2020/07/21

The CD Collection--Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Theme Song Collection


It's time for a CD review...and for something a little bit different. I normally don't give full reviews for CDs outside of Tokusatsu, but this one is definitely worth examining. Not only are there a lot of familiar names here, but we're also getting that Columbia sound. It's enough for me to put my slight disdain for Transformers aside to finally pick this set up after years of procrastinating.

Yeah, I'm reviewing this 2003 CD set the day that it arrived in the mail...in 2020... Considering it was backordered for two months I may have gotten the last brand new copy available. You'd better give it a try now if you're interested...

Anyway, here's the review.

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Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Theme Song Collection
COCX-32353~4
2003.08.20


DISC-1

01. TRANSFORMER / Satoko Shimonari [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer]

The opening theme song to the first Transformers series. Oh yeah--Full disclosure before we continue. I don't know shit about Transformers. I'm really using the booklet as a helpful guide as best as I can while describing what these songs are from.

This song has always been a favorite of mine. It's incredibly chill and one that ends up in a lot of random 80s anime theme song playlists that people put together for good reason. Part of it is probably out of curiosity (Can you believe Japan actually gave our toy commercial a dignified theme song?), but also that it's pretty solid. As far as mid-80s Columbia tracks go, this is a real gem.

02. Peace Again / Satoko Shimonari [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer]

For the ending song we get this somewhat creepy tune. I like it a lot because it's quite unique sounding, but I can't help but get a little skeeved by it's haunting sound.

The vocal version is great, but I tend to give this one more attention through the Karaoke version that I have through a different CD set (Yeah, this isn't my first Transformers CD set...maybe I'll get to that other one someday).

Great song. Minimal and creepy.

03. TRANSFORMER 2010 / Sho Hirose [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer 2010]

I love the energy of this one, but man it's hard for me to really say I really like it. It isn't bad, but I've never been a fan of jerky music when verses start up. It's a distracting trick.

Sho Hirose isn't bad in his yell-sing through the whole thing at least.

04. WHAT'S YOU / Sho Hirose [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer 2010]

Ah yeah. I actually used this song in a video if you can believe it. The Karaoke version that is... This vocal version is really, really bad. The music? Awesome. The singing is just frivolous. I intentionally picked this song for my review because it has an FM sound quality to it...and is from Transformers...

Music? Great. Vocals? Go away.

05. The Headmasters / Hironobu Kageyama [Transformer The Headmasters]

The first of our familiar voices. This is another song that has always just been around due to it being sung by Hironobu Kageyama. This is Maskman-era Kageyama, so it has that same reverb effect that he loved to have until they forced him to get real for Dragonball Z.

To be perfectly honest, this theme song is pretty generic. It isn't entirely exciting, but it's serviceable I suppose. Soldier Dream from Saint Seiya and Hikari Sentai Maskman are definitely two theme songs from the same era that utilize Kageyama way better.

06. Kimi wa Transformer / Hironobu Kageyama [Transformer The Headmasters]

Kinda more of the same with the ending song. It's a little catchier than the opening theme song, but it's also kinda tacky. We do get a little more emotion from KAGE, but this isn't much more than a watered-down Ai no soldier.

07. Chojin Master Force no theme / Toshiya Igarashi [Transformer Chojin Master Force]

Another familiar voice...it's Toshiya Igarashi. He sang a substantial chunk of the Kamen Rider Black song collection, but neither of the theme songs.

This time around he DOES sing a theme song...and boy is it lame. I legit thought I accidentally skipped a track, but nope. This is the lame ballad that brought this series in for every episode.

Man, I really wanted this to be cooler.

08. Moero! Transformer / Toshiya Igarashi [Transformer Chojin Master Force]

More of the same. It's quite lame, but at least it isn't as boring as the opening theme song. There is a nice guitar break to liven things up a bit...and the background singers give some nice dimension.

Other than that...bland. Igarashi sang a good portion of the songs in the song collection...I may have to check them out someday in hopes that something is interesting there.

09. Transformer V / Koji Kaya [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer V]

ANOTHER familiar voice. Koji Kaya sang a good number of songs from Chojinki Metalder, Chojuu Sentai Liveman and a singular song from Kosoku Sentai Turboranger. Yet...no theme songs. Is Transformers where Tokusatsu singers graduate to theme song performers?

Ehhhh this one has the energy, but really isn't a great song. Virtually every Tokusatsu song that Kaya is responsible is better than this. It's just too generic and the background singers hinder it. Considering this guy was the mecha singer for all of the Toku series he was in, you'd think Transformers would be a slam dunk.

10. Cybertron Banzai / Koorogi '73 [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer V]

Yet another familiar set of voices...Koorogi '73. They did countless Tokusatsu songs until they basically vanished by the 90s. I used to hold them in some esteem, but as I've been reviewing a lot of Sentai song collections I've found them more obnoxious than anything. They seem to be at their best when they're strictly doing background singing, but occasionally have a fun solo song.

This is not a fun solo song. This funky samba track...yeah, I guess it's fine as an ending theme song, but I guess this was beneath Koji Kaya to attempt. Eh, I don't hate it, but I really don't like it either.

11. Transformer Z no theme / Ichiro Mizuki [Tatakai! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Z]

OK, this...this is why I bought this set. Remember I mentioned that other Transformers CD set I own? Yeah, it has the full size Karaoke version of this song and a TV Size vocal version. No full size vocal version...and what kills me is that this song is easily one of my favorite anime theme songs...nay, one of my favorite Ichiro Mizuki songs.

Ichiro Mizuki is a legend. This would have been the same year that he made his return to Tokusatsu to drop song excellent songs on the Winspector Song Collection after being away for a few years. His voice was damn near perfect in the early 90s.

It's hard to describe such a well-crafted theme song. It just does everything right. The music is perfectly balanced and the singer is correct. It's a shame this was wasted on an OVA and not given to a full series.

12. Mirai no kimi e / Ichiro Mizuki [Tatakae! Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Z]

This isn't a bad ending theme song. It's a smidge generic, but Mizuki gives it some life. I can see other singers nailing this one as well, but it's nice to have a familiar voice sing it for us.

13. WAR WAR! STOP IT / Shitamachi Kyodai [Beast Wars ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Suddenly we've gone from 1990 to 1997...

This weird rap track is the theme song for Beast Wars. You know what...? I like it. It has a pretty smooth beat and the rapping is actually pretty competent. *Chuck Norris Thumbs Up.gif*

Yeah, I remember Beast Wars being a bad CG nightmare, but I really dig this opening theme song. It kinda gives me a little Pumps And A Bump vibe.

Definitely wasn't anticipating thinking about MC Hammer at all this week...

14. FOR THE DREAM / MICKEY [Beast Wars ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Hey Mickey! We know Mickey from her singing on various late 90s Super Sentai songs...including those weird "English" versions of the theme songs for a bunch of series.

I enjoy her Japanese singing a lot even if we didn't get much of it in Super Sentai, so this is a treat. She isn't as forceful as she is on those tracks, but I really enjoy this one. The beat is also a lot of fun. Yeah, I like this song as well.

I'm tempted to hunt the single down for this...

15. GET MY FUTURE / Cyber Nation Network [Beast Wars II ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

While this sounds more like an IN song, I can appreciate why it was chosen as the opening theme song. The singing isn't incredible, but it's fine. Yeah, this is a pretty cool song.

16. SUPER VOYAGER / Cyber Nation Network [Beast Wars II ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

More of the same for the second opening theme song. This isn't bad, but it really would've been nice if this differentiated itself just a little bit from GET MY FUTURE. The music is just a little more dense with random sounds. That's about it. It really just feels like they couldn't decided which song to make the theme when the answer should've been "neither".

Again, these two are pretty good...but they're not really opening theme song material.

17. Yume no irubasho / Jun Yoneya [Beast Wars II ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Ending theme song. I like this. It's very chill. It reminds me of a slightly softer version of Guyferd's theme song.

18. SPACE DREAMER ~Harukaru Beast Wars~ / COA [Beast Wars II ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~ Rio Convoy Kikiippatsu! (Gekijoban)]

Movie theme song for Beast Wars II and...

I know that voice. I know that voice.

