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1. Halo 2
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3. Halo: Original Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you own Halo, or just like great music - This is for you.
If you played the game, you know just how stunning and well done the music of Halo is. If you haven't... you're missing out on some of the most original and inspiring music of our time.

Here is your chance to right your wrongs and experience the aural beauty of Halo.

To begin, the CD comes with a small foldout, giving you a bit of insight into the authors and the music, as well as a few directions to help you on your way to becoming an adept Bungie fan.

Also, to calm the worries of Xbox owners, there is no data on the disc; so you can play it and rip it to your hard drive whenever you wish.

The music itself is a recomposition of the most dramatic scores in the game, with only a smattering of the transitional music. Which means only the good stuff. Also, the music had to be recombined from it's origional 'freeform' version. Now the tracks are a good set legnth, and will play as a normal score would; rather than loop or remix themselves as they might have in the game. Many of the scores have been combined into 'Suites' containing many smaller tracks from the game, giving the music fluidic transitions that only serve to enhance the experience. Another important point is that the in-game music was somewhat sparser, because it's job was to blend in with the game. The album version, on the other hand, has been spruced up in some slow areas - giving Halo veterans a richer experience than they would expect. Finally, the album includes tracks played only at the Halo expositions at Gamespot and E3; as well as other pieces that were not used in the game, or were hard to find...

The music itself is a broad-range of taste. Transitioning from charged pieces found in 'Brothers in Arms', to the guitar riffs of 'Rock Anthem for Saving the World', and the melodic spell of 'Ambient Wonder'. And anyone who has an afinity to cultural drumbeats will love the soundtrack, which manages to blend electronicly generated sounds with them to further a wonderful piece.

The only track which seems to deviate from perfection is 'Shadows'. It's strong guitar sounds challenge the rest of the album, and may come as a jolt to anyone listening for relaxation. It does however provide a upbeat after the darker music in tracks such as Suite Autumn and the Library Suite, particularly dark levels in the game which were matched with equally cryptic music.

For music lovers, this is a must have at a resonable price. From energetic bursts to get you going, to trance-inducing melodies, and reminiscent pieces to help you contemplate. It features music for almost any occasion, and will provide unequalled awe for anyone who has never played the game. It may even provoke you to buy an Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved.

For gamers, this will invoke memories of the levels and lessons learned in the stunning game from Bungie. The beautiful vistas of 'Halo', the alien halls of 'The tru7h and Reconcilliation', the amazing tank run in 'Assault on the Control Room', and the fear induced by '343 Guilty Spark'. This music highlights both the places you've been and the places you haven't.

For Bungie fans, this CD is a must-have. The message behind SABABWL, the music from Halo at E3, and an hour of memories from Bungie's latest work of genius. What's there not to like?

Final Note: The music totals to well over 60 minutes of tunes, more than enough time to listen to on a drive to work, or to help pass the time durring some tedious chore. Whatever your intentions, the Halo Soundtrack CD is a great piece of work that will please everyone.

Make the right choice, buy this CD, and learn the Tru7h.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely awesome! Must have for HALO fans!
What more needs to be said? If you're an XBOX gamer, there's very little doubt that HALO isn't one of your favorite games. HALO is a first person shooter done correctly, in every conceivable aspect. HALO is one of those extremely rare games that seems to do everything right-everything is done perfectly and all components compliment each other flawlessly. In addition to the gripping story and revolutionary gameplay, the soundtrack is also exceptionally well done and many HALO fans have been clamoring for an official soundtrack.

The good news is that Bungie listened to its loyal fans and with Total Audio's help, they have released the soundtrack to this epic game.

If you loved the music in HALO and wished there was some way to hear the tracks in their entirety or find some way to rip them to your hard drive, get this CD! Many of your favorite tracks are here and they sound great! The awesome variety of sounds helps set the mood from fast paced rock tracks to moody, introspective ballads complete with chanting monks. Plus, you can rip these tunes to your XBOX hard drive and play them on any game that supports a custom soundtrack!!

Buy this CD today! 100% recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's finally here! An award winner from Bungie Studios!
Many of us have been eagerly awaiting this soundtrack. The music contained within has won awards from Rolling Stone ("Best Original Soundtrack in a game") and the Game Developers Conference ("Gamer's Choice award for Best Audio")

So it's no wonder that Bungie Studios decided to release the music of Halo as a bonafide soundtrack CD. And the world is a better place for it.

In-game, the music beds played dynamically, in rhythm to the player's moves on the battlefield. Coupled with the Xbox's 5.1 Surround Sound capabilities, it made for one of the best marriages of visual and aural 'Shoot-em-up' entertainment. Marty O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori are to be commended for continuing their track-record first started with Riven, The Sequel to Myst, followed by Myth and then Oni.

In producing this soundtrack, Mr. O'Donnell had to lock-down the music. As he states in the liner notes, this creates a different experience for the listener that's familiar with the game, as the music burned on CD now follows a firmly defined beginning, middle, and end. To that end, Mr. O'Donnell has done an admirable job of letting the pieces breath on their own. By also breaking up the sequence of songs into an interspersed list of musical moods, the CD never 'gets into a rut' : each piece is well complemented by the piece before and after it. A moving percussion-heavy track, like "The Covenant Dance" (#14) is bracketed by the more symphonic "Devils... Monsters..." (#13) and synth-heavy "Alien Corridors" (#15). At the same time, the track list does follow the musical progression in the game, so if you're familiar with the storyline, the CD is a great way to re-experience your battle with the evil alien baddies known as The Covenant.

Some tracks only suffer from not being given more time to 'git all funky wit it', like a personal favorite of mine, track #6, "A Walk in the Woods" or track #16, "Rock Anthem for Saving the World" but then pieces like #22, "The Long Run" make up for it, relishing on the percussive grooves of a chase through dangerous territories.

For absolutely beautiful Bass lines, track #10, "Under Cover of Night" and the aforementioned track #6 are worthy contenders. Ambient pieces, hinting at New Age sensibilities, but not allowing itself to 'go too random.' can be found on track #7, "Ambient Wonder" and "Trace Amounts," #9. Some of the anthem/military-like pieces are #3, "Brothers in Arms", #8 "The Gun Pointed at the Head of the Universe." Be careful not to listen to these pieces while driving to work, or you may just get a speeding ticket!

One truly unique twist that seperates this music from other 'game' music is the addition of actual Monk chants, performed by Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. Salvatori, and other singers. It's a testament to their ingenuity that they pull it off! The signature piece, "Halo", #26, and tracks, #1 "Opening Suite", and #17, "The Maw" show how Monks and their chants can still 'fit' in modern music, no less in a modern console action game!

