Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage (Miyagawa, 1979)


     After the success of the second series, producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki wasted no time in mounting a continuation of the story, this time as a TV Movie: "Yamato: The New Voyage" (宇宙戦艦ヤマト 新たなる旅立ち).  This functioned as both a coda to the Iscandar and White Comet sagas, and a prologue to the following year's film, "Be Forever Yamato".  Like the previous entries in this series, several waves of soundtracks were released, with the most recent being the Sound Almanac series, which is described below.

     For this score, synthesizers and solo instruments (guitar, piano, etc...) were featured more than in the previous scores, and a few cues are derived from theme "medleys", such as the scene at Hero's Hill honoring the fallen comrades, and the great final battle which features Yamato, Desslar and Goruba themes all fighting for dominance (found on the Symphonic Suite release).  As in the previous productions, several scenes also featured tracked music reused from previous soundtracks.

     The BGM/score soundtrack is described below.  Tracks 20-29 are bonus tracks recorded during the Yamato: New Voyage sessions, but used in other productions.  This release doesn't include the vocal songs ("Yamato!! The New Voyage" ("Remember...YAMATO!") and "Sasha My Love"), but the Symphonic Suite has arrangements of them.

Yamato New Voyage - BGM
Trk Dur Title Film sequence
1 2:15 Yamato Meditation ~ Great Love The survivors of the White Comet attack honor their fallen comrades at Hero's Hill (character montage).
0:00: Synth supporting variations of Yamato motif.
0:57: Great Love: Yuki, becoming darker, then sweeter, returning to Yamato motif.
2 0:31 Young Stellar
Sea Eagles
The new Cosmo Tiger squadron flies up to the Yamato.  A cocky pilot, Sakamoto shows off.
Funky uptempo theme cadence based on main theme of New Cosmo Tiger.
3 1:18 Intruder Upon returning to Gamilus, Desslar finds intruders mining from the planet's ruins.
Dark synth chords hinting at Goruba theme, ending on high noises.
4 4:21 Autoplanet Goruba: Goruba theme
(unused)
(Unused, basically replaced by Symphonic Suite track 8)
0:00: Goruba fanfare theme on brass, interrupted by synth stabs
0:20: A Theme led by strings
0:45: B theme - accents, piano-heavy action figures with drums
1:24: A theme led by brass
1:48: B theme extended
2:31: A theme (fast version) on piano over snare/strings
2:57: A theme (slow version) on strings only
3:33: A theme recap of opening
4:01: Final fanfare
5 1:05 Dark Nebula Empire Dark Nebula General Deda reports to General Meldaz of the mining disturbance.  Deda is ordered to pursue Iscandar, which has gone out of control due to Gamilas' explosion.
Goruba A theme on piano.
6 2:33 New Cosmo Tiger The new Cosmo Tiger pilot Sakamoto trains with asteroids.  Kitano, a new gunner trains with the main guns.  Also: the Yamato prepares to warp to Iscandar to help Desslar and Starsha.
Brass accents, brass fanfare, main theme, brass accents, B theme (repeat sequence 3x with some variations).
7 0:50 Underwear March Sakamoto and Kitano are punished for their mistakes by having to march around the ship in their underwear.
Comical march, brief Yamato motif, ending on trombone slides.
8 1:50 Trial Starsha (holding a small baby cannister) and Mamoru discuss whether they should remain on Iscandar or not.
Sad strings on Yamato, Great Love:Yuki with added winds, worried Yamato on brass, sweet Great Love:Yuki on violins, resolute Yamato.
9 4:23 Pleiades Violent Attack
(TYPE A)
Dark Nebula General Deda makes a surprise attack on Desslar's ships in the skies above Iscandar.
Goruba B theme, extended (repeated), A theme in brass, then cellos, B theme extended, A theme in brass.
10 4:23 Pleiades Violent Attack
(TYPE B)
Desslar orders a descent to the ocean below, while employing the Desslar mines.
