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Re(4):Let's talk about Ys music
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[QUOTE] Although many of the songs on the Chronicles soundtrack have had better mixes [i]somewhere[/i], I don't believe the songs have ever sounded so good [b]together[/b]. To me, Chronicles replaces the PC Engine version as the definitive Ys I&II soundtrack in the same way that Oath does for Ys III. [/QUOTE] Well you know what the main problem is? It's still a MIDI-restricted piece of crap, with a rather 1-to-1 replacement of notes with a better quality instrument. Even if I'm really mistaken and it really was done with a live band it still sounds restricted by its forefather. It's almost as if the arrangement was purposefully done that way just to avoid reinterpreting entire tracks. They would pretty much have to as a complete musical replacement for Eternal (the in-game version of "To Make the End of Battle" is proof positive of this when you put it next to the extended version also released). Compare that to what was done with Oath's soundtrack, which was also done without a live band, and it doesn't sound so restricted. Some of those tracks are reinterpreted from the source material, sometimes greatly so. On the other hand, it also had the rather huge advantage that Oath was built from the ground-up rather than being slapped on top of an existing game. Even if the Ys 7 soundtrack isn't the greatest on the planet, it still demonstrates that the current arrangers aren't completely brain dead when it comes to doing their work. [QUOTE]the bass and haunting violin on "Dreaming" was really unique,[/QUOTE] I felt it was flat-out inferior to the version in Origin, or even Eternal. Whatever they used for the main instrument had no solid tone behind it. [QUOTE]and I was so thrilled to get a good mix of the final battle theme (finally).[/QUOTE] There's two versions of the final battle theme, in fact. Nearly all the versions of Ys I are of the short version, unfortunately. [QUOTE]On the Ys II end, I love the super high speed "To Make the End of Battle" and the violin (on the extended version) added a nice touch (especially in tandem with the guitar afterward).[/QUOTE] The thing is, the extended version was the only track that even tried to do something, and the difference it makes compared to the rest of it makes it stand out even more at just how much of a lost opportunity there was. Maybe it was a technical limitation, or maybe it was the most practical solution, but I can't possibly accept something that purposefully restrains itself as a great soundtrack.
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