Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2 MUSIC TRACKS

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Virtua Fighter & Virtua Fighter 2 MUSIC TRACKS
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Covers release: Myrkul
Composed by Akiko Hashimoto / Kazuhiko Kouchi / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Arranged by Akiko Hashimoto / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Published by Futureland
Catalog number TYCY-5480~1
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 53 tracks
Release date January 31, 1996
Duration 02:08:21
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Overview

In 1994 and 1995, Sega made an impact in the fighting game scene with their releases of Virtua Fighter and Virtua Fighter 2 for Arcades. The games were soon ported to several consoles, most notably the failed Saturn, with some enhancements. The Virtua Fighter 1 & 2 Music Tracks is a compilation of the scores for the two games in both their Arcade and Saturn versions.

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The first disc of the album is dedicated to the Arcade versions of Virtua Fighter and Virtua Fighter 2. The Virtua Fighter score is largely a light-hearted one, as reflected principally by the character themes. "Jacky", for instance, is a fairly upbeat and carefree with a slight funk vibe. It's quite catchy, though more because of the extent of the repetition of the focal motifs, rather than the melody itself being particularly special. Indeed, those expecting a rich expansive melody on par with Street Fighter II or a deep psychological exploration similar to Tekken 2 will be disappointed. Beyond the melody, the composition is pretty straightforward and shows the effects of time in terms of its synth. It's pretty memorable and effective, but not exactly a classic.

In contrast, the majority of the music of the Virtua Fighter 2 soundtrack is rock-oriented. This is evident straight from the first stage theme featured "Man of the Fist". The music is typical Japanese instrumental rock music — highly energetic thanks to a combination of thrashing riffs and bright melodies. This certainly adds more vibrancy to the gameplay and makes the experience somewhat more immersive. There are even some guitar solos added in, which is quite exceptional at a time dominated by linear 'verse and chorus' tracks. That said, the rock focus of the soundtrack can be a bit one-dimensional and tracks such as "Virtua Fighter 2", "Song of Sorrow" or "Escape" are more run-of-the-mill fighter style with a repeating guitar riff over and over. They're not particularly intrusive in the game, but become repetitive and boring when listening to the album alone.

An attractive feature of the soundtracks is how each character has a different styled theme. This makes for more diverse soundtracks that reflects a diverse cast of characters. In Virtua Fighter, there are alley-style fighting tunes like "Jeffry" paired alongside more frivolous feminine tracks such as "Sarah". In addition, there are also those inspired by traditional world music, such as "Pai" with its wailing vocals and pentatonic scales, though it is admittedly a blatant rip-off of Chun-Li's theme. The Virtua Fighter 2 soundtrack is less diverse, but there are still interesting moments. "Star from Hong Kong" and "Mountain Hermit Shun Di", for instance, integrate ancient flutes and percussion to give a unique Asian touch. Such additions stop the pieces from being complete guitar noise like many of the other character themes. The energetic and catchy rock organ use in "Black Cat Moon" is also quite refreshing.

The second disc is dedicated to the Saturn versions of Virtua Fighter and Virtua Fighter 2. There are relatively few changes in these soundtracks compared to their originals, potentially reducing the value-for-money of this compilation. All of the tracks have been resynthed by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi to achieve a fuller, finer sound, though still leave quite a bit to be desired. There are instances where Mitsuyoshi has elaborated on the originals, but this is not always advantageous. For example, the high-pitched synthesizer solo in "Akira" in the Virtua Fighter port is quite annoying and dominates too much of the track, though admittedly the ending theme is quite cute with its vocals. The ported version of Virtua Fighter 2 might be of greater value, since it is exclusive to this compilation and helps the rock elements to come across more clearly.

Summary

Overall, the music of Virtua Fighter and Virtua Fighter 2 is essentially enjoyable and effective. However, it is not quite on par with fighting soundtracks being released by Capcom, SNK, and Namco at the time, mainly because of its highly derivative qualities. This compilation will consolidate several purchases into one, so it is worthwhile for those wishing to revisit the games' music, despite its limitations.



Album
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Music in game
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Game
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Charles Szczygiel

DISC-1 (Arcade Disc)

Tracks 1~12, 14, 15, 25, 27, 28 composed & arranged by Takayuki Nakamura
Tracks 13, 16, 19~22, 30 composed & arranged by Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Tracks 17, 18 composed & arranged by Akiko Hashimoto
Tracks 23, 26, 29 composed & arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Track 24 composed & arranged by Takayuki Nakamura, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi & Akiko Hashimoto

DISC-2 (Saturn Disc)

Tracks 1~9 composed by Takayuki Nakamura and arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Track 10 composed by Kazuhiko Kouchi (河内  和彦) and arranged by Takayuki Nakamura
Track 11, 21 composed by Takayuki Nakamura and arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Tracks 12, 15~18, 20 composed by Takayuki Nakamura & Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Tracks 13, 14 composed by Akiko Hashimoto and arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Tracks 19, 22 composed & arranged by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi
Track 23 composed & arranged by Takayuki Nakamura

Virtua Fighter
DISC 1 [1] ~ [12] <Original Arcade Version>
DISC 2 [1] ~ [09] <Arranged Sega Saturn Version>

Virtua Fighter 2
DISC 1 [13] ~ [30] <Original Arcade Version>
DISC 2 [10] ~ [23] <Arranged Sega Saturn Version>
Album was composed by Akiko Hashimoto / Kazuhiko Kouchi / Takayuki Nakamura / Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and was released on January 31, 1996. Soundtrack consists of 53 tracks tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Futureland.

CD 1

1
ADVERTIZE
00:33
2
GAME START
02:34
3
JACKY
02:41
4
JEFFRY
02:09
5
SARAH
01:58
6
KAGE
01:36
7
PAI
01:46
8
WOLF
01:53
9
LAU
01:56
10
AKIRA
02:12
11
Ending
00:16
12
Name Entry
00:41
13
Enbu ~Begin a New Challenge~
00:58
14
Virtua Fighter 2
01:05
15
Man of the Fist
02:40
16
BLACK CAT MOON
03:28
17
Mountain Hermit Shun Di
03:09
18
Star From Hong Kong
03:12
19
YOUNG KNIGHT
02:45
20
Fisherman of the Seven Seas
02:23
21
A Secret Hiding in the Leaves ~A Heartless Law~
02:10
22
ESCAPE
03:19
23
Elegy of the Woodcutter
03:54
24
Ride The Tiger
03:18
25
Messenger from the Dark ~Dural~
01:38
26
CHICAGO
01:46
27
JACKY ~V.F2 Arrange Version~
03:42
28
SARAH ~V.F2 Arrange Version~
02:35
29
Afterimage
00:40
30
Eternal Moment
00:47

CD 2

1
GAME START
02:55
2
JACKY
03:58
3
JEFFRY
03:13
4
SARAH
03:05
5
KAGE
03:39
6
PAI
03:39
7
WOLF
03:21
8
LAU
03:01
9
AKIRA
03:26
10
Evolution
00:53
11
Man of the Fist
02:50
12
BLACK CAT MOON
03:00
13
Mountain Hermit Shun Di
02:37
14
Star From Hong Kong
02:33
15
YOUNG KNIGHT
02:59
16
Fisherman of the Seven Seas
02:53
17
A Secret Hiding in the Leaves ~A Heartless Law~
02:34
18
ESCAPE
02:50
19
Elegy of the Woodcutter
02:18
20
Ride The Tiger
02:28
21
Messenger from the Dark ~Dural~
03:36
22
CHICAGO
02:23
23
DURALUMIN
00:26
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