Same as 9 except more orchestral strings and timpani.
11 1:14 Crisis of Iscandar The Yamato attempts to move into position to use the WMG, but the Dark Nebula ship moves with it, keeping Iscandar in the line of fire.  However Iscandar moves out of the way on its own.
Suspense brass, percussion, tremolo strings/harp/timpani, etc…
12 2:13 Reunion Kodai and Yuki attempt to convince Starsha and Mamoru to leave Iscandar.
Reunion theme on solo oboe, strings/rhythm (lush, romantic, melancholy).
13 1:21 Autoplanet Goruba: Goruba theme
(piano)
General Meldaz reports back to the leader of the Dark Nebula about the Earth's interference.  Also: General Deda threatens Kodai with the Goruba.
Goruba fanfare with synth effects, A theme on piano/strings (almost exactly the same as track 5 but with extra ornaments).
14 1:39 Autoplanet Goruba: Goruba theme (strings) Deda clears the Desslar mines and sends out fighters, which attack Desslar's ships on the surface of Iscandar.  Also: Goruba begins blasting at Iscandar.
Goruba fanfare, A theme on low strings.
15 2:15 Mamoru and Starsha Starsha agrees to leave Iscandar to prevent more fighting.  However she only gives Mamoru the baby cannister and launches him towards the Yamato, meanwhile staying behind.
Reunion theme on solo piano, strings/rhythm.
16 1:58 Parting
(guitar & orchestra)
Mamoru and the baby arrive on the Yamato.  On Iscandar, Starsha prepares to press the planetary self-destruct button.
Parting theme on guitar, guitar/strings, winds/guitar/strings, etc.
17 1:01 Parting
(strings TYPE A)
Iscandar explodes, destroying the Dark Nebula ships and the Goruba.  Desslar is upset.  The Yamato bridge crew salute.
Parting theme mostly on celli with some orchestral ornaments.
18 1:19 Parting
(piano & orchestra)
Starsha, in spirit form, apologizes to Mamoru for lying to him.
Parting theme on piano, piano/strings, winds/piano/strings.
19 1:13 Parting
(strings TYPE B)
Starsha says farewell and fades away.
Parting theme on tremolo violins/celli, then lush strings, ending faster and more poignant.
20 0:17 Invasion of Iscandar Begins:
Goruba chord
Used in Drama LP, based off Goruba A theme.
21 1:57 Teresa Encounter Used in Yamato II TV comp.: suspenseful mood with harp/el. piano/winds, then strings and high bells, then more welcoming with strings/harp, then hesitant muted brass, etc…
22 1:28 Time of Decision Used in Yamato II TV comp.: motifs from Somber Yamato (BGM1 3) developed.
23 3:59 Parting
(Alternate Version)
For & from Be Forever Yamato Original BGM: Parting theme on solo oboe, piano/strings (mono?), strings, developed with brass/winds, etc… violin/piano (duet), strings, winds, etc..ending in low strings.
24 1:45 Yamato!!
The New Voyage (instrumental)
Used in Yamato III: "Yamato!! The New Voyage" theme song instrumental on low strings/rhythm section, then full strings.
25 1:35 Endless Voyage Used in Yamato III: soft rock version of Yamato Rises!! (Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun) (BGM1 5), ending in EDF fanfare ending cadence.
26 0:48 Underwear March (up-tempo version) Used in Yamato III: slightly faster version.
27 2:22 Quiet Desslar Used in Yamato III: Desslar: Loneliness (FSBY-SS 8) starting flute over strings, eventully with new thematic material.
28 0:34 Endless Voyage (ending only) Used in Yamato III: end cadence based on EDF fanfare.
29 2:08 Mystical Yamato (non-synthi version) From New Voyage BGM, intended (but unused) for Yamato 1st movie: theme of Sorrowful Yamato (BGM1 42) starting on cello over high percussion, then led by winds over harps, strings, etc…


     This BGM release was also accompanied with a Symphonic Suite version (new concert-style arrangements, sometimes used in the program itself).  The Sound Almanac release includes as bonus tracks the first of several collections of karaoke versions of songs.

