Wanderers from Ys Super Arrange Version

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Wanderers from Ys Super Arrange Version
Booklet Front
Composed by Миэко Исикава
Arranged by Хироюки Намба / Дзюнъити Канэдзаки
Published by King Records
Catalog number 276A-7716
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 11 tracks
Release date October 21, 1989
Duration 00:52:26
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Overview

Among the numerous arranged versions dedicated to Mieko Ishikawa's wonderful Ys III: Wanderers from Ys score is a Super Arrange Version. This features arrangements of the score in a range of styles, from chiptune to orchestra to rock to jazz, though the latter two styles provide the focus and highlights. While diversity is often a good thing, this album doesn't come together well as a whole.

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The album takes some time to get going since the first two tracks — labelled 'super mix versions' — are actually more rehashes of the original material. "Dancing on the Road" is a silly folk song a little reminiscent in both style and synth to the Tetris main theme. It does feature some elaborations from the original, but they're minor ones and the whole track sounds very gimmicky overall. "A Premonition = Styx =", on the other hand, is considerably more mature with its ambient chord progressions. However, it's still going to be slightly dull for those expecting hard rock renditions of their Ys III favourites.

The true experience begins with "Trading Village of Redmont" and "The Boy Who Had Wings". Both are given jazz arrangements that suit the originals quite well. The former is a little too much like smooth jazz for my tastes, but the latter is a fine taste of Hiroyuki Namba's jazz fusion style and also benefits from studio performances. However, the performances of "Snare of Darkness" and "Beat of Destruction" are a more to my tastes. They're reminiscent of Motoi Sakuraba's live concerts with their dissonant chord clusters and use of the trio of keyboard, bass, and drums.

There are several rock arrangements on the album. "A Searing Struggle" gets the rhythm going with its thrashing guitars and firm drum kits. However, the highlight is initially the distorted lead guitar, which gives an unusual timbre to the whole piece. Thankfully, "The Strongest Foe" also rocks hard, while still keeping the motivating rather than oppressive sound of the series alive. The album closes with orchestral renditions of the game's ending themes, "Morning of Departure" and "Wanderers from Ys". While colourful orchestrations, the actual implementation is tinny and leaves much to be desired.

Summary

The Ys III Wanderers from Ys Super Arrange Version is a mixed bag. The book ends of the opening synth recollections and closing orchestrations are highly dubious. However, the central jazz and rock arrangements are generally good, yet there are too few of them. This album is ideal for hardcore collectors, but most others can safely leave it from their collections.



Album
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Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Charles Szczygiel

-SUPER MIX VERSION-

01. Dancing on the road (User Disc Creation)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

02. A Premonition = Styx = (Opening)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

-SUPER ARRANGE VERSION-

03. Trading Village of Redmont (Town)

   Arranged by JUNICHI KANEZAKI
   All instruments: KING SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

04. The Boy's Got Wings (Stage Entrance)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   E.Guitar: JUN SUMIDA
   Horn Section: DONPEI HORNS
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

05. A Searing Struggle (Historic Ruins · Lava Area)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   E.Guitar: ATSUSHI YOKOZEKI
   E.Bass: TAKAMUNE NEGISHI (Sense Of Wonder)
   Drums: YUTAKA ODAWARA
   Piano: EDOZO MISHIBA
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

06. Snare of Darkness (Tigray Quarry)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   Drums: HIDEO YAMAKI
   E.Bass: KENJI TAKAMIZU
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA(Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

07. Varestain Castle (Varestain Castle)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   E.Guitar: REIBUN OHTANI
   E.Bass: TAKAMUNE NEGISHI (Sense Of Wonder)
   Drums: KEISUKE KOMORI (Sense Of Wonder)
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

08. Beat of Destruction (Galbalan's Island)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   Drums: HIDEO YAMAKI
   E.Bass: KENJI TAKAMIZU
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

09. The Strongest Foe (Final Boss · Galbalan)

   Arranged by HIROYUKI NAMBA
   E.Guitar: REIBUN OHTANI
   E.Bass: TAKAMUNE NEGISHI (Sense Of Wonder)
   Drums: KEISUKE KOMORI (Sense Of Wonder)
   All instruments: HIROYUKI NAMBA (Sense Of Wonder)
   Synthesizer Programming: HIDEYUKI HAYASHI

10. Departure at Sunrise (Town · Ending)

   Arranged by JUNICHI KANEZAKI
   All instruments: KING SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA

11. Wanderers from Ys (Ending)

   Arranged by JUNICHI KANEZAKI
   All instruments:KING SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA
Album was composed by Миэко Исикава and was released on October 21, 1989. Soundtrack consists of 11 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by King Records.

CD 1

1
Dancing on the road (User Disc Creation)
02:15
2
A Premonition = Styx = (Opening)
03:10
3
Trading Village of Redmont (Town)
05:34
4
The Boy's Got Wings (Stage Entrance)
05:44
5
A Searing Struggle (Historic Ruins · Lava Area)
04:49
6
Snare of Darkness (Tigray Quarry)
03:46
7
Varestain Castle (Varestain Castle)
04:52
8
Beat of Destruction (Galbalan's Island)
04:41
9
The Strongest Foe (Final Boss · Galbalan)
05:05
10
Departure at Sunrise (Town · Ending)
05:07
11
Wanderers from Ys (Ending)
07:23
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