All in all, this soundtrack is a must have for anyone interesting in instrumental music that touches on different genres and infuses them with a sly personal touch. If you get a chance, you must try it out with the game it was created for, on a home theater setup, natch! You won't regret it!

I eagerly await any future soundtrack work from Bungie Studios and Total Audio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Halo Music?!?!
WOW!!!!! I just thought the game was the best but the music too!!!!!!!!! I am a very very very big fan of Halo. When i always played Halo i just loved the music! NOW IN JUST A FEW MORE MONTHS (II4 DAYS) 1 OF THE WORLDS BEST GAME WILL COME OUT ON XBOX YES IM TAKING ABOUT HALO 2 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2004 THE WORLD OF GAMING WILL BE A NEW PLACE! SO NOW MY REVIEW IS ALMOST OVER SO IF YOUR WONDERING WHAT THE HALO MUSIC IS LIKE JUST BUY THE CD!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars super cool
this soundtrak is absolutely awesome.I am an biggest halo fan.Halo is my most fauvorite game ever!!!No game what iwe played could pass halo.Maby halo 2 will be my fauvorite game when its released. ... Read more


4. Chaos Theory: Splinter Cell 3 Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a story about a musician named Amon Tobin
Once upon a time, the only video games that had soundtracks worth buying separately were Japanese RPGs.Occasionally, a Western game would come along with a great compilation soundtrack (see the Grand Theft Auto series), but for the most part, music composed specifically for games was unable to stand alone as an artistic work.

Fast forward to the end of 2004.UbiSoft was making the third installment of their popular Splinter Cell series, and the need for some creepy, paranoid music naturally arose.Some inspired soul (whose name is lost to history) suggested that the job be offered to electronic artist Amon Tobin, perhaps thinking that his bass-heavy groovalicious style would adapt well to stealth based gameplay.The Powers That Be agreed, and gave Amon a lot of money with which to score their still-developing game.

When Amon returned after completing the soundtrack, the results were better than anyone expected.CHAOS THEORY struck a perfect balance between spooky ambience and jackhammer beats, often shifting rapidly between the two, but throughout it all there was an undeniable sense of beauty which did not exist in spite of the chaos but rather arose from it.Indeed, this chaotic beauty led many who listened to make comparisons to another artist, Aphex Twin.

But CHAOS THEORY was much more than an Aphex knock-off.Amon had put UbiSoft's money to good use, hiring an all-star lineup of studio players to make the soundtrack the best it could be.These studio session gave CHAOS THEORY a very organic feel that is usually missing from video game soundtracks, and was definitely absent from Aphex Twin's 2001 album, DRUQKS.

The album started off with "The Lighthouse," and while it wasn't necessarily the best track off the album, it was still pretty darn close, with a jerky bass riff that immediately created a sense of paranoia in the listener.It was the perfect setup to an album which cultivated a wide range of emotions, most of them disturbing.CHAOS THEORY never really let up on these emotions, instead, Amon simply switched from one emotion to another, from paranoia to panic to uneasiness and back to paranoia, often within a single track.

All involved with the project were so pleased that it was decided that Amon's soundtrack would be released several months ahead of the actual game.The reason for this was simple: where most consumers hear music in a game and then would desire to purchase the soundtrack, hearing this soundtrack actually made people want to play the game.Reviewers across the land encouraged everyone they met, even those with no interest in video games, to purchase the album, and all who heard the free MP3 of "The Lighthouse" provided on amazon.com were more than willing to fork over the cash to hear the rest of CHAOS THEORY, with the result that Amon Tobin became obscenely wealthy, and nobody payed any attention to the drivel that MTV played anymore.

And they all lived happily ever after.

3-0 out of 5 stars Let Down
Amon Tobin, in the course of five months last year, became my favorite musician on the planet. Discovering his albums one by one (in a disjointed order) was such a delight that they were the only albums I listened to for weeks on end. I eagerly waited for word to come from Ninja Tune about when his next album would be released, and had a countdown when I finally had its January release date.
Months later, I am still somewhat disappointed. I was highly intrigued with the concept (especially seeing as how he would be the perfect candidate to score a futuristic sci-fi world-from-hell movie), but once I listened to it several times, the gimmick still stunk: a score for a computer game just does not translate into a full-lenght album. Granted, I haven't played the game itself, so I can't comment about how the music fits into playing it (though I imagine it would work rather well). You can still count on Amon to create an amazing soundscape with only samples (and here, live samples), but whereas his first four masterpieces took you on a real musical journey, this one is more monotonous, and arguably better fitted for a video game than the others would be. Here's hoping his next album is much better - what am I saying, of course it will be!

5-0 out of 5 stars In 1 word Awesome!
Having always been a fan of the Splinter Cell games, I never really noticed until last night playing Chaos Theory, how good the actual music from the game was. I listened to the soundtrack and could not believe how awesome it sounded. Music for video games has evolved so much. I am a huge fan of this kind of music as well so kudos to Amon Tobin!
This soundtrack is put together very well. It does not sound corny or anything it sounds really great!

5-0 out of 5 stars very well done
this sound track is very well done especilly like the little guiter riff in the Lighthouse

5-0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
This CD is incredibly immersive.I listened to some of Tobin's earlier stuff and thought, yeah it's cool, but it's missing something.It's all here.He put an amazing group of international musicians together, and it shines amazingly.Tobin mixed, conducted, and produced it.Amazing talent.The drummer is amazing, especially on Ruthless.My favourite track is Kokubo Sosho Stealth.It's dark, has nice drum and bass, and harmonics.This is just like HALO 2.Not as good without the music.Now we just wait for the game. ... Read more


5. Wolf's Rain
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5-0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking
After seeing the show (some of the later episodes) on Adult Swim, I finally purchased the DVD and the soundtrack. . .and the music blew my mind! I was familliar with some of Yoko Kanno's music, but not much, and this cd definately got me into it quite a bit more. Each song was filled with such emotion and beauty that I've listened to it for hours on end, and it's been one of the few cds that have actually made it to my cd player lately.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
Stunning music from an amazing anime. The opening and ending songs are gorgeous (and to my suprise, in English, not Japanese). Yoko Kanno is an amazing person, an this music truely tells it's own tale.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
Yoko Kanno composes another stellar soundtrack. I'm looking forward to seeing this series but i bought this cd (at Anime Expo 04) because i'm a Yoko Kanno fan. This music is much different then her other soundtracks. It's worldly. Some great Brazilian influenced songs. Lots of wonderful acoustic guitar work and of course Yokos beautiful piano playing throughout. Plenty of percussion work as well. If you have a good sound system this cd will show it off well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for fans or anyone with diverse taste.
If you love the show you will like this Cd. An interesting mix of suedo-pop ballads and classical arrangements, along with some jazz. If the classical arrangements don't move you on some level, I don't know what is wrong with you! The lyrical songs make you wish that you could get more music from these artist, it like coming across a new artist whosname you can't find out or remember. Really loved tracks 2,9,11,13,14,20, especially look out for the sweet little folk groove on 13.Enjoy! ... Read more


6. Fooly Cooly OST 1: Addict
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3-0 out of 5 stars Their albums are better
This soundtrack fit the anime very well, and not having vocals in a lot of the songs was more appropriate in this context, but a lot of songs on the soundtrack actually have vocals to them which are awesome and make the music a lot better, and those who only hear the soundtrack are missing out.
If the cost of importing their albums is the issue, buy this, since its now a domestic release, and scrounge around on *emule* or an equivalent until their albums are released here.
Imported, they're just not worth it ($40+) unless you have plenty of cash to throw around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great music from a Great Anime
After seeing FLCL on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, I was awe-strucked by not only the great visuals and great intellectual masterpiece of FLCL, but also by the great music, most of which was done by the Pillows. The music just reminds me so much of the indie music scene, not that mainstream processed cheese crap that dominates the airwaves. I can't say anything else beside BUY THIS ALBUM. It's something that both Anime fans and Garage Alternative fans will enjoy. If you like good alt rock, do yourself a favor and pick this album up, I did and I'm loving it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why cant other anime have great music like this?
First time i saw the anime like most other people i didnt get it (what?who?or where? the hell) but what i did manage to notice was its incredible music soundtrack and then i got the story. Filled with the original music that brings flashbacks of freaky scenes wacky diologe and awsome fights. the only thing wrong with it its that it lacks a full version of "LAST DINOSAUR" but thats avalible in the sister soundtrack which i forgot the name (my bad)but its out ther so goand buy the two of them if yopu dont like it i pay you back the money you spend.
hehe right... till next time this is Najava sining off.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great music, crappy CD mastering
This thing sounds like they used mp3's for a master. Very compressed and flat sounding (compared to Happy Bivouac, for example). But if you are on a budget, I suppose it's OK for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars you guys are all screwed up
Yo, just get the new furi kuri album- the pirate king- Now if amazon made a bundle pack of addict and pirate king, what would ya say to that? ... Read more


7. Sonic Heroes - Official Soundtrack
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8. Fooly Cooly OST 2: King of Pirates
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The verse-defying, guitar-blasting J-Rock group the Pillows come roaring back with more sit-up-and-take-notice grooving beats and vocals on this second gem of a soundtrack to the ingeniously chaotic Fooly Cooly series. Musical collaborator Shinkichi Mitsumune (Utena, Love Hina, Sugar) spreads out more of his flavorful instrumentals to fuel the high dosage of anime insanity that inundates this quirky off-the-wall anime. This 17-track CD includes the vocal songs "Crazy Sunshine," "Blues Drive Monster," "White Ash," "LAST DINOSAUR" and "I think I can" along with five drama tracks. ... Read more


9. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
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GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS, OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK BOX SET:

This 8 CD Set is the indispensable companion to GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS.The 8 CD's are loaded with the music featured inside the game.

About the Game: Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.

Now, it’s the early 90s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the next installment in the blockbuster franchise that has redefined interactive entertainment. ... Read more


10. Samurai Champloo Original Soundtrack
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This 21-track CD features three vocal songs, including the intro theme, 'Hemisphere' (performed by voice actress Maaya Sakamoto and produced by Yoko Kanno, one of the hottest anime composers around) and the outro theme, 'Egg of the Dream' sung by Mayumi Hashimoto and Ichiko Hashimoto. ... Read more


11. Trigun: The First Dohnuts
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The Japanese hit soundtrack to the popular video gamefeaturing music composed by Tsuneo Imahori. 20 tracks.1998. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Eclairs, holes, crullers...even the cream-filled kind!
"Trigun" is overall one of the best anime series of the past five years, and the soundtrack is just the icing on the cake. 'The First Donuts' is a testament to the series' many moods. You'll find mostly western-style tunes that have an almost futuristic sound to them; the laid-back guitar riffs set an almost peaceful state of mind, then suddenly leap into action, then calm down again. (Just like the series itself!) The soundtrack is memorable enough that I could visualize many of the scenes from certain episodes as the songs played through. The pulse-pounding (but short) opening theme ("H.T") comes about halfway through the CD, right after the all-too-fitting-for-the-show "cyber-country" closing theme ("The Wind Blows Toward the Future"). Both are placed just right, giving you the chance to experience the many flavors this album has to offer before and after the themes. There's also a beautiful vocal from Rem's voice actress ("Sound Life"), which is from the end of the moving "Diablo" episode. This is a very cool and very different album, and if you love the series, you'll definitely dig it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sountrack (with or without the show)
Although the show is fantastic, you don't need to see Yasuhiro Naito's new classic (to steal from TNT) to appreciate Imahori's work. His prescence is clearly noted as a guitarist and, more importantly, as a composer. Imahori works on mulitple plains in this album, going from the smoothness of "Sound Life" to the bounciness of "Philosophy In a Tea Cup" and "Cynical Pink" as well as harnassing chaos in "Perfect Night" (which is redone well in the imported CD, "Trigun: The 2nd Donut"). The multiple facets of the soundtrack mirror the multiple facets of the show, that's what makes this album so effective, and why Tsuneo Imahori has received so much acclaim.

1-0 out of 5 stars Trigun soundtrack eats it!!
I hate the music in the soundtrack!! This is also one of the components of Trigun reaking of terrible anime. There's no Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin, or MC5!! Techno rock sucks along with Trigun!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Wow! It's a rare occasion when I can say that I loved every single track on a CD, but I can indeed say that about this CD! Covering the entire gamut of musical styles, from techno to jazz to rock, Tsuneo Imahori does it all. From the brilliant slide guitar in "Never Could Have Been Worse", to the exhilerating hard-rockish theme, "HT", Tsuneo Imahori is a master guitarist. Pick up this CD now if you love great music of any kind! You're sure to find something you'll like on this diverse CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent
I fell in love with TRIGUN the first time I watched it, and was absolutely estatic to get this CD. Tsuneo Imahori and the Seatbelts really have some amazing skill with the guitar, and it shows. It's not just the guitar, either (although the sheer amount of emotion and energy conveyed is impressive), as trumpets, saxaphones, amazing precussion and some very nicely done synths and cello parts really round it out. There's an amazing amount of variety and it's all extremely well done, and there isn't a single track that I just don't like. This CD has some of the best songs from the series, and I reccomend it for any fan's collection. You'll be moved to tears listening to some of your favorite songs, and similarily find yourself ripping on your air-guitar (even if you don't know how to play). The vocals are beautifully done and I just adore this CD. I've had it for years now, and it still regularly rotates through my cd player. It's just that good. It's a bit pricy, being an import, but you really should consider it if you have the money to spend. ... Read more


12. Riven: The Soundtrack (Video Game Score)
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This is billed as "The Sequel to Myst, the most succesful CD-Rom game of all time" and "contains recently recovered D'NI archaelogical information available only on this CD." Not being an archaeologist--or a Myst afficianado--I'm just trying to figure out how to play the game and listen to the disc with only one damn CD-ROM drive; my hands just aren't that quick anymore. Those concerns aside, Miller's brooding, ambient soundwashes do just fine by themselves, though one can't help but discern that this is a genre that hasn't come very far from Eno and Tangerine Dream. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Robyn Miller's best work
Riven is one of my favorite soundtracks for writing. I have loved the ambient music Robyn has done for Myst and was thrilled with the soundtrack for Riven when it was released.
I'd certainly have liked to see more music from Robyn.