Shushutto sanjooooooooooooooo

*shudder*

Well, this was an unpleasant surprise. Another Tokusatsu singer has entered the chat. This time around we have Hideaki Takatori of Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger fame. You know...the series that really killed a lot of my interest in Tokusatsu songs? Yeah. You're a sneaky one with that alias.

Beyond his lame vocals, this song is just weird...and not very good. This song is repetitive and really just doesn't go anywhere.

You thought you could trick me. Congrats...

19. MY SHOOTING STAR / COA [Beast Wars II ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~ Rio Convoy Kikiippatsu! (Gekijoban)]

Since I'm not totally biased, I'll be fair and say that this song isn't too bad. Signature Takatori voice squeaks aside, I really can't complain about this ending theme song.


DISC-2

01. Hajimari no uta / Seiji Katsu [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~ (Gekijoban)]

Another movie theme song. Not gonna lie...this sounds like it's from 1992, but the booklet says it's from 1998.

Ehhh this would only be bland if it really did come out in 1992, but since it didn't it's bland AND dated. I really don't have too much else to say unfortunately.

02. Hateshinai kono uchuu (SORA) e / Seiji Katsu [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~ (Gekijoban)]

This is the ending theme from the Beast Wars Metals movie. Really, THIS should have been the theme song. It isn't brilliant, but it certainly mops the floor with the actual OP. I *just* listened to Hajimari no uta and have basically forgotten how it goes. Like someone hit me with one of those Men In Black memory flash things.

03. Hello! Toughness / Seiji Katsu [Beast Wars ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~ Gekitotsu Beast Senshi (Gekijoban)]

Another Beast Wars movie theme...again by Seiji Katsu. I guess I should talk about what kind of singer Katsu is. OK. He does a bit of yell-singing, but he isn't bad.

This song has some life. It's easily the best of the three songs here by Katsu. I mean...by far. It's a little bit tacky, but I'll accept it. It's fun.

04. Love For Ever ~Kimi o mamoru tameni~ / M.C.R [Beast Wars Neo ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Alright, I've listened to this song twice and really can't make sense of it. This is the opening theme song to the Beast Wars Neo TV series.

There are times when this song is really good, and then it feels like the band goes on a break during the verses. I guess the fairest assessment I can make is that it's inconsistent? Really, it isn't a bad theme song, it just can't make up it's mind.

05. Te no naka no uchuu / Hitomi Yuuki [Beast Wars Neo ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

The ending theme song for Beast Wars Neo. It's a pretty standard ending song...chill and inoffensive. I like these type of songs, so I'm down. It's otherwise pretty anonymous.

06. Ano yume no kanata e / COA [Beast Wars Metals Convoy Dai Henshin! (Gekijoban)]

Oh Jesus... "COA" again...

I genuinely laughed when I heard the intro. It's this nice piano melody that is suddenly shattered by Takatori's honk-sing.

I really like this song! It's pretty smooth thanks to that bassline and is accented nicely by the piano and fake horns. Why is it that the movies are getting the better themes while the TV series tend to get the questionable ones?

07. WA!WA! Wonderland / COA [Beast Wars Metals Convoy Dai Henshin! (Gekijoban)]

I saw the title and I saw the singer and kinda winced as it approached. This is a less fun very of Robotack's Ii Janai. It's good, but definitely check out the way more fun Ii Janai.

Sorry, I legit stopped listening to this half way through to listen to a Robotack song... They are similar! Right down to the key change...

08. Tamashii no Evolution / Hironobu Kageyama [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Beast Wars Metals TV series theme song. The awesome song title lives up to the song. A slightly-past-his-prime Kageyama returns to drop this great rock track on us. This is the period where he started to get back to his rocker roots and adopted this warbly singing style that kinda sucks the emotion from his voice. It works here, but man...I miss his soul...

I would say that this is likely the most operatic theme song that Kageyama has ever done. It's more of an experience than a catchy little diddy to bring in the new cartoons this week.

Yeah, this is awesome. Not gonna lie.

09. Chitose no Soldier / Hironobu Kageyama [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

The second opening theme song for Beast Wars Metals. It's similar to the first, but isn't as good. For whatever reason, the vocals are just drown out quite a bit. Like Kageyama had a cold or something.

Another great rocker, but Tamashii no Evolution is really where it's at. Even if this song has the superior shredding...

10. Ba Bi Bu Be Beast Wars / Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endo & The Ba Bi Bu Be Bombers [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

The first ending song for Beast Wars Metals...and it features Masaaki Endo! Kotetsu Kyodai! Another Tokusatsu singer to add to the list!

......and this song is surprisingly terrible. I mean the title kinda gives that away, but man...the disappointment hurts. These two are usually rad together. Not to bring up Robotack again, but both of these guys sing GET HIGH! and that song is flippin' great.

11. HALLELUYAH / Hironobu Kageyama, Mitsuko Horie & The Ba Bi Bu Be Bombers [Beast Wars Metals ~Cho Seimeitai Transformer~]

Second ending song. Second boring ending song. Once again, the title kinda gave it away.

The biggest shock is the appearance of yet another Tokusatsu singer...Mitsuko Horie! Good lord. They really, really tried to get *everyone* didn't they?? Not gonna lie, though, she sounds horribly out of place here. It was nice to have her back a little while later for Gaoranger at least.

12. Honoo no Overdrive ~Car Robot Cybertron~ / Koji Wada [Transformer Car Robot]

Heh. I actually own the single for this for some reason. I really like this song...it really does a good job at bringing the point across that vehicles are back, baby! This is the theme song to the Car Robot / Transformers Robots In Disguise.

This is probably the most TV-Opening-Theme-sounding themes of all of the Transformers themes I think. It's structured in a way to make an easy cut for the TV Size version and it has that earworminess energy to make it stand out.

Did I catch the series? Nope. My good friend dug it when it was airing, though. He asked me to hunt down the J Trains for his birthday if that means anything to you...

13. Marionette / Mami Nishikaku [Transformer Car Robot]

A really good ending theme song. It's slick but has some really good energy. It verges on being generic, but goes hard on the key change early to keep it moving along.

14. TRANSFORMER -Dream Again- / PSYCHIC LOVER [Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu]

The first opening theme song to Micron Densetsu / Transformers Armada.

I hate Psychic Lover. I truly do. I almost want to apologize to Hideaki Takatori for the berating. Yoffy is just...not a good singer. I know that's a royally unpopular opinion, but I really just think he sucks.

Oh yeah, these guys also assaulted my ears with their songs from Dekaranger, Boukenger and so on.

This song is mercifully OK. It's just...alright.

15. Never Ending Road / PSYCHIC LOVER [Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu]

What it is with Psychic Lover and ending songs about roads?

The song is meh. It's great if it's 1987 and lame metal is your thing.

16. Transformer ~Kotetsu no yuuki~ / Hideaki Takatori [Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu]

Dammit...I was so busy looking ahead for COA that I didn't even realize Takatori has a song under his real name... Tricked again!

This is the second opening theme song to Micron Densetsu / Armada.

Takatori is EXTRA annoying on this one. The squeaks and drops in his voice are just unbearable. No wonder Kamen Rider bailed to avex if this is the talent that Columbia was promoting...

This has way more of an ending song feel to it for some reason...I'm not sure why they deemed this worthy of an opening theme spot...

17. Don't Give Up!! / PSYCHIC LOVER [Cho Robot Seimeitai Transformer Micron Densetsu]

Ehhh...this is OK. It's the second and final ending song to this failed experiment of a song collection for Micron Densetsu / Armada.

Again, it's OK. I really hate how Columbia, to this day, puts this exact same beat under 90% of their songs. It's just so...tacky.


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OVERALL: This set is awesome. As I disclosed early in the post, I largely bought this for the theme songs from Transformer Z, but I'm always down for some new music that I otherwise would never check out. Looking closer, it was a great surprise to see so many familiar names on the roster. A whopping TEN artists made this new journey into Transformers songs worthwhile. I feel like the only singers they didn't manage to snag from the era were Takayuki Miyauchi, Akira Kushida and Shinichi Ishihara. Everyone else is basically accounted for...

The stand out new (to me) tracks were the first Beast Wars theme songs WAR WAR! STOP IT and For The Dream. I really dug both of them...and a lot of the other Beast Wars themes. They're definitely going to make the rotation.

This set might not have been a 100% winner, but it was way more good than bad. I definitely recommend this if you're like me and have heard every Tokusatsu song collection like a hundred times and wants something new.

