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Ys Premium Music CD Box in Felghana

[back cover]
Catalog Number: N/A (contains YSF-PAV, YS3-OST, YS3-PC1/2, YS3-JDKS, YS3-SYMP, YS3-SAV, YS3-BEST)
Released On: June 30, 2005
Composed By: Sound Team JDK
Arranged By: Various
Published By: Falcom
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 8 CDs
Tracklist:


Disc One: Ys -The Oath in Felghana- Pre Arrange Version
01 - Dancing on the Road
02 - A Premonition = Styx =
03 - Trading Village of Redmont
04 - Quiet Moments
05 - Welcome!!
06 - Overture of the Adventure
07 - The Boy's Got Wings
08 - Be Careful
09 - Beasts as Black and Night
10 - Illberns Ruins
11 - Searing Struggle
12 - Snare of Darkness
13 - Shock of the Death God
14 - An Unfinished Dream
15 - Steeling the Will to Fight
16 - Twilight of Sorrow
17 - Valestein Castle
18 - Prayer of Kindness
19 - Shining Key
20 - The Seal of Time
21 - Beat of Destruction
22 - Tower of Fate
23 - Behold!!
24 - The Strongest Foe
25 - Departure at Sunrise
26 - Wanderers From Ys
27 - Dear My Brother
28 - Darling Elena
29 - Introduction!!
30 - The Theme of Chester
31 - Chop!!
32 - Believe in my Heart
33 - Descendant of Genos
Total Time:
73'40"

~YsIII Complete Sound Works~



Disc Two: Music From YsIII ~Wanderers From Ys~
01 - Dancing on the Road (User Disk Creation)
02 - A Premonition = Styx = (Opening)
03 - Trading Town of Redmont (Town)
04 - Quiet Time (Private House / Inn)
05 - Welcome!! (Shop)
06 - Prelude to Adventure (Map Select)
07 - The Boy Who Had Wings (Stage Entrance)
08 - Be Careful (Tigray Quarry)
09 - Beasts as Black as Night (Mid Boss)
10 - Ilberns Ruins (Above Ground Ruins)
11 - A Searing Struggle (Lava Zone Ruins)
12 - Snare of Darkness (Tigray Quarry)
13 - Shock of the Grim Reaper (Stage Boss)
14 - Once Upon a Dream (Game Over)
15 - Steeling the Will to Fight (Eldam Mountains)
16 - Tearful Twilight (People Within Town)
17 - Valestein Castle
18 - Prayer for Kindness (Valestein Castle Chapel)
19 - Shining Key (Valestein Castle Chapel)
20 - Frozen in Time (Valestein Castle Clock Tower)
21 - Pulsing Toward Ruin (Galbalan's Island)
22 - Tower of Fate (Galbalan's Island Top Floor)
23 - Behold!! (Threat of Galbalan)
24 - The Strongest Foe (Main Boss Galbalan)
25 - Morning of Departure (Town Ending)
26 - Wanderers from Ys (Ending)
X68K Version
27 - A Premonition = Styx = (Opening)
28 - Beat of Destruction (Galbalan's Island)
29 - The Strongest Foe (Main Boss Galbalan)
Total Time:
58'28"


Disc Three: Perfect Collection YsIII-I
Special Arrange Version
01 - Dancing on the Road
02 - A Premonition = Styx =
03 - Trading Village of Redmont
04 - Quiet Moments
05 - Welcome!!
06 - Prelude to the Adventure
07 - The Boy's Got Wings
08 - Be Careful
09 - Dark Beasts as Black as the Night
10 - Ilberns Ruins
11 - A Searing Struggle
12 - Snare of Darkness
13 - Shock of the Death God
14 - Quickening Dream
15 - Stealing the Will to Fight
16 - Tearful Twilight
17 - Valestein Castle
18 - Prayer for Love
19 - Radiant Key
20 - Sealed Time
21 - Beat of Destruction
22 - Tower of Destiny
23 - Behold!!
24 - The Strongest Foe
25 - Departure at Sunrise
26 - Wanderers From Ys
27 - Dear my Brother
28 - Darling Elena
29 - Introduction!!
30 - The Theme of Chester
31 - Chop!!
32 - Believe in my Heart
Total Time:
54'53"


