Welcome to your guide for Robotech music by episode.

Each blog entry lists all the music featured in a specific episode, in the order that it appeared.

Monday, November 28, 2016

73. Sandstorm Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 73: "Sandstorm." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: A lot of pieces of music get played in full in this episode. It's also only the third episode to use "Liftoff."

Robotech Theme
Khyron's Theme
Biomechanical
Boobytrap
Khyron's Theme
Cyclone Theme
The 15th Squadron
The Robotech Masters
Showdown
Intrigue (final notes)
Broken Heart
Across the Universe
Reflections
Eyecatch
Cliffhangers (c)
The 15th Squadron
The Robotech Masters
Roy Fokker's Theme
Robotech Follies
Cyclone Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Musica's Theme
Liftoff
The Robotech Masters
Shocked (b)
Robotech Love Theme II
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

72. The Fortress Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 72: "The Fortress." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (a2)
Intrigue (final notes)
Musica's Theme
Escalations (f1)
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Khyron's Theme
Ineptitude
Intrigue
Boobytrap
The Robotech Masters
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Boobytrap
Red Alert
Musica's Theme
Biomechanical
Rick Hunter's Theme
Musica's Theme
Battlestations
Cyclone Theme
The Robotech Masters
The 15th Squadron
The SDF-1
Catastrophe
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Private Time Theme (c)
Stepping Out
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, October 21, 2016

71. The Secret Route Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 71: "The Secret Route." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This episode uses three Yellow Dancer songs and Yellow does perform during one of them, but technically all of the songs are being used as background music. "Look Up! (The Sky Is Falling)" is playing during the concert scene, but that's part of a montage where Yellow says she'll be performing a Minmei song.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Boobytrap
Intrigue (final notes)
Robotech Love Theme II
Look Up (The Sky is Falling)
Robotech Love Theme I
It Don't Get Any Better
Boobytrap
It's You (Piano version)
Shocked (d)
Eyecatch
Escalations (f1)
Private Time Theme (d)
Escalations (c)
Escalations (a)
Hard Times
Alien Attack
Intrigue
The Point of No Return
Musica'sTheme
Reflections
Red Alert
Robotech Love Theme I
Lonely Soldier Boy
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, October 15, 2016

70. Enter Marlene Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 70: "Enter Marlene." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Another episode where "Broken Heart" is used while Scott remembers the original Marlene.

Robotech Theme
Intrigue
United Earth Government Theme
Intrigue (climactic final notes)
Desolation
Reflections
Hard Times
The Point of No Return
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Intirgue
Cosmic Harp (c2)
Cosmic Harp (c1)
Zentraedi Theme
Eyecatch
Escalations (b)
Earth Government Debriefing
Escalations (f1)
Private Time Theme (a2)
Broken Heart
Mission Accomplished
Cosmic Harp (c2)
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Ineptitude
Earth Government at Work (a)
Battlestations
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, October 14, 2016

69. The Genesis Pit Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 69: "The Genesis Pit." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This episode uses "The Robotech Masters" track for the first time since The Robotech Masters segment ended.

Robotech Theme
Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Cyclone Theme
Musica's Theme
Catastrophe
Khyron's Theme
Hard Times
The Point of No Return
Crashing Metal
Zentraedi Theme
Boobytrap
Catastrophe
The Point of No Return
Escalations (f1)
Cliffhangers (c)
Musica's Theme
The Robotech Masters
Zentraedi Theme
The 15th Squadron
Showdown
Catastrophe
Alien Attack
Catastrophe
Broken Heart
Mission Accomplished

Sunday, October 9, 2016

68. Eulogy Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 68: "Eulogy." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental)
Private Time Theme (a2)
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Roy Fokker's Theme
Victory
Reflections
Private Time Theme (d)
Intrigue
Intruder
Red Alert
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Intrigue
Lonely Soldier Boy
Boobytrap
Zentraedi Theme
The Point of No Return
Khyron's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Cliffhangers (a)
Red Alert
Escalations (c)
Reflections
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Desolation
Victory
Khyron's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Thursday, October 6, 2016

67. Paper Hero Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 67: "Paper Hero." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Once again we have what sounds like a piece of music as we transition from Lunk's flashback to the present, and it turns out not to be new music but a sparkly Mospeada sound effect.

This episode uses "The Mysterious Ship." The last time we heard that piece was 50 episodes ago in Episode 17, "Phantasm." You would think from the title (and placement on the soundtrack) that it was referring to the SDF-1, but it was actually never heard until Episode 11, "First Contact," while Max was searching Breetai's (mysterious) ship for Lisa, Rick, and Ben.

Robotech Theme
The 15th Squadron
Roy Fokker's Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Desolation
Cliffhangers (c)
Boobytrap
Cliffhangers (a)
Hard Times
Intrigue
Zentraedi Theme
Intrigue
Khyron's Theme
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
Confrontation
Biomechanical
The Point of No Return
Escalations (f1)
Alien Attack
The Mysterious Ship
Biomechanical
Cyclone Theme
Khyron's Theme
Red Alert
Robotech Theme
Reflections
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, September 30, 2016

66. Hard Times Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 66: "Hard Times." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES - "Hard Times"  is another "title track" episode, and it does feature the eponymous piece of background music. The liner notes don't list a working title for the track.

We also have more of Lancer humming to himself that doesn't fit with the background music, only this time Lunk is humming a different tune to himself at the same time. It starts at the end of "Ineptitude" and continues over top of "Private Time Theme (a1)." Once again I'm counting it as dialogue.

An actual piece of unreleased music, "The Way to Love (Instrumental)," is used again in this episode, when Rook sees Romy with her sister Lilly. This makes the third time this piece has been used this way.

Robotech Theme
Cyclone Theme
(Red Alert) Resolve
Ineptitude
Private Time Theme (a1)
Broken Heart
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
Biomechanical
Private Time Theme (a2)
Robotech Love Theme II
Hard Times
The Way to Love Instrumental - unreleased
Escalations (b)
The 15th Squadron
Intrigue
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Escalations (a)
Broken Heart
Khyron's Theme
Eyecatch
The 15th Squadron
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Khyron's Theme
The Point of No Return
Red Alert
Cyclone Theme
Alien Attack
Rick Hunter's Theme
Ineptitude
Broken Heart
Robotech Love Theme II
Robotech Love Theme I
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

66. Curtain Call Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 65: "Curtain Call." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Yellow Dancer concert!! This episode of course marks the first use of "Look Up! The Sky is Falling," and is the only episode to contain any of the second verse (although it's just in the background as Scott, Rook, and Rand are opening the secret passage, so it's hard to hear). And although this episode is the second use of "It Don't Get Any Better," it's the first and only time the main vocal portion is used.

There's a little musical sting at 4:55 (as the image of Yellow Dancer freezes and becomes a photo) that could have been an unreleased piece of "Shocked" music, but it's in the original Genesis Climber Mospeada so it's actually a sound effect.

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Private Time Theme (a2)
Ineptitude
Stepping Out
Escalations (a)
Intrigue
Escalations (a)
Boobytrap
Look Up! The Sky is Falling
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
The Point of No Return
Look Up! The Sky is Falling
It Don't Get Any Better
Intrigue
Cyclone Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Robotech Theme
The SDF-1
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

64. Survival Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 64: "Survival." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Lancer hums a song to himself as he waits at the beginning of the episode. It's a totally unique tune performed by the voice actor Jimmy Flinders aka Cam Clarke (as opposed to his singing voice Michael Bradley) and doesn't fit with the background music being played. It's really more dialogue than unreleased music, but I'm listing it here for the sake of completion.

This episode also does the editing trick we originally saw in episode 46 "Star Dust" of using just the last notes of "Intrigue," only this time it's tacked on seamlessly to the end of "Boobytrap" to give it a more climactic ending.

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Intrigue (with unreleased Lancer humming)
The 15th Squadron
Intruder
Khyron's Theme
Red Alert
Intrigue
Ineptitude
Escalations (d)
Boobytrap
Intrigue (final note)
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
Private Time Theme (a1)
Reflections
The Point of No Return
Zentraedi Theme
Biomechanical
Shocked (b)
Ineptitude
Catastrophe
Showdown
Cyclone Theme
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Victory
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

63. Lonely Soldier Boy Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 63: "Lonely Soldier Boy." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Another big musical milestone with the introduction of Yellow Dancer! In addition to the title track, this episode also features the second half of "It Don't Get Any Better," which sounds so different from the first half I didn't realize they were the same song for the first two years until I heard the complete track for the first time at a convention in 1987.

Robotech Theme
Desolation
Intruder
Lonely Soldier Boy
Boobytrap
It Don't Get Any Better
Cliffhangers (a)
Escalations (e2)
Shocked (d)
Shocked (b)
Confrontation
Confrontation
Khyron's Theme
Cliffhangers (a)
Cyclone Theme
Intrigue
Imbeciles
The 15th Squadron
Eyecatch
The Point of No Return
Zentraedi Theme
Rick Hunter's Theme
Boobytrap
Cliffhangers (c)
Red Alert
Robotech Theme
Imbeciles
Musica's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, September 4, 2016

62. The Lost City Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 62: "The Lost City." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: New Generation-specific music hits an episode earlier than expected with the debut of "Cyclone Theme," by Alberto Estevez. This is one of just two contributions by Estevez, the other being the equally memorable "Rick Hunter's Theme," which also gets used in this episode when we get our first look at Rook.

We also have another tiny piece of unreleased music, a brief comedic piece as Annie kisses Ken when he tells her she can stay. Since I don't have a real title for it I'm refering to it as "Comedic Escalation (Annie Kisses Ken)."

On a personal note, this is also the first episode to use "Intruder" for Invid Shock Troopers stomping around. It's been used in fifteen episodes before this in the previous two generations, but to me that music always makes me think of stomping Invids.

Robotech Theme
Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental)
The Point of No Return
Broken Heart
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Cyclone Theme
Escalations (a)
Khyron's Theme
Cliffhangers (b)
Comedic Escalation (Annie Kisses Ken) - unreleased
Desolation
Cliffhangers (c)
Khyron's Theme
Intrigue
Zentraedi Theme
Eyecatch
The 15th Squadron
Roy Fokker's Theme
Intruder
Biomechanical
Showdown
Rick Hunter's Theme
Cliffhangers (c)
Cliffhangers (b)
Reflections
Broken Heart
Victory
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, September 2, 2016

61 The Invid Invasion Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 61: "The Invid Invasion." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: No new actual music, but we do get a shift in tone as the story shifts to The New Generation, especially with the repeated use of "Robotech Love Theme II." On a personal note, for me this episode is the definitive use of "Broken Heart," as I always think of the scene from this episode with Scott mourning Marlene when I hear it.

Robotech Theme
Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental)
Robotech Love Theme II
The SDF-1
Mission Accomplished
Battlestations
Robotech Love Theme I
Roy Fokker's Theme
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Booby Trap
Biomechanical
Robotech Love Theme II
Escalations (a)
Intrigue
Earth Government at Work (a)
Across the Universe
Broken Heart
Intrigue
Zentraedi Theme
The 15th Squadron
Robotech Theme
Robotech Love Theme II
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

60. Catastrophe Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 60: "Catastrophe." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: The track "Catastrophe" is used in this episode, when Zor destroys the Robotech Masters' flagship above the ruins of the SDF-1. The soundtrack does not list a working title for this piece of music, and "Catastrophe" is a good descriptive title, but since this episode title was taken from the original Japanese Southern Cross episode title (albeit for the previous episode) it's my guess that the soundtrack staff renamed it after this episode.

The final count for "The 15th Squadron" has it used in 21 out of 24 episodes of The Robotech Masters.

Robotech Theme
The 15th Squadron
Khyron's Theme
Intrigue
Battlestations
Zentraedi Theme
Roy Fokker's Theme
Intrigue
The SDF-1
The Robotech Masters
The Point of No Return
Invid Theme (Flower of Life Instrumental)
Eyecatch
Boobytrap
Red Alert
Alien Attack
The Point of No Return
Zentraedi Theme
THe SDF-1
Musica's Theme
Khyron's Theme
Roy Fokker's Theme
Red Alert
Broken Heart
The Point of No Return
Catastrophe
Desolation
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, August 21, 2016

59. The Invid Connection Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 59: "The Invid Connection." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
The Point of No Return
Invid Theme (Flower of Life Instrumental)
Showdown
Khyron's Theme
The 15th Squadron
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Khyron's Theme
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
The 15th Squadron
Eyecatch
Boobytrap
Zentraedi Theme
The Robotech Masters
The Point of No Return
Broken Heart
(Red Alert) Resolve
The Robotech Masters
Intrigue
Red Alert
Desolation
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, August 13, 2016

58. Final Nightmare Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 58: "Final Nightmare." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: "Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental Version)" makes its debut in this episode, and it gets used a lot in the last half of the episode as our heroes discover the flower in question and learn its secrets.

Also in this episode is a third unreleased piece of Cosmic Harp music. This one is completely new and not a variation of any of the previous three themes, so I've labeled it "The Cosmic Harp (d)." It's used twice in this episode.

