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Xak II: Rising of The Redmoon & Fray

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Catalog Number: PSCX-1023
Released On: March 25, 1991
Composed By: Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
Arranged By: Ryuji Sasai, Tadahiro Nitta
Published By: DataM/Polystar
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Xak II: Rising of The Redmoon
01 - Boroz Forest ~ Arrange Version
02 - Main Title ~ Arrange Version
03 - Prosperity
04 - Dark Clouds
05 - Main Title
06 - Present
07 - Boroz Forest
08 - Towtook • Forest Nation
09 - Banuwa Town
10 - Bar-room Drunkard
11 - Wandering Minstrel
12 - Sacred Teachings
13 - Merchant (Part 1)
14 - Merchant (Part 2)
15 - AI•YU•E•NI
16 - Reunion • Close Companion
17 - Sky Bridge
18 - Forest Cave
19 - Fierce Fighting! The Four Devas
20 - Sleep Princess Myuun
21 - TA•KA•MI•NI•TE
22 - Miner Pernando's Suffering
23 - Crystal Mine
24 - Ayashiki Kagayaki
25 - Kauryan Castle
26 - Let's Go to the Waterway
27 - Trap
28 - Game Over
29 - Calling On! Rei
30 - In the Harbor
31 - Setting Sail
32 - Attack!
33 - Drifting Ashore at Dismounten
34 - Sealed Earth
35 - Time of the Crimson Moon Rising
36 - Flight
37 - One More Person Final Battle
38 - Showdown! General Gospel
39 - Ghost Confrontation
40 - Last Struggle
41 - Quiet victory
42 - Reunion • Comrades!
43 - Ending 1
44 - Fray and Pixie
45 - Ending 2
Fray
46 - Running Fray
47 - Fray's March
48 - Domiso GO!
49 - Kuoru's Waltz
50 - Surfing GO! GO!
51 - Vala's Banquet
Total Time:
54'19"

Among the three Xak soundtracks, I personally think Xak II is the weakest of the three.

Though there are some decent arranged tracks at the beginning of the disc, I felt that the melodies aren't interesting, for the most part. Throughout the OST portion of Xak II, there are lots of boring/droning track, even with fast-tempo stuff playing above it. Sasai's work on the first Xak is far and away better than the second. That's my opinion, anyway.

The end of the disc includes some tracks from a gaiden game to the series, "Fray" (I think it was an action/platformer?). The Fray tracks were nothing special either. Happier, yes, but still bland.

This CD is long out of print and quite rare, but there is a comparable digital release from EGG Music that one can purchase, digitally for, an extremely reasonable price. Just something to consider!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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