Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara ‎– Rockman X Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo

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Sony Records ‎– SRCL-2828
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CD
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Tracklist

1 Prologue - Awakening Road ~OPENING:HIGHWAY STAGE~ 5:50
2 Welcome To Mechanical Forest ~FOREST STAGE~ 3:18
3 Take Back The Tower ~TOWER STAGE~ 4:27
4 Night In The White ~ICEBERG STAGE~ 5:42
5 Scrapping Beat ~FACTORY STAGE~ 4:19
6 Get Through The Dark ~TUNNEL STAGE~ 4:30
7 Spark And Shadow ~POWER PLANT STAGE~ 4:55
8 Again ~UNDERGROUND STAGE~ 5:49
9 Repliroid King ~VS. LAST BOSS STAGE~ 4:00
10 Epilogue - The Transient Silence ~ENDING STAGE~ 4:31

Credits

Notes

One disc jazz arrange album performed by Capcom's in-house band ALPH-LYLA.

Includes sticker of the Rockman X logo.

The level of arrangement of the base tracks from the Super Nintendo games varies wildly on this album. Some tracks stay very true to the originals while others are complete rebuilds or seem inspired by them.

Capitalization of tracks set to mirror how track names are written on release. Reploid is misspelled as "Repliroid" on track 9.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 988009 282824

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theaterofsalvation

theaterofsalvation

January 23, 2016
You know, it's kind of a pain that Rockman X: Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo alphabetically falls ahead of the Rockman X Sound Box. It's not that the words escape me when it comes to what I want to say about it, but it would make a lot more sense to be able to talk about the wonderful, original in-game SNES audio before I talk about this *unique* arrange album that does not take the easy way out when it comes to what it has to present.

Given the somewhat vague nature of that last sentence I'm sure some out there are wondering what is just so odd about this arrange album. Well, given that the tracks that Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara and Toshihiko Horiyama wrote for the game are deeply entrenched in their hard rock and heavy metal roots, one would expect this album to build on that foundation, right? Oh, if it were only that simple. In a brilliantly deceptive move, Toshiaki Ohtsubo and Capcom's in-house band Alph Lyla kind of give the middle finger to that idea and came up with something a whole lot more interesting... something that may make some people scratch their heads and make them think about what they are hearing.

The following question may seem peculiar, even for Mega Man music fans, but have you ever wanted to experience the various pieces that make up Mega Man X soundtrack explored and expanded upon through instruments associated with the music stylings of Jazz? If your answer is a perplexed "no" then album is really going to throw you for a loop. It's true that not all the instruments and arrangements on this album exclusively belong to this subsection of music (there are also some electronic influences) but the mood and flavor that the saxophone and other horn instruments bring to it are unmistakable and have led to it being shorthanded as "the Rockman X Jazz Arrange" in many game music conversations.

However, even with all the above this still doesn't give one unfamiliar with this album the full picture. There are really three kinds of arrangements on this album: conservative, moderate and liberal. No, Mega Man X music hasn't taken up sides in a political debate; these terms describe how "re-arranged" the base material is within these tracks. The most conservative, and ultimately the one track that will be a hit with everybody, is the Armored Armadillo remix as it is very faithful to the in-game original. Then there are the tracks in the middle ("the moderates") that contain small nuggets of melody from the game while the liberal arrangements just seem to be complete rebuilds or original ideas that are more-or-less "inspired" by the tracks in the game.

Unfortunately, as you'd expect, some people will not only be at odds with the album's Jazz orientation but some will really be at odds with the fact that the moderate and liberal arrangements outnumber the conservatives ones. That being said, while anyone with an open mind can enjoy Rockman X: Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo despite its experimentation and exploration, this is one of those arrange albums where going in blind is not only a bad idea, it is just very ill-advised.

What You Should Know
In my passion to explain what this album has to offer above, I kind of covered what you need to know about this album in the last few paragraphs above. Even for Mega Man music fans there really is a lot to consider when looking at this album, especially if you are contemplating adding it to your collection. Rockman X: Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo is a complex creature and should definitely be treated as such.

Looking for a Copy?
Released in 1994 prior to Yuko Takehara's Breath of Fire II soundtrack, Rockman X: Alph-Lyla with Toshiaki Ohtsubo (SRCL-2828) is somewhat of a uncommon find. Like Breath of Fire II it's another one of those albums that isn't sought after to a significant degree but commands a decent enough price on the second hand market. However, the somewhat puzzling aspect about this album is how it wasn't included in the Rockman X Sound Box. Given that one might think it wasn't considered for inclusion because of the live band performance (and there might be rights issues) but the Rockman Special CDs (which were also performed by Alph-Lyla) were included in the Rockcan Sound E Can/Rockman Sound Box Vol.1. The exclusion of this material from the box is kind of a shame as the album does deserve some more exposure even this late in the game.

Who should pick this up?
Sometimes I hate writing what I want to/feel I have to write in this/these sections because I don't want to come off as an exclusionary or an elitist jerk, or discourage someone from checking out a given album, but at the same time I don't want to send people out on wild goose chases either. I can't really make any promises with this one but I think it is more of an acquired taste and doesn't really lend itself to what most Mega Man music fans want to hear... so it is somewhat hard to recommend. Again, this isn't to say it's overly sophisticated or people are too narrow-minded to enjoy it, it's just hard to pin down a/the demographic that would eat this kind of thing up no questions asked. Its uniqueness doesn't automatically make it attractive which kind of makes it a hard sell.