Music From Ys II
Catalog Number: K32X-7704 (reprint KICA-2302)
Released On: June 21, 1988 (reprint May 21, 1993)
Composed By: Sound Team JDK
Arranged By: Hiroyuki Nanba
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD

Original Soundtrack Version
01 - To Make the End of Battle
02 - Lilia
03 - Too Full With Love
04 - Apathetic Story
05 - May I Help You?
06 - Feel Blue
07 - Ruins of Moondoria
08 - Noble District of Toal
09 - Rest in Peace
10 - Cavern of Rasteenie
11 - Protectors
12 - Ice Ridge of Noltia
13 - Inside of the Ice Wall
14 - Moat of Burnedbless
15 - Tender People
16 - Palace of Salmon
17 - Subterranean Canal
18 - Companile of Lane
19 - Pressure Road
20 - Don't Go So Smoothly!
21 - Feena
22 - Termination
23 - A Still Time
24 - Stay With Me Forever
25 - So Much For Today
Super Arrange Version
26 - To Make the End of Battle
27 - Palace of Salmon
28 - Companile of Lane
29 - Termination
30 - Too Full With Love
Sound Effects Collection
31 - Sword Striking SFX
32 - Enemy Attack SFX
33 - Player Receives Damage SFX
34 - Defeated Enemy SFX
35 - Level Up SFX
36 - Warp SFX
37 - Door SFX
38 - Conversation SFX
39 - Hit Point Recovery SFX
40 - Return Magic SFX
41 - Evil Bell SFX
42 - Player Death SFX
43 - Illusion Mirror SFX
44 - Bullet Striking Enemy SFX
45 - Fire Magic SFX
46 - Tialmass Landing SFX
47 - Stairway Climbing SFX
48 - Gilalardy Attack SFX
49 - Water Pulling SFX
50 - Pause SFX
51 - Powerful Character Death SFX
52 - Treasure Chest SFX
53 - Wall Collapsing SFX
54 - Bell SFX
55 - Final Boss Darm Death SFX
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I feel that perhaps it's best to describe this soundtrack in one word: old.

Music From Ys II provides the Falcom fan with three forms of old audio: old original music, old arranged music, and old sound effects. Let's take a look and listen to each of these three types of "old".

The original soundtrack, comprising of tracks 1 through 25, are the oldest and most basic form of Ys II you can get your hands on. The true collector must have this, because it is the penultimate in nostalgia. Who can forget the adventures on the Ice Ridge of Noltia, or the powerful battle music "Termination"? These songs almost make me want to go back and play the original games rather than rock out on Ys II Eternal for PC. Of course, outside the game's context, these songs are interesting, but fleeting (especially beceause many of them are no more than a minute long).

Nanba's four arranged tracks comprise of four jazz/rock/fusion arrangements, followed by one outstanding and classic vocal track. The arranged instrumentals are still primarily synthesized, especially on "To Make the End of Battle". I believe I've heard more interesting arrangements of each of these four songs. Well, no, the solos on each track are still worth listening to; I could listen to them five times over without getting bored. But generally, they're not the best arrangements. "Too Full With Love", however, continues to be one of the best vocals Falcom has ever produced. This track is also found on Falcom Vocal Collection I, so if that's the only song you want, go after that first.

And finally, for the true aural completionist, we have 25 sound effects. Sometimes they will play the sound once, and sometimes the sound will be repeated in a variety of ways. Each of these tracks last approximately 10 seconds, and I listened through them once. I'll never listen through them again. It wasn't nostalgic, it was just annoying.

I've noticed that, these days, it seems easier to find the original print than the 1993 reprint. I'm not sure why that is, but either way, you'd be getting the same material. Real Falcom fans go beyond owning Perfect Collections and spend the extra money to also get those "original" soundtracks. The arranged tracks are a fine bonus, too! Overall, another of many good releases from Falcom's early days.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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