Dragon Shadow Spell Soundtrack

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Catalog Number: FCCT-0052
Released On: March 21, 2007
Composed By: Takashi Okamoto, Paul Agricol Genin (2-4)
Arranged By: Takashi Okamoto, DayLightFever
Published By: Frontier Works
Recorded At: CONTINUUM -musicians atelier-
Format: 3 CDs
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Disc One
01 - Intro
02 - Rainbow -Full version-
03 - Title Loop
04 - Everyday Life
05 - Optimism
06 - Funky?
07 - Thought
08 - Encounter
09 - Black Light
10 - Moving Eyes
11 - Cruel Dragon
12 - Tension
13 - Running Puppy
14 - The Depths
15 - Agony
16 - Darkness
17 - Serious
18 - Grief
19 - Unnatural
20 - Sacrifice
21 - A Sorrowful Dream
22 - Mission
23 - Divine Burial
24 - A Life Saved
25 - Evil Breath
26 - Mask
27 - The Blue of Sleep
28 - Battle Song
29 - Nostalgia
30 - Holy Maiden
31 - Song of the Siren
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Disc Two
01 - Within the Ship
02 - Rothenburg
03 - Tiger Ceremony
04 - Carnival of Venice
05 - On the Ship's Deck
06 - Meihens
07 - Rule
08 - Revenge
09 - Angel
10 - Heart Creature
11 - Divine Menace
12 - Severe Earthquake
13 - Ruins
14 - Demons
15 - Mystery
16 - Insane Battle
17 - Pressure
18 - A Single Blow
19 - Victory
20 - Defeat
21 - Retreat
22 - Dragon's Roar
23 - Ark of the Dead Battle
24 - First Form
25 - Final Judgement
26 - One -Full version-
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Disc Three
01 - Arioso
02 - GIG
03 - noble planet
04 - if (Rainbow)
05 - G-!
06 - GArden ROck
07 - The Cutlet Bowl is What's Different
08 - Rainbow?
09 - Intro ver.B
10 - Intro ver.C
11 - Legal Type ver.B
12 - Legal Type ver.C
13 - Legal Type ver.D
14 - Within the Ship - Early Image
15 - Holy Maiden's Theme - Early Image
16 - Meihens ver.B
17 - Meihens ver.C
18 - Outdoor Battle
19 - Battle - Early Image A
20 - Battle - Early Image B
21 - Game Over - Early Image
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There were two things that interested me in this soundtrack enough to purchase it. First, the game itself was developed by Flight-Plan, and I've found myself attracted to the music in their "Summon Night" series. The other thing was that I heard the opening song "Rainbow" performed by DayLightFever. The song was so excellent, I figured I may as well get the soundtrack to see if there was anything on the three disc collection that could top this awesome, awesome vocal track.

Boy, was I in for a surprise.

DayLightFever's opening and ending vocal tracks are great, but they don't break new territory. It's Japanese pop-rock at its best. The OST, in contrast, stretches the typical boundaries of VGM, particularly for a Strategy RPG. Takashi Okamoto, the game's composer, really shocked me. I am used to Flight-Plan's "Summon Night" crew (Chiaki Fujita and Minako Adachi), so this composer was completely new to me. And he really has an incredible range of talent. A lot of this soundtrack is influenced by techno and acid jazz, but I also found the occasional classical ballads, pop ballads, rockin' battle themes, and even some world/fusion stuff.

This soundtrack is a lot of fun to listen to with the intent of really taking it in and listening. It does not qualify as easy listening, and I doubt it makes for good background music. This is the sort of music where the act of listening is the only thing one ought to be doing. That said, I wonder if the music ever felt like a distraction to the player? At present, I may never know since there are no plans to bring this great Strategy RPG to English-speaking gamers.

One drawback to this album is that "Rainbow" is used one too many times in instrumental varieties. In my opinion, nothing can beat DayLightFever's performance, but the melody for "Rainbow" is found no less than seven times on this soundtrack (there may be more instances that I missed). There are enough original tracks to balance it out I suppose...but I could've done without half of the arrangements.

Disc three is a special treat: some interesting arranged tracks, as well as unused/unreleased compositions, were stuck on the final disc, which only runs to 30 minutes in length. I really enjoyed everything on this disc; it too is something worth studying.

Takashi Okamoto is a name I'd never heard before. I'm sure there are people out there who know his whole discography, but because he's new to me, I was that much more impressed by this album. I will be vigilant in following this composers' works in the future, because I have to say that I didn't expect something this good from a "no-name" composer. If you're willing to add something new and different to your OST collection, Dragon Shadow Spell is definitely a worthy candidate.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann