Ys, Falcom, Perfect Collection - absolutely rocking.
Reader review by Adam Page
This is the first disc of the Ys IV Perfect Collection trilogy. Though it doesn't quite surpass Volume 3, it certainly holds its own. While Vol. 3's song selection is definitely on the darker side, this CD has a crisper, more friendly sound.
The disc starts off with "Dharm", a Symphony 95-ish synthesized classical piece. (It's the song that plays during the introduction cinema of the game). "Tears Of Sylph" sounds very similar to the version on Ys Perfect Collection, but Yonemitsu lost the "dolphin cry" and replaced it with a mournful acoustic guitar. "Lilia" has a nice, happy beat and a playful flute. "The Dawn Of Ys", "Karhna", and "Field" are all typical Falcom rock - awesome as usual. "Battle #58" is brutally cool boss music that has to be blasted to be appreciated.
In the tradition of the Ys IV Perfect Collection trilogy, the last track is a Super Mega Mix. I went absolutely nuts over "Mega Mix Version #3" and while this one isn't quite as blow-you-away phenomenal, it's certainly comparable. Beginning with the bouncy and fast-paced "Puroma Rock", Yonemitsu throws in funky little guitar riffs like those heard in Jumping Flash!2. He then blends in Lilia and, with a little techno transition, brings in Karhna and Battle #58. (You should be up on your feet dancing by now.) The song ends with a reprise of Puroma Rock. Simply awesome.