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That's all for now. Check out the CD Collection page and continue to stay safe out there!

-CC


PREVIOUSLY...

The CD Collection--Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~
The Toys That Made Us: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
It's Been a Year, 'Bro! [Hasbro Power Rangers]

2020/07/05

CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Eight


Welcome to CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Eight. This is the sporadic thing that I do when I have a bunch of little topics and no real motivation to write up something that needs anything resembling research.

The last issue that I wrote was only two months ago after a long hiatus. Part of the reason that I write that issue was, well, the pandemic. I hope that you've been keeping safe while COVID-19 is causing supreme hell over the globe.

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What have I been up to...?

Not that you asked...or cared...

Since the last issue my life has kinda gone haywire. I went from working occasionally to working double-time. That's kinda why I totally didn't do anything for the thirteenth anniversary of my dead-ish Youtube channel.

Speaking of...I have been slowly bringing some videos from unlisted hell into the real world. Not that it really matters since Youtube lists my videos as being for kids. Ehh...I don't know. I'm kinda glad I stopped when I did, though I really miss making videos.

If I were to try something new on my channel...what would you like to see?

I've been trying to keep busy with everything going on.

Other than that...I'm fully back into the grind at this point.


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More and More and More Streaming

Since I last wrote it seems like more and more things Ultraman and Kamen Rider are streaming. You know what is still completely flippin' dead, though? Super Sentai. Go to hell, Hasbro.

It only makes sense to branch out. Maybe there wasn't an incentive to peddle wares outside of Japan thirty years ago, but it's pretty apparent how limited the market is these days. I'm just incredibly grateful that we're finally getting an opportunity to participate here in the world. Again...go to hell, Hasbro.

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER and Ultraman Z are pretty remarkable in that we're basically getting things simulcast. How cool is that...........HASBRO????

I never thought I would be so desperate for a Fiveman DVD release.........

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Ultraman 80 / Andromelos Music Collection!

This one certainly came out of nowhere. 

Assuming it isn't delayed we will be getting a five-disc set containing all of the songs and music from Ultraman 80 and Andromelos (and some additional BGM from THE⭐ULTRAMAN)! I'm super down with this whole thing since Ultraman 80 is musically one of my favorite Ultraman series.

This is the latest in this series of massive box sets from Columbia. Last year we got a five-disc box for THE⭐ULTRAMAN that I haven't picked up yet. Before that there was an Ultraman USA/Ultraman Great four-disc set that was released in tandem with the essential Ultraman Powered set from CINEMA-KAN. 

The Sentai, Rider, and Metal Hero libraries may be abandoned at the moment, so it's nice to see at least Ultraman getting some love from Columbia.

Oh, and the best combination of Ultraman 80 themes are the first opening theme and the second ending theme song. They're all good, but those two are the best out there.

There's no link to buy it on Amazon yet, so here is the page on Columbia's site with the full tracklist.

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Kiramager...again...what...

In the last issue I kinda railed against the lousy packaging of the Kiramager toys. This time I'm kinda baffled by the package AND the toy.

I'm likely never going to watch the show, so I'll never know what exactly is going on with this thing. Yeah, the Shiny Kiramai Changer is...a thing.

I don't have mine yet since the shipment has been held up for a month due to the item I ordered with it being stuck in backorder hell, but I'm kinda confused at what exactly is going on with this design.

I get that they had to do something different after the drink coaster Kiramai Changer, but damn.

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Some More Isolation Listening...

Even though I've been going to work everyday, I've still been really careful about interactions and have largely been isolating. Who am I kidding...I've been isolating most of my life. I only emerged briefly to get married and go to school. Haha. The music never ends for me.

Miho Nakayama - COLLECTION I

I never really got into Miho Nakayama...but I can tell you two facts about her.

2. This CD is worth your while.

You can tell I'm not serious when I'm only really into the greatest hits album. There is a lot of gold here, though. The main reason I picked this one up is because it has two tracks from super-producer Tetsuya Komuro of TM Network...who coincidentally also has a Famicom game. This is early Komuro, so his tracks are actually lacking his signature style. 

[C], CATCH ME, and Tsui terune notteru ne are really good songs with Komuro's weird 50/50 and incredibly sweet JINGI Ai shite moraimasu not disappointing in their greatness.

The stand-out track by a mile is the infectious WAKU WAKU sa sete. The weird thing is that if you told me that this was a Tetsuya Komuro track, I would absolutely believe you. This song is a regular in my rotation, for sure. I genuinely enjoy a good pop song and this is one that ticks all of the boxes.

Check this disc out if you're looking for some non-offensive 80s JPOP to rock out to.


I'm not a fan of ska...or games from the first Playstation. This soundtrack is something of an exception.

While I don't own the Tondemo Crisis! or Incredible Crisis! game anymore, I will forever rock this soundtrack. The game's theme song is one of the catchiest ever and this disc features a few variations of it. I enjoy a lot of the stage music as well. My favorite has to be the smooth Taneo Dance Fever stage music with the Freeway Running theme right behind it.

I've always wanted to talk about this one, but there isn't mush more to say than this is a really fun little game soundtrack.


I've yet to meet a VGM Rock Arrange album I didn't like yet.

Sure, I'm not the biggest fan of Rockman/Megaman, but there is no denying some of the catchy tunes. I own the Rockman-Rockman 10 soundtrack boxset for a reason.

This one really blasts off with the Elecman~Crashman~Magnetman Medley and glides along nicely for twelve total tracks. My only complaint I guess is that sometimes the rock part tends to be a little vague in favor of almost bare game music. It's a decent mix, but at times it just sags a little bit. It's hard to describe, but maybe you'll pick it up if you give this one a listen.

There is also a Techno Arrange album out there, but I could never really bring myself to snag it. I think I'll just stick to rock...man...

1966 Quartet - Thriller ~ Michael Jackson Classics

I have NO idea how this album made it's way into my radar, but apparently I've owned it for exactly five years according to Amazon,

The title pretty much says it all. It's a Quartet...and they perform Michael Jackson classics. I've enjoyed this album immensely in the time that I've owned. It kinda ranges from dramatic (Thriller, Bad, Billie Jean, Beat It) to really, really sweet (Human Nature, We Are The World). It's all really good, though. My personal favorite has to be Human Nature. It was just made for this type of cover.

No gripes with this one. I just wanted to share that this great album exists. So check it out!

Tatsuro Yamashita - Big Wave (30th Anniversary Edition)

It's really weird how I wasn't paying attention and suddenly Tatsuro Yamashita and his wife Mariya Takeuchi because immensely popular. Great! I have no idea what City Pop is, but I'm glad that we've run out of decent new music and have to look back to a time of smooth grooves.

Oddly enough this album is more of a soundtrack...or at least it was a video album of sorts. Yeah, the music was played over some generic surf footage of your Aunt and Uncle in the early 1980s. The biggest clue is the title track, The Theme From Big Wave, which happens to be my favorite track of not just the album but from Yamashita in general, kicks things off. Jody is also a top jam, and one that always makes me think on the R33 Nissan Skyline

From there, this album doesn't really do too much for me. Magic Ways is great, but really this is one I like to put on for ambiance rather than for any kind of emotion. It's a bit too Doo-wop-ish. It's a great album, I can't see this one setting anyone's playlist on fire like a lot of his other work. Jody and The Theme From Big Wave are universal gems, though.

(Bet you thought I was going to link to Plastic Love. Nope. Sweetest Love is the greatest. Fight me.)

Yuji Ohno - The Best Compilation of Lupin the Third

It's always weird when you come across a compilation that mainly focuses on covers of a single song. More often than not there is good reason for such a thing to exist, but it doesn't always mean it isn't repetitive. 

I can say in good faith that this set borders on being too monotonous, but the Lupin theme is just so damn good that it somehow overcomes it and makes for a great listening experience. Sure there are some other tracks included, but who didn't buy this for that brassy masterpiece of a theme?

I'm a big fan of Yuji Ohno's work, particularly his Machineman Songs and Music. This, however, is really what he's known for...

My favorite versions of the theme have to be '78 (2005 New Mix Version), '79 (2005 New Mix Version), '89, and '97. Those two from the 70s are just so damn funky and face-paced while '89 is just LOUD. The '97 version is just...madness. Haha.

