Episode 45 – Manami Matsumae Mix

In this episode I celebrate the work of Manami Matsumae – a fantastically talented Japanese composer whose VGM career spans four decades. So, I’ve managed to pick out tracks from the years 1987, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2010, and 2016! We’ve got Mega Man action, arcade action, and a bit of horsing about too…!

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In this episode I celebrate the work of Manami Matsumae – a fantastically talented Japanese composer whose VGM career spans four decades. So, I’ve managed to pick out tracks from the years 1987, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2001, 2010, and 2016! We’ve got Mega Man action, arcade action, and a bit of horsing about too…!

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Mega Man (1987, NES) ‘Elec Man’ by Manami Matsumae and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi

Mega Man (1987, NES) ‘Dr. Wily’s Castle’ by Manami Matsumae and Yoshihiro Sakaguchi

Final Fight (1989, Arcade) ‘Round 1: Slum 2’ by Manami Matsumae

Final Fight (1989, Arcade) ‘Round 3: West Side 1’ by Manami Matsumae

Mercs (1990, Arcade) ‘Mission 1 (Commencing Military Operations)’ by Manami Matsumae

Mercs (1990, Arcade) ‘Ranking’ by Manami Matsumae

Derby Stallion (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Spring’ by Manami Matsumae

Jade Cocoon 2 (2001, Sony Playstation 2) ‘Blessing’ by Kimitaka Matsumae and Manami Matsumae

Jade Cocoon 2 (2001, Sony Playstation 2) ‘Man of Valor’ by Kimitaka Matsumae and Manami Matsumae

Mighty No. 9 (2016, PC) ‘Rush Into The Mine (Mine Stage)’ by Manami Matsumae

Mighty No. 9 (2016, PC) ‘Main Theme’ by Manami Matsumae

Mega Man 10 (2010, Sony Playstation 3) ‘Nitro Rider (Highway – Nitro Man Stage)’ by Manami Matsumae

 

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Episode 44 – Tunes of the “Nth” Dimension: A Zool Party

It was the early 1990s, and Nintendo and Sega were going head to head in a 16-bit battle of the mascots, but what about the world of home computers? What about the Commodore Amiga? Meet Zool: the Amiga’s platforming ninja gremlin with a penchant for Chupa Chups lollipops and, evidently, British rave music…

It was the early 1990s, and Nintendo and Sega were going head to head in a 16-bit battle of the mascots, but what about the world of home computers? What about the Commodore Amiga? Meet Zool: the Amiga’s platforming ninja gremlin with a penchant for Chupa Chups lollipops and, evidently, British rave music…

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Zool (1992, Commodore Amiga) ‘Zool Rave’ by Patrick Phelan

Zool (1992, Commodore Amiga) ‘Rock ‘n Zool’ by Patrick Phelan

Zool (1992, Commodore Amiga) ‘Sonic Basher’ by Patrick Phelan

Zool (1993, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Patrick Phelan and Matt Furniss

Zool (1993, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Worlds 1, 5, & 7 (Sweets ~ Toys ~ Island)’ by Patrick Phelan and Matt Furniss

Zool (1993, SNES) ‘Tool World’ by Patrick Phelan

Zool (1993, SNES) ‘Tropical Islands’ by Patrick Phelan

Zool (1993, Commodore Amiga CD32) ‘Sweet World’ by Patrick Phelan and Neil Biggin

Zool (1993, Commodore Amiga CD32) ‘Fruit World’ by Patrick Phelan and Neil Biggin

Zool (1994, Sega Game Gear) ‘BGM #02’ by Patrick Phelan and Matt Furniss

Zool 2 (1993, Commodore Amiga) ‘World 3 Tooting Common’ by Neil Biggin

Zool 2 (1993, Commodore Amiga) ‘World 5 Mount Ices’ by Neil Biggin

Zool 2 (1993, Commodore Amiga) ‘Main Theme & Ending’ by Neil Biggin

 

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Episode 43 – NES Showcase

Ah, the NES… I never had one! My part of the world mostly revolved around 8-bit home computers until the 16-bit consoles arrived on the scene, so I have had to get into NES music without the nostalgia dimension. Curious? Lock in and check out some of my top NES picks!

