Episode 69 – A Number Between Sixty-eight and Seventy

This episode is dedicated to the sexy, flirty, and sometimes naughty side of video games and video game music. Superstar special guest The Diad and I draw from titles on platforms as diverse as Sega Saturn, Commodore Amiga, and PC-FX to make a playlist that I feel is one of the most interesting this podcast has had to date!

Listen:

 

Desire (1997, Sega Saturn) ‘Ishtal ‘Desire’ [Main I (Noon)]’ by Ryu Umemoto

Dial Q o Mawase! (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Match Tune’, composer unknown

Pinball Illusions (1995, Commodore Amiga) ‘Babewatch Main Theme’ by Olof Gustafsson

Dragon Knight 4 (1997, PC-FX) ‘Opening : take the offensive’ by Masaki Sugo, Yoichi Shimizu, and Tsuyoshi Fukutomi

Foxy 2 (1991, Sharp X68000) ‘SEN4’ by Manabu Kunieda, Yuki Ushimaru, and Yasuhiro Taguchi

Kizuato (1996, Windows) ‘Scars That Haven’t Healed’ by Kazuhide Nakagami

Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals (1989, DOS) ‘Nontoonyt Resort’ by Mike Dana

Kekkō Kamen 2: O-Shioki Densetsu no Maki (1995, PC-98) ‘Track 4’ by Akira and Yoshito Hata

Lipstick Adv.EX (1999, Windows) ‘MIND ~closed the past~’ by Doors Music Entertainment

To Heart 2 (2009, Sony PSP) ‘Technical Power’ by Naoya Shimokawa

 

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Episode 68 – VGM for Hope

2020 is turning out to be a tough year for a lot of us, so I think that some music which inspires hope for the future is in order. For this episode, I am joined by my good friend The Diad as we seek out some video game tunes that will lift our spirits and keep us groovin’ into the night!

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Streets of Rage 4 (2020, PC) ‘Staff Roll’ by Motohiro Kawashima

Fever SOS (1998, Arcade) ‘Dancing Bomber’ by Ryuichi Yabuki, Nanpei Misawa, Ryo Sakai, and Masaharu Yoshida

Battle Pinball (1995, Nintendo Super Famicom) ‘Ultra Table’ by Ryuichi Nitta

Gimmick! (1992, NES) ‘Good Morning [Introduction]’ by Masashi Kageyama

Slipheed (1989, DOS) ‘The Legend of Slipheed’ by Nobuyuki Aoshima, Mecano Associates, Hibiki Godai, Fumihito Kasatani, Hiromi Ohba, and Mark Seibert

R.C. Robot Construction (1993, Sharp X68000) ‘Opening’ by Masashi Kageyama

Golden Axe (1990, PC Engine CD) ‘Ending Credits’ by Shinobu Ogawa, Hiroto Otsubo and Yuonjin

Tsunyan Jaayao (1994, NEC PC-98) ‘Ending’ by Takeshi Abo

 

Masashi Kageyama here, helping the crops by playing saxophone at them.

 

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Episode 67 – Mega Drive Mayhem

To many, the FM synth-driven sound of the Sega Mega Drive simply is the sound of video games, as its run of success in the early 1990s delivered countless brilliant original titles in addition to some very convincing arcade ports. In this episode, I share some of my favourite tunes from this beautiful little slab of black plastic, including tracks from ToeJam & Earl, Columns, and Ecco the Dolphin!

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Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (1993, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Whirlwind’ by Morihiko Akiyama, Hirofumi Murasaki and Masayuki Nagao

ToeJam & Earl (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘ToeJam Jammin’’ by John Baker

Road Rash (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Pacific Coast’ by Rob Hubbard

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 2-1’ by Noriyuki Iwadare

Columns (1990, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Lathesis’ by Tokuhiko Uwabo

CrossFire (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘In the Air’ by Tsukasa Masuko

Ecco the Dolphin (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Jurassic Beach’ by András Magyari, Spencer Nilsen and Brian Coburn

Golden Axe II (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Credits’ by Naofumi Hataya

 

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Episode 66 – Best of 2019

In a first for Forever Sound Version, John and I get into what we consider to be the best game soundtracks of the year! 2019 has yielded lots of very interesting titles, which in turn have given us some very interesting tunes. Thanks a lot for supporting the podcast this year; enjoy the holidays and see you in 2020!

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (2019, Sony Playstation 4) ‘In the Doldrums’ by Hitoshi Sakimoto

Samurai Shodown (2019, Sony Playstation 4) ‘The Crow’ by Hori_Hori, Hideki Asanaka, Mayuko Hino, Naoki Kita, Minori Sasaki, Akihiro Nakazawa, Daisuke Mori, Kensuke Inage and Jun Hoshina

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (2019, Sony Playstation 4) ‘In the Doldrums’ by Michiru Yamane

Nono Pixie (2019, Commodore 64) ‘Nono Pixie’ by Marcin Majdzik

Astral Chain (2019, Nintendo Switch) ‘Task Force Neuron’ by Satoshi Igarashi

Hypnospace Outlaw (2019, PC) ‘I Am the Chowder’ by Erik Helwig

Persona 5: The Royal (2019, Sony Playstation 4) ‘Take Over’ by Shoji Meguro

 

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Episode 65 – Kart Racing

Coming at you faster than a blue shell on the final lap of Koopa Troopa Beach, Forever Sound Version is back with a focus on music from kart racing titles! This hugely popular subgenre of racing games was introduced – and some would say perfected – by Nintendo’s Mario Kart series, but which other characters have gotten in on the action over the years?

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Super Mario Kart (1992, SNES) ‘Mario Circuit’ by Soyo Oka

Diddy Kong Racing (1997, Nintendo 64) ‘Jungle Falls’ by David Wise and Graeme Norgate

Doraemon Kart (1998, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘BGM #03’, composer unknown

Crash Team Racing (1999, Sony Playstation) ‘Mystery Caves’ by Mark Mothersbaugh and Josh Mancell

Mario Kart Super Circuit (2001, Nintendo Game Boy Advance) ‘Yoshi Desert’ by Kenichi Nishimaki, Masanobu Matsunaga and Minako Hamano

Sonic Drift (1994, Sega Game Gear) ‘Star Light’ by Masayuki Nagao

Chocobo Racing (1999, Sony Playstation) ‘Gurugu Volcano’ by Nobuo Uematsu and Kenji Ito

Mario Kart 64 (1996, Nintendo 64) ‘Toad’s Turnpike’ by Kenta Nagata

 

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