Released 3 years after the OST (and 4 years after that accursed “mini” album), the Panzer Dragoon RPG Memorial Album was basically a reprint of the 2 disc album, but with a bonus track tacked on to the end of each disc. So let’s start this review by talking about those bonus tracks.
These two tracks are different arrangements of the ending vocal theme, “Sona Mi Areru Ec Sancitu (Art Thou the Holy One).” Disc one’s arrangement is just a generic “Re-arranged” version according to the title, but this remix was quite enjoyable to me. I don’t know if this was the work of Marvelous, or Sega, or specifically Hayato Matsuo…all I know is I liked this remix more than the original version by a long shot. And, at 5 minutes, it’s quite a lengthy song, isn’t it? Take a listen to the sample to get a feel for this remix.
The second arrangement is the “Prescription Vocal Club Mix”, and it’s, well…long. Running past 8 minutes, the song holds to a pretty steady rhythm and sampled loop, and the vocals are queued here and there throughout the track. Compared to the other version, this one is fairly boring, and I’d say I even prefer the original to this bland dance-house remix.
As for the rest of the tracks…we have multiple reviews from staff members who basically swear their undying love for this soundtrack. Count me in with them; this is some good stuff. There’s not a moment of music worth skipping on this two disc set. Everything is gorgeous, everything is worthwhile. The fact that this album got a reprint within three years proves that.
However, even this reprint quickly became unavailable, likely because it sold out so quickly. The popularity of this title makes it a hard one to find these days, but I urge you to do so nonetheless.