Yamato New Voyage - Symphonic Suite
(Tracks 2, 6, 8, 10 used in film)
TrkDurTitleStructure
16:42Yamato New Voyage0:00: Orchestral medley of Yamato Series 1 themes beginning with The Universe Spreading Out Into Infinity, The Birth, Scarlet Scarf, Black Tigers, etc…
2:16: Violin solo of Yamato Returns Home (BGM1 49)
3:16: Medley of Series 2 themes
5:04: "Yamato!!  The New Voyage" (song with vocal and rhythm section)
22:45Wandering Iscandar –
Mamoru and Starsha
(used in film)
Iscandar is buffeted by chaotic weather as it careens through space.  Desslar contacts Starsha and Mamoru.  They refuse to leave Iscandar.
Reunion theme: solo piano, piano/strings, various solo instruments with rhythm section (ending in ac. guitar solo), various string groups/rhythm.
32:55New Cosmo TigerNew Cosmo Tiger theme: uptempo big band rock with additional electric guitar solos (2nd is flanged).
43:10Yamato Meditation0:00: Somber Yamato (BGM1 3) developed
0:46: Violin solo
1:30: Medley of somber Yamato themes (including Great Love: Yuki, FSBY-SS 11) on strings, winds, etc
51:34Underwear MarchUnderwear March with extended ending.
63:42Dessler:
Three Forms
(used in film)
0:00: Solitude: Desslar uses his forces to protect Starsha's palace which is also under attack from Deda.  Divided, his own ships are pummeled.
"Desslar: Loneliness" theme (FSBY-SS 8) variation on brass, wind/celeste interlude, various orchestra groups.
1:18: Love: Nearing his homeworld, Desslar recalls the Yamato's battle on Gamilas, as well as Starsha's face (Series 1 montage).
"Desslar: Loneliness" on poignant tremolo strings, ending with harp.
2:33: Anguish: "Desslar: Loneliness" developed in 3 layers, then joined by brass/harp.
73:46Dessler:
Various
(guitar solo)
Desslar sees Gamilas on his viewscreen.
Several refrains of Desslar: Loneliness on solo acoustic guitar with different tempi and ornaments.  (Beginning refrain used in film).
84:32Dark Nebula Empire – Autoplanet Goruba
(used in film)
The Dark Nebula ship Pleiades moves in to aid its mining ships which are under attack by the Gamilas.  Gamilas erupts due to all of the explosions, and Desslar's forces barely escape.  Also: fanfare used when General Meldaz's Autoplanet Goruba arrives at Iscandar.
Same as BGM "Autoplanet Goruba: Goruba theme", but with bigger sound and more background synth sound effects.
0:00: Goruba fanfare theme on brass, interrupted by synth stabs
0:20: A Theme led by strings
0:45: B theme - accents, piano-heavy action figures with drums
1:25: A theme led by brass
1:49: B theme extended
2:32: A theme (fast version) on piano over snare/strings
2:59: A theme (slow version) on strings only
3:33: A theme: recap of opening
4:02: Final fanfare
94:00Farewell –
Beloved One
0:00: Parting theme on solo oboe, piano/strings, harp/strings, lush version with swooping brass/winds, etc…
2:07: Violin/piano duet, orchestra, low strings.
103:15Great Battle – Goruba,
Dessler,
Yamato
(used in film)
In space, the Yamato engages Deda's Dark Nebula capital ships.  Also: Desslar attacks the Goruba, but is overpowered.  He prepares the Desslar Cannon.
Awesome medley of motifs in dramatic action mode: Desslar: Loneliness, Yamato, EDF, Goruba.  In one section there are even 2 layers of Desslar themes at once, going at different speeds.
114:08To The Daughter
I Love
0:00: "Sasha My Love" ending song orchestral arrangement featuring an acoustic guitar solo.
2:28: "Sasha My Love" ending song with vocals.
127:44At The End –
Guitar Solo
3 Acoustic guitar solos:
0:00: Parting theme
2:55: Medley of "Sasha My Love"/Desslar: Loneliness/"Yamato!!  The New Voyage"
5:22: "Yamato!!  The New Voyage"
Bonus tracks: Karaoke Collection 1
132:16Space Battleship Yamato (non-chorus Ver.)
143:01Scarlet Scarf (non-chorus Ver.)
154:20Starsha Thoughts Among the Stars
162:53The Rival
173:13Teresa Forever
183:54Yamato!! The New Voyage
194:06Sasha My Love

     There are still just a few items leftover from the BGM and Eternal Edition releases of Yamato: The New Voyage music which are not included on the first round of Sound Almanac releases (the 2000 Eternal Edition release contains almost all of the "film edits" actually used).  However several (but not all AFAIK) can be found on the recent Sound Almanac Music Addendum, noted (*) below:
Additional Tracks   
Y:TNV BGM 3 2:55 New Voyage (guitar combo): Yamato!! New Voyage instrumental with vocal line in ac. guitar (*).
Y:TNV BGM 7 2:05 Mysterious Yamato: Yamato's Sorrow (theme from BGM1.42) on various instrument groups with synth background textures (*).
Y:TNV BGM 11 1:43 Dessler’s Anguish: Desslar: Loneliness on tremolo violins/vibraphone/harp, joined by strings, winds (*).
Y:TNV BGM 14 2:40 Wandering: Desslar: Loneliness march on ac. guitar/bass/drums, later joined by piano and freer ac. guitar ornamentation (*).
Y:TNV BGM 21 2:02 Parting - Strings: tracks 17 and 19 from the BGM crossfaded into each other.
Y:TNV BGM 23 3:01 Parting - ac. guitar solo (*).
Y:TNV BGM 24 3:50 Sasha My Love - instrumental without rhythm section (*).
E.E. 5 6 1:51 Yamato!! New Voyage (TV Size with vocal).
E.E. 5 29 1:53 Sasha My Love (TV Size with vocal).


