Close Up: Metal Gear Solid Original Soundtrack

Even before Kojima brought composer Harry Gregson-Williams on board, Metal Gear Solid games were accompanied by great music. The soundtrack for the original PlayStation game is one of the most beloved, setting the perfect tone with its mix of ambient, atmospheric and emotional tracks. Composed by the KCE Sound Team Japan, Tappi ‘TAPPY’ Iwase and Rika Muranaka, many of them have become legendary and instantly recognizable, with its vocal theme still considered among the best in gaming.

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A soundtrack CD was released by Konami on September 23rd, 1998. It contains 21 tracks, to be specific:

  1. Metal Gear Solid Main Theme – 2:42
  2. Introduction – 0:57
  3. Discovery – 5:05
  4. Cavern – 3:11
  5. Intruder 1 – 2:04
  6. Encounter – 2:20
  7. Intruder 2 – 1:55
  8. Warhead Storage – 3:39
  9. Intruder 3 – 2:55
  10. Mantis’ Hymn – 2:56
  11. Hind D – 1:58
  12. Duel – 2:22
  13. Enclosure – 2:14
  14. Blast Furnace – 2:58
  15. Colosseo – 1:53
  16. REX’s Lair – 3:05
  17. Escape – 3:11
  18. End Title / The Best Is Yet to Come – 5:46
  19. VR Training – 2:37
  20. Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (1997 E3 Edit) – 5:23
  21. Metal Gear Solid Control Mix (Mixed by Quadra) – 6:53

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Let’s have a quick look at 5 of the best tracks on the disc.

The Best is Yet to Come

One of the most well known Metal Gear songs, it was composed for Konami by Rika Muranaka and performed in Gaelic by Aoife Ní Fhearraigh. Parts of it play during the intro and certain dramatic parts of the story, and the full song during the credits, juxtaposed with nature shots of Alaska. It’s a song you can keep listening to, and it returned in several Metal Gear games as an optional song to play during gameplay. It also plays in MGS4 when Snake reaches the now crumbling base on Shadow Moses, nine years after the events of MGS1. The song was recently covered in English by Donna Burke.

Enclosure

One of the most emotional songs in the game, this plays during Sniper Wolf’s death scene, and when Naomi tells Snake about her past and her connection to Gray Fox. It was remixed for Metal Gear Solid 4 and played during Naomi’s death scene, mirroring Sniper Wolf’s death in MGS1.

Mantis’ Hymn

Psycho Mantis’ theme can be heard just before his battle. Haunting, somewhat creepy nut also beautiful and gripping. It returned in Metal Gear Solid 4 when Mantis made a cameo appearance near the end of the game.

Discovery

A song that evokes mystery and suspense, slowly building up layer by layer. There’s something sad about its melody, but it also seems to display determination. A subdued version plays in the Briefing File menu.

REX’s Lair

This gloomy, threatening music plays during the gameplay in REX’s hangar. It starts off with the famous ‘zoooom’ before the ominous electronic sounds kick in. Its low, humming undertones seem to imply a constant lurking threat.

On the cover of the CD case is an artwork of Solid Snake and Liquid Snake by series’ artist Yoji Shinkawa.

The booklet can be folded open, revealing more art by Shinkawa, the tracklist, the lyrics for The Best is Yet to Come in both Gaelic and English, and credits.

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Despite being released over 17 years ago, this CD is still pretty easy to get your hands on, and it’s a nice item for Metal Gear fans to add to their collection. Some of the tracks have been rereleased numerous times on newer CDs, but to have it all in one place including the memorable gameplay music still makes it worth it. Unfortunately some tracks are missing, as is often the case with soundtrack CDs, but with its tracklist of 21 songs there’s a pretty good selection.

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The CD can be found for a good price at CDJapan. If you’re interested in purchasing it, follow this link.

Metal Gear Solid Original Soundtrack
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  • Venom_Sina

    Again,I gotta say:Nizhoni,Navajo for Beautiful (Thanks Code Talker,lol)

    • Spectralbuttplug

      That irony when jay tavare is not native american but iranian(nothing to do with your nationality sina)

      • Tong Ninja

        Are the rumours true that he is not Native American? Because he speaks Navajo very well in TPP though. His accent and inflections were on point as well.

        • Venom_Sina

          Yeah,there was a rumor (I read it in NEOGAF)that he’s not Native American.In fact he’s from Iran!!!The funny thing is he said he practices Navajo with his grandmother to not forget his mother tongue,lol.I don’t know who or what to beLIEve now!!!

          • Tong Ninja

            There was some accusations thrown at him a while back, saying he is a fraud and what not. I watched his recent interview (really good interview!) with Yongyea and he briefly said he was American (implying Native American). He seems super passionate and energetic about representing the Native Americans in TPP. Also the Navajo language is very hard to learn as well.

            Unless people found some substantial evidence, I think it’s safe to say Jay Tavare is Native American haha. After all, they are just rumours from the internet …

      • Venom_Sina

        Did he say this fact (that he’s Iranian) in his recent interview with Yong?

        • Spectralbuttplug

          Didnt watch the qhole thing but i will check.Some fucker probably wrote on imdb so its just a rumour but well….

          • Venom_Sina

            I heard about it,too.Will investigate ASAP.

  • Future_TraX

    You’ve missed “Warhead Storage” of the best tracks imo :3

  • Mr.Pony

    First time I popped MGS on my PS1 and started hearing “the best is yet to come” in the intro i thought to myself “Ugh, this might be a good game actually” and oh boy how was I in for the biggest surprise of my gaming life.

  • 1996’s “Metal Gear Solid Main Theme”, banned so bad that people barely talk about it anymore even when all the modern MGS tracks are descendants from it (encounter, fortress sneaking, …)

  • I loved this one so much. It was such a strong theme back then for me.

  • hunner

    Legendary soundtrack

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Coincidentally i just listened to well known games which transitioned from 2d to 3d and they have all legendary soundtracks

  • Tong Ninja

    Even though ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ wasn’t sung in english (until Donna covered it last year), the song had such a powerful feeling to it. You can feel a lot of emotions in it despite not understanding the lyrics. 🙂

    My favourite track from MGS1 OST is ‘Enclosure’ as well.

  • Venom_Sina

    Nyxus,I think it’s time to cover this:
    “Metal Gear Solid Unreal 4 remake looks awesome – video”
    http://www.vg247.com/2016/01/18/metal-gear-solid-unreal-4-remake-looks-awesome/

  • Gatsu

    In my opinion this is still the best soundtrack of MGS games, these are just so memorable. My absolute favorites are Warhead Storage, Colosseo and Rex’s Lair <3. Also Discovery…and Escape….aaand The best is yet to come. Damn all so good O_o.

  • PrinceHeir

    Amazing 🙂

    Still my favorite theme in the OST

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