I've messed around with the "full" samples for the rock arrange somewhat.
-First two tracks are good, as expected.
-That REALLY doesn't sound like Metalman's theme. Which defeats the purpose of listening to an arrange of Metalman's theme. Mind you, the actual music that's there isn't bad and still listenable as a piece of instrumental rock, but the approach is irritating.
-That MM2 Wily Stage 1 track is REALLY boring.
-Darkman Stage is awful, as expected. Then again, I hate this type of noisy alt-rock, so mileage may vary.
-Wasi's track is surprisingly satisfying for basically being an SSH-style straight mix of both pieces.
-MM8 track is a mixed bag. The familiar electronica/keyboard part in the first minute is way more interesting than the actual rock part, which feels tacked on. Wasn't feeling that whole mess of solos in the middle. Just kind of makes me want to revisit the original track.
-Both Chiba tracks are fun, needed more than the one-minute or so samples. Galaxyman is probably the best song on the disc. The backing guitars feel too heavy for Splashwoman, but it's a solid arrange of an unremarkable original.
-If Hirota's track was on the Shadow Hearts arrange album, it might make more sense. It's not bad for what it is I guess, but not something I'm ever going to voluntarily listen to.
-I'll take the MM3 Wily Boss part of the Boss medley and skip the rest.
-MM3 ending isn't as bad as the opening vocals first indicate, it's just mostly boring. Those vocals though...idiotic.
Not the outright trainwreck I was expecting, but nothing to get terribly excited about and too many "mixed bag" tracks. I'd say it's about on par with the 20th Ann. album.