I’d like to take a venture back today to the times when the only way to buy game music CDs was to find the odd one or two gems among the long lists of import items from Japan, streamed out on the black and white pages of a booklet no bigger than a Christmas card; 3 A4 pages folded in half with the consistency of toilet paper, and held together by a staple that was short a gram of tin. You were even lucky if you got a dot-matrix photocopy of Lupin Sansei on the cover.
Well back in those days was when I ordered Seiken Densetsu: Omoi wa Shirabe ni Nosete, and was blown away by how a gameboy soundtrack could be taken to the heights of orchestral greatness. I freely admit that it was the first time I had experienced such a rich treatment for a videogame soundtrack (in particular for a handheld, monochrome, 4 chiptune channel RPG).
A track that brings together an excellent example of the variety of sounds on this album, and also put me most in mind of a film soundtrack, is Parting, the fifth track on the disc. Starting off with Dungeon 2 meeting Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, moving through a passionate flamenco setting for Fight 2, then mellowing out with a flute and piano build up for In Sorrow which leads directly into Let Thoughts Ride on Knowledge for another rollercoaster of emotion.
Exquisite. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of this yet, you really should. And just to give you a taster and further prove that you’ll love it, this piece is today’s MMM. Enjoy!