This is and underrated gem by Joe Hisaishi. this is not the soundtrack to the cartoon, but the music in here is so beautiful and relaxing. It is a tribute to the novel. If you get a chance, you should watch the movie or read the novel. It is basically a story about a train that takes people to heaven. Unfortunately, all of the writing on this CD is in Japanese. However, I have found the translation to the track listing.
1. Night on the Milky Way Railway
2. Three Castaways
3. Prison Beach
4. Weather Wheel Waltz
5. Bird Catcher
6. Giovanni's Scenery
7. Northern Cross
8. Southern Cross Prayer ~ New World
10. Night on the Milky Way Railway (reprise)
Don't pass this album up. It is full of beautiful piano and if you listen carefully, you can imagine stars twinkling throughout the music.