Close Up: Metal Gear Solid Song Collection

As pointed out by a reader, this CD is apparently not officially licensed by Konami.

Over the years plenty of Metal Gear Solid soundtrack CDs have been released, most of them in Japan. One of those is 2004’s Metal Gear Solid Song Collection, a CD containing a compilation of music tracks that were featured in Metal Gear games over the years.

Metal-Gear-Solid-Song-Collection

The first thing that comes to mind though is that for a ‘Song Collection’, this CD doesn’t have a whole lot of songs. You would expect a good selection from all games released at the time (when this CD came out Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was the newest title), but instead there are only 9. And they’re not all completely different tracks either, in fact three of them have two versions.

Metal-Gear-Solid-Song-Collection-Track-List

The complete track list is as follows:

  1. Snake Eater – 2:55
  2. Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (Metal Gear Solid 3 Version) – 6:28
  3. Don’t be Afraid – 5:40
  4. Snake Eater (Instrumental) – 2:55
  5. Can’t Say Goodbye to Yesterday (Full Version) – 7:35
  6. Can’t Say Goodbye to Yesterday (Piano Version) – 4:04
  7. The Best is Yet to Come – 5:44
  8. Metal Gear Solid Main Theme – 2:44
  9. Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (1997 E3 Edit) – 5:16

So there are tracks from Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and Metal Gear Solid, and  it seems they chose to include only the most prominent tracks, the main themes and the songs that have lyrics, though even by this logic some seem to be missing.

Metal-Gear-Solid-Song-Collection-Inside

Still, it’s a interesting item for collectors. What’s nice is that the cover is actually a booklet that has the lyrics of the tracks printed on it, so presentation-wise that is a plus. Bottom line: this is an item that will only appeal to Metal Gear collectors, as it’s a bit lacking in terms of actual content.

Metal-Gear-Solid-Song-Collection-Lyrics

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Metal Gear Solid Song Collection
KO-99149
2004

  • Solid Snakes Revenge

    Was a lil excited til I saw the track list. I would want all the other songs from mgs3 and 4 or atleast some of them. I k now they aren’t “metal gear ” songs but they were in the game.

    • The CD was released in 2004, so MGS4 wasn’t out yet. But the track list could definitely have been better.

      • Solid Snakes Revenge

        Ahh gotcha. I would get it if it had the bunch of mgs3 songs like sailor,old metal gear and sea breeze. I really like the instrumentals in that game.

        • crimsonfox

          Question!
          What is your favortie Metal Gear song ever? And why?
          Mine would have to be “Don’t be afraid” By Rika Muranaka and Elisa Fiorillo.
          Because I believe it’s the only part of the series Big Boss really feels happy. Even though the scene is short lived, the lyrics and mood that’s set up is fucking awesome. And this scene only gamers get to see I think. This scene is one of the reason I love video game stories so much. They are longer better stories than most Hollywood watered down bull shit. Kojima told a deep story in Metal Gear Solid 3 and this scene couldn’t have been done better in Hollywood. Even with it’s dated graphics I always go back and watch the scene with Eva and Big Boss after Snake Eater. So good, the song it’s self is so different than everything else on the sound track.It always stuck to me.

          • Janeo

            Heavens divide would have to be my favourite song of all time that song is just beyond epic. Sins of the father is good but I don’t think it can beat heavens divide. That part in peace walker where you are fighting all those guys then the helicopter comes and you think it’s all over but then heavens divide comes on and it’s just awesome.

          • crimsonfox

            Good choice!

          • Solid Snakes Revenge

            I’ve always really liked sea breeze but I know that’s not technically a mgs song. I really like part 1 of the 3 of the mgs saga songs on his iPod in mgs4 also. It’s really hard to pick a fav though I really like a lot of them. And the reason I picked sea breeze is because I love the chillness to it. It’s a great instrumental. The saga song is epic nostalgia. And o yeah solid snakes theme. It was the ultimate sneaking music for me in mgs4 and it’s solid snakes theme. How bad ass is that?

  • Janeo

    Metal gear has always had such great music i still can’t get the love deterrence song out of my head the one that plays when you find Paz in GZ.

    • FRANKASTER

      the song its on the following discs
      MGS peace walker “heaven divide album” (the one where you can remove Paz her cardboard uniform and lavel yourself as paedfile…
      MGS peace walker HD unreleased BGM and vocals (comes with the premium pack in konami style)
      i think I uploaded the MPW HD disc to (ffshirine or something like that) forums a long time ago…

  • FRANKASTER

    I don’t want to be “THAT GUY” but the CD is a bootleg… (notice the lack of “KONAMI” trademarks… is a nice mix of songs anyways… for a more “updated” collection, the 2007 “MG 20th music collection”.. but at the time the MGS main theme was banned so compilations after Q3 2006 are kind of incomplete

    • Wow, I had no idea. Bought that cd years ago at a gameshop. Well, I added it to the post, thanks for pointing it out.

      • FRANKASTER

        at least is better than the one found on the japanese premium package from MGS HD EDITION wich only includes the vocals and lyricless versions of most of the songs from the original MGS trilogy since includes different versions of the MGS main theme…
        but “the best is yet to come” is pretty nice in its karaoke form… pretty relaxing

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