Disc Four: Perfect Collection YsIII-II
Vocal Version
01 - A Thousand Years of Loving (Departure at Sunrise)
02 - Avenue of Sorrow (Darling Elena)
03 - On Wings of Love (Believe in My Heart)
New Age Version
04 - Quiet Moments
05 - Twilight of Tears
06 - Radiant Key
Super Arrange Version
07 - Introduction
08 - Chop!!
Sound Team JDK Version
09 - A Premonition = Styx =
10 - Trading Village of Redmont
11 - Snare of Darkness
12 - Behold!!
Total Time:
47'20"


Disc Five: YsIII JDK Special
01 - Dancing on the Road
02 - A Premonition = Styx =
03 - Trading Village of Redmont
04 - Quiet Moments
05 - Welcome!!
06 - Prelude to the Adventure
07 - The Boy's Got Wings
08 - Be Careful
09 - Dark Beasts as Black as the Night
10 - Ilberns Ruins
11 - A Searing Struggle
12 - Snare of Darkness
13 - Shock of the Death God
14 - Quickening Dream
15 - Stealing the Will to Fight
16 - Tearful Twilight
17 - Valestein Castle
18 - Prayer for Love
19 - Radiant Key
20 - Sealed Time
21 - Beat of Destruction
22 - Tower of Destiny
23 - Behold!!
24 - The Strongest Foe
25 - Departure at Sunrise
26 - Wanderers From Ys
27 - Dear my Brother
28 - Darling Elena
29 - Introduction
30 - The Theme of Chester
31 - Chop!!
32 - Believe in my Heart
JDK Band Arrange
33 - The Boy's Got Wings
34 - Be Careful
35 - Stealing the Will to Fight~Ilberns Ruins
Vocal Version
36 - Departure at Sunrise
Total Time:
67'56"


Disc Six: Symphonic Poem ~Wanderers From Ys~ (From Falcom Special Box '92 "Wanderers From Ys Symphony")
01 - A Premonition = Styx =
02 - Trading Village of Redmont
03 - Snare of Darkness
04 - Tower of Fate
05 - Departure at Sunrise
06 - Wanderers From Ys
Total Time:
35'48"


Disc Seven: Super Arrange Version ~Wanderers From Ys~
01 - Dancing On the Road (User Disk Creation) ~ Super Mix Version
02 - A Premonition = Styx = (Opening) ~ Super Mix Version
03 - Trading Village of Redmont (Town)
04 - The Boy's Got Wings (Stage Entrance)
05 - A Searing Struggle (Lava Zone Ruins)
06 - Snare of Darkness (Tigray Quarry)
07 - Valestein Castle
08 - Pulsing Toward Ruin (Galbalan's Island)
09 - The Strongest Foe (Main Boss Galbalan)
10 - Departure at Sunrise (Town Ending)
11 - Wanderers From Ys (Ending)
Total Time:
52'26"


Disc Eight: Best Selection of YsIII
From Falcom Special Box '90 (1989)
01 - Eyes the Color of Dreams
02 - Departure at Sunrise
From PrePrimer II (1991)
03 - Fly to the Star (Wanderers From Ys)
04 - An Evening Breeze (Valestein Castle)
From Falcom JDK Band 2 (1991)
05 - Kill or Cure (The Strongest Foe)
06 - Over the Top (Wanderers from Ys)
From Falcom Neo Classic - Featuring the London Symphony Orchestra (1992)
07 - Wanderers from Ys
From Falcom JDK Band 3 (1993)
08 - Departure at Sunrise
From Falcom Ending Collection 1987-1992 (1993)
09 - Wanderers From Ys
10 - Believe in my Heart
11 - Departure at Sunrise
From Ys Piano Collection II (1994)
12 - A Premonition = Styx =
13 - Wanderers From Ys
From Falcom Special Box '96 (1995)
14 - Departure at Sunrise '95
Total Time:
69'42"

