Just a little bit ago I grabbed the redbook tracks from the Turbo CD version of Brandish, and wasn't happy with what I heard....I mean, I knew they weren't well-regarded, but they're easily one of the worst set of arrangements I've ever heard, especially of a Falcom game. Some of the tracks distinctly remind me of downloading random music from vgmusic.com without any kind of pleasing soundfont.
It stirred my memory about a track I had sitting around, though....a crazy, upbeat arrangement of "Fortress" from "Super Brandish", which I believe comes from this Sega CD promo album. It also includes some Ys IV tracks.
The thing is, neither of these games were released for Sega CD. These versions of Brandish and Ys IV got canceled when the Sega/Falcom collaboration project fell through for whatever reason.
I find it hard to believe that all new arrangements were made of the music but then not used. However, I don't know anything about Ys IV, and I note that the same person credited with arranging the Brandish track has an arrange of the same theme on the Brandish Perfect Collection (although it's about a minute and a half longer).
So my question is this, Falcom fans.....are the Falcom tracks on the Mega-CD Super Music Collection cribbed from other albums?