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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2006
Disc-1:

(Macross TV Soundtrack Vol. I)

1) Macross

2) Fate's Arrow

3) Violin of Tears

4) Shohakuryuu (Shaopailon)

5) Kanashimi no Melody

6) Lie in wait/Ambush

7) Akogare

8) Reconnaissance

9) Launching Ceremony

10) Ai wa nagareru

11) Dog Fighter

12) Silver Moon - Red Moon

13) Viva! Zentradi

14) Sad Space Soldiers

15) All out Attack

16) The End of Childhood

17) O-G Love

18) Action

19) Departure

20) Runner

(Macross TV Soundtrack Vol. II)

21) Meditation/Contemplation

22) Universe

23) Empty

24) Watashi no kare wa Pilot

25) The Street Corner of Adolescence

26) Spectacle

27) Zentradi Fortress

28) Dirty Hero

29) Wound

30) Nostalgia

31) Melodius Love

32) Stardust Memory

33) Yasashisa Sayonara

34) Sunset Beach

35) Carnival

36) Passion

37) The Sound of Revenge

38) Underwater Fight

39) First Contact

40) Lullaby

41) A View with a Bell

42) Longing for Home

43) Long for

44) Pathetic/Sad

45) My beautiful Place

Disc-2:

(Macross Soundtrack)

1) Everlasting Love - Prologue

2) Conflicting Destiny

3) Love Moment

4) Teenage Dream

5) Ai, oboete imasu ka? (Long Version)

6) The 500.000 Year War

7) The ruined Star

8) Silent

9) The floating City

10) Eternal Love

11) Before the Battle

12) A quivering Heart

13) From here on forever - Epilogue

14) Angel's Paints

(Macross Karaoke)

15) Macross

16) Watashi no kare wa Pilot

17) O-G Love

18) My Beautiful Place

19) Shohakuryuu (Shaopailon)

20) Silver Moon - Red Moon

21) Sunset Beach

22) Ai wa nagareru

23) Yasashisa Sayonara

24) Runner

25) Ai, oboete imasu ka? (Long Version)

Disc-3:

(Macross other Vocal Collection)

1) Watashi no kare wa Pilot Part II

2) Runner (Lynn Minmay Version)

3) Ai wa nagareru Part II

4) Hoshi no sasayaki

5) Miria's Lullaby

6) Runner (Duet Version)

7) Distand Memory

8) Under an Umbrella

9) Cinderella

10) Thinking of a while Christmas

11) Jingle Bells are gone

12) Track 12-23 (TV Karaoke)

24) Track 24-45 (Karaoke)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2002
This complete 3 CD soundtrack/orchestral score to the original Macross story (Hikaru Ichijoe, Lynn Minmay, Misa Hayase) is incredible. If you enjoyed the music from the Macross film "Do You Remember Love", the original japanese Macross series, or music from its sequel (2012), then you'll love this; it's all included.
The most stunning surprise for me is that there are instrumental versions of the Minmay songs (with background vocals included) that sound heavenly -- particularly track #25 on disc 2, which is "Do You Remember Love". Other great musical pieces include track #2 on Disc 1, which features the music played as Hikaru and company are scouting space before (and during) the first battle sequence of the film.
The background music from the daytime duel between Max and Milia (when Kakizake gets wasted) is incredible (Disc 2), as well as the haunting choral DYRL love theme played when Misa and Hikaru are learning about the protoculture on the remains of Earth --when that city rose from the bottom of the ocean, remember? The music from the battle in Saturn's rings (when Hikaru and Minmay are saved by Roy Fokker before being captured), and the T'sentradi theme (the start of the final battle) are completely awesome to hear as well.
Remember folks, there are 3 CDs worth of music on here, and each CD is over 70 minutes long. The whole mythos of Macross, from the music, to the storytelling, to the animation is simply magical. I have wanted the music from this movie since I was in the fifth grade -- so I have been humming this music in my head for 14 years. Now I finally own it. If you love background music from anime or memorable cartoons such as Transformers: The Movie (I own that score too), Voltron, or even Robotech, then you should probably consider this.
I must say that out of all the Macross series, I still feel that the Macross Plus installment (Isamu, Guld, & Myung) has the best music (i.e. "Voices"), however the original Macross music is magical too, that is, if you enjoyed it...
Thanks for reading!
Lt. Commander Knyte
Valkyrie pilot - UN Spacy
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 1999
Good god! How can you not like this collection!?
Mara Ijima (Minmay) sings on a multitude of tracks, most of which were featured on the 25-minute TV Special/Music Video FLASHBACK 2012 shown on Japanese TV in late 1983.
Each track has been painstakingly transferred from Vinyl and Tape, cleaned up, and then placed on these CD's.
As for the Instrumental and Digital music, they are a great kickback to the days of Macross, Super Dimension Calvary Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada. A 90% all in all.
This music is performed by the same artists who made the music for Super Dimesnion Century Orguss.
Though the price is a bit steep, these songs are very hard to find individually, as most have not been reissued since 1986-89.
Any Macross Fan worth his or her salt needs this set.
GET IT NOW!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2004
This is the greatest and the best anime series ever made. Period!

For fans of this anime series, this compilation of discs is a must.