I love this set.

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Anyway...that's all for now. I'll be back later in the month with a new article that will expose a truth that you may not be ready to accept. I'm not sure why I wrote that so dramatically...it really isn't that bad. Heh.

Stay safe! Wear a mask! The virus never went away...

-CC

2020/06/28

Song Collection: Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop


Welcome to my review of the song collection from Toho's 1988 Tokusatsu series Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop. I never really got into it because...well, I didn't really like how it was shot. It's BGM and song collection are actually really decent though! 

I briefly talked about the Perfect Music Collection from this series in this post. I didn't go into great detail over the song collection on Disc 2, so here we go...


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DISC ►2

01. Ashita e no sakebi~Cyber Heart [Hiroshi Nishikawa]

Weak vocals aside, I actually really enjoy this theme song. Think about how crowded 1988 was with Tokusatsu series. You have the majority of Kamen Rider Black airing along with it's sequel, Black RX. There was Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya and Chojuu Sentai Liveman as well. Out of all of them, I think the only one of those theme songs I don't like belongs to Kamen Rider Black...and that's only a mild disliking thanks to Tetsuo Kurata's godawful singing.

Cybercop's theme also suffers from some questionable vocals. Hiroshi Nishikawa isn't bad, I just don't dig his dopey-sounding style. He can hold a note at least. Beyond that minor criticism, this song is a banger. Certain years have certain sounds and I think 1988 was the year of 'The Band' in Japan. One of my all-time favorite albums has a similarly bare rock sound to it...and it also came out in 1988. Minimal synthesizer input, maximum rock. 

I wouldn't say that I like this better than the majority of the Toei themes of the same year, but I really, really like this theme song. It doesn't get enough recognition!

02. Ashita e no sakebi~Cyber Heart [Karaoke]

03. Ashita e no sakebi~Cyber Heart [Mero-iri Karaoke]

04. Aku! [BGM]

05. Honoo no Messenger [Norio Sakai]

Huh... I always thought it was kinda weird to see this name in this series...

Toei/Columbia regular Norio Sakai provides a single song to the Cybercop song collection the same year that he also provided songs for Kamen Rider Black. Without looking into it, I'm sure this sort of thing never really happened after the 70s where singers would provide songs for competing studios in the same year.

Again, I love the rock sound of the songs in this series. Norio Sakai provides some excellent vocals here over a pretty basic, yet very slick track. The bass is incredibly smooth to counter out the jerky drums. I recommend sticking to the vocal version as Sakai's singing is the focal point of the entire experience.

06. Honoo no Messenger [Karaoke]

07. Kanashimi [BGM]

08. Shooting Star - Band Version [Mika Chiba]

This is a remix of the series ending song, Shooting Star. Since the regular version of the song appears a little bit later (Track 12), I guess I'll just point out the difference.

This is a remix in a literal sense. The backing vocals were removed as well as some guitar parts and lingering effects. The whole thing sounds a little more bare...and I actually prefer it this way. Mika Chiba has a really decent singing voice, so it's great to hear it uninterrupted. Even this version's Karaoke track is better than the normal version. 

09. Shooting Star - Band Version [Karaoke]

10. Tsuioku no Jupiter [Hideyuki Nagashima]

This is more of an action song, but done in the style of the other songs in this collection. The main difference is that the horns are BLARING. Like...blaring from the very beginning and rarely letting up. Regardless, this is a fun track with a ton of energy. 

Oh, and the Karaoke version of this song was included...it's just on the first disc for some reason.

11. ZAC no nijijo [BGM]

12. Shooting Star [Mika Chiba]

As you may have guessed from my take on the Band Version of this song, I like this one a lot. I do think this is the inferior version of it, however. It's just a little bit too crowded. The backing vocals are unnecessary along with a lot of the random little sounds that pop up here and there. The only thing I think this version does better is it masks the dull bassline. 

This is a great song to have as an ending theme song. It has the DNA of other songs from the series, but is a bit peppier in tone. I think Jiraiya did it similarly it's opening theme song and it's smooth ending song SHI-NO-BI '88

13. Shooting Star [Karaoke]

14. Let It Go [Hiroshi Nishikawa]

This is the B-side to the single for Ashita e no sakebi~Cyberheart.

Again, I'm not the biggest fan of Nishikawa but I can't help but like this track as well. It's funky, that's for sure. It starts pretty slow, but picks up momentum to make for a pretty great complementary track to the theme song. 

Sure, this track only makes it in on a technicality, but it's definitely worth having here. It's pretty solid.

15. Into The Night [Mika Chiba]

This is the coupling track for the single to Shooting Star. Again, this song is included as a technicality but happens to be really great. The only thing that is has against it is that it's quite different from the rest of the Cybercop songs. Maybe a lone pop track is a nice little change of pace, but it's hard to ignore how different it is.

That said, I love this song. It's very slick.

16. BRAND NEW TOMORROW [Mika Chiba]

Mika Chiba's second single and a song that was featured in the series during the thirty-fourth episode. 

While this song is a bit on the lighter side, it definitely fits in pretty well into the series. It may sound a little more professional, but the rock sound is definitely here...if a bit on the softer side. I'll admit, this is the catchiest song outside of Shooting Star.

Why the B-Side to this, Jamashinaide, isn't included is beyond me. I have the single and thought about including it, but I guess it doesn't belong here...

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I think I did a pretty good job giving the CD set that these songs came from a fair analysis in my previous take, so I'll just stick to what I think about this song collection.

I feel kinda guilty about doing song collection posts about series with only a handful of songs. Tokusou Robo Janperson and Blue SWAT only have eight songs thanks to the shithouse record label they were on. Battle Fever J, which I might review with Denjiman someday, only has five songs. 

By some miracle they were able to cobble together a song collection for Cybercop. Even stranger, this is one of the most consistent sounding song collections out there. Series composer Ichiro Nitta was only truly responsible for Honoo no Messenger and Tsuioku no Jupiter. with the other tracks being songs provided by Toshiba EMI and CBS Sony respectively. It's kinda amazing how it all kinda fit together so well.

I would give this song collection a go if you're in the mood for something else. Yeah, it can get a little boring listening to work from Columbia over and over. This song collection is a breath of fresh air.

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That's that for that. Be sure to check out the CD Collection page for more.

-CC

Previously...


Song Collection: Chojin Sentai Jetman


Hey! It's my review of the song collection from Chojin Sentai Jetman. Yeah, I may not be a fan of the series, but I do really enjoy the Kazuhiko Toyama music collection. The song collection...hmm...let's find out!

I briefly talked about the Chojin Sentai Jetman Complete Song Collection way back when in this post right here. It's about time that I elaborate on it!


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01. Chojin Sentai Jetman / Hironobu Kageyama

If you can talk shit about the Fiveman opening theme song and defend this one feverishly...I'm onto you...

It's repetitive, irritating, and energetic...a perfect children's show theme song! The only problem is that it belongs to the show that edgelords will call the gritty Super Sentai series that deals with *gasp* DEATH! Yeah, know your friggen audience, Toei.

Honestly, the only thing that I like about this theme song is the perfect maturity of Hironobu Kageyama's voice. He isn't chasing his rockstar past and he isn't doing that whine/yelp that he later adopted. Is it fair to say that this is his third most popular theme song ever? Right after CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA and...uhh...We Gotta Power? I'd agree with that statement...and this song falls conveniently right in the middle of those two chronologically.

As for whether or not I like this song? Nah, not really. It's really just too cheesy. Kageyama's vocals and the guitar bridge are cool, but this song's blandness just threw a wet blanket on every battle it played over.

02. Toki o kakete / Hironobu Kageyama

I can get behind this song, though.

I hate to jump ahead to the conclusion, but this is the only Jetman song I regularly listen to. Apparently it was in the running to be the series opening theme song. 

I don't even know what I like about it so much...it's just so unique. So yeah, my favorite Jetman song is this random Kageyama track that doesn't get a Karaoke version or much in the way of recognition. Feh. 

03. Honoo no Condor / Toshihide Wakamatsu

The Black Condor theme sung by Toshihide Wakamatsu. It's alright. 

He's a decent singer and all, but where the hell is the sax solo? Talk about missed opportunities... 