My favorite (and apparently, many others' as well) track is "Gehn's Theme". It is beautiful and haunting, the dark undertones of the music creating the perfect counterpoint to any of Gehn's appearances in the game. It is elegant, sophisticated and chilling and it is woven throughout the game purposefully to serve as a reminder of Gehn's dominance over the people of Riven.

Along with the occasional Myst-specific selections that come through, particularly with Atrus' music, this album is not only the perfect counterpoint to the game itself, it has a life beyond the computer. It is one of the best ambient and electronic albums I have heard.

I guard my copy carefully, since it is packaged in the early version of the more common paperboard cd cases that are becoming popular for DVDs among other things.

My copy is an original 1997 pressing and I have noticed does not mp3 extremely well. The best way to listen to this album is from the CD itself. And it is a worthwhile investment for anyone looking for something interesting and unique to listen to, regardless of if you're a game player or not. It should be in the collection of anyone who loves Yanni, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Art of Noise. (All of which I love)

It is a wonderful compliment to the entire Myst/Riven/Exile suite. If you've got Myst, Exile and now Uru, you must have Riven.

4-0 out of 5 stars When I listened to RIVEN for the first time
I was amazed how very different it is from it's sister soundtrack MYST. In MYST, there are several different themes placed perfectly throughout the game that appear on this disk. There are bizarre drum solos, ambiant piano, and loud strings. I was, needless to say, a bit dissapointed with RIVEN's discontinued likeliness. Instead of loud, welcoming music, I was greeted at first by a strange 11 second sound effect of a porthole opening followed by a series of monotone bass noises accompanied by scarce sound effects. We are then presented not with a sountrack but rather a continues "meditation music" companion. Though I have not played the game, Robyn's strangly restrained music seems misplaced in a game of (correct me if I'm wrong)many different worlds. It's almost as if Miller were making it up as he goes; trying his best to engross us in the content by stretching a long, monotonous tone. He, unfortunatly, fails. We are presented with a piece of music barely audible at times. The only track on the disk of any real engrossing music is a superb track entitled CATHERINE'S FREEDOM. This starts off very mono (how illplaced!), however speeds up to a very well paced construction illustrating a picture very clearly. If you'll notice, none of these comments were necessarily bad (thus the 4-star rating). The music, as I have read, and I agree, is excellent by which to read, write, and relax with. It provides a soft, gentle sound that soothes, and gives off a vibe unmatched in splendor and beauty.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am hooked! (even though I am not a gamer)
You know the world has changed since you last looked when films are not the only entertainment pieces to have a soundtrack. Video games also have soundtracks these days and the one by Robyn Miller for the game 'Riven' got me hooked non-stop ever since I first overheard it streaming from a colleague's cubicle at work.

It provides you with a dark, epic atmosphere that never really gets loud, so it also carries a bit of an ambient (almost new age) flavor to it. Perfect not just to go with the game (I have to assume, since I am not a gamer myself), but to work, read or write. It's mellow, but it doesn't sound common or simple. It is one of those albums you wish you could get more of, so I end up playing it once and again. It reminded me of the soundtrack to the anime "Ghost in the Shell" very much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Immersive worlds - immersive music
Those people lucky enough to play Riven, found that everything fitted together perfectly. The beautiful and immersive worlds that form Myst, Riven, Myst III (Exile) and Uru offer the chance to explore beautiful places, while solving intellectually challenging puzzles. The music is an important part of the atmosphere of the game, conveying beauty, excitement, and the mystery which is Riven. Buy the music, buy the game - better still, buy all of them!

5-0 out of 5 stars Riven SoundTrack
Whether you are a Myst enthusiast or just in search of a great piece of music Riven is it. It takes the listener on a voyage through some familiar areas of the game and some not so, the composure is well done and you pick up a lot that you didnt hear in the game it also includes a few Bonus Tracks. This is a must have for any Myst fan! ... Read more


13. Pokemon: The First Movie
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"Gotta catch 'em all," shouts teen-popper (and 1999's Buckner & Garcia) Billy Crawford on this kid-phenom soundtrack. Engineered to capture not only preteen fans of the Japanese anime craze, but Top 40 listeners who might fall for singles such as girl group M2M's peppy "Don't Say You Love Me," it's loaded with familiar zillion-selling names such as Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Christina Aguilera, and 98 Degrees. A mixture of light dance-pop, innocuous romantic ballads, and "Eye of the Tiger" drama keeps things moving. G-rated through and through, the disc's nonstop chirpiness might eventually wear on parents' ears even as they acknowledge the catchy hooks. The younger set will love it without qualification. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars I rated each song; average is 3.0625.
But I'll just round that down to 3. This CD is mediocre. Not one of the best I own, and definitely not one of the worst. Pokemon Theme is a good song that everyone's heard, and Billy Crawford did it nicely. I gave that one 4 out of 5 stars. Don't Say You Love Me is a fantastic song! 5 out of 5! It Was You is also pretty good. Ashley Ballard isn't a bad singer. 4/5. We're a Miracle is an OK song, though I don't see how it or a lot of the others fit Pokemon. And Christina Aguilera is, in my opinion, not a good artist at all. The way she sings is horrible. She changes tone WAY too often. She'll go from a deep voice to a high-pitch one in seconds, which is really annoying. This song gets 2 out of 5 stars. Soda Pop also gets 2/5. I hate Britney Spears for a lot of reasons I won't even go into, but for one of her songs, this isn't so bad, and in fact it's catchy. Somewhere Someday is the same case. 2 outta 5. I hate NSync, and it's not a great song, but it's not too terrible either. Get Happy=5/5. I love this song! It's so...happy! Free Up your Mind is 3/5. Emma sings all right by herself, and the song is so-so. Fly with Me is just plain awful. 98 degrees isn't so hot, and this song sounds like every other pop one today. Bad. Lullaby, same deal, 1/5 stars for both of those. Vacation=5/5. Really, really good! Dance song! Makin my My is OK; 3/5. Catch me if you can is better; 4/5. Have some fun with the funk gets 1 out of 5 stars. It is so miserably bad and wretched I can't even describe it. Aaron Carter makes me SO sick, why did they have to include him?! If only tears could bring you back=2/5. Kinda sweet, but not much else. Brother my Brother got 3/5. It's a nice song, and I like the name of the artist...Blessid Union of Souls. That influenced me a little. Well, that's what I think of this CD. I don't care if it was helpful or not.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I bought this cd years ago, and I've listened to it almost every day since. I'm the biggest Pokemon fan there is (I've been for over five years, and I still am at 16) and since I loved the first movie, I decided to by the soundtrack, and I wasn't the least bit dissapointed. The best song on this cd is It Was You; it's my favorite song ever. I also love Fly With Me, Somewhere Someday, and the catchy Catch Me if You Can. We're a Miracle is a beautiful song, and Free Up Your Mind and Fun With the Funk are fun and great to dance to. Don't Say You Love me is a great song too, and one of the reasons I bought this. If Only Tears Will Bring You Back will bring a tear to your eye, and Brother my Brother is a good song, too. The only songs I don't really like on this cd are Lullaby and Vacation, they get annoying, and I can't stand Soda Pop, but the rest of the songs are great. There's a cool version of the Pokemon Theame (from the movie) on it, too. Overall this cd is the best. Great music to listen to with your favorite Mew ^_^

