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Yoshi's Story Young Merlin Ys 1 & 2 Ys 3

YOSHI'S STORY
(Nintendo 64 - 1997)

Composer: Kazumi Totaka

One of the biggest complaints with Yoshi's Story soundtrack is that it mostly consists of one song played in various different ways, and for my money, it's not a particularly good song, either. For that reason, I'm only putting up a couple of songs from this game - one of them being the only version of that song I like and the other being the one notable song that is not a variation of that song. (I would have put up the ending song, too, except that the singing Yoshis made me want to pull my hair out.)

  • Baby Bowser's Lullaby
    Style/Mood: Classical, Orchestral, Suspenseful
    Comment:
    If you bought the US version of the OST, you were short-changed because this song was omitted. It's the music for Baby Bowser's castle and it's a total rip-off of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", but at least it's not that same level song played again for the 30th time.
    Rating:

  • Love is in the Air
    Style/Mood: Adagio, Acoustic, Folk
    Comment:
    This is the one version of the Yoshi's Story level theme that I kind of like. The instrumentation is at least rather pleasant to listen to.
    Rating:


       

    YOUNG MERLIN
    (Super NES)

    Composers: Dwight K. Okahara, Frank Klepacki, & Paul S. Mudra

    I didn't really like this game or its music too much. I may have liked it better as a game if it wasn't for those really annoying mine cart sequences. I got so frustrated on the third one, I never got past it and gave up on finishing it. However, there is one very strong memory of something from this game that's stuck with me long after losing interest in it: this music from the Pinedale area.

  • Beauty of Pinedale
    Time: 4:26
    Size: 6.11 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    Medieval-ish lute and flute melody that's really beautiful. Hear it to believe it.
    Rating:


       

    YS BOOK 1 & 2
    (NEC Turbo Duo)

    Composer: Yuzo Koshiro

    I got all of these Ys songs from Crawl and 1000. Crawl has more familiarity with these games' music than I do, so he'd probably be more qualified to describe it. (Yes, the screenshots are the NES versions, but I'm too lazy to hook up the Duo to the capture card right now. I don't think it looks that much different anyway.)

    Music also featured on:
    Game Ending Songs Extravaganza

  • Ys - Final Battle
    Time: 1:38
    Size: 1.50 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The music for when you're fighting Dark Fact.
    Rating:

  • Ys - First Step Towards Wars
    Time: 2:03
    Size: 1.88 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The overworld music. One of my personal favorites from this set.
    Rating:

  • Ys - Holders of Power
    Time: 1:40
    Size: 1.53 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This is the boss theme.
    Rating:

  • Ys - Opening (Cinema)
    Time: 1:53
    Size: 1.73 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Opening cinema music.
    Rating:

  • Ys - Opening (Voiceover)
    Time: 2:45
    Size: 2.52 MB
    Monologue: English
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The opening story theme (different from the Opening Cinema). This actually contains a portion of spoken dialogue. The musical portion right after the dialogue is really nice!
    Rating:

  • Ys - Palace
    Time: 2:02
    Size: 1.87 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    I added this one because I really like it a lot. It reminds me of the Dungeon 1 music from Legacy of the Wizard, which Yuzo Koshiro also composed.
    Rating:

  • Ys - The Last Moment of the Dark
    Time: 2:21
    Size: 2.16 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The music for when you're talking to Dark Fact.
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Cavern of Rasteenie
    Time: 2:19
    Size: 2.12 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The mine theme. This one's a little bit different in style than the others.
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Noble District of Toal
    Time: 2:22
    Size: 2.17 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This one sounds like heavy machinery. It even seems like something explodes at the end. =/
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Palace of Salmon
    Time: 1:57
    Size: 1.80 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Another of my favorite Ys songs.
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Ruins of Moondoria
    Time: 2:07
    Size: 1.94 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The "overworld" music (I've been told Ys 2 doesn't really have much of an "overworld"). This one's my favorite of these songs. Great electric guitar work here!
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  • Ys 2 - See You Again
    Time: 3:13
    Size: 2.95 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The ending credits music. I told Crawl I liked this song, so he uploaded it for me.
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Subterranean Canal
    Time: 3:00
    Size: 2.76 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    Another song from this game that I added because I like it.
    Rating:

  • Ys 2 - Termination
    Time: 4:59
    Size: 4.57 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The music for the final boss fight with Darm.
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  • Ys 2 - To Make the End of Battle
    Time: 1:56
    Size: 1.77 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    This is the transitional music between the two games (and it appears to have been the title theme on the NES version of Ys 2).
    Rating:


       

    YS 3: WANDERERS FROM YS
    (NES, Super NES, NEC Turbo Duo, & Sony Playstation2)

    Composers: Michiharu Hasuya, Masaaki Harada & Osamu Kasai

    Ys 3 is one of my all-time favorite videogame scores and if forced to choose a Top 10 game songs list, I'd come really close to putting it on there. Since this game was made for a ton of different systems, I have different versions of the best songs available. Some versions of certain songs are better than others. I rather partial to the SNES ones, but I included some of the arranged versions that I felt were particularly good. The NES versions are also kind of interesting.

    Music also featured on:
    Game Ending Songs Extravaganza
    NES & SNES MIDI Conversions

  • Adventure Calls (SNES)
    Time: 2:47
    Size: 2.55 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    One of the many beautiful ending songs that helped pushed this game near the top of my original Top 50 endings article. This one seems to be exclusive to the SNES version. A great song that perfectly underscores an ending that says so much with absolutely no words or dialogue at all.
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  • Ballacetine Castle (Genesis)
    Time: 2:25
    Size: 3.33 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    It's the Genesis version of one of the best Ys 3 songs!
    Rating:

  • Ballacetine Castle (NES)
    Time: 2:34
    Size: 2.35 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is my overall favorite non-ending theme song from Ys 3, and the NES version is rather strange because it's played in a minor key, making it sound more sadder and more melodic than the other guitar-based rock versions.
    Rating:

  • Ballacetine Castle (PS2)
    Time: 2:52
    Size: 2.63 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the arranged version from the Playstation2 remake. It's pretty good, actually, though somewhat different from the other versions.
    Rating:

  • Ballacetine Castle (SNES)
    Time: 2:36
    Size: 2.38 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I might be partial to the SNES version of this song, maybe because I'm just more familiar with it. Go, SNES Slap Bass, GO!
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  • Ballacetine Castle (TG16)
    Time: 3:03
    Size: 5.14 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The Redbook Audio version from the TG-16. BTW, this song is also called Valestine, Varestein, or Varestine Castle, depending on the translation. This version is well-done, but the problem I have with it is that it's missing the harmony in the section from 0:25 to 0:42. Compare it to the other versions and you'll see what I mean.
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  • Beasts as Black as Night (PS2)
    Time: 1:45
    Size: 1.61 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is one of the few songs on the PS2 remake soundtrack that I felt was a significant improvement over the SNES version. The SNES version of this song doesn't sound like much of anything, and it's a lot more "into it" here.
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  • Be Careful (Genesis)
    Time: 1:56
    Size: 2.66 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    It's the Genesis version of another one of the best Ys 3 songs!
    Rating:

  • Be Careful (NES)
    Time: 2:07
    Size: 1.94 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the Tigary Quarry theme. One thing I like better about the NES version is that it doesn't repeat the intro on the loop. It just thrashes right back into the main melody.
    Rating:

  • Be Careful (PS2)
    Time: 2:22
    Size: 2.17 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The arranged PS2 remake version. Similar to the TG-16 version, but not quite as good.
    Rating:

  • Be Careful (SNES)
    Time: 2:32
    Size: 2.32 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    One of the better songs in the soundtrack, although I wish the intro didn't loop.
    Rating:

  • Be Careful (TG16)
    Time: 3:00
    Size: 4.12 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    The Redbook Audio version from the TG-16. This is actually my favorite version of this song. This one really does need the electric guitar to bring it to its full potential.
    Rating:

  • Departure at Sunrise (Genesis)
    Time: 3:42
    Size: 5.08 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    I just can't get enough of this song, can you tell?
    Rating:

  • Departure at Sunrise (NES)
    Time: 3:42
    Size: 3.39 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I'm totally enamored with this song. The NES version is a very lovely wind instrument rendition.
    Rating:

  • Departure at Sunrise (SNES)
    Time: 4:44
    Size: 4.34 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This version is okay, but a little more understated than the other two I have available.
    Rating:

  • Departure at Sunrise (PC)
    Time: 5:35
    Size: 5.14 MB
    3 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The longer, more melodic version from the Oath in Felgana remake for the PC in Japan.
    Rating:

  • Departure at Sunrise (PS2)
    Time: 4:04
    Size: 3.72 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    And if you thought those were good, then oh my heavens, you ain't heard nothing yet! Download this! Now! This might be my favorite Ys song ever.
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  • Departure at Sunrise (TG16)
    Time: 3:45
    Size: 5.12 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    And the TG16 version, which is similar to the PC version, but not quite as good. It's more like "synth/pop" version and lacks the emotional qualities of some of the others.
    Rating:

  • Frozen in Time (Genesis)
    Time: 1:43
    Size: 2.37 MB
    2 loops
    Comment:
    This is still not as good as the SNES version (why do all other versions lack the horns??), but it's nice to have around anyway.
    Rating:

  • Frozen in Time (NES)
    Time: 1:32
    Size: 1.41 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The NES version of the Clock Tower theme. It's missing the horns of the SNES version, but it's still quite good.
    Rating:

  • Frozen in Time (SNES)
    Time: 1:48
    Size: 1.65 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the definitive version of this song to get. I really don't like the arranged versions because they're missing the horns on the last part of it and the rock guitar just seems inappropriate for this one. This is swordfighting music and it needs to use more medieval instruments.
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  • Frozen in Time (TG16)
    Time: 1:48
    Size: 1.65 MB
    Automatic ending
    Comment:
    But here's the TG16 version just in case you want to see what I mean.
    Rating:

  • Pulsing Towards Ruin (NES)
    Time: 1:35
    Size: 1.45 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The Galbalan Island theme. It's almost unrecognizable from the SNES version.
    Rating:

  • Pulsing Towards Ruin (SNES)
    Time: 1:36
    Size: 1.47 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is my favoirte version of this song. The dark, creepy, ominous nature of it really digs in.
    Rating:

  • Ruins of Ilverns (SNES)
    Time: 2:12
    Size: 2.02 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The volcano area music. Fast-pased, slightly samba-style number.
    Rating:

  • Searing Struggle (SNES)
    Time: 2:25
    Size: 2.22 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The music for when Adol is actually tossed down into the volcano. Another song that just seems to work better with the brass horns of the SNES's sound pallette than the rock guitar of the arranged versions.
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  • Staff Roll ~ Alternate (SNES)
    Time: 3:00
    Size: 2.76 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I explained this in my Top 50 article, but there's a glitch in the ending sequence that causes the staff roll music to weird out a bit and sound almost like a different track. I recored this directly from the game so you could see (or rather hear) what I mean.
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  • Staff Roll ~ True (SNES)
    Time: 2:53
    Size: 2.65 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    This is the way the track should really sound without the loading issue that causes the channels to mess up. It's funny because I sometimes think I prefer the way it sounds with the glitches. Oh well.
    Rating:

  • Tearful Twilight (SNES)
    Time: 1:34
    Size: 1.44 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    I'm gonna come right out and say that all the other versions I've heard of this song downright suck and are barely even recognizable as being the same song. They did a SO much better job with the SNES one. It's a pretty little solemn melody used for when the town of Redmont is under siege.
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  • The Boy Who Had Wings (SNES)
    Time: 1:39
    Size: 1.51 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The music for the entrance of each action area. I also think the SNES version is the definitive version of this song.
    Rating:

  • Wanderers Theme (SNES)
    Time: 1:10
    Size: 1.07 MB
    2 loops with fadeout
    Comment:
    The third part of the opening theme when Adol and Dogi are heading towards Redmont. Great techno-style stuff and it appears to be exclusive to the SNES version.
    Rating:

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