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Robotech
(1985)
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1996 Album
2006 Album
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Ulpio Minucci
Arlon Ober

Additional Music by:
Alberto Estevez
Michael Bradley
Jack Alan Goga
Randall Rumage
Steve Wittmack
Marcia Woods
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Nippan (U.S. Renditions)
(January 1st, 1996)

Harmony Gold Music
(January 1st, 2006)
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Both albums were regular U.S. releases, though their distribution has always been poor. They will be difficult to find at regular stores, leaving online specialty outlets as the best source for them. Both fetch between $20 and $30 on the used market.
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Buy it... only if you have fond memories of growing up with the series as a child.

Avoid it... if you expect any of the score or songs to survive the test of time, for they are badly rooted in the era of cheesy 80's synth operas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #925
WRITTEN 3/10/01, REVISED 6/11/07
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Robotech: (Ulpio Minucci/Arlon Ober/Various) Most cartoon series on television in the 1980's only aimed at kids to the extent that they could convince those youths to ask their parents to buy the toy versions of the characters on screen. In every regard, Robotech was a different breed. Producer Carl Macek wanted to adapt a Japanese anime series and translate it to English, but in order to reach the episode number required for American syndication, he was forced to purchase the rights to three distinct anime series and rewrite them into one relevant, overarching storyline. The resulting Robotech series resulted in a spin-off film and secondary series in the following years (both complete failures), and eventually yielded another television series in 2006 for which Macek contributed his services once again. The important difference between the Robotech universe and those of other cartoon series running at the time was the fact that Macek and his team weren't afraid to kill off major characters and serve up concepts of mass death and such that similar series (like Star Blazers) were more content to gloss over. What's most surprising about this different attitude towards animation was the adult musical approach to the show. A mixture of symphonic, synthetic, and vocals, the soundtrack to Robotech was wildly diverse. Primary composers Ulpio Minucci and Arlon Ober were inspired by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith in their efforts to provide futuristic music for the series, though neither came into the project with lengthy credentials. In fact, their involvement in Robotech would mark the height of their respective careers, with only Ober reaching out into the B-horror film genre for other substantial work. While songs by both composers for Robotech would be adapted into the 2006 resurrection of the concept, only Minucci would live just barely long enough to see the follow-up series produced. Their music for the original series is, in retrospect, badly dated, and only devoted fans of the series should even humor this review any further.



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TRACK LISTINGS
1996 Perfect Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 145:30
CD1: (72:29)
The Complete Background Music Collection


• 1. Main Title (1:33)
• 2. Macross City (1:32)
• 3. The Mysterious Ship (1:25)
• 4. Zentraedi Theme (1:37)
• 5. Confrontation (1:08)
• 6. Musica's Theme (2:44)
• 7. The Way to Love (1:55)
• 8. Bobbytrap (2:58)
• 9. Biomechanical Theme (0:39)
• 10. Ineptitude (1:17)
• 11. Love Themes (2:11)
• 12. Miss Macross (1:04)
• 13. Stepping Out (2:04)
• 14. Victory (1:34)
• 15. SDF-1 Theme (1:13)
• 16. Battle Stations (2:28)
• 17. The 15th Squadron (2:03)
• 18. Desolation (2:45)
• 19. The Robotech Masters (2:43)
• 20. Broken Heart (1:58)
• 21. Private Time (2:03)
• 22. Earth Government Theme (0:48)
• 23. Eyecatch (0:08)
• 24. Minmei's Theme (2:02)
• 25. Sweet Sixteen (1:23)
• 26. Lifeline (3:22)
• 27. Rick Hunter's Theme (1:37)
• 28. The Robotech Follies (1:53)
• 29. Earth Government Debriefing (1:40)
• 30. Khyron's Theme (1:34)
• 31. Roy Fokker's Theme (2:16)
• 32. Alien Attack (1:23)
• 33. Reconstruction Blues (0:45)
• 34. It's You (2:04)
• 35. A New Dawn (0:47)
• 36. Invid Theme (2:50)
• 37. Cyclone (1:03)
• 38. Catastrophe (1:33)
• 39. We Will Win (2:08)
• 40. Love Triangle (1:47)
• 41. Mission Accomplished (1:09)
• 42. End Title (0:43)
CD2: (73:01)
The Complete Vocal Song Collection


• 1. My Time to Be a Star - performed by Reba West (1:02)
• 2. The Man in My Life - performed by Reba West (1:23)
• 3. To Be in Love - performed by Reba West (1:45)
• 4. It's You - performed by Reba West (2:14)
• 5. We Will Win - performed by Reba West (4:01)
• 6. In my Heart - performed by Three Dog Night (4:24)
• 7. Underground - performed by Michael Bradley and Joanne Harris (4:27)
• 8. Saved by Science - performed by Joanne Harris (4:41)
• 9. Only a Fool - performed by Gigi Agrama (3:21)
• 10. Call on Me - performed by Joanne Harris (5:20)
• 11. The Future is Now - performed by Joanne Harris (3:37)
• 12. Together - performed by Sunny Hilden (3:10)
• 13. Look Up! The Sky is Falling - performed by Michael Bradley (4:53)
• 14. It Don't Get Any Better - performed by Michael Bradley (3:46)
• 15. Lonely Soldier Boy - performed by Michael Bradley (4:17)
• 16. The Way to Love - performed by Michael Bradley (1:59)
• 17. We Will Win - performed by Michael Bradley (2:32)
• 18. Robotech II: The Sentinels: The REF March (2:15)
• 19. Robotech II: The Sentinels: The Young Warriors (2:36)
• 20. Robotech II: The Sentinels: The SDF-3 (1:28)
• 21. Robotech II: The Sentinels: Invid Strike (2:09)
• 22. Robotech II: The Sentinels: The Regent (2:35)
• 23. Robotech II: The Sentinels: Love Theme (3:09)
• 24. Robotech II: The Sentinels: The Sentinels (1:58)
2006 20th Anniversary Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 157:09

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The 1996 Perfect album insert includes no extra information about the score or series.
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