Zane Jun 7, 2009
After riding the TR: Legend train for quite some time now, I have finally found an OFFICIAL CD release with the game's music on it... and what a freakin' CD it is. Packed in with the CE version of the UK TR: Anniversary PS2, the bonus soundtrack CD features over an hour of music from both Anniversary and Legend, both of which were written (or arranged) by Troels B. Folmann, who I am convinced is the man. I emailed him about his TR Legend music last month and he wrote me back shortly thereafter and pointed me to a site where I could download a game rip and was super nice and humble despite the fact that I was basically throwing my ears at his feet by raving about how TRL has some of the best music to grace the last generation of consoles as well as the TR franchise.
But, I digress. This CD is amazing. Each track is presented in suite format, and I found myself getting excited when I'd hear random TR music cues in the Anniversary tracks; placing each rearranged theme with its original incarnation gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. And then there are the Legend tracks, all of which are outstanding. My favorite is the "Main Theme", which kicks off with the title theme before segueing into the Croft Manor theme (<3) and then adding more percussion and smoothly transforming it into the more rhythmic "Version B" of the same theme (<3 <3). After waiting years for a REAL CD with this stuff on there, I was basically just sitting here speechless at the sound quality and professionalism of the suite's mixes, done by none other by Folmann himself.
I highly recommend this bonus disc for TR fans and for fans of spatially melodic music with plenty of intense action ques and even a bit of downtempo electronica. You can find copes on eBay UK (which is where I got mine for about $12 USD, shipped).