5-0 out of 5 stars It was great!!
It was a really good CD overall!

1. Pokemon Theme: I liked it a lot, but not as much as the original piece on the 2BA Master CD. It waqs a cool way to start out the CD though.
2.Don't Say You Love Me: This was one of the best tracks on the CD. M2M was the right band to have sing this piece. Though I don't know how it fits into the movie, it was a good track anyway.
3.It Was You: Another of my favorites, it's a great track also. Ashely Ballad can sing, and So Plush compliments her singing.

4.We're a Miracle: It was pretty good singing, but the lyrics weren't all that great. I didn't enjoy this track as much as the earlier tracks.
5. Soda Pop: I avoid this one everytime. I don't know how it fits into the tracks, or why this track is on here. It wasn't one of the better ones.
6.Somewhere, Someday: Pokemon seems to like using the big all-time bands on this CD. I'm sort of neutral on this one. It was great, it wasn't bad, it was okay.
7. Get Happy: This one is another of my all-time favorites. It's great for those "Sugar, SUGAR RUSH I NEED TO DANCE!!!" moods. It's fun to sing along to also ^^
8.Hey You Free Up Your Mind: Another of those avoidable songs. As I said before, they like using those big time bands, and often those songs are the avoidable ones. I didn't like the song at all, because of the rather dark mood it sets you in right after your sugar rush mood.
9.Fly With Me: Another big band one. This one's not as avoidable as the others, but I still don't like listening to it as much as some of the ones by smaller bands.
10.Lullaby: I love this one! I like the beat and the sound effects are great! Mandah was the perfect choice to sing this one.
11.Vacation: Another great song!! The beat is as good as "Lullaby" and "Get Happy". Vitamin C was great for this song. The sound choices are good, and it's fun to sing along to.
12.Making My Way: It's not my favorite, but it's pretty darn good. The singings great, and the background singers are good.
13.Catch me if you can: It's a great beat and a good song. Especially if you get around to learning the background singers lines. It might be a little fun to dance to, just don't knock over lamps in the process.
14.Have Some Fun With the Funk: Considering that Aaron Carter is another big-time singer, it's good. I don't understand where it fits into the movie, though, although some of the better ones don't fit into the movie at all...
15. If my Tears Could Bring you Back: It's for one of those "I made a mistake and now you're gone..." moods. It's originally kind of hard to tell if the person who they want to return is dead or not, but I really listened for a long time, and it turns out that the singer is singing about someone still alive. It's a great song if you're feeling a little too depressed for "Get Happy" or "Vacation".
16.Brother My Brother: This one was a great way to end the soundtrack. It's a song kind of about peace almost. The singers are really good, and the setting in the song matches the one in the actual movie.

So overall, this CD is definately worth buying if you're willing to shell out a buck or two for great songs. I highly recommend this CD for any Pokemon fans out there ^^

1-0 out of 5 stars it SUCKS
This CD SUCKS YOU HEAR ME SUCKS.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good C.D.
This Is A Good C.D. But There Are 2 Bad Songs (More On That Later)I Will List All The Songs And Rate Them First
1.Pokemon Theme- A Great Song One Of The Best Songs On The C.D.
2.Don't Say You Love Me-Another Great Song Another Great Song On The C.D.
3.It Was You-Another Good Song Ashley Ballard Sings Real Good
4.We're A Miracle-Another Good Song I Normally Hate Christina But She Sings Good On This Song
5.Soda Pop-O.K. Britney Is O.K. She Can Not Sing At All
6.Somewhere,Someday-Song #1 Of The Worst Songs On The Album *NSYNC Can't Sing At All
7.Get Happy-A Great Song I Love It
8.Free Up Your Mind-Good Song
9.Fly With Me-Hate This Song 98 Degrees Can't Sing
10.Lullaby-LIke This Song Willa Ford(Mandah) Sings Good
11.Vacation-Vitamin C Can Sing
12.Makin My Way-Good Song
13.Catch Me If You Can-Good Song
14.Fun With The Funk-O.K. Song
15.If Only Tears Can Bring You Back-O.K. Song
16.Brother My Brother-O.K. Song ... Read more


14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Box Set
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Although the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City takes place in the 1980s, its musical accompaniment leaps light years beyond the simplistic plink-plonking found on that decade's primitive gaming systems. GTA's whopping seven-CD soundtrack set (also available as individual volumes) culls the best of the decade of decadence's musical offerings. V-Rock, and Wave 103 spotlight the '80s musical mainstays, hairsprayed heavy metal and bursts of fizzy New Wave electro-pop, while saccharine love songs and mellow light rock populate the next two discs: Emotion 98.3 and Flash FM, respectively.

