Sonic Adventure Original Soundtrack

  • "The next generation of Sonic music is good stuff."
Reader review by Ryan Harvey

Featured Artists

Tracks

Disc 1 (75 minutes)

  1. Introduction ... Featuring Open Your Heart [01:47]
  2. Welcome To Station Square [03:14]
  3. Event : Strain [01:00]
  4. Boss : Chaos ver.0,2,4 [02:22]
  5. Azure Blue World ...for Emerald Coast [04:13]
  6. Windy And Ripply ...for Emerald Coast [03:11]
  7. Big Fishes at Emerald Coast [01:50]
  8. and ... Fish Hits ! [01:32]
  9. Hey You! It's Time To Speed Up !!! [00:33]
  10. Twinkle Cart ...For Twinkle Park [02:04]
  11. Pleasure Castle ...for Twinkle Park [01:55]
  12. Twinkle Circuit [02:21]
  13. Fakery Way ...For Twinkle Park [01:09]
  14. Run Through The Speed Highway [01:56]
  15. Goin' Down!? ...for Speed Highway [00:31]
  16. At Dawn ...for Speed Highway [02:41]
  17. Choose Your Buddy ! -Slap Bass Ver- [02:03]
  18. Theme Of CHAO [02:27]
  19. Lets Get This Party Started ...for CHAO Race Entrance [04:05]
  20. Join Us 4 Happy Time ...for CHAO Race [02:29]
  21. The Dreamy Stage ...for Casinopolis [02:14]
  22. Blue Star ...for Casinopolis [01:35]
  23. Dilapidated Way ...for Casinopolis [02:09]
  24. Challenge for Another Aim [00:55]
  25. Theme of Dr. Eggman [02:30]
  26. Egg Mobile ...Boss : Egg Hornet [02:03]
  27. Mystic Ruin [02:25]
  28. Windy Hill ...for Windy Valley [01:41]
  29. Tornado ...for Windy Valley [01:37]
  30. The Air ...for Windy Valley [02:53]
  31. Fight For My Own Way ...Boss : Event [02:07]
  32. Snowy Mountain ...for Icecap [02:07]
  33. Limestone Cave ...for Icecap [01:52]
  34. Be Cool, Be Wild And Be Groovy ...for Icecap [02:24]
  35. Invincible ...No fear ! [01:00]
  36. Choose Your Buddy ! -Finger Bass Ver [02:02]

Disc 2 (73 minutes)

  1. Mt.Red: A Symbol Of Thrill ...for Red Mountain [01:47]
  2. Red Hot Skill ...for Red Mountain [04:58]
  3. Heartless Colleague ...Boss: E-Series [01:25]
  4. Sand Hill [03:09]
  5. Event: Sadness [01:14]
  6. Theme Of Tikal [03:23]
  7. Tricky Maze ...for Lost World [02:31]
  8. Danger! Chased By Rock ...for Lost World [01:36]
  9. Leading Lights ...for Lost World [01:49]
  10. Event: The Past [01:30]
  11. Event: Fanfare for Dr.Eggman [00:26]
  12. Tornado Scramble ...for Sky Chase [01:33]
  13. Funky Groove Makes U Hot!? ...for Options [01:45]
  14. Egg Carrier - A Song That Keeps Us On The Move [04:03]
  15. Zero The Chase-Master ...Boss: Eggman Robot - Zero [01:58]
  16. Sky Deck A Go! Go! ...for Sky Deck [01:41]
  17. General Offensive ...for Sky Deck [02:44]
  18. Theme Of E-102y [04:26]
  19. Crazy Robot ...Boss: E-101R [02:33]
  20. Bad Taste Aquarium ...for Hot Shelter [03:31]
  21. Red Barrage Area ...for Hot Shelter [02:47]
  22. Danger is Imminent [01:12]
  23. Sweet Punch ...for Hedgehog Hammer [01:04]
  24. Militant Missionary ...Boss: Egg Walker & Egg Viper [01:17]
  25. Mechanical Resonance ...for Final Egg [03:05]
  26. Crank the Heat Up!! ...for Final Egg [03:00]
  27. Boss : Chaos ver.6 [01:54]
  28. Calm After The Storm ...Egg Carrier-The Ocean- [02:08]
  29. Event : Unbound [01:12]
  30. Perfect Chaos Revival ! ...Boss : Perfect Chaos [01:43]
  31. Event : Good-Bye ! [01:19]
  32. Will You Continue ? [00:34]
  33. Open Your Heart ~ Main Theme of Sonic Adventure [04:29]

Release Notes

  • Released Jan 20, 1999 by Marvelous Entertainment (catalog no. MJCA-00034, retail 3360 yen).

Reviews

The next generation of Sonic music is good stuff.

Reader review by Ryan Harvey (1999-04-16)

I had high hopes for Sonic Adventure. I was a big fan of the 16-bit Sonic music and hoped that this soundtrack would have the same instant appeal of the poppy Genesis music. At the same time, I was eager to hear music from the latest thing - the Sega Dreamcast. After five minutes of listening, I was completely satisfied with my investment. Sonic Adventure is two CDs of goodness.

Concerning sound quality, the music sounds pretty realistic, even though it's synthesized. Actually, some selections contain samples of electric guitars and contemporary vocals. For the most part, the sounds are very good, but not much better than the best of the 32-bit platforms. For the poppy nature of the music though, the bright, crisp synth is perfect.

The music itself is excellent. Much of it is very unique, resembling the Sonic music of old, but with a more mature sound. Even so, none of the old themes make cameos - Sonic Adventure is 100 percent fresh. The stage songs are upbeat, with outstanding, bright melodies... very enjoyable to listen to. Listen to "Azure Blue World" for a good taste of what the music is like. A fast beat with crisp sounds and unobtrusive sampled electric guitars combine to produce a great melody and one of my favorite tracks. Besides the great run, spin, and jump songs in SA, there are great boss themes a la Final Fantasy. I especially like "Theme of 'Dr. Eggman'" and "Perfect CHAOS Revival". There are even a couple RPG-like "sadness" themes.

The main theme of Sonic Adventure is "Open Your Heart". This is something akin to the vocal songs of Sonic CD. It is a tasteful arrangement, performed completely with live instruments, including distorted guitars and heavy drums. This is another good addition to the soundtrack, but the song itself isn't spectacular. It, along with a few other tracks, resembles contemporary instrumental pop. Perhaps that is the reason I wasn't especially impressed with it.

With two discs of music and close to 70 tracks, some may worry about the length of the songs. Actually, the best songs on the soundtrack are of satisfactory length, between three and four minutes. Some of the shorter tracks include "Invincible... No Fear!" and "Choose Your Buddy". Each song runs long enough for its style and purpose.

Overall, this CD was very much worth the purchase price. It's a great OST that could spawn some great remixes. If there is one reason to buy this CD, do it to experience the ongoing metamorphosis of the classic upbeat style of Sonic... and game music in general. If Sonic Adventure hails the next generation of game music, there is much to look forward to.

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