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Tales of Eternia Remaster Audio

[back cover]
Catalog Number: ZMCX-1193
Released On: April 4, 2001
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba
Arranged By: Hideki Yamamoto
Published By: Media Factory
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 2 CDs
Buy this CD from Game Music Online
Tracklist:

Disc One
The Themes of Characters
01 - Farah Theme
02 - Keel Theme
03 - Race Theme
04 - Rem Theme
05 - Inferia Forces
06 - Meredy Theme
07 - Chat Theme
08 - Shileska
09 - Strange Theme
10 - Sadness Theme
In Inferia
11 - Inferia Map
12 - Racheans Forest
13 - Racheans
14 - Regulus Dojo
15 - Mintche
16 - Mt. Mintche
17 - Ability Test
18 - Nostos Cave
19 - Morle
20 - Undine Stream
21 - Forest of Temptation
22 - Inferia City
23 - Inferia Castle
24 - Royal Observatory
25 - Port
26 - Ship
27 - Barole
28 - Sylph Cavern
29 - Airial Board
30 - Chambard
31 - Efreet Gorge
32 - Mt. Farlos
33 - Stone Abode
In Celestia
34 - Celestia Map
35 - Cape Fortress
36 - Imen 1
37 - Dragon Rock Mountain
38 - Railroad
39 - Luishka
40 - Mine of Gnome
41 - Card Game
42 - Gnome Village
43 - Chat Hut
44 - Peruti 1
45 - Mt Celsius
46 - Peruti 2
47 - Imen 2
48 - Tinnsia
49 - Ruins of Volt
50 - Great Battle 1
Total Time:
73'05"

Disc Two
In Celestia
01 - Great Battle 2
02 - Battle End
03 - Submarine Cave
04 - Aifread Theme
05 - Comical Dungeon
06 - Jini
07 - Shadow Cave
08 - Celestia Ground
09 - Below Celestia
10 - Bar
11 - Dance Music
Ancient
12 - Seyfert Garden
13 - Seyfert Church
14 - Seyfert Shrine
15 - Seyfert Observatory
16 - Sweet Memories
17 - Bad Memories
18 - Despair
Last Battle
19 - Inferia Ground
20 - Below Mt. Farlos
21 - Regulus Knoll
22 - Below Regulus Knoll
23 - Farah
24 - Time Battle
25 - Final Battle
26 - Meeting Place
27 - Sadness Battle
28 - Strange Battle
29 - The Van Eltia
30 - Aifish
31 - Aibird
32 - Van Eltia Theme
33 - Inferia Battle
34 - Mid Boss 1
35 - Celestia Battle
36 - Mid Boss 2
37 - Shooting
38 - Glimmer Spire
39 - Strange Labyrinth
40 - Heroic Shadow
41 - Eternal Mind
42 - Wake
Others
43 - Main Title
44 - Music Box 1
45 - Music Box 2
46 - Intermission
47 - King Fanfare
48 - Determination
49 - Relaxation
50 - Easygoing
51 - Dullen
52 - Hurry
53 - Crisis
54 - Ouch
55 - Encounter
56 - Harmonica 1
57 - Harmonica 2
58 - Minigame 1
59 - Minigame 2
Total Time:
68'21"

Less than one month after the release of the Tales of Eternia OST (through Marvelous), "Media Factory" released the "Tales of Eternia Remaster Audio". To this day, I am not quite sure how this happened. What is its purpose? It has the exact same tracks as the OST, but now categorized in a more logical order. It features a slight improvement in audio quality (thanks to Yamamoto's "remastering" work). But other than that, it's no different from the OST. Was this supposed to be released as a competitor to the OST?

If it was, I have to say that the audio quality here is always at least slightly better, sometimes much better. I have sampled two tracks here that were also sampled on the OST review: Meredy Theme and Railroad. Both of these sound *much* better on the Remaster release. In my mind, the difference between the two versions is comparable to the "in-game" and "MIDI arrange" versions of Sakimoto's soundtracks (such as Treasure Hunter G or Tactics Ogre). Those MIDI-enhanced tracks somehow sound much better than what was used in-game. This is definitely the case with Tales of Eternia Remaster Audio.

Regardless, neither this nor the OST uses the music that is heard directly from the PlayStation sound chip. They've already made two versions of the soundtrack...heck, why not release a third one featuring music that is ACTUALLY produced by the sound card in the system? Beats me...

This soundtrack, as of the time this review being written, is still somehow available at GameMusic.com. Pick it up before it disappears forever.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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