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Sakura Taisen 3 ~Is Paris Burning?~ Music Collection Paris Music Hall

[back cover]
Catalog Number: AVCA-14154/B
Released On: May 3, 2001
Composed By: Kouhei Tanaka
Arranged By: Kouhei Tanaka, Takayuki Negishi, Hayato Matsuo, Masami Kishimura, Shiro Hamaguchi, Shinji Miyazaki, Akifumi Tada, Yutaka Minobe, Hideki Abe
Published By: Avex Mode
Recorded At: Sound City, On Air Linen, Little Bach, Appo Sound Project
Format: 2 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Under the Imperial Flag (Opening 1)
02 - Spring Storm (Movie)
03 - Early Afternoon on the Seine
04 - A Brimming Smile
05 - Imminent Crisis
06 - Meeting with Erica (Movie)
07 - Prayer
08 - Chattes Noires Revue (Movie)
09 - Chattes Noires
10 - Nightfall Over Montmartre
11 - Flowery Paris / Music Box
12 - A Shadow Lurking in Paris
13 - Glycine Appears (Movie)
14 - Eroica / Legend of Heroes
15 - Unforgettable Person
16 - Lovers in Paris
17 - Clash
18 - Dust Chute 1 (Movie)
19 - Tactical Conference
20 - Koubu F, Activate (Movie)
21 - Éclair, Take Off (Movie)
22 - Paris Floral Assault Group, Debut!
23 - Under the Imperial Flag
24 - Victory Pose Du Paris
25 - Coquelicot at the Market (Movie)
26 - Let's Walk Together
27 - Omen
28 - Memories are Forever
29 - Magical Angel (Movie)
30 - Duel! Ogami vs. Glycine (Movie)
31 - The Musical Dance of Battle
32 - Dust Chute 2 (Movie)
33 - 192455631
34 - Strength Isn't Everything!
35 - Éclair, Night Take Off (Movie)
36 - Clowning Around
37 - The Day the Storm Ended (Movie)
38 - Parasol of My Heart
39 - Advancing Strength
40 - Flowery Paris
41 - Salvation / Movie Version
42 - War Cry
43 - Theme of Defeat
Total Time:
74'36"

Disc Two
01 - Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group III (Opening 2)
02 - Light From the East (Movie)
03 - A Song to Remember You
04 - Setting Out From the Capital
05 - Flowery Paris / Dance Contest Version
06 - Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group III
07 - Go, Imperial Floral Assault Group!
08 - Continuation of the Dream
09 - Sentimental...
10 - Erica's Good Morning Dance (Movie)
11 - Koubu F2, Activate (Movie)
12 - Opuscule (Movie)
13 - Where I'll Put My Heart
14 - Decisive Battle! Gigantic Steam Beast
15 - Morning Glow of the Sky
16 - Salvation
17 - Revival of the Greak Oak Tree (Movie)
18 - The God Tree
19 - Escape (Movie)
20 - Paris Floral Assault Group Flower Division, Move Out!
21 - Under the Imperial Flag (Opening 3)
22 - Revolver Cannon, Activate (Movie)
23 - Gate of Hope
24 - Sacred Precincts
25 - And Under the Imperial Flag
26 - Final Decisive Battle (Movie)
27 - Paris Floral Assault Group's Triumphant Return (Movie)
28 - One Clear Day
29 - The Future (Voyage)
Bonus Tracks
30 - Prayer (Minigame Version)
31 - Eroica / Legend of Heroes (Minigame Version)
32 - Let's Walk Together (Minigame Version)
33 - 192455631 (Minigame Version)
34 - Parasol of My Heart (Minigame Version)
35 - Flowery Paris (Minigame Version α)
36 - Flowery Paris (Minigame Version β)
Total Time:
71'18"

Sakura Taisen 3 Music Collection Paris Music Hall is the soundtrack to the third major installment of the Japanese anime, mecha RPG Sakura Taisen series from Sega/Overworks. Sakura Taisen 3 ~Is Paris Burning?~ is composed by the Japanese music composer Kouhei Tanaka (composer of the Alundra Original Soundtrack). Ever since playing Sakura Taisen Atsuki Chishio Ni (In Hot Blood), and also from watching the numerous anime series of Sakura Taisen (for which he also composes the music), I have looked forward to the next soundtrack he works on.

Like the other soundtracks to Sakura Taisen, the soundtrack is made up of movie, event, combat and theme songs, and also now includes Minigame Tracks too. The main theme 'Under the Imperial Flag' is the theme song to Sakura Taisen 3. I first heard it when I started playing the game and I was unsure of it but as I got onto playing Sakura Taisen 3, it quickly became one of my favorites. When I first heard it the initial question was, "Does 'Under the Imperial Flag' stand up the main theme song, 'Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group', which we have heard in Sakura Taisen 1 and 2?"

In my opinion yes, it is perfect song for Sakura Taisen 3 especially since we don't follow in footsteps of Sakura and company in Sakura Taisen 3. A shorter version of 'Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group' also appears on Disc 2.

I always enjoy listening to battle themes, not only with the Sakura Taisen series but also with other video game series like Final Fantasy whose battle themes are very impressive to the ear. With Sakura Taisen 3's battle theme, I do like it but to me it does not have the element that other Sakura Taisen battle themes have. The boss theme (again called 'Under The Imperial Flag') was impressive, I like the song, and I like remixes of songs like this.

In Sakura Taisen Atsuki Chishio Ni's soundtrack, the main themes of characters like Sakura, Sumire, Iris and Ayame were played with the vocals. In Sakura Taisen 3 Music Collection Paris Music Hall, it is the other way round. This time we hear only the character themes without vocals (the vocal versions are on another Sakura Taisen soundtrack, Sakura Taisen 3 Vocal Collection). The main themes I quickly caught onto was the theme of Erica Fontaine, 'Prayer' on Disc 1, Track 07, and the theme of my favorite female character Lobelia Carlini '192455631'on Disc 1 as well.

My favorite tracks on disc one are Under the Imperial Flag (Opening 1), Prayer, Paris Floral Assault Group Debut!, Under the Imperial Flag and 192455631. As for Disc 2, Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group III (Opening 2), Declaration! Imperial Floral Assault Group III, Revival of the Great Oak Tree (Movie), Sacred Precincts, and 192455631 (Minigame Version). All of these songs have been sampled, so feel free to enjoy my favorite tunes!

Like Sakura Taisen Atsuki Chishio Ni (In Hot Blood), this is another impressive Sakura Taisen soundtrack to add to your collection of Sakura Taisen soundtracks. The only flaw being is that the vocals of the characters are not on the soundtrack. But apart from that, I have enjoyed reviewing Sakura Taisen 3 Music Collection Paris Music Hall and I will always enjoying listening to this soundtrack again and again.

Reviewed by: Gareth Price



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