this review over at Hardcore Gaming 101. It's a review of the first AGES collection which features music from such legendary games as Power Drift, Lunar and Fantasy Zone. From that article, I discovered that Woodsoft have several more CDs listed on the Video Game Music Database (VGMdb), which is a repository of information similar to IMDB but solely for the collection of resources pertaining to music used in games.
listed on VGMdb, as are the original AGES and the follow up AGES Gaiden. AGES II completes the trilogy and is fairly similar in packaging and content as the previous two instalments in the series. The tracks on all of these compilations are remixes or 'arrange' versions of popular and well known tunes from some of the most celebrated and influential Sega games of the 16-bit era, and the original composers are credited alongside the artists who created the new versions. Interestingly, the AGES discs are categorised as 'Dōjin,' which translates loosely to English as a sort of fan-made or collaborative, self-published fan-made work of literature, art, film or music. That explains the use of the 'Dreamnalt' label and the reversed Dreamcast swirl, then.
|Need to stop biting my nails.|
Game: Altered Beast
Composition: Tohru Nakabayashi / Arranger: TOMAZO
Game: Fantasy Zone
Composition: Hiroshi Kawaguchi / Arranger: Sabao
Game: Space Harrier
Composition: Hiroshi Kawaguchi / Arranger: Chabinn
Game: After Burner II
Composition: Hiroshi Kawaguchi / Arranger: KuReKa Isatsuki
Game: Out Run
Composition: Hiroshi Kawaguchi / Arranger: Rando-K (Mikuruga no Hito)
Game: Galaxy Force
Composition: Katsuhiro Hayashi / Arranger: Magome Togoshi
Game: Thunder Blade
Composition: Koichi Namiki / Arranger: silpheed
Game: Super Hang-On
Composition: Katsuhiro Hayashi / Arranger: g+
Game: Sonic the Hedgehog
Composition: Masato Nakamura / Arranger: Puchi
As you can see, all of the games referenced are indeed from the 16-bit era and this adds even more intrigue for me. Why release the AGES series in a box that looks like a Dreamcast game...if none of the music is taken from Dreamcast games? I'm not complaining - it looks very cool and all, but having some Dreamcast-related music on the CD would have put the icing on the proverbial cake.
|Even the CD label is an homage to the Dreamcast.|
If you'd like more information on the AGES series, be sure to check out the Hardcore Gaming 101 review of the first AGES release. Further details on track listings and release dates for the AGES discs and all of Woodsoft's other compilations can be found at VGMdb.
Woodsoft's website here, although it is all in Japanese and the usual translation plugins don't appear to work with it for some reason.