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Chaos Seed Sound Track Game Sound Legend Series
Catalog Number: SCDC-00522~4
Released On: October 25, 2006
Composed By: Yasunori Shiono, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Yukio Nakajima
Arranged By: Yasunori Shiono, Yukio Nakajima, Hiroshi Iizuka, Takayuki Aihara
Published By: Scitron Discs
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
"Chaos Seed" Yasunori Shiono Self-Arrange Version
01 - Izanagi's Theme
"Chaos Seed" Arrange Version
02 - CHAOS ~Chaos
3D Arrangement Version from "Chaos Seed ~ Fuusui Kairouki GM-PROGRESS 6"
03 - CHAOS ~Chaos
04 - CHINESE SOLDIER ~Meihon's Theme
05 - ASSAULT ~Alex's Theme
06 - OUTER WORLD ~Turtle! Turtle! Turtle!
"Chaos Seed ~ Fuusui Kairouki" (Super Famicom Version) - Original Game BGM Part 1
07 - Opening
08 - Tranquility
09 - Daily Training (Roushi's Tune)
10 - Dragon Furnace
11 - Cave
12 - Fear
13 - An Expanded Enchanted Cave (Enchanted Cave of Training / Practice Screen)
14 - Recount of Thoughts (It's Recount Time! / Recount Time)
15 - World of Enchanted Beasts
16 - The End
17 - Doutenpuku (Douten Town's Tune)
18 - Creating the Enchanted Cave - Dousen's Song (Creating the Enchanted Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme)
19 - The Comfortable Douten Army (The Foolish Douten Army / Douten Army)
20 - Burouan's Tune
21 - General Raikan's Tune (General Raikan's Theme)
22 - Death Mark Beast (Phantom Beast 1)
23 - Ending 1
24 - A Refined Enchanted Cave (Small Tactics / Enchanted Cave)
25 - Douten's Pub (Bar)
26 - Rin Reiran's Tune (Reiran's Theme)
27 - Impatience
28 - Another Dimension
29 - Causing a Turning Point (Decision)
30 - A Perpetual Mountain Cave - Dousen's Song (Dousen's Mountain Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme 2)
31 - Kou Meihon's Tune (Meihon's Theme)
32 - Strain (A Fiendish Enchanted Cave / A Powerful Enchanted Cave)
33 - Soujin Shirou's Tune (Soujin's Theme)
34 - A Friend's Sudden Visit (Friends 1)
35 - Escaping Thousand Deaths (Battle Tune 2)
Total Time:
77'08"

Disc Two
"Chaos Seed ~ Fuusui Kairouki" (Super Famicom Version) - Original Game BGM Part 2
01 - Wan Sougen's Tune (Wan's Theme / Battle Tune)
02 - Shasta's Tune (Shasta's Theme)
03 - Optimistic Girls (Optimistic Girls / Friends 2)
04 - Dungeon
05 - Izanagi's Tune (Izanagi's Theme)
06 - Nap in the Flowers (Heroine's Happiness / Heroine's Theme)
07 - Kevress' Tune (Kevress' Theme)
08 - Betting Pride (Battle Tune 3)
09 - Lake in Earth's Depths
10 - Betrayal
11 - Amazing (Chaos / Chaos Seed 1)
12 - Star Drop (Flute)
13 - Heroes' Attack
14 - Alex's Tune (Alex's Theme)
15 - Ending 2
16 - The Last Enchanted Cave
17 - Turtle! Turtle! Turtle! (Phantom Beast 2)
18 - Distant Hometown (Heroine's Sadness)
19 - A Dragon-Sealing Enchanted Cave - Dousen's Song (A Dragon-Sealing Enchanted Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme 3)
20 - Soaring Beast (Phantom Beast 3)
21 - Venerable Phantom Beast (Phantom Beast 4)
22 - The End of the Struggle (Last Battle)
23 - Closing of the Infinite Encounter (True Ending)
24 - Staff Roll
"Senkutsu Katsuryu Taisen Chaos Seed" (Sega Saturn Version) - Original Game BGM Part 1
25 - Opening [non-SE Ver.]
26 - Opening
27 - Tranquility
28 - Daily Training (Roushi's Tune)
29 - Dragon Furnace
30 - Cave
31 - Fear
32 - An Expanded Enchanted Cave (Enchanted Cave of Training / Practice Screen)
33 - Recount of Thoughts (It's Recount Time! / Recount Time)
34 - World of Enchanted Beasts
35 - The End
36 - Doutenpuku (Douten Town's Tune)
37 - Creating the Enchanted Cave - Dousen's Song (Creating the Enchanted Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme)
38 - The Comfortable Douten Army (The Foolish Douten Army / Douten Army)
39 - Burouan's Tune
40 - General Raikan's Tune (General Raikan's Theme)
41 - Death Mark Beast (Phantom Beast 1)
42 - Ending 1
43 - A Refined Enchanted Cave (Small Tactics / Enchanted Cave)
44 - Douten's Pub (Bar)
Total Time:
77'02"

