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Tales of Symphonia: Knights of Ratatosk OST
Catalog Number: AVCD-23646~9
Released On: July 9, 2008
Composed By: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Akio Shimizu
Arranged By: Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, PLECTRUM
Published By: Avex Trax
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 4 CDs
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Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Three-Legged Race (edit ver.)
02 - Knight of Ratatosk
03 - Legend of SYMPHONIA
04 - Stillness
05 - Water symphony
06 - Avenger - Richter
07 - Behind us
08 - Beat one's way
09 - With courage
10 - Rovers
11 - The grudge
12 - Moonlight
13 - Shining dew
14 - This isn't the time
15 - Run through
16 - Full force!
17 - Won the battle
18 - Nobody knows
Total Time:
38'07"

Disc Two
01 - RAISING A CURTAIN
02 - Derris-Kharlan ~A far-off star~
03 - Uneasiness
04 - Standing the pain
05 - Off-key
06 - Smile - Marta
07 - Delightful day
08 - Danger signal
09 - Knight mass
10 - From darkside - Emil
11 - To be fearless
12 - Town of a wind and ruins
13 - Please come in ♪
14 - New fight New labyrinth
15 - Collet ~It is sad~
16 - Collet
17 - Venturers' colony
18 - Fun with idol!
19 - The more that I try
20 - Talk about Sylvarant
21 - Harbor town
22 - In a shadowy woods
23 - Old familiar scent of Iselia
24 - Search a seal
25 - Refill
Total Time:
65'06"

Disc Three
01 - Genius
02 - Untold despair
03 - Like a glint of light
04 - Desert flower
05 - Along the beach
06 - Refill ~Relical Mode!~
07 - Regal
08 - Underground passage
09 - A snow light
10 - Rest of the heart ~sanctuary~
11 - Shihna
12 - The Kingdom City of Meltokio
13 - Tethe'alla Castle
14 - Zelos
15 - Far from our world
16 - Academic city
17 - Dance in the sunshine
18 - A life-threatening quest
19 - NEKONIN!
Total Time:
53'44"

Disc Four
01 - Climb it hastily!
02 - Gladsheim ~Prison of soul~
03 - Person who conceives frenzy
04 - Anchoret
05 - Presea
06 - SHINOBI life
07 - Hervest in sanctuary
08 - Kratos
09 - Tender father
10 - Lloyd
11 - Eternal promise
12 - I'll go
13 - Ginnungagap ~Rip in the world~
14 - The wilderness of sadness
15 - Sad acting
16 - Antinomy
17 - Peace out... ~A loath-to-depart~
18 - The end of his and her adventure
19 - Memories of travel
20 - EPILOGUE ~okaeri~
Total Time:
61'45"

Note: This soundtrack is for the sequel to Tales of Symphonia for Nintendo Wii, known in North America as "Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World."

I don't know how he does it. Sakuraba put out this OST and the Tales of Vesperia OST in the span of one month. Granted, Tamura helped him with this one, and Aoyama helped him with the other, but still...this is just insane. And he's got Infinite Undiscovery, Star Ocean 4, and Valkyrie Profile DS coming soon too. How does he compose this much music?

Well, we know how he's done it in the past. He recycles basic themes, beats (drum and bass parts), etc. And in this case, he reuses themes from the original Tales of Symphonia, as well as a few other Tales titles. Nonetheless...I'm still amazed that he's able to do it. Truly, truly prolific.

In my opinion, this four disc set is every bit as excellent as the original Tales of Symphonia. It borrows some of the best songs from ToS, and it also adds a great roster of new songs. Songs like "The wilderness of sadness" are fresh and new, while "Like a glint of light" (newly arranged) sounds great, just like its original counterpart.

Even though I'm loathe to admit it, I think I'm okay with the similar style Sakuraba and Tamura have held all these years, since the days of Phantasia and Destiny to the present. The town themes are soothing, the dungeon themes enigmatic, and battle themes energizing. How can you go wrong?

The only thing I wasn't particularly fond of? The opening vocal theme, "Ninin Sankyaku" (translated "Three-Legged Race"). It's not a bad song, but misono's performance here is weaker than in other Tales titles.

If you're a Sakuraba collector, or you're big on the Tales series in general, this is a great soundtrack to add to the collection. If you've never had a Tales CD in your collection before and are looking to add, I would recommend either this one or "Tales of Rebirth" as a starting point (though really, any would work out just fine).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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