Meh, I know a lot of people like this one (and the character) for some reason, but I can't get past how it feels like they chose Survivor's Eye of the Tiger as the thing they wanted to very loosely emulate. Or am I the only one who hear's it?

Verdict: Eh...

04. Game janai n' da ze / Hironobu Kageyama

The lesser of the two non-mecha IN songs by Kageyema.

This song is so generic that it's almost boring. Sure it's fast-paced and all...but it just doesn't really do much more than exist. Once again, I think this song is well-liked by plenty of people out there but I don't like it or Kageyama's random sound clips sprayed around. 

The great irony behind this is that Jetman is one of the rare Super Sentai series that managed to have a game. Yeah...on Famicom. I'm sure you've emulated played it, though. 

Unrelated...because I needed something awesome to cleanse my palette before we jump into the next one.

05. Oozora no chikai / Morinoki Jido Gasshodan

TERRIBLE.

Boring music with 100% of the vocals provided by the Brat's Singing Union or whatever. Remember, this is your gritty Sentai series. 

I think this was playing when Ryu visited his deceased girlfriend's grave.

06. Tori ni naro yo / Toshinao Fukushima, SHINES

Another incredibly and eye-wateringly boring song. Seriously. This song has a boring singer with probably the most generic music yet. Just slapping a bird/sky-themed title onto these songs don't make them relevant. 

I guess the only nice thing I can say is that as forgettable as it is, it isn't as bad as the previous song...

07. Kanashiki Grinam-hei / KAZZ TOYAMA

This song isn't all that bad. It feels like a throwback to the grunt songs of the 80s minus Koorogi '73. Series composer Kazuhiko Toyama actually sings this one. It works. I like it.

08. Aozora no aimasho / Sayuri Saito

This has to the be the blandest heroine theme song in Super Sentai. There are songs out there that I have a complete distaste for, but at least they make me feel something. This is nothing. Well, it's a four minute nap.

It isn't even Sayuri Saito's fault. I liked her Pteraranger song in Zyuranger. 😕

09. Jet Icarus muteki robo / Hironobu Kageyama

I'm trying my best to separate my dislike of the series and it's mecha, but having a lame theme song certainly doesn't help. Yeah, the Jet Icarus theme song gives us an underwhelming Kageyama performance (not his fault, this song just isn't his speed). Seriously, listen to this song and then go back and listen to his Fiverobo theme song. It's hard to call this one worthy. <From The CD Collection--Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~>

10. Kokoro wa Tamago / Hironobu Kageyama

...all things considered, this series has an undeniably perfect ending theme song. 

Famous Hironobu Kageyama pal and serial music thief Kenji Yamamoto is behind this song. His rampant pilfering has made me question whether this is a wholly original composition or some obscure track that the internet just hasn't discovered yet. It seems like everything unusually good he produced was stolen. This was stolen from this. etc.

Ignoring all of that and just focusing on the song, it's really hard to find a single fault with it. Kagayama? On point. There isn't a single thing out of place. For a series with such a bogus theme song, it's bizarre to have a perfect ending song. 

You can see why I'm skeptical.

If any song in these series seems like it belongs, it's this one. For it to have a life outside of the series and even have a cover speaks volumes. I can't think of many Sentai ending theme songs that found such popularity.

11. Jet Garuda tori no robo / Hironobu Kageyama

I hate the mecha, but I kinda dig the song.

It may only be a smidge better, but I have to give this one props for not being as bland as the Icarus theme song. Really, they aren't that different... <From The CD Collection--Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~>

12. Youki na Ako-chan / Sayuri Uchida, Rika Kishida

What a weird, weird song. 

OK, so we all know that this is the song from episode ten. You know, the one with Noodle Jigen. It's also fairly well-known that Sayuri Uchida and Rika Kishida are the singers for it. Did you know that Toshihide Wakamatsu composed the music, though?? Yeah, in very short order to boot! This little tune is literally 3/5th of the Jetman team.

There isn't much else to say about this little thirty-second jingle other than I'm hungry and broke...if only there were something filling and cheap out there...

13. Chojin Sentai Jetman [Original Karaoke]

14. Honoo no Condor [Original Karaoke]

15. Game janai n' daze [Original Karaoke]

16. Kanashiki Grinam-hei [Original Karaoke]

17. Jet Icarus muteki robo [Original Karaoke]

18. Kokoro wa Tamago [Original Karaoke]

19. Jet Garuda tori no robo [Original Karaoke]

20. Youki na Ako-chan [Original Karaoke]

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I've never liked the Jetman Song Collection, but this go-around was an extra miserable experience. The flaws just jumped out way more than they usually do. Like seriously...where is the sax solo in Gai's theme song??? 

Before you write this off as a hater hating, I implore you to check out Kazuhiko Toyama's music collection for this series. It's one of my favorites and actually does a fine job picking up the slack where the songs woefully fail this series. The Henshin theme music in particular is one of the best ever.

Overall...skip this stinky song collection. 

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There is more to check out on my CD Collection page. I have an usual CD review coming up with a lot of familiar names. Hmmm...what could it be?

Take care!

-CC

2020/05/26

The CD Collection--Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~


Hello there. I'm CCLemon99 and I have too many Tokusatsu CDs. Way too many. FAR too many.

Today I'll be looking at something that's actually a new purchase...despite the set being around for nearly twenty years. This guy managed to elude me this entire time since I was waiting for used prices to happen. They didn't...until now. I finally managed to find this set in the right condition for the right price.

This is the Gattai Tamashii set from 2001. It has every Super Sentai Mecha theme song from Goranger to Gaoranger. You know, the GREAT Super Sentai Mecha theme songs. In addition to that, there are a few little extras sprinkled in at the very end.

A few times in this review I'll be copying what I have said in previous posts. I've been covering random song collections lately, so I can't imagine I would have much to add to things like the Biorobo theme song.

Anyway...let's take a closer look at this awesome CD set!


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Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~
COCX-31670~72
2001.10.20


DISC α

01. Tobe! Variblune (Himitsu Sentai Goranger) / Isao Sasaki, Koorogi '73

I love the build up of this song.

While a lot of Goranger songs are character driven, the two mecha themes are quite decent. The Variblune theme in particular is a great tune. It may be a little bit repetitive, but it mostly just highlights it's strengths.

This is a great start for our set.

02. Varidorin no uta (Himitsu Sentai Goranger) / Isao Sasaki, Koorogi '73

I kinda prefer this song in it's Karaoke/Instrumental forms, but it's still a good song...if a little bit dull. Maybe this would be a little more tolerable if Koorogi '73 weren't involved.

03. Ike! Sky Ace (JAKQ Dengekitai) / Isao Sasaki, Koorogi '73

This is another song where Koorogi '73 is more irritating than useful. I like every bit of this song outside of the "Za-Za!" and "Doo-doo-doooo!" that Koorogi '73 provides. It's otherwise a harbinger of the type of mecha theme song we would see in the 80s.

04. Battle Fever Dai Sanka / Ichiro Mizuki, Koorogi '73, Columbia Yurikago-kai

Heh. This song is pretty funny. Given that the Battle Fever J song collection only has a handful of songs, it'd better well have at least one mecha theme song. Why did it have to be this weird??

This song is really in two parts. It starts off kinda slow and jazzy with Koorogi '73. Mizuki kinda slides in and soon the *real* part of the song picks up.

The part of the song that we're here for is...alright. It's a bit too cheery, but I guess that's a hard thing to skip in the disco age. I like this one, but...it could have been better.

05. Go Go Denjitiger (Denshi Sentai Denjiman) / Ken Narita, Koorogi '73, The Chirps

Alright, so this is where I think the mecha theme song *really* gets it's start. Not only is this majestic, but it's really catchy. The BGM version of this song might capture the tune a liiittle bit better, but it's hard to deny that this song is the beginning of something great.

I should also mention that Koorogi '73 and The Chirps were used perfectly here. Their harmony isn't at all invasive and only chimes in to emphasize existing lyrics.

06. Fight! Sunvulcanrobo (Taiyo Sentai Sunvulcan) / Akira Kushida, Koorogi '73

This theme song seems to get a ton of love, but I think it's just pretty boring. Koorogi '73 is here with their "Oohh!" and "Aahh!" nonsense again. It's alright, but it just lacks a lot of energy and punch outside of it's brief moments of clarity.

