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Persona ~Be Your True Mind~ OST

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Catalog Number: KICA-5033~5
Released On: June 17, 1999
Composed By: Hidehito Aoki, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Shoji Meguro (disc 4), Misaki Okibe (disc 4)
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: King Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 4 CDs (3 and 1 8cm)
Tracklist:

Disc One
Sebek Chapter
01 - Kandori's Theme ~ Silence
02 - Philemon Movie ~ Sebek Chapter
03 - Maki's Theme ~ Bright
04 - Dungeon ~ Police Station
05 - Mark's Theme
06 - Dungeon ~ Abandoned Factory Underground Passage
07 - Dungeon ~ Sebek Above Ground
08 - Dungeon ~ Sebek Underground Research Lab
09 - Kandori's Theme ~ Ambition
10 - Dimension Road
11 - Aki's Theme
12 - City 2 Accident
13 - Dungeon ~ Ruins
14 - Philemon Movie ~ Sebek Chapter 2
15 - City 2
16 - Dungeon ~ Black Market
17 - Bar Attacked by Harlem Queen
18 - Dungeon ~ Karma Palace
19 - Shadow ~ Sirius
20 - Mai's Theme
21 - Dungeon ~ House
22 - Deva Yuga Appears
23 - Kandori's Theme ~ Pathos
24 - Beyond Dimension Road ~ View of Deva Yuga
25 - Dungeon ~ Deva Yuga
26 - Lapse of Distizer
27 - Reiji's Theme
28 - Philemon Movie ~ Sebek Chapter 3
29 - Shabon King of Consciousness
30 - Maki's Theme ~ Sad
31 - Dungeon ~ Pandora's Den (Deepmost Area)
32 - Encounter with Pandora
33 - Pandora's Entry
34 - Pandora's Battle
35 - Philemon Movie ~ Sebek Chapter 4
36 - Sebek Chapter Good Ending
37 - Sebek Chapter Bad Ending 2
Total Time:
68'48"

Disc Two
Snow Queen Chapter
01 - Sanitation Department (Former Dungeon ~ Saeko-Sensei)
02 - Yukino's Theme
03 - Frozen School
04 - Snow Queen's Theme ~ Main
05 - Philemon Movie ~ Snow Queen Chapter 1
06 - Ice Castle
07 - Dungeon ~ Ice Castle
08 - Frozen Shut Door
09 - Dungeon ~ Former Ice Castle
10 - Conversation ~ Generic 1
11 - Toro Confesses to Ayase
12 - Snow Queen's Theme ~ Violent
13 - Consciousness
14 - Infiltrating Hypnos Tower
15 - Dungeon ~ Hypnos Tower
16 - Common Battle
17 - Spring of Restoration
18 - Philemon Movie ~ Snow Queen Chapter 2
19 - Dungeon ~ Reverse Dream World
20 - Theme of Nemurin's Love
21 - Infiltrating Nemesis Tower
22 - Dungeon ~ Nemesis Tower
23 - Snow Queen's Theme ~ Sad
24 - Conversation ~ Generic 2
25 - Infiltrating Devil's Mountain
26 - Dungeon ~ Devil's Mountain
27 - Time Count Event (Unused)
28 - Mystery
29 - Infiltrating Thanatos Tower
30 - Thanatos Tower
31 - Saeko-Sensei's Theme
32 - Queen Asura Enters
33 - Battle ~ Queen of the Night
34 - Snow Queen Chapter Bad Ending 1
35 - Restored School
36 - Last Event
37 - Snow Queen Chapter Good Ending
38 - Snow Queen Chapter Bad Ending 2
Total Time:
61'22"

