Anime Soundtrack Review: Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3 is a soundtrack CD of the background music from the Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage television special. This CD has 25 tracks, and was released on May 30, 2005.

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3
Publisher: Sony/Columbia
Release Date: May 30, 2005

Like Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2, the songs on this CD have been broken down by themes. There are a total of seven themes on this CD: “New Journey,” “Yamato,” “Iscandar,” “Desslar,” “Autoplanet Goruba,” “Parting,” and “Sasha.” After listening to both Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 and Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3, I’ve come to realize that I’m really not a fan of the songs being arranged by theme. I would rather be able to hear the songs in the chronological order that they appeared in the film or special, so I can hear how the music evolves with the story of the animated work.

Something I noticed on this disc that I hadn’t seen on the previous two discs is the fact that Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3 includes multiple versions of some of the songs. On this disc, there are two versions of “New Journey,” three versions of “Goruba’s Theme,” four versions of “Parting,” and two versions of “Sasha My Love.” I can only guess that this was done in order for the runtime of the CD to be comparable with the other CDs in the series. However, I do have to question why the track “Goruba Chord” was included on this disc. It’s only about 10 seconds long, and it really doesn’t add anything to the release.

Most of the songs on this CD are instrumentals. However, the two exceptions are the songs that open and close the disc: “Yamato!! New Journey” and “Sasha My Love.”

Two of the tracks on this CD really stand out to me. The first is “New Cosmo Tigers,” because it sounds like it came straight out of the disco era; in fact, when it comes to the arrangement, it seems like the composer was inspired by the works of Giorgio Moroder. The other standout is “Tsunpa March (a.k.a. March of the Underwear),” which is a goofy track that plays in the background when some of the members of the Yamato’s crew are punished for their behavior by having to march around the ship in their underwear.

Even though there are 25 tracks on this CD, most of the songs are under three minutes in length. The only exception to this is “Goruba’s Theme,” which clocks in at four minutes and 17 seconds.

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; like I mentioned earlier, “New Cosmo Tigers” is probably the best example of a song from Space Battleship Yamato that obviously sounds like it came straight out of the 1970s.

Unfortunately, Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3 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 out 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 3 that my husband purchased.

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