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Yu-Gi-Oh: Music to Duel By Soundtrack

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TvYu-Gi-Oh! ~ Yu-Gi-Oh: Music To Duel By

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While many soundtracks include music "inspired by" a given property, Music to Duel By is intended to inspire. The songs on this companion to the Yu-Gi-Oh global phenomenon (toys, cartoons, software) is supposed to provide background music for the tension-packed card games played by Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiasts. The album opens with the TV show's theme, a hyperkinetic mix of symphonic sounds and industrial metal, and contains a few other songs heard on the series, but most of the music appears here for the first time. Three of the entries are singled out as "special battle tracks," and they sound very much like high-end video game scores: the of-the-moment drum & bass percussion, the campily canned violins, the grab-bag source material. Those cuts are admirable for their short-attention-span theatricality, the way the various distinct musical segments edge the tension up a notch at a time, allowing for an occasional balladic moment of repose. Some of the vocal tracks evidence that peculiar Japanese fascination with overproduced '80s American pop, and will likely send kids running to their Linkin Park and Mudvayne CDs, but it's hard to argue with an album that includes a limited-edition set of stickers. --Marc Weidenbaum

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Yugioh! Theme
  2. Time 2 Duel
  3. I'm Back
  4. Summon The Dragon
  5. Your Move
  6. Duel Madness
  7. No Matter What
  8. Exodia
  9. Ahead Of The Game
  10. We'll Be There
  11. Face Up Face Down
  12. Millennium Battle
  13. Heart Of The Cards
  14. World Of Yu-Gi-Oh!


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: September 29, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006LLNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
OK, so I'm 25 and female. What in the world am I doing reviewing a Yu-Gi-Oh! CD? Well, that's because this CD is probably one of the best CDs from an English Dubbed anime that I've heard in a LONG time. The extended version of the theme is completely worth the purchase price of the CD, but it doesn't stop there! Just about every song on the CD is a fun expression of the themes presented in the show. And they're just fun songs. I can easily see myself sitting around the table playing some Duel Monsters with my nephew as I listen. Some of the highlights include: I'm Back, Your Move, No Matter What, and Face up Face down. Even the instrumental tracts are good. There are a couple of songs that have a bit of cheese to them, We'll Be There comes to mind as does World of Yugioh!. But even these grow on you. One notable absence from the CD is Not Gonna Panic. And it is definately missed.
Of course, I personally would love to see the inclusion of the Japanese themes, especially the opening and closing from the third season. And my ultimate dream on any American CD from a dubbed anime is to see the actual voice actors singing some of their songs. But I guess that will remain a pipe dream at least for the time being.
Anyway, if you or anyone you know are a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, they will throughly enjoy this CD. And the stickers that come with it are a wonderful piece of laginappe.
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A Kid's Review on January 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD is, in one word, incredible.
1. Yugioh! Theme
This is an extended version of the theme song. Very nice- it has really cool Egyptian music in the background, and it's still recognizable, but it's different enough to keep you interested.
2. Time 2 Duel
One of my favorites. Fast-paced, cool lyrics, very nice song overall.
3. I'm Back
Kaiba's song. This is another one I really like. It has great lyrics that really remind me of Kaiba (ex: "You thought you were so tough, had it all under control. Now nothing's enough- gonna take back what you stole. Give it up- cause now I'm back.") And awesome guitar music at the end.
4. Summon the Dragon
No lyrics, but I like it that way. It's a nice battle track.
5. Your Move
I really like this song too. It has fast music, cool lyrics that are easy to understand, and is all-around cool.
6. Duel Madness
This one's kinda weird. The rap is done it a mechanical sort of voice, but I guess it's meant to be like that because at the beginning it mentions Kaiba's technology.
7. No Matter What
I LOVE this song. So great.
8. Exodia
No lyrics, cool music.
9. Ahead of the Game
Kaiba-like, egotistical music. "All my technology, all my smarts, my creativity will rip you apart." Cool song.
10. We'll be there
A[...] duet between Tea and Tristan about friendship and sticking together. May not appeal to everyone, but hey, I like it.
11. Face Up Face Down
Go Darren Dunstan! (a.k.a. Pegasus) This is for sure the real voice actor. Chilling song, eerie Pegasus-like lyrics, easy to listen to over and over and over...
12. Millennium Battle
The third and last battle track on the CD. Again, good music with a good beat.
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Format: Audio CD
I'll say this: the album's not on my top ten list, but it certainly won't be at the bottom of my CDs either. I liked it, but I expected it to have a bit more...edge or somethin' like that. But that's just me. It's very enjoyable to listen to, I've listed ratings of the songs below:
(1) Yu-Gi-Oh theme- This is obviously the theme song, but on the album it's longer, that really cool part with the ancient Egyptian sounding violin part is awesome, and the line "your move" is more easily heard. A good way to start it off. I give it 4/5
(2)Time 2 Duel- It aint bad. It sums up the basic point of the show really. It's a rock/punk/rap beat that's really enjoyable. But I have to say that the chorus is really, really ANNOYING. Sorry, but it is. I give it a 3/5
(3) I'm Back- A must for Kaiba fans, after all that's who the song's about. Mainly about the conspiracy at Kaiba corp., the abduction of Mokuba, etc. I have to say I LOVE the background music in this, and the lyrics are good too! I personally think they coulda left out the dialogue from the show...but that's just me. I'm not a huge Kaiba fan and like I said that's who the song's about. I give this a 4/5
(4) Summon the Dragon- This is an awesome instrumental..possibly a theme for the Blue Eyes or maybe a theme for all the dragons in general. But whatever it is, it sounds very good, I was quite impressed. I give this a 5/5
(5) Your Move- This is the reason I bought this album!! I ADORE this song so much! It's all rockish and stuff! ^__^ The lyrics rock ( I love the "Egyptian secrets" part and the music blew me away. A bunch of my friends accuse me of loving this song because it's mainly about Yami (AKA Yugioh..which means King of Games) and well uh...*blush* Yeah, that's pert of why I like it so sue me!
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Okay, I will admit that I am getting up there in age (late 20's). But when I saw this, I thought, 'Perfect theme music for the final duel between my cousin and I.' So I picked it up.

It does make pretty good car music and I will admit that I did catch myself head-banging to this album. While I won't go song-by-song and rate them all, I will say this...I saw running through the songs and noticed on 'Heart of the Cards' (song 13) that Eric Stuart (aka Seto Kaiba) has a part in it. I about squealed like a little kid. I was a big Kaiba fan (still am, if the truth is told). I also enjoyed 'I'm Back" for much of the same reason.

Anyway, I do recommend picking this up, especially if you plan on using this to commemorate a grand final duel between you and a family member.
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