Robotech Theme
Showdown
Boobytrap
Confrontation
Escalations (f2)
Reflections
Escalations (e2)
Intrigue
The 15th Squadron
The Cosmic Harp (d) - unreleased
Private Time Theme (b)
Private Time Theme (a2)
The Robotech Masters
United Earth Government Debriefing
Robotech Love Theme I
Victory
United Earth Government Debriefing
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Boobytrap
(Red Alert) Resolve
Escalations (a)
The 15th Squadron
Cliffhangers (c)
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
The Cosmic Harp (d) - unreleased
THe Cosmic Harp (c1)
Invid Theme (The Flower of Life Instrumental Version)
Suspense
Invid Theme (Flower of Life Instrumental)
Escalations (a)
Invid Theme (Flower of Life Instrumental)
Crashing Metal
Invid Theme (Flower of Life Instrumental)
Intrigue
The Point of No Return
Red Alert
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, August 5, 2016

57. Daydreamer Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 57: "Daydreamer." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: The big one in this episode is of course the first usage of "Flower of Life," and the only time it's used with the vocal track, although the instrumental version will become a regular staple of the series from here on out. This song also marks the debut of Michael Bradley and Steve Wittmack, with Joanne Harris on vocals here. Bradley and Wittmack would go on to write the songs for both Yellow Dancer and Robotech: The Movie, with Bradley performing Yellow Dancer's vocals and Harris performing EVE's vocals in the latter.

Über Geek Confession: Around 1986 I looped this song to fill up one complete side of a 90-minute cassette. Keep in mind there were no soundtracks at that point, so it was just recorded off the television with Dana's echoing "Does anyone know where Musica is?" dialogue over top of it. I'd listen to it on my Walkman in bed and just zone out to it in the middle of the night.

This episode also uses the unreleased "a2 variation" of "The Cosmic Harp" again.

This episode is also only the third episode of The Robotech Masters to not to use "The 15th Squadron" music.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
Mission Accomplished
United Earth Government Debriefing
Ineptitude
Private Time Theme (a1)
Escalations (f1)
Escalations (b)
Robotech Love Theme II
Musica's Theme
The Robotech Masters
The Way to Love (Piano Version)
It's You (Piano Version)
Shocked (d)
Eyecatch
It's You (Piano Version)
It's You (Piano Version)
The Cosmic Harp (a)
Cliffhangers (a)
It's You (Piano Version)
Cliffhangers (b)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Robotech Love Theme II
Escalations (c)
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
Boobytrap
The Flower of Life
The Cosmic Harp (a2 variation) - unreleased
Private Time Theme (a2)
Escalations (f2)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Intrigue
Musica's Theme
Confrontation
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

56. Crisis Point Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 56: "Crisis Point." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITONAL NOTES: New music! "Escalations (e2)" is used for the first time in this episode. There's not much non-generation specific music that we haven't heard left, and I suspect the four that are remaining may not have been used.

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Cliffhangers (c)
Imbeciles
The Robotech Masters
The Cosmic Harp (c1)
The Cosmic Harp (c1)
Musica's Theme
Escalations (b)
Broken Heart
Escalations (e2)
Boobytrap
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Intrigue (climactic final notes)
Khyron's Theme
Musica's Theme
Shocked (b)
The Point of No Return
Boobytrap
Eyecatch
The Robotech Masters
The SDF-1
Red Alert
The 15th Squadron
Intrigue
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Zentraedi Theme
Roy Fokker's Theme
The 15th Squadron
Alien Attack
The Point of No Return
Reconstruction Blues
Roy Fokker's Theme
Mission Accomplished
Musica's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, July 30, 2016

55. Dana in Wonderland Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 55: "Dana in Wonderland." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: "Cosmic Harp (b1)" and "(b2-interlude)" are used back to back again. It's really looking like those two are both the same piece.

Robotech Theme
Intruder
Zentraedi Theme
Red Alert
Khyron's Theme
Catastrophe
The SDF-1
Intrigue
Imbeciles
The 15th Squadron
The Cosmic Harp (b1)/(b2-interlude)
Musica's Theme
Suspense
The Robotech Masters
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
Confrontation
The 15th Squadron
Reflections
The Point of No Return
Zentraedi Theme
Musica's Theme
Boobytrap
Red Alert
Reflections
Zentraedi Theme
Broken Heart
Red Alert
Khyron's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, July 24, 2016

54. Mind Games Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 54: "Mind Games." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
The 15th Squadron
United Earth Government Theme
United Earth Government Theme
Khyron's Theme
Red Alert
The Point of No Return
(Red Alert) Resolve
Broken Heart
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Alien Attack
Biomechanical
Zentraedi Theme
Alien Attack
Red Alert
Battlestations
Catastrophe
Showdown
Zentraedi Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, July 22, 2016

53. The Hunters Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 53: "The Hunters." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: The Macross video game music and sound effects that I thought might be original background music in Showdown are the same ones used in Southern Cross for Louie's video game in this episode. It's these little generic elements used in all anime at the time that made me surprised to learn that Robotech was originally three unconnected shows in Japan, way back in 1985.

We also hear "Macross Anthem" again, a rarity for the Robotech Masters portion of the series. The last time it was used was in episode 30, Viva Miriya.

Robotech Theme
Intrigue
The Point of No Return
Ineptitude
Cliffhangers (c)
Imbeciles
The Point of No Return
Khyron's Theme
Macross Anthem
Victory
The Point of No Return
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Eye Catch
Private Time Theme (a1)
Hard Times
Intruder
Catastrophe
The SDF-1
Khyron's Theme
Escalations (f1)
Escalations (a)
Escalations (c)
Escalations (a)
Boobytrap
Cliffhangers (a)
Broken Heart
Khyron's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

52. Love Song Music Gude

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 52: "Love Story." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This episode has a plethora of small pieces, including two different "Private Time Theme" parts used three times, three different "Escalations" parts used a total of five times, and all four "Cliffhangers" parts also used a total of five times! There's even a "Resolve" thrown in for good measure.

"It's You (Piano Accompaniment)" is also used in this episode, making it the third time so far in the series. Who knew that was such a prominant piece?

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (a2)
Khyron's Theme
The Point of No Return
Escalations (f1)
Escalations (a)
Cliffhangers (c)
Intrigue
Ineptitude
Escalations (b)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Cliffhangers (c)
Robotech Love Theme II
Imbeciles
Private Time Theme (a1)
Broken Heart
Cliffhangers (d)
Escalations (f2)
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
Ineptitude
Eyecatch
Stepping Out
The Way to Love (Piano Version)
Private Time Theme (a1)
It's You (Piano Accompaniment) - Only on the It's You EP
Broken Heart
Cliffhangers (b)
Reflections
Crashing Metal
Escalations (a)
The 15th Squadron
Broken Heart
Khyron's Theme
Red Alert
The Way to Love
Broken Heart
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, July 17, 2016

51. Clone Chamber Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 51: "Clone Chamber." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We hear the final portion of "The Cosmic Harp" from the soundtrack today, with segment "(b2-interlude)." Interestingly enough it's used in the exact same placement, at the end of "(b1)"; but where the soundtrack has it fading in, it comes in nice and strong here. Both tracks are then followed by "(b3)," which does imply that all three might actually be one track.

