Ah! I love Konami. I especially love their composers. Why do I love them you ask? Simply because they have created on of the *best* soundtracks ever in an RPG. The quality of the music in this CD shines with originality, incredible synth quality, and a great sense of variety.
Genso Suikoden ships on two CDs, and those CDs are packed. If you're expecting something akin to Ys Perfect Collection you're wrong. Each CD is around an hour and all of the tracks have a decent length. Each song is played through at least twice making the average track length somewhere between three and five minutes. I cannot explain how very nice it is to be able to listen to a favorite tune for a while. I thank Konami for this, and I hope other companies follow suit.
Of course long tracks don't mean squat if the music stinks. I assure you GS delivers and delivers big. This CD takes familiar styles as well as new ones and creates a world through music. Each part of the game world had a different style of music. For example Gregminster has a happy, upbeat, almost gaudy tune, while another town would have a slow, eerie tune. GS has the best array of town music ever in an RPG. All the music is done with synthesizers but these are all incredible - perhaps even topping the sound quality of Symphony Ys '95. Also deserving mention are the liner notes which even include some sheet music.
Originality is also something that GS has going for it, unlike many RPGs this soundtrack relies very little on strings. It does have its Final Fantasy'ish themes, but even they shine through with their own style. Genso's music ranges from chamber music, to oriental, to Renaissance, to eerie ambiance. Guitars, flutes and drums are what you'll find here; there's even an occasional vocal or two. Don't expect any new arrangements - there are none. What you hear on the CD is exactly what came out of your PSX, but then again, with music this good who needs arrangements.
The main tracks of note are all on disc two, which include: "Village of the Hidden Rune", which simply the most beautiful haunting melody I've ever heard, and "An Old Irish Song/The Dragon Knights", which delights me. Neclord's Castle is a great homage to Castlevania, and "Avertuneiro Antes Lance Mao" (credits) is great as well.
I could go on for pages describing each track, but I'll simply leave you with this. Unless you *have* to have a traditional FF/DQ style soundtrack, buy Genso Suikoden Original Game Soundtrack. You won't regret it.