Ah, the NES… I never had one! My part of the world mostly revolved around 8-bit home computers until the 16-bit consoles arrived on the scene, so I have had to get into NES music without the nostalgia dimension. Curious? Lock in and check out some of my top NES picks!

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Double Dribble (1987, NES) ‘Menu’ by Atsushi Fujio

River City Ransom (1990, NES) ‘Menu’ by Kazuo Sawa

Power Blade 2 (1992, NES) ‘Stage 01’ by Kinuyo Yamashita

Bad Dudes (1990, NES) ‘Stages 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7’ by Masaaki Iwasaki, Shōgo Sakai, Takafumi Miura, Yuji Suzuki, Yusuke Takahama, and I. Uchida

Bad Dudes (1990, NES) ‘Stages 2 & 5’ by Masaaki Iwasaki, Shōgo Sakai, Takafumi Miura, Yuji Suzuki, Yusuke Takahama, and I. Uchida

Balloon Fight (1986, NES) ‘Balloon Trip’ by Hirokazu Tanaka

Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos (1990, NES) ‘Title’ by Tim Follin

Shatterhand (1991, NES) ‘Area A’ by Iku Mizutani

Shatterhand (1991, NES) ‘Area C’ by Iku Mizutani

Mega Man 2 (1989, NES) ‘Wood Man’s Stage’ by Takashi Tateishi

Mega Man 2 (1989, NES) ‘Air Man’s Stage’ by Takashi Tateishi

Shadowgate (1989, NES) ‘Entryway’ by Hiroyuki Masuno

 

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Episode 42 – Rallying Ragers

Rallying is a motorsport that has always fascinated me, which I think is largely down to titles such as V-Rally and Colin McRae Rally, a pair of first-rate driving sims from the fifth generation of video games. It turns out that rallying games often have some excellent, inventive music, so lock in and enjoy these rocking and raving gems from the 1990s!

Rallying is a motorsport that has always fascinated me, which I think is largely down to titles such as V-Rally and Colin McRae Rally, a pair of first-rate driving sims from the fifth generation of video games. It turns out that rallying games often have some excellent, inventive music, so lock in and enjoy these rocking and raving gems from the 1990s!

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V-Rally: Championship Edition (1998, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘Car Selection’ by Alberto José González

V-Rally: 97 Championship Edition (1997, Sony PlayStation) ‘Rockin’ Engine’ by Moby Dick and Cacaouhete

Network Q RAC Rally Championship (1996, PC) ‘Menu Audio’ by Darren Ithell and Dave Sullivan

Network Q RAC Rally Championship (1996, PC) ‘Four on the Floor’ by Darren Ithell and Dave Sullivan

Top Gear Rally (1997, Nintendo 64) ‘Jungle’ by Barry Leitch

Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000, Sony PlayStation) ‘In Game 4’ by Jonathan Colling

Colin McRae Rally 2.0 (2000, Sony PlayStation) ‘In Game 7’ by Jonathan Colling

Sega Rally Championship (1995, Sega Saturn) ‘My Dear Friend, Rally’ by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, lyrics written by Kenneth Ibrahim and Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Sega Rally Championship (1995, Sega Saturn) ‘Game Over Yeah!’ by Takenobu Mitsuyoshi

 

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Episode 41 – Get a Load of This

Back in the Commodore 64’s heyday, the lengthy tape loading times meant that computer games enthusiasts needed something to nod their heads and tap their feet to as their screens flickered with raster bars and intro screens. Thus, the ‘loader’ track was born! Join me as I check out some SID chip jams from games old and new (three tracks on the playlist are from games released this decade!) along with some loading tunes from the Sharp X68000, Amiga, and Atari ST.