This is also the first Robotech Masters episode to not use "The 15th Squadron" theme!

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
United Earth Government Theme
Escalations (f1)
Private Time Theme (a1)
The Robotech Masters
Imbeciles
Ineptitude
Musica's Theme
The Cosmic Harp (b1)
The Cosmic Harp (b2-interlude)
The Cosmic Harp (b3)
Eyecatch
Imbeciles
It's You (Piano Accompaniment) - Only available on the It's You EP
Escalations (a)
United Earth Government Theme
Musica's Theme
Cliffhangers (b)
Red Alert
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
The Robotech Masters
Mission Accomplished
Private Time Theme (d)
Robotech Love Theme I
Mission Accomplished
The Way to Love (Piano Version)
Cliffhangers (b)
Boobytrap
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, July 15, 2016

50. Triumvirate Music Guide

 What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 50: "Triumvirate." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: The Cosmic Harp rears its messy head again, as we have a piece that starts out  the same as "(a)" but then goes into a different closing. Then there's a brief break and we go into "(b3)," followed by what sounds like "(a)" edited a bit shorter so it will end in time with the scene.

I compared it to (a2 Variation) from "A New Recruit" and I think it's yet another new piece. So I'm calling it (a3 Variation). At this point I'm starting to think there may be enough unreleased variations on "The Cosmic Harp" that it could probably get its own EP.

And speaking of "The Cosmic Harp (b3)," this is also the first time it's used in the series.

Usually when I list the same piece of music back to back it's because it's used, then we just have some dialogue with no music for a while, and then the same music is used again. In the case of "Boobytrap" this time it's because one scene uses the last part of the song, and then when the scene changes it loops only the beginning of the song, which both have different moods! Some creative editing there.

This episode also uses "Robotech Love Theme I" for the first time in Robotech Masters; the last time we heard it was in "To the Stars," the final episode of The Macross Saga.

Robotech Theme
The Point of No Return
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Escalations (a)
Cliffhangers (a)
The 15th Squadron
Boobytrap
Boobytrap
United Earth Government Theme
The SDF-1
Khyron's Theme
The Point of No Return
Roy Fokker's Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Red Alert
Alien Attack
Eyecatch
Robotech Love Theme I
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Alien Attack
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Intrigue
Suspense 
The Cosmic Harp (a3 Variation) - unreleased 
The Cosmic Harp (b3)
The Cosmic Harp (a)
Alien Attack
Private Time Theme (b)
The SDF-1
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

49. A New Recruit Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 49: "A New Recruit." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This episode features a new variation of "The Cosmic Harp (a)," and I believe it's an unreleased one. At first I thought it was simply slowed down by about 25%, but it has a completely different closing note. Usually in these cases I can tweak the song using Audacity and see what they did, but none of that worked this time. It's always possible that I simply wasn't able to recreate it and the closing note was just edited out of the official "The Cosmic Harp" medley release, but I really don't think that's the case.

I want to label it "The Cosmic Harp (a2)" since it's a variation on the original (a) theme, but that doesn't really work for dissecting the CD track into its separate parts, so I've decided on calling it "The Cosmic Harp (a2 variation)"  since it's not included in the "Cosmic Harp" medley on the soundtrack.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
Earth Government at Work (a)
Private Time Theme (a2)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Escalations (a)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
The Point of No Return
Confrontation
Mission Accomplished
The Point of No Return
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Escalations (d)
Victory
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Hard Times
The 15th Squadron
Musica's Theme
Cliffhangers (c)
Musica's Theme
Eyecatch
The Robotech Masters
Escalations (f1)
Cliffhangers (a)
The Point of No Return
Cliffhangers (a)
(Red Alert) Resolve
The Point of No Return
Escalations (c)
Catastrophe
The Cosmic Harp (a2 variation) - unreleased
Red Alert
Musica's Theme
Crashing Metal
Musica's Theme
United Earth Government Theme
Cliffhnagers (c)
Khyron's Theme
Robotch Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, July 10, 2016

48. Deja Vu Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 48: "Deja Vu." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We have another piece of music that is definitely new but questionable if it's actually considered part of the musical score, when Bowie begins whistling. It's definitely not the same whistling originally used in Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, so it's not a sound effect.

Dana claims Bowie is whistling a song he learned from Musica, but it isn't any of the "Cosmic Harp" themes or even "The Hive". However it does bear a passing resemblance to "Musica's Theme." In the 20th Anniversary Soundtrack liner notes composer Arlon Ober says that the tracks were originally named after characters and situations, and even specifically cites "...there was 'Musica,' which was a very interesting and bizarre  piece." So since the script specifically called for a character to whistle a song from Musica, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that someone would have picked a track labeled "Musica" to listen to for inspiration on what to whistle.

Sadly Arlon Ober passed away in 2004, so we'll probably never know for sure. John Mortarotti was the one to actually edit the music into the episodes, so there's still a chance he might remember.

This episode also uses both the main and "Resolve" portions of "Alien Attack" back to back. This is the second time this has happened so far in the series.

Robotech Theme
Privat Time Theme (b)
The Robotech Masters
Musica's Theme
Private Time Theme (a1)
Cliffhangers (c)
Earth Government Debriefing
Escalations (f1)
Reflections
Musica's Theme
Musica's Theme
Catastrophe
Eyecatch
Alien Attack
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Hard Times
The 15th Squadron
Escalations (a)
The Way to Love (Piano Version)
Imbeciles
Intrigue
Cliffhangers (c)
Intrigue
Musica's Theme
Boobytrap
Confrontation
Shocked (b)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Ineptitude
Bowie Whistling  - unreleased 
Musica's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

47. Outsiders Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 47: "Outsiders." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
The Way to Love (Piano Version) (Slowed down)
Reflections
Boobytrap
United Earth Government Theme
Cliffhangers (c)
(Red Alert) Resolve
The Robotech Masters
Intrigue
Private Time Theme (a2)
The Cosmic Harp (c1)
Clifffhangers (a)
Private Tme Theme (a1)
Imbeciles
Earth Govenrment Debriefing
Earth Government Debriefing
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Battlestations
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Alien Attack
The SDF-1
Red Alert
Alien Attack
The 15th Squadron
Mission Accomplished
Intrigue
The SDF-1
Reflections
Musica's Theme
Reflections
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Monday, July 4, 2016

46. Star Dust Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 46: "Star Dust." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This is of course the episode where we get to hear George Sullivan's rendition of "It's You," the closest Southern Cross gets to having an idol singer. Perhaps that's why George doesn't change the gender in the line "the me whose lost her heart"? More likely he's simply a lyrical purist. This is also the first time we get to actually see Bowie playing piano.

