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Persona Compilation CD-Box
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: July 28, 2010
Composed By: Shoji Meguro
Arranged By: Shoji Meguro
Published By: Atlus
Recorded At: Sony Music Studios Tokyo
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:


Disc One
Persona Compilation CD I
01 - Burn My Dread
02 - Poem for Everyone's Souls
03 - Want To Be Close
04 - Unavoidable Battle
05 - When The Moon's Reaching Out Stars
06 - Mass Destruction
07 - Deep Breath Deep Breath
08 - Master of Shadow
09 - Calamity
10 - Joy
11 - Changing Seasons
12 - Master of Tartarus
13 - Living With Determination
14 - Jika Net Tanaka
15 - Mistic
16 - Battle for Everyone's Souls
17 - Burn My Dread -Last Battle-
18 - Memories of You
19 - P3 fes
20 - Brand New days -The Beginning-
21 - Heartful Cry
22 - Darkness
23 - Brand New Days
24 - Heartful Cry -special ver.-
Total Time:
76'39"


Disc Two
Persona Compilation CD II
01 - Pursuing My True Self
02 - A Corner of Memory
03 - Signs Of Love
04 - Your Affection
05 - Like a dream come true
06 - Reach Out To The Truth -First Battle-
07 - SMILE
08 - Backside Of The TV
09 - Reasoning
10 - Borderline of Madness
11 - I'll Face Myself -Battle-
12 - I'll Face Myself
13 - Someone's Husband
14 - Heartbeat,Heartbreak
15 - Mist
16 - Theme of Junes
17 - Heaven
18 - The Almighty
19 - Never More
20 - Soul Phrase
21 - A Way of Life
22 - Time
23 - Wiping All Out
24 - Danger Zone
25 - I'll Face Myself -special ver.-
Total Time:
71'10"

Welcome to a crash-course in the most successful "spin-off" ever in the realm of JRPGs. The Persona series is a cousin to the main Shin Megami Tensei series. The 3rd and 4th entries in that series (both for PS2) have proven to be wildly popular on both sides of the Pacific. This success is, at least in part, due to the strange and wonderful musicianship of one Shoji Meguro.

Meguro-san can do a lot of "modern" music and do it right. From pop, to rock, to R&B soul and jazz, this guy has his bases covered. And though some listeners will always cringe at the female vocalists' "Engrish" or the typical nonsense rap lyrics, there's so much to love in P3 and P4 that all I can say to the haters is "get over it!"

Obtaining the full Persona 3 and 4 soundtracks, as well as the FES expansion soundtrack, is still a pretty easy thing to do. But, again, this is a crash-course. Offered as a promotional item by Atlus in Japan, the Persona Compilation CD Box features selections from P3 (including FES) and P4. Split the two entries up by disc and pick the best of the best tracks, and there you have it. That's what this collection is all about.

It had been awhile since I last indulged in Persona goodness. So I decided to give this a listen. Though I think the arrange albums and live performance albums are the best of the best in Meguro land, this "best of" collection is nothing to scoff at either; especially if you'd never heard the music before. It's a clarion call to "snobs" who will only take their music in their preferred genres (hard rock, orchestra, chiptunes, etc). Taking a "base" art form for the masses like R&B and giving it that special modern Japanese pop culture touch is ... well, it's something special alright. Make it work for a game about demons, Hindu deities, and struggling to find oneself in the midst of many "selves," and you've definitely done something special.

All of that said, I can't wait for whatever Meguro rolls out next. Yes there is the "Catherine" project; but we all really want Persona 5. In the meantime, this little collection will do my heart good, especially since I don't own the full two disc OSTs to either title anymore.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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