Back in the Commodore 64’s heyday, the lengthy tape loading times meant that computer games enthusiasts needed something to nod their heads and tap their feet to as their screens flickered with raster bars and intro screens. Thus, the ‘loader’ track was born! Join me as I check out some SID chip jams from games old and new (three tracks on the playlist are from games released this decade!) along with some loading tunes from the Sharp X68000, Amiga, and Atari ST.

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Salamander (1988, Sharp X68000) ‘Loading’ by Yoshiaki Hatano and Miki Higashino

Que-Dex (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Loading Sequence: Timed Out’ by Matt Gray

Hessian (2016, Commodore 64) ‘Hessian Loader’ by Lasse Öörni and Péter Nagy-Miklós

Darkness (2014, Commodore 64) ‘Darkness Loader’ by Linus (Sascha Zeidler)

The Vice Squad (2013, Commodore 64) ‘Sinister Conflicts (Vice Squad Loader)’ by Richard Bayliss

The Killing Game Show (1990, Commodore Amiga) ‘Loading Tune’ by Ray Norrish

Zombi (1990, Atari ST) ‘Loading Music’ by David Whittaker

Namachuukei 68 (1988, Sharp X68000) ‘Loader’ by Yuji Takenouchi

Mario Bros. (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Ocean Loader 2’ by Martin Galway

 

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Episode 40 – CD Audio Trailblazers

Everyone knows about the Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn, but what about those other CD-based video game systems? In this episode I take a deep dive into the world of early Redbook audio VGM, covering platforms such as the FM Towns, PC Engine CD, Sega CD, 3DO, and Neo Geo CD!

Everyone knows about the Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn, but what about those other CD-based video game systems? In this episode I take a deep dive into the world of early Redbook audio VGM, covering platforms such as the FM Towns, PC Engine CD, Sega CD, 3DO, and Neo Geo CD!

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Shadow of the Beast (1991, FM Towns) ‘Opening’ by Chris Howlett and Ian Henderson

Super Street Fighter II (1994, FM Towns) ‘Dee Jay’s Theme’ by Shun Nishigaki and Isao Abe

Popful Mail (1994, PC Engine CD) ‘Volcanic Zone (Exploration)’ by Falcom Sound Team

Gate of Thunder (1992, PC Engine Super CD-ROM) ‘Stage 6’ by M. Takeda, K Yamaoka, T. Nagami, and N. Wada

Lunar: The Silver Star (1992, Sega CD) ‘Battle Theme’ by Noriyuki Iwadare, Hiroshi Fujioka, and Isao Mizoguchi

The Terminator (1993, Sega CD) ‘Taking to the Air’ by Tommy Tallarico

Ballz: The Director’s Cut (1995, 3DO) ‘Crusher’ by Kurt Harland, Ted Hommel, Brendan McCarthy, and Aaron Winett

Starfighter 3000 (1996, 3DO) ‘Death By Stereo’, composer unknown

Pulstar (1995, SNK Neo Geo CD) ‘Back Alive’ by Harumi Fujita

 

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Episode 39 – D&D: Warriors of the Eternal Sun

It’s the first episode of 2018 – let’s go an adventure! In this episode I get stuck into the rocking tracks of Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun, a Sega Mega Drive exclusive from 1992. Expect crunching drum beats and raging riffs, and watch out for that red dragon…

It’s the first episode of 2018 – let’s go an adventure! In this episode I get stuck into the rocking tracks of Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun, a Sega Mega Drive exclusive from 1992. Expect crunching drum beats and raging riffs, and watch out for that red dragon…

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Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘City Theme’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Azcan Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Elven Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Elven Combat’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Beastman Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Jungle Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Lavapit Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Lavapit Combat’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Swamp Wander’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Swamp Combat’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Victory (unused)’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

Dungeon & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Credits’ by Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, and Dwight Kenichi Okahara

 

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