The unreleased instrumental version of  "The Way to Love (Minmei Version)" is also used as background music again in this episode, not just once but twice. This time it runs longer so we get to hear a lot more of it.

This episode also includes "Alien Attack" and "(Alien Attack) Resolve" actually used back to back for the first time, reflecting the way they were made into one track on the soundtrack.

It's the little things that get ya-- notably the repeated usage of just the climactic two notes of "Intrigue" used as a Shocked-style sting in this episode. (But not the additional short repeat of the final note after a break, which could have concievably been intended to be used alone.) Took me a while to nail that one down.

Robotech Theme
Boobytrap
The Robotech Masters
Broken Heart
Earth Government Debriefing
Intrigue (climactic final notes)
Reflections
Hard Times
Lifeline (Instrumental)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Intrigue (climactic note)
It's You (George Sullivan Version)
Khyron's Theme
The Way to Love (Instrumental) - unreleased
Shocked (d)
Eyecatch
Intrigue
The Way to Love (Instrumental) - unreleased
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Escalations (b)
Red Alert
Reconstruction Blues
Alien Attack
The 15th Squadron
Zentraedi Theme
Robotech Theme
Khyron's Theme
Reconstruction Blues
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, July 2, 2016

45. Metal Fire Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 45: "Metal Fire." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We get a new portion of "The Cosmic Harp," but since the 30th Anniversary Soundtrack still leaves it as a medley I'm not sure if what we're hearing is the end of the piece we already heard in the previous episode or the beginning of a new piece we haven't heard yet.

Here's how I'm breaking "The Cosmic Harp" down for the sake of this list:


The Cosmic Harp (a) [0:00-0:21]
The Cosmic Harp (b1) [0:22-0:33]
The Cosmic Harp (b2-interlude) [0:33-0:39]
The Cosmic Harp (b3) [0:39-0:54]
The Cosmic Harp (c1) [0:54-1:16]
The Cosmic Harp (c2) [1:16-2:09]


Musically it sounds like it's three separate themes, hence the a, b, and c labels.  The "b2 interlude" portion could be either a fourth theme, a small transitional piece like "Escalations" and "Cliffhangers," the opening to "b3", or a bridge if "b1," "b2" and "b3" are all one piece.

The point of all this is this episode uses "a" and "b1" together in the same way it appears on the soundtrack, so without getting to hear them isolated as they were originally made I have no idea if it truly counts as a new piece of music or not. All I can tell you for sure is this is the first time we hear the portion that runs from 0:22-0:33. Since it is a new melody, I'm counting it as new.

On a completely different note, for the third time in the series someone yells "Red Alert!" as the "Red Alert" music begins. For a piece that was simply called "Chase Battle 3" when the show was being made, the soundtrack staff certainly picked the right name for it.

Robotech Theme
Boobytrap
The 15th Squadron
Private Time Theme (b)
Musica's Theme
Reflections
The Cosmic Harp (a)/(b1)/(a)
The Robotech Masters
Musica's Theme
Reflections
Zentraedi Theme
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Earth Government Debriefing
Cliffhangers (a)
Private Time Theme (a2)
Escalations (f2)
Earth Government at Work (a)
The Robotech Masters
Red Alert
Alien Attack
Zentraedi Theme
Boobytrap
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Thursday, June 30, 2016

44. The Trap Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 44: "The Trap." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: I was expecting to hear some of "The Cosmic Harp" for the first time, and wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect was to hear "The Hive" already, a piece usually associated with the Invid... and to have it also be used as Cosmic Harp music!

Robotech Theme
Alien Attack
The 15th Squadron
The Point of No Return
Boobytrap/Shocked (e2)
The Point of No Return
Intrigue
The Hive
The Robotech Masters
The Hive
Musica's Theme 
The Cosmic Harp (a)
Zentraedi Theme
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Khyron's Theme
Red Alert
Confrontation
The Point of No Return
The 15th Squadron
Intruder
Intrigue
The 15th Squadron
The Point of No Return
Catastrophe
The Point of No Return
Catastrophe
Musica's Theme
Khyron's Theme
The 15th Squadron
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

43. Prelude to Battle Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 43: "Prelude to Battle." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Lots of talk about Bowie playing the piano in the episode, yet we never actually see or hear him play.

Robotech Theme
The Point of No Return
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Alien Attack
Intruder
Escalations (f2)
Private Time Theme (a1)
Cliffhangers (b)
Imbeciles
Earth Government Debriefing
Mission Accomplished
Roy Fokker's Theme
Eyecatch
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Victory
Private Time Theme (a1)
Escalations (f1)
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
Reflections
The SDF-1
The 15th Squadron
(Red Alert) Resolve
Private Time Theme (d)
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

42. Danger Zone Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 42: "Danger Zone." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Showdown
Red Alert
Private Time Theme (b)
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Escalations (f2)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Battlestations
The SDF-1
Alien Attack
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Musica's Theme
Earth Government Debriefing
Broken Heart
Across the Universe
The 15th Squadron
Rick Hunter's Theme
Robotech Theme
The SDF-1
Boobytrap
Bliss Theme (b)
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Monday, June 20, 2016

41. Half Moon Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 41: "Half Moon." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: New music! "Shocked (a)" is used or the first time!

When General Emerson is mulling over that "one man's junk is another man's Protoculture" as the Bioroids are scavenging through the remains of the SDF-1, the music being played just happens to be "The SDF-1." And I'm confident it's just an amusing coincidence, since according to the liner notes its original title was "Military Fanfare." It's most likely that a) this music was picked because Emerson had just given the order to mobilize the troops and it's an upbeat militaristic piece, and b) this track was only renamed "The SDF-1" by the CD production staff due to it first being heard in the first episode "Booby Trap" where we see the repaired SDF-1 for the first time.

