Best of PC Engine / Sega CD Music - Page 5
Most of what can be said about the Ys III soundtrack is identical to what's been said in the Ys I & II entry. The music was again arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu (though this time the soundtrack is totally different from the Ys III Perfect Collection arranged album), and its all in a similar style. Arguably the Ys III soundtrack is the best of the classic trilogy, because practically every single song on this CD is amazing. With so much awesome compressed in a single game, it's tough to pick out the best, but I've picked out "Be Careful", the Tigre Mine theme (and my cellphone ringtone for the past several years), "Valestein Castle", which appears to be everyone's favorite based on how many times it's been rearranged, and "The Boy Who Had Wings", the stage intro theme. Other fantastic versions of this soundtrack includes the Ys: The Oath in Felghana arrangements, which uses live guitars over the synthiness here, and the Genesis version, which is similar to the original PC88 FM synth, but with slightly better instrumentation and crunchier drum samples. Sadly, again, the PSP release is missing the TG16 music.
Galaxy Fraulein Yuna
One of the premier adventure games for the PC Engine, Galaxy Fraulein Yuna had a soundtrack supplied by the venerable T's Music, whose work is highlighted in this columns many times over. The title screen music has some rocking guitars and catchy vocals. The two other songs here are played during cutscenes, which explains why they're pretty short, less than two minutes each. The song "Dream Girl" also has lyrics (in Japanese) in the game, but the version here is the karaoke mix without vocals. You can listen to the vocal version and see the game intro in this Youtube clip. Most of the music in this game is chip based to make room for the visuals and speech, which is unfortunate based on how excellent these two tracks are.
Stellar Fire / Stellar 7: Draxon's Revenge
When Sierra and Dynamix first began publishing their computer games on the PC, one of the first games they did was Stellar 7. Why? Who knows - the game wasn't particularly good, the new soundtrack was bad, and the voice acting was confined to between-the-level scenes. They made good with its Sega CD sequel (technically the third in the series, after the PC-only Nova 9), which used live action FMV and some excellent music. We're also going to cheat a little from this column's theme and highlight one of the tracks from its 3DO sequel, Draxon's Revenge, which isn't technically redbook but has the exact same type of sound.