07. Shutsugeki! Goggle Robo (Dai Sentai Goggle Five) / MoJo, Koorogi '73

By this point I think the Sentai mecha theme song was officially a thing. This one has an awesome and quite memorable intro, but it's a smidge flat throughout. It's a great theme, but I kinda prefer pretty much every mecha theme that followed this forever and ever.

I think my number one gripe with this one may be Koorogi '73. They're pretty unnecessary here... Maybe I'd like this one more if it were a solo MoJo effort. <From Song Collection: Dai Sentai Goggle Five>

08. Go Go Dynarobo (Kagaku Sentai Dynaman) / MoJo

I really think this theme song will go down as one of the greatest underrated mecha theme songs out there.

There are a lot of things to love here... The intro, for starters, is short, sweet, and epic. MoJo's incredible vocals and the lack of Koorogi '73 are also a big win. The music is also fantastic. The peaks and valleys are subtle, but present. Really, this is the one of the finest bricks in the foundation of this song genre.

09. Biorobo no uta (Chodenshi Bioman) / Takayuki Miyauchi

When your debut mecha theme song is this flippin' good it's no wonder Toei would call you back several times over. I'm willing to say this is the first major Sentai mecha theme song. The Dynarobo theme is *sooooo* close to this greatness, but Miyauchi's voice has finally met it's match with the music. Perfect. When the finisher BGM closes out this song...AH *chef's kiss*

Seriously... 03:08 to the end are just perfection. You can be excused for not buying the Bioman music collection, because the best bit is right here. <From Song Collection: Chodenshi Bioman>

10. Fight! Changerobo (Dengeki Sentai Changeman) / KAGE

Ehh...this one is just *good*.

Kageyama's vocals are just so drown out for some reason. The music is really good, but when it levels off for the vocals it just kinda sounds like Kageyama is like five meters away from the microphone. I guess if it didn't oscillate between bland and awesome I'd have more fond memories.

Maybe with some better mixing this one would have been better.

11. Kagayake! Flashking (Choshinsei Flashman) / Takayuki Miyauchi

The drumbeat sucks, but that's normal for Flashman songs.

Takayuki Miyauchi's second mecha theme song may not be as grand as his first, but it certainly makes up for it in energy and catchiness. Even with all of it's flaws, I really like this theme song a great deal.

Imagine if Taku Kitahara sang this one. Oof...it wouldn't have been half as good. That isn't a knock on Kitahara's singing, it's proof-positive that Miyauchi was the man for this job.

12. Aura ni kagayake! Great Five (Hikari Sentai Maskman) / Hironobu Kageyama

This is Hironobu Kageyama's second Sentai mecha theme song and probably his most forgettable. I know I said I wasn't very impressed by his Changerobo theme from Changeman, but this one is just bland. My criticisms with that one were only magnified with this one. Well, he does sound like he was just a little bit closer to the microphone, but it's still distracting how low his vocals sound versus the music.

13. Dash! Liverobo (Chojuu Sentai Liveman) / Koji Kaya

I don't remember what I ranked this on my list of Top Seven mecha songs, but I do know it was there and will have a permanent spot on the list. The intro? Perfect. The mood? Epic. It manages to be a favorite in a sea of mecha songs. For perspective, I think the Sentai Mecha song is the one they spend the second most amount of time on outside of the themes. This is the song that sells the toys between the theme songs. It *has* to be great...and this one is!

GATTAI! <From Song Collection: Chojuu Sentai Liveman>

14. Liveboxer no uta (Chojuu Sentai Liveman) / Koji Kaya

A mecha theme song that is *almost* as good as the other mecha song. Liveman? 2 for 2 on mecha theme songs. While it isn't too different from the Liverobo theme song, it is amazingly good. It didn't make the Top 7 list back in 2012 (yeah, I decided to check), but it definitely would have made a Top 10 I think. <From Song Collection: Chojuu Sentai Liveman>

15. Ashita ni Accel! Turborobo (Kosoku Sentai Turboranger) / Koji Kaya

Koji Kaya returns just to sing the Turborobo theme song. While Kenta Sato has done a great job thus far, it's great to have an expert in the driver's seat. Ugh...sorry.

As it shares a singer, this song is incredibly similar to the mecha songs of the previous year. It would have been nice if they splashed in some engine noises or something though to give it a little flavor with the mecha theme. <From Song Collection: Kousoku Sentai Turboranger>

16. Tackle! Turborugger (Kosoku Sentai Turboranger) / Shinichi Ishihara

Shinichi Ishihara was around prior to 1989, but I really feel like the year was his official debut. Not only did he provide a song for Ultraman USA in the same year, but he also provided songs for Kyoshoko Soko Guyver AND backed Akina Nakamori on stage. This guy really came out of nowhere!

This is his Tokusatsu debut right here, and I have to say it's one of the best debuts out there. I really hope I don't get any hate, but I loooove this song. More so than the Turborobo theme even. Sure the mecha it's based on is a dud, but damn...what a theme song.

It's always great to go back an see the start of a legend. Guys like Masato Shimon and Ichiro Mizuki had been there from the start, but it's the start of the middle generation that really interests me. <From Song Collection: Kousoku Sentai Turboranger>

17. Itsutsu no kokoro de Fiverobo (Chikyu Sentai Fiveman) / Hironobu Kageyama

The third Sentai mecha theme song from Hironobu Kageyama. They finally got it right this time. It's an energetic song for one. Kageyama is definitely on-point this time. Even if this isn't my favorite mecha theme song, it's certainly one of the best that Kageyama had to offer. Really, there aren't many flaws when you listen to it. The only thing that sucks is the mecha that it's based on. Heh.

18. Kyodai robo da ze! Star Five (Chikyu Sentai Fiveman) / Kei Takahara

The bland secondary mecha theme song from the series. I like the tempo and horns, but not much else. It's an otherwise bland song for a bland mecha. A match made in heaven!

19. Jet Icarus muteki robo! (Chojin Sentai Jetman) / Hironobu Kageyama

I'm trying my best to separate my dislike of the series and it's mecha, but having a lame theme song certainly doesn't help. Yeah, the Jet Icarus theme song gives us an underwhelming Kageyama performance (not his fault, this song just isn't his speed). Seriously, listen to this song and then go back and listen to his Fiverobo theme song. It's hard to call this one worthy.

20. Jet Garuda tori no robo (Chojin Sentai Jetman) / Hironobu Kageyama

I hate the mecha, but I kinda dig the song.

It may only be a smidge better, but I have to give this one props for not being as bland as the Icarus theme song. Really, they aren't that different...

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DISC ß

01. Daizyujin no uta (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) / Ju-Project

So... I'm going to try to defend this song.

Super Sentai Mecha theme songs are these action-packed songs to close out the big fight of each episode. They're the songs that you're humming to yourself as you march down the toy aisle to pick up that DX Bandai mecha.

So what the hell is with this one? It's the most the unmemorable snooze-fest. Worse...it's a *march* song. Those lame motivational songs that used to creep into song collections. I talked about this style of song in a previous song collection post, but this song has me so bored that I can't be bothered to remember which...

As plain-oatmeal-served-in-a-styrofoam-bowl bland as this song is, I don't mind it. The build-up to the "Gattai! Dino Mission!" is pretty cool. <From Song Collection: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger>

02. Dragon Caesar no uta (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) / Funky Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

The other mecha theme song from the series, and the vastly superior one. Now I never pinned Burai or Dragon Caesar as funky character...the opposite, in fact...they are both quite tragic. Who cares! Since we're in the land of mismatched character songs, why not go a little nutty for our final song?

If Burai could spend a little bit more time outside of his mood room, I'm sure he would be a fan of this kind of music. There. I made the song fit the character.

Love the song, though. It may have gone the polar opposite of the Daizyujin theme to the point of absurd levity, but it's certainly more enjoyable. <From Song Collection: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger>

03. Ryuseioh ~Dairenoh no theme~ (Gosei Sentai Dairanger) /  Funky Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

While Funky Y.K. was a fun guy to listen to in Zyuranger's Dragon Caesar no uta, this song is just...dreck. The singing is just...bad. Or at least he was the wrong singer for the job. Not only that, but the music is pretty weak outside of the guitar work. How lazy is it that Ryuseioh and Dairenoh had to share a theme song?

There is so much wrong with this half-assed theme song that I really just never consider this to be a mecha theme song. Ryuseioh and Dairenoh deserve way better than this...