Robotech Theme
Intrigue
The Point of No Return
The 15th Squadron
Intrigue
Earth Government Debriefing
Reflections
Shocked (a)
Rick Hunter's Theme
Khyron's Theme
Catastrophe
Eyecatch
Intruder
The SDF-1
Musica's Theme
Zentraedi Theme
The Point of No Return
Catastrophe
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Alien Attack
Showdown
Roy Fokker's Theme
Alien Attack
Catastrophe
Boobytrap
Robotech Theme (Next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, June 19, 2016

40. Volunteers Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 40: "Volunteers." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Boobytrap
Private Time Theme (a2)
The SDF-1
Earth Government Debriefing
The Point of No Return
Musica's Theme
Intrigue
The SDF-1
The Point of No Return
Desolation
Eyecatch
(Alien Alert) Resolve
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Cliffhangers (a)
The 15th Squadron
Red Alert
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
The SDF-1
Victory
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, June 18, 2016

39. Southern Cross Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 39: "Southern Cross." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Boobytrap
Private Time Theme (a2)
The SDF-1
Cliffhangers (a)
Victory
Ineptitude
Battlestations
Cliffhangers (b)
The 15th Squadron
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
Intruder
Eyecatch
Alien Attack
Intrigue (sped up)
Roy Fokker's Theme
The 15th Squadron
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Desolation
Private Time Theme (b)
Victory
The SDF-1
Victory
Robotech Theme (next epiosde preview)
Robotech End Title

Thursday, June 16, 2016

38. False Start Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 38: "False Start." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: In this episode the Second Generation gets kicked-off properly with the expected heavy usage of "The 15th Squadron," as well as with the very surprising unexpected usage of a different piano version of "It's You."  Released on the It's You 25th Anniversary EP Preview, this version is known as "It's You (Piano Accompaniement)," and as you would expect by the title it's mostly the back-up harmonies intended to support the main melody. The only catch is there are two versions on the CD, "Take 1" and "Take 2," and they sound so similar I can't tell with 100% certainty which one is used! My best guess is Take 2, which sounds a little stronger than Take 1 and seems to match the closest. This is the second piece of background music used in the series that was released exclusively on the It's You EP (the first one being "It's You (Instrumental Version)" in episode #8, "Sweet Sixteen").

Robotech Theme
It's You (Piano Version)
Imbeciles
The 15th Squadron
The SDF-1
Cliffhangers (a)
Confrontation
The 15th Squadron
Reflections
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Private Time Theme (a2)
Battlestations
Zentraedi Theme (speeded up)
Eyecatch
Intrigue
Victory
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Battlestations
Red Alert
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
The SDF-1
The 15th Squadron
Alien Attack
(Red Alert) Resolve
It's You (Piano Accompaniment, Take... 2?) [Only available on the It's You EP]
Musica's Theme
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

37. Dana's Story Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 37: "Dana's Story." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:This episode once again has a voice yelling "Red alert!" as the "Red Alert" music starts.

I strongly debated whether or not I should include Dana's attempt to sing to cheer Bowie up as unreleased music, but decided to leave it as dialogue since she's just throwing together a bunch of random words instead of singing an established song.

This episode may also hold the record for using the Robotech Theme as background music the most times. (Three, not including the usual opening, closing, next episode preview and eycatch.)

Robotech Theme
Robotech Theme
Earth Government at Work (a)
We Will Win
Private Time Theme (a2)
Boobytrap
Intruder
The SDF-1
Alien Attack
Red Alert
Robotech Theme
The 15th Squadron
Eyecatch
The 15th Squadron
Robotech Theme
Escalations (a)
Khyron's Theme
Confrontation
Shocked (b)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Broken Heart
Victory
Red Alert
The Robotech Masters
Suspense
Red Alert
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, June 12, 2016

36. To the Stars Music Guide


What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 36: "To the Stars." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
Robotech Love Theme II
Khyron's Theme
Showdown
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
Cliffhangers (c)
Earth Government Debriefing
Broken Heart
A New Dawn
Khyron's Theme
Robotech Love Theme I
A New Dawn
Red Alert
Eyecatch
Red Alert
The 15th Squadron
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Roy Fokker's Theme
Robotech Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Red Alert
Catastrophe
Desolation
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental Version)
To Be in Love
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, June 11, 2016

35. Season's Greetings Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 35: "Season's Greetings." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: A couple of unreleased tracks this time, and it's actually a good thing that they're unreleased because otherwise it would mess up that Macross Saga/Robotech Masters overlap flow I was talking about yesterday.

The first is one of the most heartbreaking scenes in Robotech, where a despondent, oblivious Lisa drunkenly sings "My Time to Be a Star" to herself while the bar she's in plays the instrumental version of "Lifeline" in the background. This is arguably a piece of dialogue.

The second is when the citizens rally together and start singing "Silent Night" after Khyron's attack... also arguably a piece of dialogue. But if we do count both of these as music, then that would make this the 100th piece of new music used!

Robotech Theme
Khyron's Theme
Khyron's Theme
Private Time Theme (a2)
Imbeciles
Robotech Love Theme I
Cliffhangers (b)
Minmei's Theme
Escalations (f2)
Escalations (b)
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
Lifeline (Instrumental) (with a sad, drunk Lisa singing This Is My Time to Be a Star-unreleased)
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
Minmei's Theme
Cliffhangers (c)
Intrigue
Catastrophe
Red Alert
Alien Attack
Battlestations
Zentraedi Theme
Intruder
Desolation
Silent Night - unreleased
Reconstruction Blues
A New Dawn
It's You (Piano Version)
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, June 10, 2016

34. Private Time Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 34: "Private Time." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:  A lot of new music this time, although it's almost all things I associated with the later generations. "Hard Times" (in addition to being named after a New Generation episode) makes me think of traveling scenes with Cyclones or Hovertanks. And Rick & Minmei's restaurant outing features a piano player, so we get to hear the piano versions of both "The Way to Love" and "It's You," two tracks I always associate with Bowie Grant.

In fact a lot of the music in this episode seems to have a second generation lean to it, as "The Cosmic Harp (c2)" is also used again. The story itself even takes place in Monument City, which is the main setting for the Army of the Southern Cross in Robotech Masters. With only three episodes of The Macross Saga left, it seems this episode was setting the tone up for what was to come not just by using story references but musically as well, making the transition work on multiple levels.

And in that sense, listening through these tracks in "Perfect Memory" order still works fine. Even though they were first used in Macross Saga, they were introduced after the last Minmei song but before Masters' definitive piece "Flower of Life." So they'll still fall into the proper sequence for the overall Perfect Memory listing.

But the biggest surprise for me in this episode was the use of "The Way to Love (Instrumental Version)," which is still unreleased on any soundtrack!

