Anime Soundtrack Review: Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4 is a soundtrack CD of the background music from the Space Battleship Yamato film, Be Forever Yamato. This CD has 26 tracks and was released on May 30, 2005.

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4
Publisher: Sony/Columbia
Release Date: May 30, 2005

Like Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 and Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3, the songs on this CD have been broken down by themes. There are a total of eight themes on this CD: “Hyperon Bomb,” “Love,” “Dark Star Cluster Empire,” “Space,” “Second Lieutenant Arufon,” “Sasha (Mio),” “Combat,” and “Birth of a New Galaxy.” While splitting the songs out into themes is an interesting idea, I would personally prefer hearing the tracks in the other that they appeared in the film. By grouping the music by themes, the listener is jumping around all over the place in comparison to the film, and it’s not always easy to identify which tracks goes where since some of the songs use the same theme as its base.

Unlike Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 3, this disc doesn’t include multiple versions of the same song. Instead, it’s more like Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 1 and Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 2 in that it only focuses on the music that actually appeared in the film.

Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4 is also the first disc in this set that doesn’t include any songs with vocals. All 26 tracks that appear on this disc are instrumentals.

Sonically, Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4 has an interesting mix of sounds. While there’s still a fair number of songs on this CD that have the “dated” 1970s sound that was prevalent on the first three discs in the series, there are also some songs that don’t sound quite as “dated.” The tracks that sound the most different from the previous material are the four songs included in the “Space” theme and the one song that makes up the “Birth of a New Galaxy” theme. These particular pieces have an almost “otherworldly” sound to them, and this sound really helps them to stand out from a lot of the other pieces that are included on the disc.

Even though there are 26 tracks on this disc, most of the songs tend to be less than three minutes in length. Because of how short most of the songs on the CD are, it’s a less daunting listening experience that it may seem on the surface.

Overall, Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4 is an enjoyable listen, especially for listeners who are already familiar with the Space Battleship Yamato franchise.

Unfortunately, Space Battleship Yamato Background Music Collection 4 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 4 that my husband purchased.

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