In June of 2005, Falcom released a huge landmark for themselves: Ys - The Oath in Felghana. I call it a landmark for many reasons - we see Falcom fully returning to their roots, both musically and production wise. There are real instruments again in the soundtrack (finally), music that is current with the time (Falcom was hip in the 80's), addictive and fast gameplay, and a total retelling of young Adol's classic trip to Felghana and the story that unfolds. Fans all over the world fell in love with that classic, shimmering "Falcom Sound" once again, thanks to a very classy effort on Falcom's part.

Obviously Falcom has anticipated this big nostalgia kick, as well as a new wave of fans. Included with the limited edition of the game, players were treated to a EIGHT-DISC box set of Ys III music. Yep - eight discs of music from one game, Ys III. Pretty awesome, eh? The box is almost 100% previously released stuff, but that's ok because all of it is good, and all of it is totally out of print. Long out of print. Most of the music contained in the box is from the late 80's and early 90's, and knowing the availablility of old Falcom music, stuff that old is not easy to come by.

So, what do we get in said box? Basically a re-release of every Ys III album ever made. Additionally, there is a CD entitied "Pre Arrange Version." I've written a seperate review of that, as it is all new material. It's not bad at all, but there is one song in particular that left me awestruck for days. Go read the review and check it out.

I've decided to briefly sum it up the entire box, comparing it to a family reunion of sorts:

*Pre-Arrange Version = You.

*Music From Ys III = Grandpa; old but entertaining.

*Perfect Collection Ys III Disc 1 = Younger brother; a little underdeveloped (from his PC-Engine sibling Ryo Yonemitsu).

*Perfect Collection Ys III Disc 2 = Mood-swinging aunt with a diverse taste in hard liquor, who also tells really cheesy jokes.

*A Symphonic Poem (from FSB '92) = Young cousin that is overly cheerful and happy, and never really talks about anything worth listening to.

*Super Arrange Version = Uncle: Mullet-wearing, beer guzzling, but somehow still *really* cool.

*Ys III JDK Special = Crusty old great uncle that tries to be hip by getting a trendy haircut (with what little hair he has).

*Best Selection of Ys III = Those edited family reunion photos where you Photoshop in those not present.

Honestly, if you need to know more, there are review pages for just about all of these albums right here on RPGFan. They are all very good, all very melodic, and all very Falcom-equse. The only thing that I feel they left out was the TurboGrafx/PC-Engine OST. That would have REALLY been nice. For many, it is the definitive version of Ys III's music - although that view has changed a bit with the advent of Oath in Felghana's *amazing* new OST.

One thing that did catch a lot of people's eye is the "Best Selection of Ys III." What could that be? Rare and unreleased tracks? Samples from the SNES, Genesis, PC-Engine, or even the NES version? Well, no - it's basically a "Rest of" rather than "Best of." Don't get me wrong, it's not bad at all. But it's stuff you can hear elsewhere. Basically they piled up all the loose, indiviudal Ys III songs that were on other albums like the Special Boxes and JDK Band albums and put them on here. A nice gesture, surely, especially for new fans. I would say the coolest thing about it is the inclusion of "Departure at Sunrise '95." Available originally only as the vocal theme for Ys V's audio drama (on FSB '96), this track was one of Tomohiko Kishimoto's last vocals, and is an awesome version of a great song.

So - should you buy this? Yes. But you have to buy the game too. That's not so bad, considering it's one of the better games to blow upwards of $80 on. This is part of the first pressing, so in the future expect these boxes to eventually be very collectible. If you own all the old Ys III albums already, don't worry too much about it, though I do recommend the game on its own merits as well. And soon we'll be getting the new 'Oath' Perfect Collection, with a brand new Super Arrange Version as well as the incredible new OST. Look for the review here when it hits. In the meantime, enjoy!

Reviewed by: Connary



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