Disc Three
Others
01 - Opening
02 - Daydream 1
03 - Daydream 2
04 - Name Entry
05 - Elly's Theme
06 - Dungeon ~ School (After School)
07 - Nanjou's Theme
08 - City 1 Tranquility
09 - Dungeon ~ City 1 Shopping District (East Exit)
10 - Casino
11 - Convenience Store
12 - City 1 & 2 Shopping District (West Exit)
13 - Boutique
14 - Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy Song
15 - Fast Food
16 - Sennen-Mannen Hall
17 - Doctor
18 - Battle ~ Hospital (Before Disaster)
19 - Generic BGM-B
20 - Battle ~ Awakening
21 - Dungeon ~ Hospital (After Disaster)
22 - City 1 After Disaster
23 - Shrine (Philemon's Voice)
24 - Augustia's Wood
25 - Dungeon ~ City 1 School Revisited
26 - Battle ~ Mid-Boss
27 - The Cave Behind the Gym
28 - Brown's Theme
29 - Battle ~ Thesso
30 - Ayase's Theme
31 - Velvet Room
32 - Velvet Room ~ Coalescence
33 - Sebek Chapter Bad Ending 1
34 - Maki's Theme ~ Loneliness
Total Time:
49'15"

Disc Four
Persona 2 Innocent Sin
01 - Maya's Theme
02 - Dungeon ~ No. 1
03 - Foolish Boss' Theme
04 - Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy Song (My Version)
05 - Satomi Tadashi Pharmacy Song (JA Version)
Total Time:
09'46"

Now this is a complete Persona soundtrack, unlike the other OST I reviewed. Every track from the game is in this collection, along with a bonus disc with a few preview themes from Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Though the sound quality isn't quite as good as the first OST, it's still quite good. The completeness of the soundtrack more than makes up for it.

One thing I like is that some characters have multiple themes, including the villain Takahisa Kandori (Guido "The Rock" Sardenia in the US version.) He has three very distinct themes in Disc 1 entitled Silence, Ambition, and Pathos. These are easily my three favorite tracks in Disc 1, which is mostly tracks from the Kandori/Sebek story branch.

Disc 2 was a great Disc with all the Snow Queen themes and a few that play elsewhere in the game, but still fit the thematic vibe of the disk. The Snow Queen tracks were all new to me since I did not get to experience its glory in the US version of the game. The music is very wintery and cool and is my favorite Disc in the soundtrack. The first track on Disc 2, Sanitation Department (Former Dungeon ~ Saeko-Sensei), had some very interesting instrumentation. Like with the Kandori Disc preceding it, the Snow Queen herself has multiple themes on Disc 2- Main, Violent, and Sad. All are very nice variations on a common theme.

Disc 3 features songs that can be found in both branches, particularly in the beginning before the storyline splits into the Sebek branch and Snow Queen branch. Granted, there are tracks in all the disks that are common throughout the entire game, but the lion's share are here. Such themes here are the various character themes for the protagonists, the opening theme, Velvet Room, store theme, and other such staples, including the Satoshi Tadami Pharmacy song in all its glory.

Disc 4 is a preview Disc for some of the music in Persona 2: Innocent Sin. It's still electronic music, but the flavor is completely different. Having played Innocent Sin, I can definitely say that the themes in that game are more in-your-face than those of Persona 1 and you can definitely feel that in this little preview disk. I quite liked the Innocent Sin soundtrack, though there were clunkers in there. And one of the clunkers is the dungeon theme in this disk. It's atmospheric, sure, but boring. This is disappointing, given that Persona 1's soundtrack manages to be primarily atmospheric without ever being boring, even when listening to it outside the context of the game. Still, Maya's theme is quite good and the jazzy version of the Satomi Tadashi song is good as well.

What's amazing is that despite the sheer number of themes in this OST, there was not a single Persona 1 track I didn't like. This is amazing given the sheer number of tracks (60+) in this OST. The pieces were generally long enough to groove along with, but not too long that they wore on me. There are fast pieces, slow pieces, melodic pieces, ambient pieces, however there aren't too many happy upbeat pieces in keeping with the gritty nature of the game. Unlike a lot of electronic music out there, the bass generally isn't in your face, but rather tastefully used. I like that. Even the synthesized slap bass sound I tend to dislike is used sparingly as well. In addition, a few pieces incorporate sound effects in them (i.e. Deva Yuga, City 1 & 2 Shopping District- West Exit) which is pretty cool. What more needs to be said? Persona was one of my favorite RPGs and the King Records Persona OST is one of my favorite soundtracks.

Reviewed by: Neal Chandran



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