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Phantasy Star 1st Series Complete Album

[back cover]
Catalog Number: WM-091~4
Released On: March 27, 2008
Composed By: Tokuhiko Uwabo, Izuho Takeuchi
Arranged By: Izuho Takeuchi
Published By: Wave Master
Recorded At: N/A
Format: 4 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
Phantasy Star (1987)
[PSG Ver.]
01 - Title
02 - Opening
03 - Town
04 - Dungeon 1
05 - Palma
06 - Battle
07 - Sun
08 - Shop
09 - Land Master
10 - Motavia
11 - Church
12 - Dezoris
13 - Event
14 - Dungeon 2
15 - Lassic
16 - Sky City
17 - Dark Force
18 - Ending
19 - Game Over
[FM Ver.]
20 - Title
21 - Opening
22 - Town
23 - Dungeon 1
24 - Palma
25 - Battle
26 - Game Over
27 - Sun
28 - Shop
29 - Land Master
30 - Motavia
31 - Church
32 - Dezoris
33 - Event
34 - Dungeon 2
35 - Lassic
36 - Sky City
37 - Dark Force
38 - Ending
39 - Staff Roll (Dungeon 2 Reprise)
Phantasy Star (1998)
[Sega Saturn]
40 - Backup Memory
41 - Title
42 - Advertise
43 - Game Select
44 - Movie Gallery
45 - Illustration Gallery: Menu
46 - Illustration Gallery: PS I
47 - Illustration Gallery: PS II
48 - Illustration Gallery: PS III
49 - Illustration Gallery: PS IV
Bonus Track
50 - The end of the millennium (1993 Arrange Version)
Total Time:
69'11"

Disc Two
Phantasy Star II (1989)
[Japan Ver.]
01 - Phantasy Sprite
02 - Step Up
03 - A Prologue
04 - Pleasure Stream
05 - Pressure
06 - My Home
07 - Blacky News
08 - Restoration
09 - Rise or Fall
10 - Movement
11 - Advanced Position
12 - Secret Ways
13 - Promised Mystery ~ Hidepipe
14 - Silent Zone ~ Musik
15 - Exciting Town
16 - Violation
17 - Power
18 - Under
19 - The Place of Death
20 - Exclaim
21 - Never Dreaming
22 - Over
[Oversea Ver.]
23 - Phantasy
24 - Step Up
25 - A Prologue
26 - Pleasure
27 - Pressure
28 - My Home
29 - Blacky News
30 - Restoration
31 - Rise or Fall
32 - Movement
33 - Advanced
34 - Secret Ways
35 - Mystery
36 - Silent Zone
37 - Excite Town
38 - Violation
39 - Power
40 - Noah
41 - Death of Place
42 - Exclaim
43 - Never Dream
44 - Over
Total Time:
74'30"

Disc Three
Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom (1989)
01 - Main Theme
02 - Shop
03 - Town 1
04 - Castle 1
05 - Oath of Love
06 - Wing of Evil
07 - Labyrinth
08 - The Ground (Solo)
09 - Encount
10 - Battle ~Normal~
11 - Battle ~Hard~
12 - Battle ~Easy~
13 - Victory
14 - The Ground (Duet)
15 - Barcarolle ~Legendary Song~
16 - Labyrinth ~Long Corridor~
17 - The Ground (Trio)
18 - Town 2
19 - Church
20 - Fortune-telling
21 - The Ground (Quartet)
22 - Castle 2
23 - The Ground (Quintet)
24 - Spaceship
25 - Field
26 - SEARREN ~TYPE 386~
27 - Dome of Laya
28 - Shrine
29 - Aerial City
30 - Lowering Town
31 - Dark Force ~Cause of the Dark~
32 - Laya
33 - Ending 1 ~Successor~
34 - Ending 2 ~Start Anew~
35 - Staff Roll
36 - Game Over
Total Time:
57'14"

