Awesome Music / Ys

In the late '80s, Ys I & II were two of the very first games to fully take advantage of the PC-Engine's CD add-on to deliver Red Book-audio quality music, as opposed to the typical beeps and squawks of the time. Masterfully arranged by Ryo Yonemitsu, it was really good music. A lot of the music for Ys I & II was composed by the legendary musician Yuzo Koshiro alongside Mieko Ishikawa, which greatly influenced the soundtracks of the sequels.
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     Ancient Ys Vanished and The Final Chapter 
  • From Ys I, we have the original boss music, Holders Of Power (in this instance set to footage from the Ys OVA).
    • The very first piece of Ys music - Feena (Original) and the Perfect Collection version, (which the guys who translated the Eternal games used as a replacement for the not-quite as good Eternal soundtrack version). The Legacy version from the DS port is pretty great too.
    • The field music from where the fine tradition of awesome music begun, The First Step Towards Wars. With the adventurous strings and horns, and that addictive techno beat, it's no wonder why the Turbografx cover is the definitive version fans tend to remember. That being said, the Legacy take is a pretty sweet midi folk rock version with a flute replacing the usual horns.
      • The arrangement from the Falcom Special Box (Symphony) album is an orchestral cover with real instruments.
      • For the Chronicles release for the PSP, we got an awesome hard rock cover that swaps out the horns and strings for a stripped down, straightforward jam.
      • The Famicom rendition is surprisingly good considering the lower sound quality.
      • The one from Ys I Complete is no less awesome than the others, sounding like it's running on an upgraded Sega Genesis. Mm, delicious synth bass.
  • A short but energetic acoustic guitar and violin rendition.
    • The town theme Fountain Of Love, including the 1987 original and other versions (in 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2009), is a nice piece of chill-out music to relax to.
    • Unique to the Famicom port, Zepic Village received its own theme, in every other port it reuses the Fountain of Love music.
    • The music for the Shrine of Solomon is fantastic, considering that it's pretty much an almost empty area before the first boss fight. In a tonal 180 from the above, the cover from the Preprima album is an absolute Tear Jerker.
    • The Palace of Destruction, the music for the first dungeon crawl in the series, in both TG-16 CD and Perfect Collection versions. The former version in particular is incredible; the string, guitar, and Eastern instrumentation give it a unique feel from the rest of the orchestral/synth rock soundtrack. Listening to it on its own, it practically screams final boss music, and this is just the first dungeon!
    • Adol himself got a nice theme.
    • For Darm Tower (and by scale, half of the game) we got Tower of The Shadow of Death.
    • In the tower we get a new boss music: Chase of Shadow.
    • Dreaming in the Mirror Maze room.
    • Feel the Tension as you are nearing the top of the tower.
    • Before the Final Boss fight we got the Last Moment of the Dark
    • The music for the Final Battle with Dark Fact is awesome. The Famicom port gives us a second theme and it's just as good.
  • From Ys I & II, we have the ending music from I/the opening music to II, To Make The End Of Battle(in this instance set to the animated between-games cutscene of Ys I & II Complete).
  • From Ys II, we have the music from the first monster-populated area Ruins of Moondoria.

     Wanderers from Ys / The Oath in Felghana 

     The Dawn of Ys / Mask of the Sun / Memories of Celceta 

     The Ark of Napishtim 

     Ys Origin 
  • The opening song of Ys Origin, Genesis ~ Beyond the Beginning is, as so common in the series, awesome. And the title shouts back to the very start of the intro movie from the PC Engine Ys I, which said, simply, "In the Beginning". But of course, it takes its crown from its use in-game, before Toal Fact fights the last bosses.
  • The boss theme, Scars of the Divine Wing. As a Youtube commenter named MapleMeringue observes, "the hallmark of boss progress is living long enough to hear the riff at 1:12".
  • And the sub-boss theme, Oboro.
  • Origin also had awesome stage music like Scarlet Tempest, Silent Desert, and Samsara And Paramnesia.
  • The final boss music kicks into Over Drive.
  • The new version of Termination is easily one of the most amazing pieces of music to grace a video game.
  • The battle with Jenocres in Rado's Annex is set to a raucous jazz remix of Tension from Ys I & II.
  • Water Prison.

     Ys Seven