Anime Soundtrack Review: Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 is a soundtrack CD of the background music from Farewell to Space Battleship Yamato: In the Name of Love and the second set of episodes for Space Battleship Yamato. This CD has 37 tracks, and was released on May 30, 2005.

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2
Publisher: Sony/Columbia
Release Date: May 30, 2005

Unlike Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 1, the songs on this CD have been broken down by themes. There are a total of eight themes on this CD. The first seems to have to do with the universe. The second theme focuses on the Yamato, while the third theme appears to focus on Desslar. The fourth theme seems to be about a worthy opponent. The fifth theme focuses on the White Comet, the sixth theme focuses on love, the seventh theme seems to focus on a warship, and the eighth theme focuses on Teresa.

Another difference between these two soundtracks is the fact that this CD only has instrumental tracks on it. But considering that the opening theme with vocals appears on Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 1, I don’t see this as being a drawback.

36 of the tracks on this disc are all themes that should be recognizable to viewers of Space Battleship Yamato and/or Star Blazers. Track number 36 is a collection of several themes used during the series. This is also the longest song on the CD, clocking in at three minutes and 43 seconds.

Even though there are 37 tracks on this CD, most of the songs are under three minutes in length, the only other exception besides track 36 is “The Rival I,” which clocks in right at three minutes. The majority of the tracks on this disc seem to come in between one and one-and-a-half minutes.

I remember being impressed by the music when I first saw Star Blazers as a child back in the early 1980s, and I’m still impressed by the music score today. Admittedly, while some of the music is rooted in the 1970s and can sound a little dated, I can still enjoy it.

Unfortunately, Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 isn’t a very easy CD to come across, because it was never released in North America. It’s now also becoming harder to buy the imports outside of Japan. However, if you’re interested in obtaining this CD for your anime music collection, I would recommend seeing if you can find any reputable online import CD sellers that can acquire a copy of this CD for you at a reasonable price.

If you’re a fan of Space Battleship Yamato or Star Blazers, and enjoy the background music from the series, then this CD would be a great addition to your anime music CD library.

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 that my husband purchased.

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