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 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.
- And the first monster-infested dungeon Noble District of Toal.
- As per Ys standards, the awesome boss music Protectors (Eternal). If you're one of those who hates the Eternal version, try the Perfect Collection version by Ryo Yonemitsu (used by the translators) and the Chronicles version by Yukihiro Jindo.
- And then we go to the Ice Ridge of Noltia.
- Then into the complete oposite of above: Moat of Burnedbless.
- Final battle against Darm: Termination.
- And of course there's the nice chill-out track Stay With Me Forever, including the 1988 original and 1989 arrange, as well as the vocal version Adventure World (both the 1989 original and 2009 cover).
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 the PC Engine version it's called Alcaino Ruins.
- 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 Great Forest of Celceta, probably the games most famous music judging from how some of its elements are remixed later in the series.
- The intro music Dawn of Ys, which is just as famous.
- Even shopping for new equipment becomes awesome as you let out A Young Swordsman's Tear.
- For the field music we got Field. Yes, it's called just that.
- Ys = Awesome Boss = Awesome Boss music, and in Ys IV it's Battle #58.
- Next up we got a rocking Lava Field (Kiss for Eldeel).
- It's A Great Ordeal to fight some of more serious bosses.
- In the Valley of Lament we got appropriately named Walking the Path of Legend.
- In the Valley of Quicksand we have a nice-relaxing music of the same name.
- While it's not of Rockin' Awesome type, it would be a disservice not to include Crimson Wings here.
- IV's remix of Tower of The Shadow of Death is awesome and makes you recall memories of Ys I.
- In the Ruins of No Return we got another remix: Theme of Adol 1993.
- After chit-chatting with Lefance and teleporting out, we get Temple of Sun.
- With Dogi covering your back, passing through the Bronze District should be a breeze.
- And finally the final boss music: In The Fires of Ignition and The Final Decisive Battle.
- In Ys Celceta, we get awesome themes such as:
- The new versions of Burning Sword, Harlequin's Temptation, In the Fires of Ignition, Tower of Guidance ~ A Kiss for Eldeel, Iris (known as "Tower" from the SFC version) and The Final Decisive Battle.
- And new badass themes such as Underground Ruins
- Can you feel that Gust of Wind?
- And then there's The Morning After the Storm.
- And so we make our way towards the Ancient Land.
- Black Wings.
The Ark of Napishtim
- As befits Ys tradition, there's the boss music, Mighty Obstacle.
- The penultimate boss music when fighting against Ernst.
- Defend and Escape when Adol Skewers his way throught the Romun army
- The Final Boss Theme, one quintessential example of Soundtrack Dissonance; while this relatively calm music play, you'll be - especially on harder difficulties - soaking your controller/keyboard with every sweat drop you body can produce trying to make Adol avoid the dozens of beams Naphistim's defense mechanism is throwing at him.
- Ruined City of Kishgal, a pounding trance-rave tune played in the dungeon of the same name.
- Ultramarine Deep, the underground passage theme.
- "Revival of the Ark of Napishtim", with its Carmina Burana-esque Ominous Latin Chanting.
- Release of the Far West Ocean is also quite catchy.
- Quatera Woods, the first dungeon/overworld theme, along with the version from the Falcom Field Zanmai album.
- 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