04. Won Tiger no uta (Gosei Sentai Dairanger) / Nobuhiko Kashihara

This is the Dairanger mecha theme worth listening to.

We have a better singer this time around...and even an up-beat song with some Won Tiger sound effects thrown in. It might not be the best mecha theme song, but it's certainly a nice return to form that had been lacking in some of the years prior to this.

05. Muteki Shogun, Tadaima Sanjo! (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger) / Takayuki Miyauchi

This one has kinda grown on me a little bit. It's still a really strange mecha theme song, but at least it has the kind of majestic stoicism that Muteki Shogun embodies. Honestly, I can't think of a better theme song for Muteki Shogun. The two theme songs on this single definitely fit the mecha that they represent perfectly...right down to the singers. <From Song Collection: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger>

06. Hissatsu Fighter Crash!! (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger) / Nobuhiko Kashihara

The title may be a little coy on the subject matter, but this is one of the forgotten Mecha theme songs. Yeah, for some reason the first set of mecha in the series to have a song released are the Jusho Fighters. This one swings from lame to great quite a bit. It's a tad on the jazzier side with the focus being the bass of all things. Of the three mecha themes (sorry Tsubasamaru, none for you) I would probably peg this as the weakest...but it's still decent! <From Song Collection: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger>

07. Detazo! Kakure Daishogun (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger) / Hironobu Kageyama

The theme song for Kakure Daishogun by Hironobu Kageyama is clearly the highlighted mecha theme of the series. I may have been kinda hard on it in the past, but I do enjoy it's overall energy and hype. It's a tad out of place here for Kakuranger, though. This could be the theme song to Ohrangerrobo if you reworked the lyrics.

Generic sound aside, having a mecha theme song by Hironobu Kageyama is like getting an anison stamp of approval in the 90s. <From Song Collection: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger>

08. Choriki Gattai!! Ohrangerrobo (Choriki Sentai Ohranger) / Kentaro Hayami, Mori no Kijidogasshodan

As mecha-heavy as Ohranger is, it only managed to have two mecha theme songs. This is one of the two themes...and something of a dud.

The thing is, I actually like Ohrangerrobo when they weren't doing those fever-dream training montages with Red Puncher. This song is the epitome of generic filler songs. It's peppy, but never really goes anywhere. Wasted potential, for sure. <From Song Collection: Choriki Sentai Ohranger>

09. Makkana tokkon! Red Puncher!! (Choriki Sentai Ohranger) / Hironobu Kageyama

Not only is this one of my favorite mecha songs, I think it may be my favorite Kageyama tokusatsu song. Yeah, even better than any of his series theme songs. This is when he was at his finest.

Kageyama isn't the sole thing great about this song, either. The music is wonderfully upbeat with it's horns and frantic energy. Nevermind the fact that this is the theme song for a robot that killed it's test pilot and later played hopscotch with Ohrangerrobo.

CHAMPION DA ZEEEeeee! <From Song Collection: Choriki Sentai Ohranger>

10. Gekisou Gattai!! RV Robo (Gekisou Sentai Carranger) / Naritaka Takayama

Carranger has a lot great songs. It has a lot of great songs with some great music. This one is...not one of them. I can only describe this as synth-barf. It's weird to hear Takayama sing his heart out over this entirely synthetic music track, but whatever. I will say that this has some nice frantic energy going for it, but not much else.

11. Shirobai yaro Signalman (Gekisou Sentai Carranger) / Naoki Takao

This is more Signalman's theme song, but it doubles as the Sirender theme song. I like this song quite a lot since it makes for some great BGM.

12. Victrailer kyodai naru Machine (Gekisou Sentai Carranger) / VRV Meister Singer

Awesome theme song. I can see how the singing would be a turn-off for some, but it's almost hilarious when you think about VRV Master while you listen to this. There is no denying that the music is fantastic, though. This song is definitely worth seeking out the CD Single for to get that amazing Karaoke version.

13. Zettai Shori da! VRV (Gekisou Sentai Carranger) / Norio Sakai

Amazing theme song for VRV Robo. I definitely give this one more love over the RV Robo theme song. Norio Sakai doesn't have the slickest voice, but it just works here. This one will definitely get stuck in your head for some time after listening...

14. Denji Gattai!! Galaxy Mega (Denji Sentai Megaranger) / Naoto Fuuga

My favorite Sentai mecha theme song of all time.

This song really has it all...it's catchy, it has amazing energy, and it just fits the mecha dead-on. It has the perfect amount of theme worked in. The "5-4-1! 5-4-1!!" is the perfect touch since that was the code for Galaxy Mega on the Degitizer.

This theme song is just perfection. I really adore it.

15. Saikyo! Super Galaxy Mega!! (Denji Sentai Megaranger) / Yukio Yamagata

The much-less-good follow-up to the Galaxy Mega theme song isn't bad. It just isn't a fun. This one covers both Delta Mega and Super Galaxy Mega.

Yukio Yamagata was a strange choice seeing as he is more at home with his songs in Gingaman and Gaoranger. It's a decent mecha theme song, at least...even if it's a tad on the generic side. It's also a really long song. It isn't bad at least!

16. Don't Stop! Megasilver (Denji Sentai Megaranger) / Naoki Takao

Like Signalman and Delta Mega, Megasilver's theme song doubles as his mecha theme song. This song may not be as carefree and fun as Yuusaku was, but it definitely makes a better mecha theme song. Yeah, oddly enough I lean more on the side of this being a mecha theme song than a character theme song.

17. Ginga o mamore! Mega Voyager!! (Denji Sentai Megaranger) / Norio Sakai

I think this song tries to re-capture the grandness of the Galaxy Mega theme song, but comes up pretty short to the point where it's pretty bland. Ehh and really long at 4:50 in length. I didn't care too much for Mega Voyager itself either. I guess this is a match made in heaven.

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DISC Γ

01. Misetsukero Seijuu tamashii! (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) / Yukio Yamagata

If one thing can be said about Gingaman songs it's that it's 4/4 on mecha theme songs...

This is the first in the series of awesome and action-packed theme songs for the series mecha. Yukio Yamagata was a perfect choice of singer. The music is fast from beginning to end and has this awesome little break-down at the two-thirds mark.

02. Ginga no ohja Gingaioh (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) / Takayuki Miyauchi

There is a very good reason why this song is a fan-favorite.

Takayuki Miyauchi returns after a four year absence to drop this legendary track. He was, again, the perfect choice of singer for this song. The really star of this one is the dreamy brass that floats along through the duration of the track. If you think of this song, you're thinking of the horn part.

Go ahead...whistle along to this one. It's almost like a challenge to see how loud you can whistle the bridge of the song.

I'll always maintain that Megaranger's Galaxy Mega theme is the best...but this one is always hot on it's heals to curry my favor.

03. Araburu! Gashin senshi Bull Taurus (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) / Norio Sakai

Another great mecha theme song...this time for Go Taurus/Bull Taurus. In addition to being an action orchestra piece, it slides in little elements of Kuro Kishi's theme for good measure.

Norio Sakai is even here once again. He sounds a little bit different from his Gridman and even Carranger days. I can't put my finger on it, but he just sounds a little bit different.

Great theme song.

04. Giga Rhino! Giga Phoenix! Giga Bitus! (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) / Takayuki Miyauchi

This is a great theme song for a set of mecha I definitely didn't give a crap about in the series. I would probably say that this is the weakest of the four, but Miyauchi still delivers his all to bring this one to life.

Maybe the thing that bugs me is that it covers too much in one song. Oh well.

05. Hashire Go Liner! Sukue 99 Machine! (Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five) / Takayuki Miyauchi

Much like Gingaman, GoGo Five is 5/5 on mecha theme songs. So many 5's!!!!!

Takayuki Miyauchi's lone mecha song for this series is as excellent as you would imagine. It may not be the most action-packed, but it certainly has all the elements to bring GoGo Five's giant train set to life. This song has the same majestic flavor that Megaranger's Galaxy Mega theme song had, but for the oversized train mecha that GoGo Five initially used to transport their regular mecha around in.

Even at this song's slightly relaxed pace, this one is infinitely catchy...and makes great use of the train sounds.

