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Ott 2 2006, 21:57

I just picked up the Okami Original Soundtrack, Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Ceberus, SMW, Xenosaga III, and Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria - Arrange Album. Out of all of them, I'd say I'm enjoying the Okami soundtrack the most. You can pick it up on Play -Asia.com right now; the five disc set is totally worth the cash.

As for recommending Dirge of Ceberus, well, not so much... There were only about three really good, stand-out tracks in the whole score. I must say, I'm rather disapointed with the album, especially coming from Masashi Hamauzu...

If you're looking to pick up something excellent for free, I would suggest looking into XOC's album SMW which you can pick up from the internet archive here. I really dug the Forest Of Illusion track, which has an arrangement that sounds similiar to something The Minibossesmight do.

If you're into surf rock, I might suggest Takeshi Terauchi And The Bunnys' Let's Go Classics, which is currently up for grabs here. Also concentrated 60's surf music awesome is the Samurai Struck album, which can be downloaded, in part, from their site's US mirror. The reason I bring them up is that I discovered them after playing Musashiden II: Blademaster, which happens to have a fine score by Masashi Hamauzu (one that isn't mostly filler, but does have a lot of ambient style mood tracks).

I just finished updating my iPod and downloading the latest Venture Bros. episode. I'm out.

Edit: Too bad none of the albums can be found here on Last.fm, especially the Okami soundtrack. You guys have to check it out - it's probably the best all around score I've heard in months. It's one of the few that I can listen to almost an entire disc without having to skip through it. I couldn't say that about Final Fantasy XII or Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow (which I thought were both good, but had far too many filler tracks...)

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  • dianashamilton

    FYI you can also find several live Surf Coasters recordings over at archive.org (including material from Samurai Struck)- in the Live Music Archive section. Enjoy, thanks to their generosity! :)

    Ott 3 2006, 16:53
  • JLSigman

    I'll have to go look for the [i]Okami[/i] soundtrack in my favorite places. Thanks for the recommendation. ;-) Agree on FF XII... lots of filler, and all of Sakimoto's remakes of Uematsu's stuff showed just how far below the master he is. I'll disagree with you about [i]Dirge of Cerberus[/i], I thought it was rather good, with a few exceptions (like the first Gackt song).

    Ott 10 2006, 17:29
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