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12 May 2008 - Metal Gear Solid 4 Track Listings and Artist Details Revealed

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

The track listings and artist credits for the Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots Original Soundtrack were announced today. All details are contained within our track listings for the album. Due to the ambiguity of the titles, there are few spoilers here. I will give a run down on the important details.

The soundtrack features two discs of music and 47 pieces. Like the Snake Eater soundtrack, this is not a complete score for the game but compiles most of the important pieces. Hollywood composer Harry Gregson-Williams again leads the production creating 13 cinematic pieces. His role is smaller than Snake Eater, so there are a large number of other contributors. Most of the other pieces come from Konami in-house employees Nobuko Toda, Shuichi Kobori, and Kazuma Jinnouchi, who have each had small roles in previous soundtracks for the series. Individual credits are not available for most of their pieces, but Toda is known to have led the music production at Konami.

Series' veteran Norihiko Hibino takes a backseat in this soundtrack. His role in the production seems limited to directing his GEM Impact employees Yoshitaka Suzuki and Takahiro Izutani to compose a few tracks each. Other minor contributors are Konami employees Akihiro Honda, best known as the composer of Portable Ops' "Calling to the Night", and Sota Fujimori, the composer behind many Contra and Pro Evolution Soccer titles.

There will be two vocal pieces in the game. The "Love Theme" is sung by Jackie Presti and opens the soundtrack. Though no composition credits were provided for the vocal themes, according to Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nobuko Toda was the composer and Akihiro Honda was the arranger. To close the soundtrack, Lisbeth Scott sings "Here's To You". The composer of this piece is mysterious; perhaps it is Rika Muranaka, who contributed ending themes to the previous Metal Gear Solid titles, though it may also be Harry Gregson-Williams, who worked with the vocalist on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

A further mystery are the final tracks on the soundtrack, all of which are composed by the Konami sound team. Perhaps they are bonus tracks of music from Guns of the Patriots that were thought inappropriate for the main portion of the soundtrack. Alternatively, they may be from Metal Gear Online, which is still very mysterious in terms of audio. At present, there still isn't album art available for the soundtrack either.

As previously announced, the soundtrack will also be available commercially in Japan from May 28 through Konami Digital Entertainment under the catalog number GFCA-98/9. It can be purchased through CDJapan here. The American release of the PlayStation 3's Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriot Limited Edition will be packaged with the Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriot Original Soundtrack. The Limited Edition game will be available from June 12 exclusively at Gamestop for a price of $84.99. Expect exclusive reviews of the album in the near future.

Source: Konami Digital Entertainment
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Written by Chris Greening

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