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 Redbook-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 field music from where the fine tradition of awesome music begun, The First Step Towards Wars.
- 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.
- The music for the Shrine of Solomon is fantastic, considering that it's pretty much an almost empty area before the first boss fight.
- The Palace of Destruction, the music for the first dungeon crawl in the series, in both TG-16 CD and Perfect Collection versions.
- 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.
- 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
- Valestein Castle, the area theme of... well, Valestein Castle.
- For the field music we got a remix of Theme of Adol, The Boy Who Had Wings, better known as The Boy's Got Wings.
- Be Careful when crawling through the Tigray Quarry.
- It's a Ys tradition to have awesome boss music when you fight Dark Beasts Black as Night.
- When me meet Chester, we know that he is not be fucked with. Why? Just listen to his theme.
- The Illburns Ruins, or whatever it's called, has some nice music.
- In order to escape from the Zone of Lava, Adol takes on a Searing Struggle.
- For harder bosses we got the Shock of The Death God.
- While it's more epic rather than awesome, Steeling the Will to Fight deserves to be here.
- The music playing in the Clock Tower will make you climb it in the nick of Sealed Time.
- Then get Chopped by Chester.
- The Final Dungeon's Beat of Destruction.
- No Ys game is complete without the epic final boss music, in this case when fighting The Strongest Foe.
The Dawn of Ys / Mask of the Sun / Memories of Celceta
The Ark of Napishtim
- 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".
- 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.
- The OP theme of Ys Seven, Innocent Primeval Breaker and its vocal cut, Rush Out.
- Mother Earth Altago, the theme for the first overworld field, a very heroic tune accented with beautiful Spanish guitar riffs.
- For kicks, the Desert of Despair.
- The boss theme, Vacant Interference kicks hard as well.
- The other, much less used, boss theme Crossing Rage is quite good too.
- As if fighting a giant dragon isn't awesome enough, the battle theme Legend Of The Five Great Dragons makes it even more awesome.
- To Reveal the Way to Go and Road to Solitary Death.
- Ancient Dispuation, the final battle theme.
Remixes / Live Performances