Super Robot Taisen F-Final Vocal & Arrange Collection Gold

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Super Robot Taisen F-Final Vocal & Arrange Collection Gold
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Composed by Daisuke Fujimoto / Hiroaki Serizawa / Koichi Sugiyama / Kouhei Tanaka / Noboru Yamane / Richard Wagner / Takashi Tsushimi / TWO-MIX
Arranged by Hidetoshi Suzuki / SASUGA
Published by first smile
Catalog number FSCA-10039
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 16 tracks
Release date June 17, 1998
Duration 00:42:23
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Overview

Released as a tie-in for a re-remake, Super Robot Taisen F Final Vocal & Arrange Collection Gold features two sections. The first six tracks are vocal arrangements of favourites from the Super Robot Taisen series and its featured mecha animes. The subsequent 10 tracks are instrumental renditions of the new compositions created for the 'Final' remake of Super Robot Taisen F. Do consumers get the 'Gold' they desire here?

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The main focus on the album are the six vocal arrangements, which adhere closely to anime standards. Female vocalist Masako Iwanaga gives it her all on the rock anthem "Time to Come". While not to my personal tastes, it's a very motivating and surprising rendition of a Super Robot Taisen classic. Other arrangements preserve the typical anime sound, but using other vocalists, namely the typical charismatic male lead on "The Winner" and the hyperactive screechy girl on "Top o Nerae! ~Fly High~". These anime originals certainly sound best when they are presented as intended — on vocals.

Perhaps the last two vocal tracks are the most emotional efforts. "Just Communication" creates quite a climactic feel with its spirited vocals, thick synthpads, and wild arpeggiations. The melody here is certainly among the most memorable on the soundtrack. "To the Cosmos With You" appropriately closes the vocal section on a serene note with a rendition of a Space Runaway Ideon favourite. Returning vocalist Iwanaga adapts her voice quite well to the ballad format, while the backing electric piano and strings are tacky but fitting.

The rest of the album is dedicated to instrumental arrangements of background music created for Super Robot Taisen F Final. Although there are some minor synth improvements, the amount of arranging here is minimal. Most tracks still loop, rather than attain a dramatic arch, and those that don't are just short worthless tracks that don't go beyond the one minute mark anyway. In fact, of all the tracks here, there are only five full-length arrangements, four of which is a butchering of Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyrie" and the rest are uninspiring...

Focusing on the other full-length tracks, "Did It Load?" sets the atmosphere of going off to war with its nationalistic string melodies and snare drum rolls. It's a pity that it is so stereotypical and repetitive, since the melody isn't bad. "Mars Berserk" is another clichéd effort, portraying evil deeds with dark orchestral discords against yet more snare rolls, while "Requiem" is a dull and overstated ending theme that is nowhere near as deep as it intends to be. At least "Horizon on the Far Side" redeems this subpar selection slightly with its exciting rock melodies...

Summary

Overall, the Super Robot Taisen F Final Vocal & Arrange Collection Gold is considerably better than its predecessor. Though few in number and select tastes, the vocal arrangements do exactly what was expected and are potentially emotional. The instrumental tracks are very stereotypical and often brief, but at least made it on to an album release. However, there is not enough content on the album for it to be worthwhile to anyone other than hardcore collectors.



Album
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Chris Greening

Tracks 1~6: Vocal arrange version
Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki
Chorus Arrangement: SASUGA

TIME TO COME
Composition: Noboru Yamane
Vocals: Masako Iwanaga
Chorus: Apple Pie (アップル・パイ), Megumi Tano (田野めぐみ)
Lyrics: Maiko Tanaka, Masahiro Koizumi
Guitar: Hisamasa Kojima

Silent Voice
Composition: Hiroaki Serizawa
Vocals: Apple Pie
Chorus: Apple Pie, Megumi Tano
Lyrics: Masao Urino
Guitar: Hisamasa Kojima

THE WINNER
Composition: Takashi Tsushimi
Vocals: Masaaki Endoh
Lyrics: Yoshihiko Ando
Guitar: Hisamasa Kojima

Aim for the Top! ~Fly High~
Composition: Kouhei Tanaka
Vocals: Apple Pie
Chorus: Apple Pie, Megumi Tano
Lyrics: Kyoko Matsumiya
Guitar: Hisamasa Kojima

JUST COMMUNICATION
Composition/Lyrics: TWO-MIX
Vocals: Sachi & Nao
Guitar: Hisamasa Kojima

To the Cosmos With You
Composition: Koichi Sugiyama
Vocals: Masako Iwanaga
Chorus: Apple Pie, Watari Sasuga (貴日ワタリ), Megumi Tano
Lyrics: Rin Iogi

Tracks 7~16: BGM arrange version
Composition: Daisuke Fujimoto
Arrangement: Hidetoshi Suzuki

Track 8: From the opera "Die Walkure"
Original Composition: Richard Wagner
Album was composed by Daisuke Fujimoto / Hiroaki Serizawa / Koichi Sugiyama / Kouhei Tanaka / Noboru Yamane / Richard Wagner / Takashi Tsushimi / TWO-MIX and was released on June 17, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 16 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by first smile.

CD 1

1
TIME TO COME (Super Robot Wars Original Robot)
03:19
2
Silent Voice (Kidou Senshi Gundam ZZ)
04:10
3
THE WINNER (Kidou Senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory)
04:05
4
Aim for the Top! ~Fly High~ (Top wo Nerae!)
04:33
5
JUST COMMUNICATION (Kidou Senshi Gundam Wing)
04:16
6
To the Cosmos With You (Densetsu Kyojin Ideon)
03:29
7
Did It LOAD?
02:35
8
Ride of the Valkyrie
02:50
9
To the Distant Place
02:58
10
Mars Berserk
02:25
11
Shock
00:47
12
Reinforcements Appear
00:33
13
Subtitle
01:01
14
Premonition
01:40
15
Is It Dead?
00:17
16
Requiem
03:25
30.04.12
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