The price is immaterial, when you consider the contents inside. This is getting rare to get a hold off. Containing all the different macross versions ever released, it also contains those glorious orchestral backgrounds that made the movie and TV series so much more enjoyable.

Get this CD-set and I am confident that you will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2001
This CD has it all, every single piece of music from the original Macross story arc, and in my opinion, the greatest one at that. All the music from the TV series Superdimensional Fortress: Macross, Superdimensional Fortress: Macross the Movie - Do You Remember Love?, and the OVA Macross Flashback 2012 is here on three discs. Not only is the music exquisite, heartwarming, and one of the most fitting anime soundtracks ever, but it is 100% complete. Well worth the price for any fan of the original Macross saga and characters, or of any fan of terrific orchestral music or J-Pop.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2001
Well worth the price- I've seen the bootleg version for less, but nothing compares to the original Japanese release. Like the title says, it's complete- everything from Macross TV series to DYRL to Flashback 2015 and more. Definately worth having.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2006
...You'd Better Shop Around.

The excellent MACROSS COMPLETE CD set provides hard-core fans with the soundtracks of Japan's much heralded MACROSS television series (1982), the classic MACROSS: DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE? feature film (1984) and the original animation video FLASHBACK 2012(1987). Contained within the double-sized jewel case are three discs boasting the vocal arrangements (with instrumental counterparts) and the orchestral/symphonic suites of Macross. One-hundred and fourteen tracks in all! 16 page song booklet (Japanese text) also included.

Note: While worth every penny at any cost -- for the price conscious collector who doesn't mind shopping for bargains, earlier pressings of the MACROSS COMPLETE CD collection can still be had for approximately one-fourth the cost of the one-hundred dollar Victor release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2000
Macross was known in america because was included in Carl Macek's Robotech (with slight and sometimes huge modifications) but as a direct result of the interest raised for Robotech, it is natural that you finish wanting to know the original story Macross, and it's spin-off movie "Do you Remember Love?" . The songs as interpreted by Ms Mari Ijima (now an actress living in LA) are superb, tender and moving, her interpretation to "Little White Dragon" makes you wish to be in the concert at the Macross auditorium and the epic "Love, Do you Remenber?" makes you shed tears (if you have seen the movie you will know why) This is a must buy for the fans of both series and the american adaptation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2000
Absolutely hands down winner. If you are a Macross fan, you have to own this. If you are a fan of lead singer Iijima Mari, you have to own this. If you want some old style anime music of the 80's, go for it, you won't regret.
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on August 3, 2013
...But I have never, ever, seen `Macross'...

Whoop - There it is! I warned you this all may sound a bit weird...But please bear with me!

"Why pay good money for a soundtrack of an anime you've never seen?" you justly ask. Because, like many people out there, I have been brought up with the `Robotech' TV series. I remember liking it as a kid, so therefore I was rather shocked to learn that in fact there is no such thing as `Robotech' only three unrelated anime series butchered by an editor into what we now call `Robotech'.

Longing to know more about the real DNA - code of the TV series that had given me such pleasure as a kid I learned that the first `Robotech' series was in fact an edited version of the Japanese anime `Super Dimensional Fortress: Macross'. As the soundtrack of `Robotech' was fun, I wondered if the music of the original could do any better than that. Ten days after I asked myself this question a package was delivered to my front door from Japan.

It is fair to ask why I - as a `Macross' nitwit - could write anything useful about this CD set. The answer to that is simple really, because in the end for this product it is the music that counts and not the moving images that accompany this music on the TV screen. We have DVD reviews for that. So, without much further ado here are my remarks about the `Macross The Complete' three CD set.

Let's examine the packaging first. "Macross The Complete" it says. "Macross the Complete" WHAT? Collection? Is there like a word missing here? Or did they mean "Macross Complete"?!? The packaging itself is fine though; a nice sturdy plastic CD box holding the three CD's. A modest 16-page booklet comes with this set but it is completely in Japanese so unless you have a major in that language it is impossible to make any sense of it. It is ideal to impress people, though ("Yes, I listen to Japanese music. Look at me be being all multicultural"). The booklet contains no illustrations apart from the cover which is a shame really. By the way, is it just me or are there more souls out there who also think it to be a bit strange that this set doesn't contain any illustration of the Super Dimensional Fortress whatsoever? Perhaps it is deemed unlucky in Japan to have illustrations of Super Fortresses on products.

But what about the most important part of this set: the music? I was expecting a very ethnic Asian sound but to my surprise the instrumental music overall sounded very `western'. Names like John Barry and Randy Edelman came to mind when listening to these CD's. No big culture-clash there and very nice to listen to actually. The vocal tracks, on the other hand, sound very Asian and although a few are so sweet they crack the enamel of my teeth, there are also some very nice songs. The mix of instrumental and vocal tracks make it more fun. And if you have mastered the language you can use the karaoke versions to lighten up your weekend. A question here: are there really any people who organize `Macross' karaoke evenings? Or is it something you do alone with the curtains closed and dressed like one of the characters of the show?

The quality of the sound is crisp and overall - dare I say it? - I rate this music higher than the music for `Robotech', especially the music on the second CD. In fairness we have to take into consideration that the composer for `Robotech' apparently didn't have it easy when writing the score, but the quality and instrumentation of the music of `Macross' is just by far better than the soundtrack done for `Robotech'. I am therefore glad I have taken the plunge!
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