East meets West!
Reader review by Aaron Lau
We were very fortunate to get this RPG in the States. Besides being a great game, a great soundtrack goes along with it. The instruments are a mix of excellent-sounding synthesizers and true live orchestra. The primary sounds seems to be acoustic guitar, flute, and piano. Numerous others sounds accompany as well, including bassoons, strings, and many brass and wind instruments. There is also a complete chorus for a number of songs. The works, really.
The compositions are excellent. The whole premise of this soundtrack is heavily Western-oriented... Western as in the Wild West. You can really distinguish its style in songs like "Into New Voyages", "Whistle Of The Warrior", and "Uncertain Feelings Rushed". "Into The Wilderness" can be considered the main theme of Wild Arms. With its guitar and whistle introduction, which then breaks out into an exalted piece, this is far and away my favorite song on the soundtrack. "Zet's Theme" has a great trombone selection, mixed with nice sounding percussion, while "Clash And A Promise" relaxes with a soft guitar and acoustic piano melody. Michiko Naruke is an excellent composer, and a name I'm definitely going to keep in mind.
There is just one major flaw that I find quite disturbing. Many of the songs from the game are *not* on this CD! It's not just some songs missing, either. There are *many* songs missing! These were some of the best too, such as Ruins Festival, the Guardian Shrine, Demon Battle, Mother's Theme, and various parts of the ending. The worst part is that the credits theme song at the end of the game is gone. This is understandable, though, as this arrangement was an exclusive for the U.S. version.
It's too bad the aforementioned songs are absent. If CD space was a problem, I wouldn't have minded forking out dough for a double disc set, if necessary. Now it seems rather incomplete. All in all, though, this is an outstanding CD, and is definitely one of the best RPG soundtracks I've ever heard.