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Robotech: The Original Soundtrack, 20th Anniversary Edition

I was looking through items on the Robotech.com store, and saw the 2-disc 20th anniversary edition of the Robotech soundtrack.  It has the Mospeada songs by Michael Bradley, as well as all the Minmay songs sung by Reba West!  I took the plunge, and am happy to report that this soundtrack has the Lancer songs used in the Robotech series!

Track list

The first disc has instrumentals from the Robotech series, including the opening and closing title songs.  After listening to these instrumentals, I realized that a major part of why Robotech was good were these musical pieces–they make the scenes they’re in even more emotional.

The second disc mostly has vocals, especially all the Minmay songs sung by Reba West and all the Lancer/Yellow Dancer songs sung by Michael Bradley.

This soundtrack CD insert has all the lyrics, too!

CD insert cover. Why did Harmony Gold design the cover with Minmay cut off?

Notes/interviews with composers

Interview with Michael Bradley

Interview with music editor

This soundtrack comes in a single-width CD case.  The two CD’s are in the middle.  When I received it, the rear CD insert blocked the middle plastic piece from pivoting.  I had to re-seat the rear CD insert in order to allow the middle plastic piece to freely pivot.

I like Michael Bradley’s songs more than Reba West’s, especially “Look Up! The Sky Is Falling”, “Lonely Soldier Boy”, “The Way To Love”, and “We Will Win”.  They remind me of the energy of the crowd in Lancer’s concerts.  I also remember the emotional scenes when Lancer sang “The Way To Love” to the Invid Sara.  Finally, I think Michael’s rendition of “We Will Win” is more upbeat than Reba West’s.

Get yours now at Robotech.com!  http://www.robotech.com/store/viewproduct.php?id=226

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Review: Michael Bradley’s “Lonely Soldier Boy” CD

After I found the video of Michael Bradley’s live performance of “Lonely Soldier Boy” on YouTube, I searched the ‘net, and found that he has his own Web site, and he sells a CD with a collection of his songs:

http://michaelbradleymusic.com/fr_index.cfm

This CD comes with 11 tracks, including 3 bonus tracks.

"Lonely Soldier Boy" CD and front cover insert

"Lonely Soldier Boy" CD and front cover insert

  1. In My Heart
  2. It Don’t Get Any Better
  3. Lonely Soldier Boy
  4. Flower of Life
  5. Underground
  6. The Way To Love
  7. We Will Win
  8. Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling
  9. Lonely Soldier Boy demo
  10. It Don’t Get Any Better demo
  11. Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling demo
"Lonely Soldier Boy" Back Cover

"Lonely Soldier Boy" Back Cover (that bright spot is on the CD, and isn't my camera's flash)

The front cover insert has lyrics for six of the songs!

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Michael explains, “The last three tracks of this CD are the original demos of Lonely Soldier Boy, It Don’t Get Any Better, and Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling.  These are the recordings that were played for music supervisor Thomas White and producer Carl Macek before they approved the songs to be included in the television series, ROBOTECH.  Please excuse the recording quality.  These are RAW demos recorded in my spare bedroom in Van Nuys, California in 1985 on a small 8-track recorder.  Once the songs were approved, we re-recorded them on a large 8-track recorder in someone else’s spare bedroom in Chatsworth, California.  Those were the recordings that were heard in the show…THESE are not!  Now you know why.”

So I’m slightly confused by this explanation–how come Michael couldn’t get the recordings from Robotech, especially since these songs are copyrighted by Harmony Gold Music?  Because these aren’t the recordings from Robotech, I was slightly disappointed.  But it’s great to have these songs on a CD!

“Flower of Life” has the music that I think was used for the background music in the 3rd series in Robotech, when we see scenes inside the Invid hive.

By far, my favorites on this CD are “Lonely Soldier Boy”, “We Will Win”, and “Look Up!  The Sky Is Falling”.