Riviera ~The Promised Land~ Full Arrange Soundtrack

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Composed by Minako Adachi / Shigeki Hayashi
Arranged by Minako Adachi / Toshiaki Sakota
Published by digi+momo
Catalog number BJCA-0018
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 40 Tracks
Release date April 8, 2005
Duration 01:05:33
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Overview

Riviera -The Promised Land- Full Arrange Soundtrack is truly a great arrange soundtrack, but a bit worthless at the same time when it comes to owning it. The more recent Riviera -The Promised Land- Perfect Audio Collection Plus has all these tracks plus two other versions of the soundtrack. Now that that is out of the way, I'll just review it from the perspective of the original release. Though it was Minako Adachi and Shigeki Hayashi's first soundtrack, Toshiaki Sakoda Minako Adachi arranged it.

Body

All the instrumentation is spot on, though it isn't as acoustic in parts as I would expect. It's especially fun to hear those more energetic tracks that the Game Boy Advance simply didn't do as well. It's cool to hear the quirky tracks like "Picnic" come to life also. There are tracks like "Time Passes", which is solely an acoustic guitar, that you just couldn't get the same feeling out of in a Game Boy Advance or WonderSwan Color game.

You also will find level tracks such as "Underwater City Tetyis" or "Mireno Basement Cemetry", which have more of a synthesized Castlevania-esque feel to them rather than something more orchestrated like "Time Passes". It stays true to the source in that sense and feels a bit old-school. It would have been fun to hear a little more realistic sounding instruments. And "Time Passes" is very nice in its classical guitar simplicity, by the way. It's also fun to hear the use of the electric guitar in "Destiny" and especially "Fierce Fighting"; some of those little touches can really let you know who the composer was.

Only a few tracks have that Castlevania feel to them. Others are very great for their energy. Some just stand out for other reasons like "Elendia, The Forest Spirits". This track is very magical, was brought to life beautifully. It gives off a feeling of swiftly floating through a forest full of glowing fantastical flowers and what have you. I think it was a very nice example of a good arrangement. But I think most of the tracks I mentioned were some of the better ones. Not all were perfectly brought to life. "Overture" gave me a pretty poor impression at first; the orchestra wasn't exactly realistic and that's really what this track need, as it has no details nor was upbeat enough to receive extra energy.

Summary

I wouldn't recommend this simply because there is a better album out there (besides getting it for collection purposes). In the end, it's still an arrangement of the top Dept. Heaven soundtrack and, based on those arrangements alone, it's still an above average video game arrange album. It keeps the spirit of the music but brings it to life. Well, not all of it is perfectly brought to life.



Album
7/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

Album was composed by Minako Adachi / Shigeki Hayashi and was released on April 8, 2005. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by digi+momo.

CD 1

1
Overture
02:19
2
Destiny
02:21
3
The Promised Land Riviera
01:28
4
To the Distant Place
01:19
5
Elendia, the Forest of Spirits
02:11
6
Heaven's Gate
02:03
7
Rakurima, the Black Devil Castle
01:46
8
Ruins of the Great Tree Nelde
02:15
9
Tetis, the Underwater City
02:02
10
Mireno Underground Cemetery
02:01
11
Yugdral Area
02:03
12
Heaven's gate to the Dark
01:57
13
Labyrinth of Eternal-Darkness
02:20
14
Sortie
00:54
15
Battling the Evil Tribe
01:55
16
Encounter!
02:05
17
Fierce Fight
02:03
18
D. Sphere
01:08
19
Infernos Battle
02:29
20
Decisive Battle with Hector
01:48
21
Setra Awaking
00:58
22
The Last Battle
02:25
23
Triumph
00:38
24
GameOver
00:54
25
Picnic
00:48
26
Splendid Melodies
01:18
27
In a Real Pinch
00:55
28
Ursula
01:11
29
Hector's Ambition
01:08
30
The Angel Pronounced Her Death
01:37
31
Finale
02:36
32
And the Time Goes By...
01:02
33
The End of The Story
00:57
34
Turning Point
00:36
35
Spinning Memories
00:26
36
Hardes The King of Death World
02:08
37
All You Have To Do Is Practice (ver. GBA)
01:29
38
Decisive Battle with Hector (ver. GBA)
02:14
39
The Last Battle (ver. GBA)
02:18
40
The Promised Land Riviera (Unused Track)
01:28
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