Robotech Theme
Broken Heart
Private Time Theme (a1)
The Way to Love (Instrumental) - unreleased
Minmei's Theme
The Way to Love (Piano Version)
(Red Alert) Resolve
The Way to Love (Piano Version) (continued)
It's You (Piano Version)
Across the Universe
It's You (Piano Version)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
It's you (Piano Version) (continued)
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
(Red Alert) Resolve
Escalations (c)
The Point of No Return
Confrontation
Eyecatch
Hard Times
Showdown
Red Alert
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
Battlestations
Zentraedi Theme
Roy Fokker's Theme
Robotech Theme
Robotech Love Theme I
Rick Hunter's Theme
Private Time Theme (a1)
A New Dawn
Miss Macross (My Time to Be a Star Instrumental)
Escalations (c) (Slowed down)
Minmei's Theme
A New Dawn
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Thursday, June 9, 2016

33. A Rainy Night Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 33: "A Rainy Night." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: There are so few remaining pieces of unused (non-generation specific) background music left on the Robotech 30th Anniversary Soundtrack that I've been seriously wondering if these remaining cuts were ever actually used in Robotech at all, and are actually bonus tracks discovered in the Harmony Gold vaults. But today's episode revealed that at least one of them isn't! "Escalations" (part C) gets used for the first time in this episode!

Robotech Theme
(Red Alert) Resolve
Robotech Love Theme I
Private Time Theme (a1)
Escalations (c)
Robotech Love Theme I
Private Time Theme (a1)
Reflections
Imbeciles
Red Alert
Eyecatch
Private Time Theme (a1)
Escalations (b)
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Private Time Theme (a2)
Red Alert
Broken Heart
Stepping Out
Minmei's Theme
Robotech Love Theme I
Broken Heart
Victory
Escalations (a)
Robotech Love Theme I
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

32. Broken Heart Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 32: "Broken Heart." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This is another case where a piece of background music was given an episode name that describes the mood of the piece very well, yet wasn't actually used in that episode. (Personally, I always think of the "Broken Heart" music as Marlene's Theme.) This also happened previously with "Sweet Sixteen" and "Showdown."

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Intirgue
Khyron's Theme
It's You
Catastrophe
Khyron's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Escalations (b) (slowed down)
Suspense
To Be in Love (a capella)
Suspense
Battlestations
Reflections
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
Shocked (b)
Musica's Theme
Zentraedi Theme
Zentraedi Theme (continues after a brief pause)
Intruder
Red Alert
Rick Hunter's Theme
Love Triangle
Alien Attack
Robotech Love Theme I
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

31. Khyron's Revenge Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 31: "Khyron's Revenge." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

Robotech Theme
Private Time Theme (b)
Earth Government at Work (a) ("Reprise" portion after break only)
Zentraedi Theme
Intrigue
The Robotech Masters
Battlestations
Red Alert
Intrigue
Boobytrap
Musica's Theme
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Musica's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Catastrophe
Earth Government Debriefing
Showdown
Catastrophe
Private Time Theme (b)
Battlestations
Reconstruction Blues
Escalations (a)
Khyron's Theme
Broken Heart
Showdown
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, June 5, 2016

30. Viva Miriya Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 30: "Viva Mirya." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Although this is the second time we see the Robotech Masters, this is the first time we see them while hearing the piece of music that would become eponymous with them. It's actually the twelfth time the piece of music has been used, in nine different episodes.

Robotech Theme
Victory
The SDF-1
Private Time Theme (a2)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Private Time Theme (c)
Private Time Theme (b)
The Robotech Masters
Private Time Theme (a1)
Escalations (b)
Boobytrap
Eyecatch
Private Time Theme (b)
Khyron's Theme
Intrigue
My Time to Be a Star
Red Alert
Bliss Theme (a)
Catastrophe
Alien Attack
Robotech Theme
Macross Theme
Victory
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Saturday, June 4, 2016

29. The Robotech Masters Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 29: "The Robotech Masters." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We heard just the bridge portion of "It's You" last episode; today we get to hear the entire song, with only the final repetition of the final line removed to allow the announcer to speak at the closing of the episode.
  
UPDATE - With the "Cliffhanger" segment in "Countdown" now being identified as "Cliffhangers (d)," that makes this episode the fist use of "Clifhangers (b)."

Robotech Theme
Showdown
Desolation / To Be in Love (a capella overlapping)
The Point of No Return
Cliffhangers (b)
Private Time Theme (a2)
Miss Macross (My Time to Be a Star Instrumental)
Escalations (a)
Catastrophe
(Alien Attack) Resolve
(Red Alert) Resolve
Escalations (f1)
Private Time (c)
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental)
Zentraedi Theme
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental) (resumes in progress)
Eyecatch
Stepping Out
Bliss Theme (a)
Catastrophe
Broken Heart
Catastrophe
Zenttraedi Theme
The Point of No Return
Cliffhangers (b)
Musica's Theme
Khyron's Theme
Escalations (a)
Across the Universe
It's You
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Titles

Friday, June 3, 2016

28. Reconstruction Blues Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 28: "Reconstruction Blues." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: A couple of new Minmei songs in a row, as Minmei performs "The Right Move" and "It's You"  in her concert at Granite City.

Robotech Theme
Reconstruction Blues
Robotech Love Theme II
Victory
Desolation
Battlestations
Macross Theme
Bliss Theme (b)
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental)
Desolation
Earth Government at Work (a)
The Man in My Life
The Right Move
It's You (Minmei Version)
Robotech Love Theme I
My Time to Be a Star
Eyecatch
Escalations (a)
Broken Heart
Cliffhangers (a)
Reflections
The SDF-1
Alien Attack
Red Alert
Intrigue
Alien Attack
Rick Hunter's Theme
Robotech Love Theme I
Broken Heart
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Sunday, May 15, 2016

27. Force of Arms Music Guide

What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 27: "Force of Arms." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: Ahh, the big one. "We Will Win," in all it's glory.

This episode is another case where the original broadcast version varies from what became the standard  version. In the standard version, as Rick and Minmei watch the Earth being destroyed Minmei says "Mother... Father..."  and Rick mourns "Lisa..." The scene then cuts to a flashback of Rick and Minmei's visit back to Earth and her family as we hear Minmei sing "To Be in Love," which fades into the current Earth as a desolate ruin. When the song reaches the lines "A world of things we've never seen before, a world of--" Minmei breaks down into tears. It's probably the most dramatic, heart wrenching usage of "To Be in Love" in the entire series, driving home the destruction of the Earth on a personal level.

However the original version works just as well, but in a completely different way. In the original broadcast version, after Rick says Lisa's name, Minmei begins singing the last verse of "It's You" instead (without the Yokohama flashback): "If you still think of me, how did we come to this? Wish that I knew it is me that you miss..." and then she starts crying. After the conversation they just had where Rick told her they never would have worked out anyway because they live in separate worlds now, it conveys that Minmei finally realizes that Rick hasn't been sitting around waiting for her. She's lost her home, she's lost her family, and now she's realizing she's even lost Rick. It may not be as grand as the standard version, but still a crucial turning point on a deeper, more intimate level. Interestingly enough, the It's You EP uses photos from this scene in the CD booklet.