     Below is a rundown of the contents of the Eternal Edition 5 CD which is an almost complete isolated score to Yamato: The New Voyage, with only a few retracked cues from previous productions left off for space reasons.  YNV:BGM and YNV-SS refer to the Sound Almanac BGM and Symphonic Suite described above (not the 1995 "Original BGM")  BGM2 refers to the Sound Almanac Yamato Series 2 BGM CDs, and FSBY refers to the Sound Almanac "Farewell" BGM.

Yamato: The New Voyage Eternal Edition File 5
Trk Dur Title Source Film Sequence
1 1:43 Opening (edit of SBY-SS 1) Opening narration.
2 0:59 Main Title ~
Salute to Yamato
(BGM2 1.24) Title.
3 0:52 Hero's Hill (FSBY 6) The survivors of the White Comet attack leave the hospital and visit Hero's Hill, where they find Tokugawa's son.
4 2:14 Yamato Meditation ~
With Great Love
YNV:BGM 1 The Yamato crew honor their fallen comrades at Hero's Hill (character montage).
(followed in film by:
BGM1 5: Yamato Rises!! (Yamato Sleeps in the Setting Sun): The crew visit the Yamato, anchored nearby in the sea.
BGM1 10: New crew graduate from cadet school and march to the dock to transport to the Yamato.)
5 0:53 Tension Before Launch (BGM2 1.4) The new pilot is nervous during his first launch.
6 1:51 Yamato!! New Voyage
(TV Size)
(EE5 6 vocal song) The Yamato launches.
7 0:29 Young Stellar
Sea Eagles
YNV:BGM 2 The new Cosmo Tiger squadron flies up to the Yamato.  A cocky pilot, Sakamoto shows off.
8 1:02 The Universe Spreading to Infinity (BGM2 2.10) As the Yamato begins a training cruise, Desslar's fleet nears the Magellanic Cloud.
9 1:19 Desslar -
Love
YNV:SS 6b (Love) Nearing Gamilas space, Desslar recalls the Yamato's battle on Gamilas, as well as Starsha's face (Series 1 montage).
1:33 Desslar -
Reminiscence
YNV:SS 7 (guitar solo, 1st part only) Desslar sees Gamilas on his viewscreen.
10 1:17 Intruder YNV:BGM 3 Desslar finds intruders mining from the planet's ruins.
11 2:31 Desslar: Attacking (FSBY 24) Desslar attacks the intruders.
(followed in film by excerpt from YNV:SS 8: General Deda's Dark Nebula ship Pleiades moves in to aid its mining ships which are under attack by the Gamilas.  Gamilas erupts due to all of the explosions, and Desslar's forces barely escape).
12 1:34 Destruction of Gamilas (BGM2 1.22) Gamilas explodes, and Desslar grieves.
13 1:04 Dark Nebula Empire YNV:BGM 5 Dark Nebula General Deda reports to General Meldaz of the mining disturbance.  Deda is ordered to pursue Iscandar, which has gone out of control due to Gamilas' explosion.
14 2:31 New Cosmo Tiger YNV:BGM 6 The new Cosmo Tiger pilot Sakamoto trains with asteroids.  Kitano, a new gunner trains with the main guns. 
15 0:48 Underwear March YNV:BGM 7 Sakamoto and Kitano are punished for their mistakes by having to march around the ship in their underwear.
16 0:53 Peace of Mind (FSBY 11) Yuki and Shima tease Kodai about being hard on the new crew.
17 2:21 Wandering Iscandar ~ Mamoru and Starsha YNV:SS 2 (intro cut out) Iscandar is buffeted by chaotic weather as it careens through space.  Desslar contacts Starsha and Mamoru.  They refuse to leave Iscandar.
(followed in film by:
BMG1 46: Shocking Scarf (Mamoru Iscandar flashback)
YNV:BGM 6: The Yamato prepares to warp to Iscandar to help Desslar and Starsha.
BGM1 17: Warp)
18 1:48 Trial YNV:BGM 8 Starsha (holding a small baby canister) and Mamoru discuss whether they should remain on Iscandar or not.
(followed in film by:
YNV:BGM 9: Dark Nebula General Deda makes a surprise attack on Desslar's ships in the skies above Iscandar.