Volume 5, the appropriately titled Wildstyle Pirate, celebrates the origins of hip-hop and DJ culture; Fever 105 focuses on sizzling soul;and Radio Espantoso rounds out the set with upbeat Cuban jazz hybrids. With such differing styles, not every disc will appeal to every listener. And not every CD is mixed well--Fever 105 can be monotonous, and Emotion 98.3's tunes are overplayed. However, the best part about GTA is its often surprising musical selections: Tears for Fears' morose "Pale Shelter," the long mix of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," and Mary Jane Girls' slinky "All Night Long." Throwing in lesser-known musical gems among the hits adds spice and unexpected turns, which redeem GTA's shortcomings and make this set a treat for everyone, not just fans of the game.--Annie Zaleski ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music Collection For A City That Never Sleeps!
I purchased this box set before I bought the game and I have not been disappointed especially with the Esperanto cd, the Cuban jazz and the New Wave cd with Adam First! The cd runs like you're listening to an actual radio station complete with commerical breaks, though the commercial breaks are not that frequent. You here more music! I was expecting some Phil Collins, at least one of his songs on the party cd with Toni but alas, no Phil. The cds don't have all the 80's big hits on them but enough to set an atmosphere while playing the game, afterall it's all about game, but I found myself listening to every cd, including the rock cd with Lazlow of people before he became that annoying talkshow host from GTA3. This boxset is a definite buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent soundtrack...
It's amazing that a video game has the depth to be able to offer a soundtrack which contains 7 CD's. But Vice City does have that soundtrack, and it is superb. If you are a fan of 80's music, or want to own a diverse collection of 80's music, get a copy of this soundtrack. The box set is the best deal, containing 7 CD's for a reasonable price. Even if you don't own or plan to buy the game, you will thoroughly enjoy this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just A Great Game, But A Great Soundtrack.
Despite the at times violent, yet comical game, Vice City has lots more on offer, a seven disc box set of all your favourite radio stations from the soothing Emotion 98.3, all the way through to the Spanish sounding Espantoso.

There's something for everyone since most genres are covered, 80's rock on play on VROCK and the origins of today's hip hop music scene on Mr Magic's Wildstyle Pirate Radio. RockStar certainly did it this time round with a great selection of 80's hits and surprisingly good unknowns.

Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Soundtrack
I do believe that this soundtrack may very well be one of the greatest soundtracks of our time. Some people may even die without this soundtrack, metaphorically speaking, of course. My hypothesis: Buy this baby to find your inner peace.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Auto: Vice City - Box Set
The Ultimate 80's Greatist hits, that gave birth to modern rock, pop and rap a great sound track for the new generation ... Read more


15. Hellsing 1: Raid
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The Hellsing Original Soundtrack embodies the gritty, gothic atmosphere of the hit anime series and delivers 19 tracks of the coolest, high-gear frenzy garage band sounds and edgy instrumental cuts ever heard on an anime CD. Available for the first time as a domestic anime CD release. Includes insert CD booklet with song titles, lyrics and credits translated in English language. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hellsing ST 01 - Unreal!
Wow, Where to begin. The music composition is brilliant. You could listen to it over an over and each time pick up different sections of the songs. Definitly a doubleplusgood CD to buy if you're into gothic/rock/whatever mucic. Each track is so perfectly done. Never listen to too much though, it will go to your dreams. Though, if that's what you're aiming for ...
My only complaint is to the sickeningly huge amount of Engrish Pioneer slapped onto the CD insert, and the fact that the pictures on the inside are not the same as the original 'Japanese'version of the CD. I prefer the fan translations of the titles myself... Nya.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best!
The songs from hellsing were one of the things that got me to buy the anime. It is completely awesome! This is definately worth buying.

Songs on this CD:
1-World Without Logos
2-Nirvana Beyond Stupidity
3-Playing Music
4-Certain Victory
5-Service for Gods
6-Left Leg Trapped Sensual Temptation
7-Vampire Apprentice and R&R
8-P.S. Namu-Amidabutsu
9-Chaotic Ocean
10-Original Sin,
11-Buddhist Saint in Cathedral
12-Fake Priest and Bell of Chapel
13-Act by Demon or God?

14-Innocent by Death
15-Survival on the Unfaithful Life
16-Sorrow of the Drum
17-Requiem for the Survivors
18-Song for Insensitive People
19-Fight With Swords, Arrows

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
I first experienced Hellsing via the anime, like most people, and liking the music inside, I decided to purchase the soundtrack. Now, there are too few words in the english language to describe how brilliant this record is. A sweeping mix of several genres, all packaged up so that anyone could instantly fall in love with the sheer perfection of the tunes within. Ranging from seminal highs, to mellow lows, yet always keeping you on the edge of oyur seat. It is truly one of those records that you will listen to, over and over again.
There is no reason for you not to get this, fan or not, you will be left breathless.
And its a certain that you will purchase the sister soundtrack, after hearing this, you won't be able to resist doing so.
Essential. ... Read more


16. Myst (Video Game Soundtrack)
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5-0 out of 5 stars MYST SOUNDTRACK RAP
If you've played MYST or not this music is great and sets a pace and will bring back memories of the visual worlds. The uniqe differential sequences between the 2 brothers themes is a great touch. 3 bonus tracks add to the value and MYSTiqe of the CD composure- In conclusion the CD is very good- applause to Robyn Miller for such fitting music from such a game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music to chill out by
Herein, I'll describe each track more in relation to the game rather than from a musical point of view, to let readers decide for themselves if this CD has what they want. Only music tracks are provided (no dialogue or FX). The tracks are grouped by Ages, with 3 bonus tracks. Those that appear in the game have not been changed, as far as I can detect; what one hears in the game is what's on the CD. The music makes a very soothing background, in general.

The first 6 tracks are the Myst Island group. "Myst Theme" is the opening title theme, without Atrus' accompanying dialogue, followed by the music that plays during the Myst book's overview of the island. (The little string passage that accompanies the Cyan logo at the beginning of the game isn't included.) "Treegate" is the passage played as the player enters the chamber on Myst Island containing the Channelwood linking book, and which continues during the book's overview of that Age. "Planetarium" is played while the player is in the planetarium (of course). "Shipgate" is the played once the player enters the chamber containing the link book for the Stoneship Age. "The Tower" is the music played when the player is in the chamber at the top of the tower attached to the library on Myst Island. "The Last Message (Forechamber Theme)" is played while the player is in the imaging chamber near the dock.

Tracks 7 - 13 are the Mechanical Age group (that is, they occur while the player is in that Age). "Fortress Ambience Part I", "Fortress Ambience Part II" are what the titles indicate. "Mechanical Mystgate" is the background accompanying the linking book back to Myst Island. The remaining tracks from this Age, "Sirrus' Cache". "Sirrus' Theme - Mechanical Age", "Achenar's Cache", "Achenar's Theme - Mechanical Age" are played as the player explores the brothers' respective chambers and caches.

Tracks 14 - 17 are the Stoneship Age group. "Compass Rose" is played when the player activates the compass rose in the underwater room overlooking the stoneship hull. "Above Stoneship (Telescope Theme)" is played while the player is on the stairway leading up to the telescope platform. "Sirrus' Theme - Stoneship Age", and "Achenar's Theme - Stoneship Age", are the themes played in each of their respective Stoneship Age chambers.