06. Kinkyuu Gattai! Victory Robo (Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five) / Yukio Yamagata

It's always a little bit weird to hear Yukio Yamagata in an over-tech series soundtrack, but I have to say that I really enjoy this song of his. His gravelly vocals are more focused into pure force this time around. Overall, this is a greatly packaged song. It follows the template to a "T", but not to the point where it sounds generic.

07. Chokyodai robo!! Grand Liner (Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five) / Shinichi Ishihara

Is it weird that this series has a Go Liner AND Grand Liner theme song? They're the same damn thing...just we're talking about the combination this time around.

The thing that this song has is that undeniable beat. I can only imagine that this beat is being played out in real-time by someone hitting a speed bag. Shinichi Ishihara never disappoints on mecha themes either. Remember when he did the B-Fighter song collection? Yeah, one of the few bright spots was that mecha theme song.

This one may be a bit drab, but it's one of the best out there.

08. FASTEST & GREATEST (Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five) / Shinichi Ishihara

Since the title is pretty vague...this is the theme song for Max Liner/Liner Boy/Max Victory Robo.

Again, this song kinda puts the Sentai mecha theme on it's head once again. The music is incredibly slick and Ishihara is just great. Just listen closely at how dense the music is. Now go back and listen to Carranger's RV Robo theme and understand why I had beef with that song.

09. Ryuusei Gattai!! Victory Mars (Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo Five) / Shinichi Ishihara

I didn't care much for the mecha in the series, but I definitely love this theme song. On top of the space-theme, it makes really good use of the background singing. It is definitely a GoGo Five mecha theme song, but it does enough to be unique.

10. OK! Timerobo!! (Mirai Sentai Timeranger) / Naoki Takao

In the past I didn't care too much for this song. Nowadays...I kinda dig it.

While this kinda feels like a leftover generic mecha theme song, I feel like this and a lot of other Timeranger theme songs could have done a little better to sound more futuristic. This sounds like a song from 2000. There really isn't anything remarkable about it.

It isn't bad though. I definitely don't hate it.

11. Timeshadow ~sugata naku, oto mo naku~ (Mirai Sentai Timeranger) / Yukio Yamagata

This is more along the lines of what you hope for from Timeranger. The gradual build-up to this smooth beat makes way more sense than what the Timerobo theme song was trying for.

Yukio Yamagata's loose vocals work surprisingly well to the smooth beat that this song has. It's very un-mechalike in it's flow, but somehow just works. I've always preferred this tune the most out of the three Timeranger mecha theme songs.

12. Kakusei! V-Rexrobo!! (Mirai Sentai Timeranger) / Yukio Yamagata

While I like the Timeshadow theme song the most, this is probably the best Timeranger mecha theme song if you're jonesing for just a slammin' mecha theme song. Yukio Yamagata is back once again...and he even yells "Gao!" That's a weird harbinger if I ever heard one...

Timeranger's off-beat mecha themes are definitely more fun than it's generic one (Timerobo).

13. Hyakujuu Gattai! Gaoking (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) / Ichiro Mizuki

It's been a looooong time since we've gotten a Super Sentai song from Ichiro Mizuki (Sunvulcan) and even longer since we've gotten a mecha theme (Battle Fever J). The return of the champ is nothing short of glorious.

Between the awesome music and Mizuki's perfectly-matured vocals, this is really a benchmark for all mecha theme songs to reach. Really...I have nothing bad to say. This song rocks.

14. HOT! HOT! Gaomuscle!! (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) / Yukio Yamagata

As much as I love the Gaoking theme song, this is the one to beat.

Gaomuscle is probably the most bizarre mecha theme song of all time. This is peak Yukio Yamagata. His gruff voice guides us on this light-hearted journey of old-man sounds and old-man song references. All of it laid on top of a slick bass line, random crashes, and spazzy horns.

This has to be the catchiest Sentai mecha theme song of all time. The first time you hear it, you'll be confused...but then you'll want to hear it again...and again... It's intoxicating in it's absurdity.

Gaomuscle! Do the Hustle!

15. I.D. ~Gaohunter Requiem~ (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) / Kiyotaka Imai

I could never get behind this one. It's just a little too...droney. It kinda reminds me of the Fushigi Song from Shaider during the slow bits. When it picks up...I don't think I can get into it. Kiyotaka Imai was a strange choice. This seems like a Takayuki Miyauchi song. Hell, even Ichiro Mizuki would have given this one a little more life.

16. EYES OF JUSTICE (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) / MoJo

We're ending the regular content with the guy who is responsible, in my mind, for establishing this genre. Like Ichiro Mizuki, MoJo had a prolonged absence from Super Sentai songs. Fresh off the heels of the Segata Sanshiro theme song, here he is to deliver a new jam.

Ugh. It's so hard to rank Gaoranger mecha theme songs. Gaomuscle has the best theme, Gaohunter has the least best. The fight for second place is difficult. Gaoking is awesome...and so is this, the Gaoicarus theme song.

MoJo's voice isn't as deep as it had been in the past (compare this with the Dynarobo theme song), but it is just as soulful. He sounds more like Ichiro Tomita than he does MoJo. That's alright, though.

As pumped as this song will get you, I feel like the Mizuki's Gaoking theme edges it out just by a smidge.


BONUS TRACKS [Kansei! Cho Gattai Tamashii!!]

17. Ginga Honey (Denshi Sentai Denjiman) / Ryusei Nakao

Oh wow...a song by Freeza himself!

This song is from episode 28 of Denjiman. The full-track was thought to have been lost but was discovered and subsequently released on this set. It may be something of a dummy jazz track, but it's actually a lot of fun. Especially if you picture this guy singing it.

...spoilers...

This is one of the bonus tracks that sold this set. Certainly it's one of the reasons I bought this set...I own the previous tracks from other releases. As far as I can work out, this is the only time this song was released.

18. Taiyo Sentai Sunvulcan [Instumental Version]

The previous music collections for Sunvulcan neglected to provide the instrumental version of the theme song, so here it is. It's great! Honestly, this has to be one of the best instrumental version theme songs out there. Akira Kushida's vocals are replaced by a horn. It's all very slick...like it was meant to be.

19. Radietta Robo no theme [Instrumental Version] (Gekisou Sentai Carranger)

Am I the only one who hears a weird mash-up of the ending song from Uchuu Keiji Sharivan and the Grand Birth theme song from the same series? Maybe some other tunes as well?

This weird little ditty appeared in Carranger during the handful of times White Racer and her Radicar Robo showed up.

20. CM Song Seijuu Gattai Gingaioh ~Chogokin Version~ (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman)

This is a variation of the CM song that we all know and love for DX Chogokin Gingaioh. Literally the only difference is a single lyric. Instead of "Ginseijuu" it's "Chogokin". That's it.

The "Ginseijuu" version was released on Gingaman Music Collection 3.

21. Jingle Bell ~Full Accelerate Version~ [Instrumental] (Gekisou Sentai Carranger)

OK, this one I love. Carranger is the end-all Super Sentai music series. There was 87,352 CD releases for the series and there was *still* some unreleased music. This instrumental version of their Jingle Bells cover is actually really good. The vocals are replaced by a rockabilly guitar.

These bonus tracks are all a lot of fun. Haha.


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OVERALL: Normally I bemoan the idea of a "Greatest Hits" or "Best of..." album with a few new scraps thrown in. This set really bucks the trend. Not only do you get a collection of some of the best songs from every series, but it's all presented in a well-presented package. The cover art is pretty damn awesome as well as the landscape version that is printed very tiny on the obi.

This would make a rad poster...

This set has always had it's popularity with fans, yet it's somewhat uncommon. Whenever I encountered this in the past I was either light on cash or it was overpriced. This time I finally found...the one. I love having hard copies of those bonus tracks at long last and I love just throwing this on in the background. Even the weak songs are great to hear!

Yeah, I totally recommend this set for even the most casual Sentai fan. Just make sure that you get this version and not the 4-Disc 2006 one. Not only is it missing the bonus songs that are here but that 2002-2006 period is pretty miserable for mecha theme songs...though they pick up again for Go-onger.

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There it is! That was my look at the Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection. I have a few other weird compilations that I could look at in the future, but this is the only one that I've been really wanting to scoop up and talk about.

Be sure to check out my horribly out of date CD Collection page for more articles...or just to use it as a database.

Thanks for stopping by!

-CC

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