The other thing about this is when assembling a "Perfect Memory" soundtrack, it also affects the order of the songs. Going by the original broadcast version "It's You" would come before "We Will Win." But I've been compiling this list to follow the standard version, which means we won't hear "It's You" until the next episode. Since I have no idea where "The Man in My Life" falls in the original broadcast version, I'll be sticking with the putting them in the standard version order.

Another change in the two versions is in the final scene, when Rick and Lisa hear Minmei's music as the SDF-1 returns to Earth. In the original version, "To Be in Love" was used, while the standard version uses the ending lines of  "We Will Win." The standard version is the only place in the series to use that part of the song.

Robotech Theme
Red Alert
Reflections
Battlestations
Minmei's Theme
Private Time (b)
Alien Attack
Desolation
To Be in Love
Minmei's Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
The Point of No Return
Showdown
Victory
Eyecatch
Private Time Theme (a2)
We Will Win
Alien Attack
We Will Win (radio effect)
Minmei's Theme
The Point of No Return
Roy Fokker's Theme
We Will Win
Robotech Love Theme I
We Will Win
Victory
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

26. The Messenger Music Guide


What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 26: "The Messenger." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: This is of course the episode where Exedore sings "My Time to Be a Star" to explain to Captain Gloval the power Minmei has had on the Zentraedi. Although this technically counts as dialogue, I'm counting it as new unreleased music for the sake of being complete.

Robotech Theme
The Point of No Return
Battlestations
Alien Attack
Intrigue
Earth Government at Work (a)
Imbeciles
Macross Anthem
Earth Government at Work (a)
My Time to Be a Star (Exedore a capella) (unreleased)
Minmei's Theme
Escalations (f1)
Eyecatch
Private Time (a2)
Private Time Theme (d)
Intruder
The Robotech Masters
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Reflections
Battlestations
Escalations (f1)
Khyron's Theme
Minmei's Theme
To Be in Love
The Point of No Return
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title

Friday, May 6, 2016

25. Wedding Bells Music Guide


What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 25: "Wedding Bells." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: For not having any new music, I have an awful lot to say about the music in this episode!

First, about "Drumroll (unreleased)" - this episode once again uses an unreleased drumroll. When comparing it to the one used in "Miss Macross," I found that they were pretty much the same except that one ran a little longer and had an echo effect added to it, since it was being played in an auditorium for the contest. This version runs a little shorter but has the benefit of having no dialogue over the majority of it. I'm considering them the same piece of music just edited differently.

Secondly, regarding "The Man in My Life" and "To Be in Love" - one of the reasons I refer to these episodes as the "standard version" in my introduction is because what Harmony Gold refers to as "the original broadcast versions" are actually the second broadcast versions. When the show first aired in 1985 several pieces of music were different. Somewhere between its original syndication run and the release of the F.H.E. 6-tape Macross Saga Box Set they remastered the show, changing some of the songs to rely on "To Be In Love" less heavily. (They also messed up the way the video footage was centered, but that's another story.) This is the way these episodes were presented from then on, until the release of the Remastered Edition.

"Wedding Bells" is one of the episodes where the music was changed for what would become the standard edition. The original broadcast version of this episode used "To Be In Love" instead of "The Man in My Life."

I didn't own a VCR back then, so I recorded the series on audio cassette instead. I still have the cassettes, but they're packed away and I can't access them at the moment, which is frustrating because I'd really love to hear what was originally used when this version uses "To Be In Love"! I honestly believe that they just played "To Be In Love" straight through without the dialogue announcing that Minmei was going to sing a second song, but until I can get my hands on those tapes I won't know for certain. I do, however, still have a clip of the original audio where "The Man In My Life" is now used, so I can confidently confirm that change.

(And for what it's worth, I think all the cases where they changed the music were an improvement over the original.) 

Thirdly, in this episode Gloval yells "This is a red alert!" and then "Red Alert" promptly starts. I have no idea if that's coincidence or if the piece of music was given its name from this scene!

And fourth and finally, the preview for the next episode starts very noticeably speeding up the Robotech Theme, and seems to continue speeding it up more and more the longer it goes on! Very odd.

Robotech Theme
Showdown
Khyron's Theme
Confrontation
Shocked (b)
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Broken Heart
Private Time Theme (a2)
Robotech Love Theme II
Victory
The Robotech Masters
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental)
Earth Government Debriefing
Love Triangle (To Be in Love Instrumental)
Victory
Minmei's Theme
Eyecatch
Khyron's Theme
Drumroll (unreleased)
Miss Macross (My Time to Be a Star Instrumental)
The Man in My Life
To Be in Love
Zentraedi Theme
Red Alert
Robotech Theme
Alien Attack
Zentraedi Theme
Earth Government Debriefing
Imbeciles
The Cosmic Harp (c2)
Robotech Theme (next episode preview - speeding up)
Robotech End Title

Monday, May 2, 2016

24. Showdown Music Guide


What follows is a list of all the music that appeared in the standard version of Robotech episode 24: "Showdown." Bold text denotes that this is the first appearance of that piece of music.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: We get the fourth and final piece of "Private Time Themes" used for the first time, when Claudia says goodbye to Lisa. And although a brief clip of "Daydream" was used in "First Contact" when Max infiltrated the Zentraedi ship, this is the only episode where this beautiful piece of music really gets its chance to shine, as the majority of it is used when Claudia speaks to Rick and tries to steer him away from Minmei and towards Lisa.

Returning to the "Is it music or is it a sound effect?" department, we've got the music used in the "Battroid Attack!" video game in this episode. Checking the original Macross episode, I can report that the game music is the same-- making it count as a sound effect, and therefore not a part of the Robotech soundtrack. (And arguably an unreleased piece for a Macross Perfect Memory Soundtrack... but that's a different project).


Robotech Theme
Across the Universe
Private Time Theme (a2)
Earth Government at Work (a)
Private Time Theme (d)
Broken Heart
The Point of No Return
Alien Attack
Red Alert
Robotech Theme
Across the Universe
Robotech Love Theme II
Boobytrap
The Point of No Return
Eyecatch
Earth Government Debriefing
Private Time Theme (a2)
Lifeline (Instrumental)
Boobytrap
Earth Govenrment at Work (a)
The 15th Squadron
Escalations (f1)
The 15th Squadron
Robotech Theme
(Alien Attack) Resolve
Cliffhangers (a)
Private Time Theme (d)
Private Time Theme (b)
(Red Alert) Resolve
Reflections
Daydream
Robotech Theme (next episode preview)
Robotech End Title