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Old Jul 2, 2009, 12:21 PM
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Default Arrange Album or Original Soundtrack?

I notice that a lot of Japanese games have an original soundtrack album and an arrange album (and now also a drama album). If you can only choose one or the other, which one do you pick?
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Old Jul 2, 2009, 12:23 PM
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Generally the original soundtrack, because arrange albums tend to be hit or miss.
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Old Jul 2, 2009, 12:50 PM
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Seconded. Definitely the original.

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Generally the original soundtrack, because arrange albums tend to be hit or miss.
That's a quite good reason; sometimes the interprations the arrangers could take, could very much differ from what you envisioned for the song/album.
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Although not much of a risk taker, I tend to prefer the arrange albums. For many that I've heard, the one's that are a hit hit hard and in every way surpass the original soundtrack.
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Original, for reasons already listed by others.
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Original. Nothing causes pain like finding out the arranged album you just got has... vocals.
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I prefer the originals, even though I have to admit that some arrangements can sometimes be superior.
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Hmmm. I almost always prefer the arranged album over the originals, except when the arranged version is a piano collection. Especially when I've played the game before, I often find the originals boring compared to arranged versions.

I think that composers have more time to devote all their focus on making music for the best listening experience possible when an arranged version is being composed. For original versions, the focus is on getting the music done in time for the game, and there may be other considerations than making music that's beautiful to listen to when standing alone.
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For me, arranged > original more often than not. There are a couple exceptions (Ys ~ The Oath in Felghana, for instance), but for the most part, this holds true.

If I were to take a chance on listening to the music to a game I had not played, I would be much more likely to try an arranged album if one was available.
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For me it depends a lot on whether I've played the game or not. If I have, I'll tend to prefer the original. Otherwise I don't have a strong preference either way since I have no attachment to the music anyway.
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For the most part I also prefer original albums, at least you know what to expect. Besides the "hit or miss" it also happens that arrange albums are usually shorter and maybe even don't feature your favourite track of the game.
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Sometimes, a good arrange collection may make me check out the game itself, or at least the OST. In casual listening though, I tend to go more for arrangements.
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I think that composers have more time to devote all their focus on making music for the best listening experience possible when an arranged version is being composed. For original versions, the focus is on getting the music done in time for the game, and there may be other considerations than making music that's beautiful to listen to when standing alone.
That's a good point there. Makes alot of sense. I think I appreciate the arrangements a bit more now than the original music. And now that I think about it, I tend to casually listen to the arrangements most of the time anyway.
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Overall, I prefer the originals. One reason being that many arrange albums don't even include all of the tracks. There can be some great arrange albums that render the originals mostly obsolete (e.g. Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero series), but these are rare cases. The other reason being that I generally just prefer to hear new compositions rather the same old ones revisited.
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