There are some piano and string performances that would serve well in nearly any context, but do especially well for RPGs.

If you're looking for quality in spite of quantity, you may find it here. Many pieces suffer from the early PSOne sound capabilities, but a few manage to thrive, and that might just be enough to make this album a worthwhile addition to your collection. However, since Sawaguchi-san isn't exactly an active VGM contributor (he's more of an anime guy), the impetus for purchasing this album will probably come from familiarity with the game itself, not the composer. In terms of music alone, this album does not stand out, but the few high-quality pieces I'd mentioned before in this review may make it worth adding to a large VGM collection.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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