YNV:BGM 10: Desslar orders a descent to the ocean below, while employing the Desslar mines.
YNV:BGM 14: Deda clears the Desslar mines and sends out fighters, which attack Desslar's ships on the surface of Iscandar.)
19 1:22 Desslar - Solitude YNV:SS 6a (Solitude) Desslar uses his forces to protect Starsha's palace which is also under attack from Deda.  Divided, his own ships are pummeled.
20 2:04 Yamato Arrival (BGM1 34, Original Yamato Theme, looped) The Yamato and the Cosmo Tigers arrive to save the Gamilas ships on Iscandar.
(followed in film by BGM1 40: Sortie of the Enemy Fleet)
21 2:34 Great Battle YNV:SS 10 (intro cut out) In space, the Yamato engages Deda's Dark Nebula capital ships.
22 1:12 Crisis of Iscandar YNV:BGM 11 The Yamato attempts to move into position to use the WMG, but Deda's command ship moves with it, keeping Iscandar in the line of fire.  However Iscandar moves out of the way on its own (allowing the WMG to be fired)
(followed in film by
BGM1 1: Universe Spreading…
YNV:BGM 13: General Meldaz reports back to the leader of the Dark Nebula about the Earth's interference)
23 2:13 Reunion YNV:BGM 12 Kodai and Yuki attempt to convince Starsha and Mamoru to leave Iscandar.
24 4:27 Autoplanet Goruba YNV:SS 8 Tracked earlier: General Deda's Dark Nebula ship Pleiades moves in to aid its mining ships which are under attack by the Gamilas.  Gamilas erupts due to all of the explosions, and Desslar's forces barely escape.  Also: fanfare used when General Meldaz's Autoplanet Goruba arrives at Iscandar.
25 1:19 Threat of Goruba Pt 1
(piano)
YNV:BGM 13 Tracked earlier: General Meldaz reports back to the leader of the Dark Nebula (Scaldart) about the Earth's interference.  Also: Meldaz threatens Kodai with the Goruba
(followed in film by:
YNV:SS 10 Great Battle reprise: Desslar attacks the Goruba, but is overpowered.  He prepares the Desslar Cannon.)
1:25 Threat of Goruba Pt 2
(strings)
YNV:BGM 14 Goruba begins blasting at Iscandar.
(followed in film by FSBY 24, Desslar: Attacking, as he rams the Goruba.)
26 1:52 Desslar - Thoughts (BGM2 2.37) Starsha is distressed, Desslar tells Kodai to fire while his own ship keeps the Goruba muzzle open.
27 2:14 Mamoru and Starsha YNV:BGM 15 Starsha agrees to leave Iscandar to prevent more fighting.  However she only gives Mamoru the baby canister and launches him towards the Yamato, meanwhile staying behind.
28 1:57 Parting Pt 1
(guitar & orchestra)
YNV:BGM 16 Mamoru and the baby arrive on the Yamato.  On Iscandar, Starsha prepares to press the planetary self-destruct button.
1:00 Parting Pt 2
(strings TYPE A)
YNV:BGM 17 Iscandar explodes, destroying the Dark Nebula ships and the Goruba.  Desslar is upset.  The Yamato bridge crew salute.
1:17 Parting Pt 3
(piano & orchestra)
YNV:BGM 18 Starsha, in spirit form, apologizes to Mamoru for lying to him.
1:10 Parting Pt 4
(strings TYPE B)
YNV:BGM 19 Starsha says farewell and fades away.
29 1:53 Sasha My Love
(TV Size)
(EE5 29 vocal song) The Yamato returns to Earth.

Other Resources/Links
     For more detail (and I mean MUCH more) on the music of Yamato, it's highly recommended to check out CosmoDNA, far and away the best website and news source on all things Space Battleship Yamato. On one of my other blogs (Ed Quits Smoking), I also have a complete synopsis guide to the various Space Battleship Yamato TV series and films.  The previous entries in this blog's  "Music of Space Battleship Yamato" series are:
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