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Here it is, my attempt at a stamp. This is the first one I've ever bothered to make, so just bear with me, here. This is something I've been meaning to make for months, but up until today, I never got around to it.

Yeah, so anyway, as many people are well aware, Sonic CD has two different soundtracks. The original Japanese soundtrack, which was composed by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata (which also made its way into European regions), and the American soundtrack, most of which was done by Spencer Nilsen, David Young, Brad Kaiser, Erik Frykman, and Pastiche, with additional songs by Sterling Crew, Armando Peraza, and Bobby Vega.

Over the years, many arguments have broken out regarding which one is better, and for some reason, the Jap/Eur track always seems to get the most praise throughout the fandom, while the U.S. soundtrack is dismissed as garbage more than half the time, and I'll never understand why that's the case. I don't know about anyone else, but I like that one a lot better, and consider the JP/EUR track to be one of the most overrated video game soundtracks of all time.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I outright hate the Japanese track, and that it's terrible or anything, but at the same time, I don't think it's anywhere near as flawless as all these idiot fanboys/purists make it out to be. Now, keep in mind... I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with preferring the JP soundtrack over the American one; but there is, however, something wrong with people acting as if their opinions are solid fact, and having the nerve to turn their noses up at people for liking the U.S. track better. Now, that's not to say that there aren't any U.S. track fanboys that exist, but the very few I've seen don't act anywhere near as bad as the Jap/Eur track purists. Those ones in particular really piss me off, and I see them as hardly being any better than classic fanboys.

Now, about the soundtracks themselves... I just think the U.S. track in general is far more fitting for the stages' mood and atmosphere. The Bad Future and boss themes in particular are really where this shows. The problem with the Jap/Eur track, in my opinion, is that they went out of their way to try to and make every song sound upbeat and happy, even if it isn't appropriate. Quartz Quadrant is a prime example of what I'm talking about. Why not give the US. version a listen, and then compare it with its JP counterpart? See the difference? As for the boss themes, I honestly don't see how anyone could possibly say that this is more fitting for a boss battle than this.

In short, I truly do think both soundtracks are good, but I think the U.S. one comes out on top; not just because it's the one I grew up with, but for some of the reasons I've explained above. To wrap this up, the JP track itself is fine. It's the fanboys that make it unappealing.
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SolarBlaze's avatar
What's so funny?
MegatronDX's avatar
I do think the bad future in some of the American sound track actually sound depressing which I think it fits the mood better.
jcieph3's avatar
I think it's mainly because of 2 tracks in the US version. You guess what they are.
VGtree's avatar
Neither of them is perfect in my opinion, but for some levels, I think that some of the themes from one of the two fit better than the other.

Palmtree Panic (Present): US
Palmtree Panic (Good Future): JP
Palmtree Panic (Bad Future): JP

Collision Chaos (Present): JP
Collision Chaos (Good Future): JP
Collision Chaos (Bad Future): US

Tidal Tempest (Present): JP
Tidal Tempest (Good Future): JP
Tidal Tempest (Bad Future): US

Quartz Quadrant (Present): US/JP
Quartz Quadrant (Good Future): JP
Quartz Quadrant (Bad Future): US

Wacky Workbench (Present): US
Wacky Workbench (Good Future): US
Wacky Workbench (Bad Future): US

Stardust Speedway (Present): JP
Stardust Speedway (Good Future): JP
Stardust Speedway (Bad Future): JP/US

Metallic Madness (Present): JP
Metallic Madness (Good Future): JP (slightly)
Metallic Madness (Bad Future): JP
Aleksandae's avatar
what about other stuff aside from zones ?
along with past and future 
DumuziTheMessiah's avatar
I like Sonic Boom over the "Toot Toot" Japanese opening that sounds like it's from 1985 or something! When I watched the Japanese opening to see what it sounded like my reaction is pretty much this icon: :iconwthplz: Sonic, you poor baby having to listen to this.. In short I'll only find this song good if it's remixed good. Crush 40 could remix this song good if they tried! 
RGB64's avatar
I imagine the two from different point of views.

JPAL - Sonic's
US - Eggman's
Cubix-fan-1999's avatar
THAT'S SO ACCURATE :0
JomoOval's avatar
I like the JP soundtrack better. I like the US version too, it's just after hearing the JP version, but US one just sound a little... underwhelming somehow.
FunnelVortex's avatar
The American game over theme sounds like something you would hear if there was a demonic presence in your house.
DeisArtandAsks's avatar
((I agree with that. They actually had that sound but backwards in the Sonic.exe game over screen.))
SonicDash57's avatar
I approve of this stamp.

To be honest, I like BOTH soundtracks.
SolarBlaze's avatar
I like them both, too. I just think the U.S. track is far superior, and that the Jap/Eur soundtrack isn't as flawless as so many people make it out to be.
SonicDash57's avatar
That's completely fine. I respect your opinion.
CoreyAMurray's avatar
Are there any other video game soundtracks (Sonic or otherwise) that you like?
AlchemicAngel19's avatar
I have to agree, I get tired of the Japanese Sonic CD soundtrack getting treated like it's the best thing since sliced bread. Seriously, it's not that spectacular. Now granted I do have a few tracks I like, but I don't like the entire thing. That also goes for the US soundtrack. I don't like either one completely whatsoever.

I'll never understand these purists/classic fanboys. It's still Sonic, morons.
SolarBlaze's avatar
Yeah. For some reason, many people seem to have the mindset that because the JP/EUR soundtrack existed first, that automatically makes it better. It's not just in the Sonic fandom, either. The same thing has happened with Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon.

Also, yeah. I can't stand classic fanboys. Alongside the JP track purists, they're my single, most hated type of Sonic "fans". It's people like them that are pretty much killing the series for me right now. By that, I mean that "only Sonic should be playable" crap that they've been doing since 2007, where just about every character but Sonic and Robotnik are being treated as if they're insignificant, and of no worth to the series, all for the purpose of pleasing those idiot classic fanboys. People like them do not speak for the entire fandom.
DripDropBoom's avatar
the only thing that I really dislike about the soundtracks is with japan,the mood wasn't taken seriously in a boss battle,in the US version,the children were prectically scaredshitless most likely,there was no balance between the 2.
SolarBlaze's avatar
Yeah, I hear that all the time about the U.S. boss theme. I don't know about anyone else, but it didn't scare me in the least when I was little.
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