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Dragon Quest Game Music Super Collection Vol. 2

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Catalog Number: SVWC-7104~6 (reprint KICA-1468~70)
Released On: January 9, 2002 (reprint October 7, 2009)
Composed By: Koichi Sugiyama
Arranged By: Koichi Sugiyama
Published By: SME Visual Works (reprint King Records)
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 3 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One: Super Famicom Edition
Dragon Quest I
01 - Overture
02 - Townspeople (Name Input)
03 - Château Ladutorm
04 - Townspeople
05 - Field
06 - Fight
07 - Cave
08 - Dragon King
09 - Finale
10 - ME Collection (Inn ~ Victory ~ Level Up ~ Death ~ Curse ~ Church ~ Important Item Discovery ~ Sleep Flute ~ Gwaelin's Love ~ Rainbow Staff ~ Rainbow Bridge)
Dragon Quest II ~The Evil Spirit God~
11 - Love Song (Name Input)
12 - Pastoral ~ Catastrophe
13 - Castle
14 - Town
15 - Fright in Dungeon
16 - Devil's Tower
17 - Requiem
18 - Small Shrine
19 - Distant Journey
20 - Endless World
21 - Ocean Journey
22 - Fight
23 - Risk Death
24 - My Road My Journey
25 - ME Collection (Inn ~ Encounter ~ Lottery Success ~ Victory ~ Level Up ~ Curse ~ Church ~ Important Item Discovery ~ Echoing Flute ~ Charm of Rubiss)
Dragon Quest III ~And Into the Legend...~
26 - Roto
27 - Interlude
28 - While Napping
29 - Town
30 - Town Night
31 - Inn (ME)
32 - Rondo
33 - Rondo Night
34 - Save (ME)
35 - Adventure
36 - Village
37 - Village Night
38 - Village Sleep (ME)
39 - Waking (ME)
40 - Dungeon
41 - Battle Theme
42 - Victory (ME)
43 - Level Up (ME)
44 - Tower
45 - Requiem
46 - Small Shrine
47 - Recovery (ME)
48 - Pyramid
49 - Item (ME)
50 - Boogie-Woogie
51 - Jackpot (ME)
52 - Big Jackpot (ME)
53 - Super Big Jackpot (ME)
54 - Rolling Dance
Total Time:
70'36"

Disc Two: Super Famicom Edition
Dragon Quest III ~And Into the Legend...~
01 - Across the Sea
02 - Jipang
03 - Curse (ME)
04 - The Royal Palace of Himiko
05 - Evil World (ME)
06 - Yamabiko's Whistle (ME)
07 - Phantom Ship
08 - Cursed
09 - Curse Cured (ME)
10 - Recollection of Love (ME)
11 - Six Horns 1 (ME)
12 - Six Horns 2 (ME)
13 - Flying in the Sky
14 - Fighting Spirits
15 - Morning in Alefgard
16 - Alefgard (Toward the Plain)
17 - Town of Alefgard
18 - Monster Harp (ME)
19 - Castle Ladutorm
20 - Alefgard Cave
21 - Fairy Flute (ME)
22 - Rainbow Harp (ME)
23 - Zoma Castle
24 - Recollection
25 - Challenge of the Brave
26 - And Into the Legend
Dragon Quest V ~Bride of the Heavens~
27 - Game Original Sound Story
Total Time:
74'58"

Disc Three: Super Famicom Edition
Dragon Quest VI ~The Dream World~
01 - Overture March
02 - Interlude
03 - Going to Castle Mudo
04 - Inside the Sunlit Forest
05 - Happy Humming
06 - Folk Dance
07 - Inviting Village
08 - King's Palace
09 - Theme of Wandering
10 - Calm Drift
11 - Another World
12 - Spirit's Crown
13 - Flying Bed
14 - Embark for the Aegean Sea
15 - Evil World
16 - Resounding Footsteps of Darkness
17 - Time of Trembling
18 - Tower of Illusion
19 - Castle Mudo
20 - Last Dungeon
21 - Time of Sorrow
22 - Ocarina of Wonder
23 - Prayer to God
24 - Pegasus
25 - Courageous Fight
26 - Fight Bravely
27 - Monster Appearance
28 - Confrontation With the Devil
29 - Eternal Lullaby
30 - ME Collection (Inn ~ Church ~ Comrades ~ Level Up ~ Curse ~ Save ~ Item ~ Fanfare 1 ~ Fanfare 2 ~ Fanfare 3 ~ Mystery Harp ~ Fever ~ Entry Roll)
Total Time:
54'26"

If you're reading this review, you've probably read my first one, so without preamble, let's explore the land of Dragon Quest Daizenshu Vol. 2!

Volume 2 starts out with the Super Famicom renditions of the first 3 games' theme music. The SNES versions definitely tout the upgraded sound chip it had. The most noticeable change is in Dragon Quest III, with Roto and Interlude being particularly noteworthy.

Next it's on to Disc 2, which is a combination of more of III's Super Famicom music, and a sound playthrough of V. If you've never gotten the chance to play V, then this disc is worth a listen, as all the orchestrated goodness got its start here, from Castle Trumpeter to Bridal Waltz. But how come there's no beefed-up IV music? Check out my Volume 3 review for that info.

The third disc in this volume contains is all the music from Dragon Quest VI for the Super Famicom. So if you always wished that Enix had brought out Dragon Quest V and VI to the US, here's your chance to hear what it sounded like, fresh from a Super Famicom sound chip.

So how does this volume stand up in the series? I'd have to say that it's the most straightforward of the albums, not doing anything nifty like ringtones as the first volume did, nor presenting the higher-quality, latter day DQ games' soundtracks like volume 3. Overall, this album is strictly for nostalgia seekers and completionists, so all others beware. And for the wrap-up of the Daizenshus, check out my volume 3 review.

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas



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