Disc Three
"Senkutsu Katsuryu Taisen Chaos Seed" (Sega Saturn Version) - Original Game BGM Part 2
01 - Rin Reiran's Tune (Reiran's Theme)
02 - Impatience
03 - Another Dimension
04 - Causing a Turning Point (Decision)
05 - A Perpetual Mountain Cave - Dousen's Song (Dousen's Mountain Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme 2)
06 - Kou Meihon's Tune (Meihon's Theme)
07 - Strain (A Fiendish Enchanted Cave / A Powerful Enchanted Cave)
08 - Soujin Shirou's Tune (Soujin's Theme)
09 - A Friend's Sudden Visit (Friends 1)
10 - Escaping Thousand Deaths (Battle Tune 2)
11 - Wan Sougen's Tune (Wan's Theme / Battle Tune)
12 - Shasta's Tune (Shasta's Theme)
13 - Optimistic Girls (Optimistic Girls / Friends 2)
14 - Dungeon
15 - Izanagi's Tune (Izanagi's Theme)
16 - Nap in the Flowers (Heroine's Happiness / Heroine's Theme)
17 - Kevress' Tune (Kevress' Theme)
18 - Betting Pride (Battle Tune 3)
19 - Lake in Earth's Depths
20 - Betrayal
21 - Amazing (Chaos / Chaos Seed 1)
22 - Star Drop (Flute)
23 - Heroes' Attack
24 - Alex's Tune (Alex's Theme)
25 - Ending 2
26 - The Last Enchanted Cave
27 - Turtle! Turtle! Turtle! (Phantom Beast 2)
28 - Distant Hometown (Heroine's Sadness)
29 - A Dragon-Sealing Enchanted Cave - Dousen's Song (A Dragon-Sealing Enchanted Cave ~ Dousen's Theme / Main Theme 3)
30 - Soaring Beast (Phantom Beast 3)
31 - Venerable Phantom Beast (Phantom Beast 4)
32 - The End of the Struggle (Last Battle)
33 - Closing of the Infinite Encounter (True Ending)
34 - Staff Roll
35 - Dousen's Theme
36 - Enchanted Cave of Training
37 - Shasta's Theme
38 - A Friend's Sudden Visit
Total Time:
72'02"

Previously, the music for Chaos Seed was only published as part of the GM Progress series, and on this album, the music was almost entirely high-quality synth arrangement and some music from a Sega Saturn remake. A proper OST never saw the light of day, back when this SNES title from the same creators as the Estpolis (Lufia) series first made waves in Japan. Ten years later, Scitron finally saw to it that a proper soundtrack came our way. Conveniently, it also includes pretty much all of the music from the GM Progress arranged album.

So you may be wondering how this SNES RPG has three discs' worth of music. There were very few SNES RPGs to pull off such a large collection of music, with Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger leading the pack. Well, here's the trick: Chaos Seed was remade shortly after its SNES release and put on the Sega Saturn with improved synth. So, starting about halfway through disc two, we jump from the SNES music to the Sega Saturn music. If you look on the front cover, you'll see two logos for Chaos Seed. The one on the left is for the SNES game, the one on the right is for the Saturn remake (entitled Senkutsu Katsuryu Taisen Chaos Seed).

Though this is a large, looming soundtrack on the surface, a dig through the layers of the music helps us discern where the gems lie. Namely: character themes, dungeon themes, and some of the battle themes are where Shiono and crew excel. The rest (town themes, event themes, jingles, re-used generic mood music) can be easily ignored. And I'd say it's a 50/50 split between these two groups of music.

In many ways, Shiono's relationship to Motoi Sakuraba helps define the sound. So if you know you like oldschool Sakuraba (first Star Ocean, Tales of Phantasia, etc) then you are likely to enjoy this soundtrack, particularly for its battle themes.

Among Yasunori Shiono's soundtracks, I think I prefer both Estpolis and Energy Breaker to Chaos Seed, if only because the others have consistently strong soundtracks. This three disc set demonstrates some great music, but also a lot of bland music. The audio samples may lead you to disagree with me, though, so please use your own discretion when considering whether or not to add this member of the Game Sound Legend Series to your VGM collection.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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