Track 18, "Selenitic Mystgate", is the track played once the player FINALLY reaches the Myst linking book in that Age. (All the other contrivances in that Age are counted as FX rather than music.)

Tracks 19 - 21 are the Channelwood Age. "The Temple of Achenar" is the background for Achenar's little playroom. "Sirrus' Theme - Channelwood Age", "Achenar's Theme - Channelwood Age" are the themes played in the characters' respective rooms in that Age.

"Un-Finale" ensues once the player completes either the red or blue linking books, while "Finale" accompanies Atrus' final speech.

Finally, consider the 3 bonus tracks. "Fireplace Theme" would be best suited to an action sequence; if included, it would have disrupted the established tone of the game to that point. " Early Selenitic Mystgate" is much livelier than "Selenetic Mystgate", enough so that it wouldn't work as background music unless coupled with an action sequence. "Original Un-Finale" has some relationship to "Planetarium".

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute
Back when Myst was just a new CD-Rom game and the franchise hadn't even begun to build up its huge fanbase Robyn Miller wrote this score to create a mood for certain scenes. Originally his idea was to have no music for the game at all, with mood only created with sound effects and ambience. For the most part this generally worked but he experimented giving musical life to moments such as the Planetarium (or the dentist's chair as some people call it) and the tower. When he saw how his music affected things he went on to write an entire score. And it's pretty cool stuff.

It may be rather basic, lacking the maturity of Riven or the class of Myst III, but it still manages to be provocative and force particular feelings out of you, even emotions you didn't think you were in the mood for. Though Miller did create the feel of the Myst universe with this score and it surely signals the brilliance that was yet to come. It's an interesting CD to have, but perhaps only for fans.

The CD last's just over 40 minutes and comes with a small booklet containing information about the game and Robyn Miller and contains some cool pictures. The CD is kind of flimsy tho.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful soundtrack for a beautiful idea
ah, Myst. In 1994? the gaming world was changed forever, never to look back before the worlds of Myst. Cyan, Inc, lead by Rand and Robyn Miller, created a race called the D'ni that led the gamer through breathtaking worlds and intricate puzzles. The top thing most admired by Myst fans is the beauty that it shines on itself.

Suffice to say, the soundtrack is an excellent compliment to the game. While rendered on a primitive (in 21st cen. terms) midi keyboard, Robyn Miller creates mood music that haunts the gamer as he walks through worlds never before seen. Poignant and mysterious, the music is a great backdrop for many activities, including reading the Myst books ;P.

Yes, although this is a soundtrack -- it's great background music, but doesn't contain much musical structure at all -- it still excels at what it was meant to do... give the Myst game a whole new life in the ears as well as the eyes. And for that, I give it five stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars okay cd
I have to agree w/another reviewer that this cd is kind of boring w/out the actual gameplay and beautiful/creepy scenery to go w/it. It's still good to listen to before you go to bed (puts you right to sleep) ;) but I'm hoping that the Riven soundtrack will be better. ... Read more


17. Vision Of Escaflowne: Lovers Only
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Full Title - Tenkuno Escafrone - Lovers Only. Japan exclusive anime soundtrack, features 20 tracks. Victor. 2004. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful OST
When I was first introduced to the series "Tenkuu no Escaflowne" (Vision of Escaflowne) several years ago, one of the things that immediately drew me in was the incredible music. I tire of soundtracks very quickly, normally - but it's been about 4 years now, and I can still put my Lovers Only CD on repeat for hours. It's wonderful background music for creative activities such as writing, drawing, painting, or just relaxing.

Unlike a great deal of soundtrack music, the Escaflowne songs and instrumentals are, for the most part, very non-intrusive. They mesh well with a variety of moods and provide everything from upbeat, catchy stuff to sorrowful and soulful pieces that will really move you. You don't need to be a fan of the series to enjoy the music, either.

This particular OST is my favorite of the five Escaflowne OSTs that I own; it takes many of the best pieces from the series and puts them all on one CD. It also includes one of the most beautiful and addictive musical pieces from Escaflowne, the ominous "Chain" - which is absent from other Esca OSTs. (This is the background piece heard playing during the scene where Folken and Eriya alter Fate, among other scenes.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Escaflowne OST
I own all the Escaflowne OSTs and I'd have to say this is the best one. The music of Yoko Kanno and Hajime Mizoguchi is just wonderful, smooth and flowing and conveys all emotions from the hopeful, ethereal "Angel" to the dark, ominous "Blaze."

Maaya Sakamoto's songs on this track are just as lovely, especially "Kaze ga fuku hi" (Track 18) which is still my all-time favorite song after 5 years of owning the CD. This track is has deep, soothing bass accompanied by a lovely saxophone and instruments get added in seemlessly as the song goes on...by the time it reaches the climax of the piece, you're shocked by all that's there.

I'd highly recommend this CD to anyone who likes Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, symphonic/choral music, or anime.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
i'm a ost lover, dont like commercial musics. For alot of years i've been listening to movies, videogames&anime soundtracks

this one is just awesome

a best buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars VERY good compilation.
I've seen the series of Escaflowne, as well as the movie. (All Dubbed though, haven't had the chance to see a copy of subtitled Escaflowne yet.) But this cd is by far my favorite. Almost all of the songs on it I like, especially Dance of Curse. There for a while, I'd fall asleep listening to it at night. I say that this is difinitely a good buy and would get it. I hope others enjoy it as much as I do.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfectworldsong ist my lovlely song, but all another .....
Yoko Kanno ist my best songwriter,I have all her Music collection ... Read more


18. Last Exile 1
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5-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, delicate, rambunctious
If you've seen Last Exile, then some of this music will be familiar. If not, I can still recommend this music (most of it is symphony music, rather than vocal songs.). There are very few "synth" or "midi" tunes here - it's mostly all REAL instruments. Here is the music that's contained on this album:
1. Cloud Age Symphony - the opening song, but this is an extended version. Has vocals.
2. A Morning in Norkia - Very upbeat, cute, perky music
3. Workin' on the Cloud - Slightly tense violin (or violin-like instrument) and flutes play back and forth and build up.
4. To the Race - the name really evokes the feel of this piece. Playful and uplifting
5. Prayer for Love - Thoughtful but not depressing harp music with a pretty vocal. Kind of angelic.
6. Brave Willing - "Strutting" music, rather upbeat
7. Cover Stories - a more somber piece, a bit meloncholy/lonesome
8. Flyin' to Fly - a tense, exciting piece, rather exotic in some parts
9. Requiem in the Air - Angelic vocals. Very lovely
10. Hello, Kitty Girl - Cute, playful as it sounds! Alvis' theme, you could say.
11. Chivalry Spirits - Dramatic, gives the impression of vast movement, grand ships and tenseness
12. Advances - very "Naval" sounding. That's Navy, not bellybutton.
13. Naval Affair - Dramatic, tense, battle-like
14. All is Over - Rather somber piece, as though reaching the ending of something (probably hence the name)
15. Skywriting - a Vocal track, definitely not one of my favorites. Sounds like a Japanese verison of The Beatles.
16. Silverna - Slow and bombastic yet mysterious. Switches to dramatic mid-song.
17. Vanishing Point - Battle-like, dramatic
18. Complicated Decision - Sad, mournful, wistful
19. Over the Sky - End theme, extended version. Vocals. Wistful without being sad, kind of upbeat.

