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Racing Lagoon OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: SSCX-10032
Released On: June 19, 1999
Composed By: Noriko Matsueda, Takahito Eguchi
Arranged By: Takahito Eguchi (disc 2 track 28 remixed by VAG 40, track 29 remixed by Delic 30)
Published By: DigiCube
Recorded At: Sunrise Studio
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Loop Demo
02 - Racing Lagoon Title
03 - Opening 1
04 - Opening 2
05 - Night Title
06 - Bay Lagoon Racing
07 - Shou Akasaki
08 - Yuka Suzuki
09 - Aoi Kawashima
10 - Honmoku Night Racers
11 - Motomachi Queen's
12 - South YOKOHAMA
13 - TUNE SHOP
14 - BODY SHOP
15 - JOHNNY'S
16 - GS & WAKABA BANK
17 - Machine Complete & Get Rewards
18 - Night Complete
19 - Save&Load
20 - 2 Warriors Battle
21 - Base Point
22 - Before Battle
23 - Unofficial Race Entry
24 - Quiet Storm
25 - Suspicion
26 - Uneasy
27 - Tension
28 - Zako Battle 1
29 - Zako Battle 2
30 - Zako Battle 3
31 - Zako Battle 4
32 - Boss Battle
33 - TAIMAN Battle
Total Time:
74'28"

Disc Two
01 - Grand Tourers
02 - Victory Road
03 - Hakone Drift Dancers
04 - Kuniteru Takahashi • Shinji Oda
05 - C1-WARRIORS
06 - Diablo
07 - Star Fall Night
08 - Night YOKOHAMA
09 - HAKONE
10 - HIGHWAY
11 - FORGETHILL
12 - Yokohama GP Fanfare
13 - After Yokohama GP
14 - Game Over
15 - Nightmare
16 - Accident
17 - WON-TEC
18 - Craaazy
19 - Sorrow
20 - Awake
21 - DARKNESS GP
22 - Yokohama GP Battle
23 - Diablo Battle
24 - Last Battle
25 - Final Battle
26 - Ending
- Bonus Tracks -
27 - TAIMAN Battle REMIX
28 - Silent Joy Mix
29 - KAWASHIMA NO NAYAMI (Kawashima's Worries)
Total Time:
76'35"

Matsueda has been with Square since its early SNES days, debuting on Front Mission. Since, Matsueda has made a name for herself composing jazzy/techno/fusion tracks for some of Square's less "epic" games.

Racing Lagoon was called by Square themselves a "Driving RPG"...A genre-bender that no one saw coming. Basically, it's a driving game with a good bit of storyline and some advanced shops and parts-assembling. The soundtrack is fast-paced, with plenty of nice loops for our fine composers to wail out on. Speaking of wailing out, a couple of the tracks on the soundtrack (most of them are sampled below) are done with live instruments, such as a saxophone.

If you're a fan of techno, you should enjoy this soundtrack. However, like with most techno music, listening to the soundtrack too often will become very monotonous and you could begin to dislike the soundtrack (in which case you should save it for those times you just want a nice, fast-paced song to pick up your day).

Like the awkwardness of the game, and its music, the packaging is very strange. Everything has been placed in backwards (the front cover is where the back is, and the booklet when you pull it out is upside-down). I actually tried opening the soundtrack on the wrong side when I first got it, and almost damaged the case. So, if you do purchase the soundtrack, be warned, it's a tricky little thing.

This beat-filled two-disc set can be purchased at Game Music Online for $36. Thanks to KuZap for a scan of disc 1 tracks 7-9 and disc 2 track 4, and thanks to Eve C. for translating those tracks.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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