Disc Four
Phantasy Star IV: The end of the millennium (1993)
01 - The end of the millennium
02 - Motavia Town
03 - Field Motavia
04 - Suspicion
05 - In the Cave
06 - Meet Them Head-on ~ Winners!
07 - Defeat at a Blow!
08 - Inn
09 - Now on Sale
10 - Motavia Village
11 - Terrible Sight
12 - Thray
13 - Tonoe de Pon
14 - Jijy no Rag
15 - A Happy Settlement
16 - PS1 Dungeon Arrange 1
17 - Fal
18 - Behind the Circuit
19 - PAO-PAO
20 - Organic Beat
21 - The Black Blood
22 - Laughter
23 - Red Alert
24 - Pain
25 - Machine Center
26 - Land Master AXV-25
27 - Cybernetic Carnival
28 - PS1 Dungeon Arrange 2
29 - Her Last Breath
30 - Take Off! LANDEEL
31 - Dezoris Field 1
32 - Dezoris Town 2
33 - Dezoris Town 1
34 - The King of Terrors
35 - Dezoris de Pon
36 - Requiem for Lutz
37 - Temple Ngangbius
38 - Dezoris Field 2
39 - Tower
40 - The Age of Fables
41 - Ryucross Field
42 - Edge of Darkness
43 - Abyss
44 - Ooze
45 - The Promising Future 1
46 - The Promising Future 2
47 - Staff Roll
Total Time:
77'40"

Editor's note (3/25/2013): Unfortunately, this album is no longer in print and thus unavailable from outlets like Play-Asia or CDJapan.

I've gotten a chance to listen to a lot of Phantasy Star music in my time. Aside from playing all four main series games, Online, Universe, and the handheld titles, I've heard remixes and arrangements in the form of SEGA Rock and the arranged albums, Phantasy Star Collection Vol. I and II, I've even dabbled in learning some tunes on the piano. I've always enjoyed the music, more for nostalgic reasons than anything else, but there are some great compositions in there that stand on their own, such as End of the Millennium from Phantasy Star IV, the Main Theme for Phantasy Star III, and Death of Place from Phantasy Star II. Well, if you've ever wanted to go back to the source material, you now have your chance with Phantasy Star First Series Complete Album, a collection of all the in-game music from the first four games in the series.

It's all here, in a nice, neat package, along with some extras. Included in disc I is all of the music from the FM version release of Phantasy Star I, along with the extra music from the galleries in Phantasy Star Collection for Saturn. Honestly, while the FM tunes are higher quality sound than the original cart version, I actually prefer the original Phantasy Star music to that of its FM doppelganger. I figure, if you're going to go old school, go old school all the way. The Phantasy Star Collection music, on the other hand, was quite good. Each track is an arrangement from one of the games; the Illustration Gallery ~ Menu is a delicate little space synth remix of the Phantasy Star I town theme, while Image Gallery ~ PSI is a fast-paced happy hardcore remix of the PSI dungeon theme. The Image Gallery ~ PSII is a rocking synth version of the PSII town theme, while Image Gallery ~ PSIII is a tribal-ish rendition of the overworld theme. Finally, there is Image Gallery ~ PSIV, which remixes the game's Landmaster theme in a very 80s synth style, and The end of the millennium (1993 Arrange Version) which is, well, an arrangement of PSIV's The end of the millennium. All of it is tasty and catchy and a real treat for fans of the series' music, such as myself.

Disc 2 is not without its extras, however, as it contains the entire collection of tracks from both the Japanese and American releases of PSII. Honestly, the only difference is the type of snare drum synth that's used, with the Japanese being fuller and louder than the American one. Apparently American sensibilities couldn't handle the crazy immorality of heavy snare synths, but now that we've progressed as a culture, we might be able to listen without being driven into the waiting arms of Satan...or Dark Force.

The remaining discs are just straightforward collections of the tracks to Phantasy Star III and IV, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's somewhat of a letdown after discs 1 and 2. Still, gotta love some of the best nostalgia this side of Algol.

Overall, I'd recommend this album for any fan of the Phantasy Star series. Otherwise, there's really no reason to get this album.

Reviewed by: Damian Thomas



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