Overall, this album is VERY VERY good, as you can see from my rating of 5 stars. The symphony parts are exquisite and remniscent of Yoko Kanno's Escaflowne music, without being derivative. Dramatic and fun! ... Read more


19. Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack
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Japanese soundtrack for the popular video game. 110 trackson 4 discs. Includes sheet music for the track 'Melodies Of Life' & a 12 page booklet with screen shots from the game.Packaged in a standard double jewel case in a slipcase. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Soundtrack for an Excellent Game
Uematsu's music (known for all previous Final Fantasy games) has always been a favorite of mine. Final Fantasy IX takes a step back from the more modern-styled 7 and 8, and the music reminisces of earlier games. The victory fanfare (disc 1 track 19) returns to the original tune, and the battle theme (1.18) starts with the familiar rhythmic bass line. Also included are two new renditions of the Chocobo theme (2.8 and 2.9) and the "prelude" (4.23) which is played, ironically, at the end of the game.

Also worth mentioning is Gulug Mountain (3.25), which is a clever remix of one of the tunes from FF1, done largely in synth tones (possibly to hint at the more primitive origins of game music.) This is the track which, when I heard it in the game, immediately made me decide that I had to have this soundtrack.

The soundtrack covers many different styles, with four or five strong themes as the central focus. (Don't be put off though, not every track is based on one of a handful of themes.) Moods range from apprehensive to excited, from mysterious to just plain whimsical (for example, the "Black Mage Village" track, 3.6, which is punctuated occasionally by hooting sounds, or "Turning Frog," 3.23, which sounds like you might hear it at a ballpark.)

The song for the final boss, typically one where the composer goes all out, certainly lives up to many of its predecessors. This often plays right after the music for a scene in which the final boss explains its motives (which this particular boss seemed sorely lacking; the FF9 boss reminds me of the Mana Dragon in "Secret of Mana" in that both show up after you've beaten the villain you've been going for throughout most of the game, and neither really has a sensible reason to be there other than having another boss) and you get to pick your characters. Uematsu decided to lead this song into the boss tune, which has a cool effect in the game but means that in the soundtrack, it takes a while to get to the part that's actually the boss battle music within its track.

Those of you who like to examine music closely will notice some particularly clever intricacies in this soundtrack. My favorite example is "The Hilda Garde," Disc 4 Track 1. One almost has to be wearing headphones to catch that the instrument that does the arpeggios in the background starts out in the center but quickly pans further and further out to the left and right in a manner that is vaguely suggestive of the motion of a propeller starting up. (Keep in mind that this is the airship theme.)

There are some tracks in the set that don't go particularly well by themselves, but that's what you get in a more or less complete soundtrack. (It even has the music that plays when your party goes to sleep; the track is 9 seconds long.) I say "more or less" complete because a few tracks are not in this collection. For the music from the cutscenes, or Eiko's theme with the "Melodies of Life" song layered in, for example, you will need to buy the "PLUS" CD. On the other hand, Disc 4 of this item includes two tracks (24 and 25) that use the Melodies tune as backgrounds for what were apparently Coca-Cola commercials, though thankfully (or not, depending on what you're looking for) any speech in the ads has been removed.

If I have one complaint about the soundtrack, it's that the cutoffs could have been done better. In other game soundtracks, the tunes that repeat themselves go on for a relatively fixed number of times before fading out. In this soundtrack, it seems they were trying to make most tracks approximately the same length; as a result, some music loops three or four times while other tracks cut off shortly after it goes back to the repeat point. However, it's not entirely fair to blame the composer for writing for a medium that's inherently difficult to translate into a soundtrack. Technical issues aside, the music is characteristic of some of Uematsu's best (a category which, in my opinion, now includes several pieces in this soundtrack.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Just great! WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS ffix
Final Fantasy IX is not only the best FF but the best game ever! Along with the game, the music is superb! Disk one has great songs but has a little more happy feeling to it, but disk 2 switchs over to the destruction that's going on in the game, so it's still pefect. Then disk 3 goes to the angest and the action feelings that's when the game gets really serious so it's still great! Then disk 4. It has the low a bit depressing music for a part in the game that it just fits soooo well you don't mind that it's a little depressing. And then it ends with the happy tune where the second main character Dagger is running out to the main character Zidane when she finds out he's actually alive, it just makes it so dramatic that it almost makes you cry. This soundtrack is the best game soundtrack you will ever find, and it's defaintly worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars FF on track
I listened to the VII, VIII, and XI soundtracks before I heard this one, and to be honest with you, I was losing faith in Uematsu. But let it be known that this is one of the better FF OST's. While Uematsu's annoying synth-quality is still present, it isn't as bad as before, and offers a wide range of music, emotions, and feelings. Not everything on here is good, however, but on the other side, not everything is bad, either. Several songs really stood out to me, too, which is surprising. For those who like video game music, FF music, or simply instrumental music, Final Fantasy IX's score comes recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Go FF IX
I loved this CD set, four disks, and all are great as all the mugic from the battle mugic to the theme song, Melodies of Life. Get this Cd..
You'll never regret buying it eather..
Miya Kino

5-0 out of 5 stars Melodies of Final Fantasy
When I first played "Final Fantasy IX" I thought the soundtrack was not as good as some of the other FF soundtracks. But the music quickly grew on me, and is now one of my favorites. "Melodies of Life", "You're not Alone", and the opening and ending tunes are some of the major highlights. Each track, has it's own amazing melody, and I am sure that you'll like at least 90% of this collection. This four cd set, comes with 110 tracks, a nice slip cover, and a collector's booklet, that includes the lryics to "Melodies of Life". It also comes with three tracks not included in FFIX, including a new version of "Melodies of Life" and to Coke Cola add's featuring FFIX music. The only music this doesn't include is the cut scene music, which if you want, I suggest buying the "FFIX Plus" soundtrack. For all FF fans, this is a must have. ... Read more


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