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Game Boy Sound of "Pokémon" Will All Come In And Play CD

[back cover]
Catalog Number: TGCS-384
Released On: November 1, 1997
Composed By: Jun'ichi Masuda
Arranged By: Jun'ichi Masuda
Published By: Media Factory
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Game Boy "Pokémon" Original Soundtrack Disc
01 - ~Opening~
02 - Theme of Masara Town
03 - Professor Ohkido
04 - Ohkido's Laboratory
05 - Your Rival Appears
06 - The Road to Tokiwa ~ from Masara
07 - Fight (VS Wild Pokémon)
08 - Victory (VS Wild Pokémon)
09 - Theme of Nibi City
10 - Pokémon Center
11 - Pokémon Recovery
12 - Tokiwa Forest
13 - Directions
14 - A Trainer Appears (Girl Edit)
15 - Fight (VS Trainer)
16 - Victory (VS Trainer)
17 - Mt - Otsukimi Cave
18 - The Road to Hanada ~ from Mt - Otsukimi
19 - Theme of Hanada City
20 - Pokémon Gym
21 - To the Bottom of Masaki ~ from Hanada
22 - Purin's Song
23 - Theme of Kuchiba City
24 - The Sainte-Anna
25 - The Road to Shion ~ from Kuchiba
26 - Pokémon Flute
27 - A Trainer Appears (Boy Edit)
28 - Fight (VS Gym Leader)
29 - Victory (VS Gym Leader)
30 - Cycling
31 - Theme of Shion Town
32 - Pokémon Tower
33 - Theme of Tamamu City
34 - Casion
35 - A Trainer Appears (Bad Guy Edit)
36 - Team Rocket Hideout
37 - Sylph Company
38 - Sea
39 - Theme of Guren Town
40 - Pokémon Mansion
41 - Evolution
42 - The Final Road
43 - Last Battle (VS Rival)
44 - Entering the Hall
45 - ~Ending~
Pokémon Picture Book (File Number 1~53) / Pokémon Call & Narration
46 - Fushigidane
47 - Fushigisou
48 - Fushigibana
49 - Hitokage
50 - Lizardo
51 - Lizardon
52 - Zenigame
53 - Kameil
54 - Kamex
55 - Caterpie
56 - Trancell
57 - Butterfree
58 - Beedle
59 - Kakun
60 - Spear
61 - Poppo
62 - Pidgeon
63 - Pidgeot
64 - Koratta
65 - Ratta
66 - Onisuzume
67 - Onidrill
68 - Arbo
69 - Arbok
70 - Pikachu
71 - Raichu
72 - Sandd
73 - Sandpan
74 - Nidoran (female)
75 - Nidorina
76 - Nidoqueen
77 - Nidoran (male)
78 - Nidorino
79 - Nidoking
80 - Pippy
81 - Pixey
82 - Rokon
83 - Kyukon
84 - Purin
85 - Pukurin
86 - Zubat
87 - Golbat
88 - Nazonokusa
89 - Kusaihana
90 - Roughlesia
91 - Paras
92 - Parasect
93 - Compan
94 - Morphone
95 - Digda
96 - Dugtrio
97 - Nyarth
98 - Persian
Total Time:
72'48"

Disc Two
Pokémon Picture Book (File Number 54~151) / Pokémon Call & Narration
01 - Koduck
02 - Golduck
03 - Mankey
04 - Okorizaru
05 - Guardie
06 - Windie
07 - Nyoromo
08 - Nyorozo
09 - Nyozobon
10 - Casy
11 - Yungeller
12 - Foodin
13 - Oneriky
14 - Goriky
15 - Kairiky
16 - Madatsubomi
17 - Utsudon
18 - Utsubot
19 - Menokurage
20 - Dokukurage
21 - Ishitsubute
22 - Golon
23 - Golonya
24 - Ponya
25 - Gallyp
26 - Yadon
27 - Yadoran
28 - Coill
29 - Rarecoill
30 - Kamonegi
31 - Dodho
32 - Dodrio
33 - Pawwow
34 - Dewgong
35 - Betobetter
36 - Betobetton
37 - Shellder
38 - Pearlshen
39 - Ghos
40 - Ghostt
41 - Gengar
42 - Iwark
43 - Sleepp
44 - Sleepper
45 - Krabb
46 - Kingler
47 - Biriridama
48 - Marumine
49 - Tamatama
50 - Nutsy
51 - Karakara
52 - Garagara
53 - Sawamular
54 - Ebiwalar
55 - Beroringer
56 - Dogas
57 - Matadogas
58 - Sayhorn
59 - Saydon
60 - Luckey
61 - Monjala
62 - Garooler
63 - Tattsu
64 - Seadra
65 - Tosakinto
66 - Azumaoh
67 - Hitodeman
68 - Starmie
69 - Barrierd
70 - Stryke
71 - Rougela
72 - Elebu
73 - Bubar
74 - Kairos
75 - Centauros
76 - Koiking
77 - Gyarados
78 - Lapras
79 - Metamon
80 - Eevee
81 - Showres
82 - Thundres
83 - Boostre
84 - Porygon
85 - Omanyte
86 - Omastar
87 - Kabuto
88 - Kabutops
89 - Ptaera
90 - Kabigon
91 - Freezyr
92 - Thundyr
93 - Fyre
94 - Miniryu
95 - Hakuryu
96 - Kairyu
97 - Mewtwo
98 - Mew
Game Music Composer Jun'ichi Masuda's Original "Pokémon Techno" / Game Boy "Pokémon" Sound Effects Collection
99 - Pokémon Techno ~ Fanfare ~ Sound Effects ~ Battle Skills S.E. ~ Special Abilities S.E.
Total Time:
39'00"

Known to English-speaking fans as the "Pocket Monsters Game Boy Sound Collection," the album actually sports a rather lengthy title that doesn't translate very well into English. The idea is that the your little Poké-friends are coming out to play with you while you listen to the CD.

The game's music is taken from the very first two Pokémon games for the old, colorless Game Boy. While the US audience knew the games as "Red" and "Blue," they were originally "Red" and "Green" in Japan. So, this is the OST to Pokémon Red and Green. That, and the Japanese Pokédex to the original 151 creatures.

I liked this album a lot. And there's a good reason for it: Game Boy synth rules. Honestly, can synthesized music get any better than this unique, stripped-down format? I myself am not sure. But I know that it is wildly addictive.

These are all the classic Pokémon themes, before the newfangled GBA games came out. The main theme, the battle music, the adventurous traveling music: you know it's all good!

Though it takes up less time, the majority of the track space goes to the "Picture Book" (Japanese "Zukan," also known as the Pokédex) tracks. These 20-second tracks introduce each Pokémon with a computerized narration, and also include the Sound Effect used on the original Game Boy to represent each creature. Series fanatics should go ga-ga over such a strange and unique treat.

At the very end of the second disc is the sole arranged track on the album, a Techno piece, followed by some random sound effects. It's a fun song, but it could have been a lot better than it was.

This album is long out of print, but those who really want it ought to be able to find it used for a fairly low price, as the demand is also (surprisingly) low. If you're a real soundtrack collector, you will follow the motto: gotta catch 'em all! And then add this to your collection...even if you aren't a fan of the series, Game Boy music should stir your inner VGM-loving desires.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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