|Slipcase Cover||CD Cover|
© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
CD info & track translations courtesy of Morton Friedland
|Title:||Space Battleship Yamato Eternal Edition File No. 10|
|aka Title:||Yamato The Best|
|Music by:||Hiroshi Miyagawa|
|Number of tracks:||18|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||3-31-2001|
June 21, 2003
Review of Yamato The Best - COCX-31162 by Chris Nuzzi
This album, the tenth and final in the Yamato Eternal Edition series, contains only songs with vocals, and as such is not really a "best of" as the title suggests, but rather a collection of the various songs that have appeared in the Yamato films and TV series. A similar album, the 13-track Yamato Song Collection, was released on vinyl in 1980 (CQ-7058) and was reissued on CD in 1995 (COCC-12875), but that disc does not contain any material from the film "Final Yamato," which was released later. This album, at 18 tracks, corrects that deficiency, and contains the songs featured in all the various televised and cinematic incarnations of Yamato.
One notable thing about this album is that it contains stereo versions of the main and end title songs from the TV series. Previous releases of these songs have been in mono, so their inclusion here is welcome. The rest of the songs are mainly of a melancholy nature, with a few more upbeat tunes interspersed throughout. All of the music here is very dramatic, and even if you don't understand a single word of Japanese, the impression of the epic struggle of the Yamato and her crew, and their confrontations with tragedy and triumph, come across to the listener.
All in all, if you are a Yamato fan, or just enjoy Japanese pop songs, this CD is worthwhile. It also includes two bonus tracks, both of them alternate versions of the Yamato theme: a live concert version, and an enjoyably offbeat jazz rendition.
Yamato The Best / Eternal Edition File No. 10
SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO