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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
CD Label: Columbia
CD Number: COCX-31162
Music by: Hiroshi Miyagawa
Number of tracks: 18
Running time: 69.47
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 3-31-2001

REVIEW

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

  1. TV Series Theme: Isao Saski & Musical Academy
  2. Scarlet Scarf (See Above)

    ARREVERCI YAMATO

  3. From Yamato With Love-Kenji Sawada

    NEW JOURNEY

  4. Teresa Forever- Isao Saski & Feeling Free
  5. Yamato New Journey-Chiyoko Shimakiro
  6. Saski My Love (Same As Above)

    BE FOREVER YAMATO

  7. Pendant Of Stars- Isao Saski
  8. Life Of Love- Hiromi Iwasaki
  9. Love Until The Day - Akira Fuse
  10. Galaxy Legend- Hiromi Iwasaki
  11. Be Foever Yamato:Yamato III - Isao Saski
  12. Parting- Mitsuko Horie

    FINAL YAMATO

  13. Yamato And I Isao Saski
  14. Two Who Love-Tomoko Kuwae
  15. Building Tomorrow's Rainbow- Tranzam & Tomoko Kuwae
  16. Love Supreme-Junko Yagami

    BONUS

  17. Space Battleship Yamato '83 - Isao Saski
  18. Space Battleship Yamato-2000 Jazz Version-Isao Saski