Episode 33 – RPG Deep Cuts

The RPG genre is an incredibly fertile source of VGM, with sprawling and varied soundtracks to match the lengthy and oftentimes cinematic nature of the games, so it’s about time I made an episode dedicated to it! RPG connoisseur and Forever Sound Version veteran John Baldasera swings by to enjoy some tracks from games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, and Nier Automata.

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The RPG genre is an incredibly fertile source of VGM, with sprawling and varied soundtracks to match the lengthy and oftentimes cinematic nature of the games, so it’s about time I made an episode dedicated to it! RPG connoisseur and Forever Sound Version veteran John Baldasera swings by to enjoy some tracks from games such as Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe, and Nier Automata.

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Ghost Lion (1989, NES) ‘Title Theme’ by Hiroyuki Masuno

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (1997, Sega Saturn) ‘Algon NS Building (Vision Quest)’ by Toshiko Tasaki, Tsukasa Masuko, and Shoji Meguro

Dragon Riders: Chronicles of Pern (2001, Sega Dreamcast) ‘Danger? Action!’ by Laurent Parisi

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (2004, PC) ‘Path to Libel’ by Hayato Sonoda, Wataru Ishibashi, and Takahide Murayama

Ax Battler: A Legend of Golden Axe (1992, Sega Game Gear) ‘Wilderness’ by Keisuke Tsukahara

Nier Automata (2017, Sony PlayStation 4) ‘City Ruins (Shade)’ by Keiichi Okabe and MONACA, vocals and lyrics by Emi Evans

Death Bringer (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Last Odyssey (Ending)’ by Shinobu Ogawa and Tenpe Sato

 

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Episode 32 – Rocking the Roland MT-32

The Roland MT-32 was a powerful pre-General MIDI sound module for PC that offered game composers a ton of different voices to make music with. Lock in and enjoy some of my picks from DOS game soundtracks played on the MT-32, and humour my musings on Black Sabbath’s unsung hero, management simulation games, and BBC Ceefax!

The Roland MT-32 was a powerful pre-General MIDI sound module for PC that offered game composers a ton of different voices to make music with. Lock in and enjoy some of my picks from DOS game soundtracks played on the MT-32, and humour my musings on Black Sabbath’s unsung hero, management simulation games, and BBC Ceefax!

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Nova 9: The Return of Gir Draxon (1991, DOS) ‘Title’ by Dale Cooper and Christopher Stevens

Sim City 2000 (1993, DOS) ‘Dancing Megalopolis – Credits’ by Sue Kasper

Sim City 2000 (1993, DOS) ‘Work Work Work!’ by Sue Kasper

Waxworks (1992, DOS) ‘Egypt Theme’ by Jezz Woodroffe

Waxworks (1992, DOS) ‘Vladimir Battle’ by Jezz Woodroffe

Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact (1990, DOS) ‘Mission 1’ by Hiromi Ohba and Masahiko Yoshimura, Roland MT-32 music adapted by Rob Atesalp

Fire Hawk: Thexder The Second Contact (1990, DOS) ‘Mission 7’ by Hiromi Ohba and Masahiko Yoshimura, Roland MT-32 music adapted by Rob Atesalp

Transport Tycoon Deluxe (1995, DOS) ‘Cruise Control’ by John Broomhall

Transport Tycoon Deluxe (1995, DOS) ‘Funk Central’ by John Broomhall

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992, DOS) ‘Introduction’ by David Govett and George Alistair Sanger

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992, DOS) ‘Combat’ by David Govett and George Alistair Sanger

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993, DOS) ‘Wolfgang Ritter’ by Robert Holmes

 

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Episode 31 – Classic Action Movies

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle…! The golden age of action movies gave us a ton of licensed games with a wide variety of styles represented in their soundtracks. Join me as I put on a bullet belt and a pair of sunglasses to check out tracks from titles like Rambo on the NES, Die Hard Trilogy on the Playstation, and Predator 2 on the Amiga!

I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle…! The golden age of action movies gave us a ton of licensed games with a wide variety of styles represented in their soundtracks. Join me as I put on a bullet belt and a pair of sunglasses to check out tracks from titles like Rambo on the NES, Die Hard Trilogy on the Playstation, and Predator 2 on the Amiga!

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991, Commodore 64) ‘Intro’ by Jonathan Dunn

Rambo (1988, NES) ‘Title Introduction Theme’ by Toru Hasebe

Rambo (1988, NES) ‘In-Game Theme’ by Toru Hasebe

Universal Soldier (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Stage 4 (Underwater)’ by J. Dave Rogers and Paul Kenny

Die Hard Trilogy (1996, Sony Playstation) ‘Church’ by Stephen Root and Neil Palmer

Die Hard Trilogy (1996, Sony Playstation) ‘Reception’ by Stephen Root and Neil Palmer

The Running Man (1989, Atari ST) ‘Main Theme’, composer unknown

Timecop (1995, SNES) ‘The San Andreas Fault [Stage 2]’ by David Cage

Timecop (1995, SNES) ‘Germany [Stage 4]’ by David Cage

Predator 2 (1991, Commodore Amiga) ‘Main Theme’ by Justin Scharvona

 

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Episode 30 – Metal Slug on the Neo Geo

Metal Slug is one of my all-time favourite arcade franchises for its frenetic and gleefully over the top run and gun action. As a kid, I was always powerless to resist the allure of the ‘Big Red’ Neo Geo cabinets when they housed a title as timeless as Metal Slug – Super Vehicle-001! Aside from the moreish gameplay and excellent graphics, a lot of Metal Slug’s overall quality is to do with its music, so in this episode, I delve into the soundtracks of the series to enjoy the fine musical chops of the games’ composers, including Takushi Hiyamuta and Toshikazu Tanaka.

Metal Slug is one of my all-time favourite arcade franchises for its frenetic and gleefully over the top run and gun action. As a kid, I was always powerless to resist the allure of the ‘Big Red’ Neo Geo cabinets when they housed a title as timeless as Metal Slug – Super Vehicle-001! Aside from the moreish gameplay and excellent graphics, a lot of Metal Slug’s overall quality is to do with its music, so in this episode, I delve into the soundtracks of the series to enjoy the fine musical chops of the games’ composers, including Takushi Hiyamuta and Toshikazu Tanaka.

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Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Operation Explanation, Ranking’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Stage 1’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Stage 3’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

Metal Slug 2 (1998, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Prehistoric Site’ by Takushi Hiyamuta

Metal Slug 2 (1998, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Metamorphosis’ by Takushi Hiyamuta

Metal Slug 3 (2000, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Marine Diver’ by Takushi Hiyamuta, Yoshihiko Wada, Rich Horiuchi, Q_Jirou and Maitaro

Metal Slug 3 (2000, SNK Neo Geo) ‘The Midnight Wanderer’ by Takushi Hiyamuta, Yoshihiko Wada, Rich Horiuchi, Q_Jirou and Maitaro

Metal Slug 4 (2002, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Let’s Run Through! (Stage 1 ‘City’)’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 4 (2002, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Show Spirit (Stage 2 ‘National Border’)’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 5 (2003, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Windy Day’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug 5 (2003, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Zoom Down’ by Toshikazu Tanaka

Metal Slug (1996, SNK Neo Geo) ‘Final Scene 1P’ by Takushi Hiyamuta and JIM

 

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Episode 29 – FSV’s First Birthday

Forever Sound Version is one year old! To reflect on a solid twelve months of VGM discovery, here’s a retrospective episode featuring some of my favourite tracks from the first 28 episodes, as well as some special guest picks from listeners Zinn and Mister Krüsli Pants. Thank you for supporting the show, and rest assured that there are many, many more episodes to come!

Forever Sound Version is one year old! To reflect on a solid twelve months of VGM discovery, here’s a retrospective episode featuring some of my favourite tracks from the first 28 episodes, as well as some special guest picks from listeners Zinn and Mister Krüsli Pants. Thank you for supporting the show, and rest assured that there are many, many more episodes to come!

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

Hagane: The Final Conflict (1994, SNES) ‘Stage 1-4’ composed by Takahito Abe

Ranger X (1993, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Stage 2-1 (Cave)’ composed by Yoshinobu Hiraiwa

Tempest 2000 (1994, Atari Jaguar) ‘Tracking Depth’ composed by Ian Howe, Alastair Lindsey, Kevin Saville, and Julian Hodgson

Mega-Apocalypse (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Main Theme’ by Rob Hubbard

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK08’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK18’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK05’ by Christian Kirsch

Colony Wars 2492 (1996, PC) ‘TRACK03’ by Christian Kirsch

Master of Darkness (1993, Sega Master System) ‘Thames River’ composed by Takashi Horiguchi and Yoko Wada

NBA Live 95 (1994, SNES) ‘Menu’ by Traz Damji and Brian Shaw

Star Cruiser (1989, Sharp X68000) ‘Star Cruiser (Drastic days will come ~ オープニング)’ composed by Toshiya Yamanaka

Colony Wars 2492 Complete OST on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fw5mhApO6_I
Colony Wars 2492 Gameplay video by MrCruesliPants on YouTube: https://youtu.be/QReLFfdcSZQ

 

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Episode 28 – Back to the Old School with Rhythm and Pixels

There’s no school like the old school, and for this episode, I’m joined in the classroom of game music by Rob and Pernell from the excellent Rhythm and Pixels VGM podcast! Join us as we jam on some great picks from games as diverse as Pac-Mania, Hammerfist, and Lemmings!

There’s no school like the old school, and for this episode, I’m joined in the classroom of game music by Rob and Pernell from the excellent Rhythm and Pixels VGM podcast! Join us as we jam on some great picks from games as diverse as Pac-Mania, Hammerfist, and Lemmings!

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Twin Turbo V8 (1989, Sinclair ZX Spectrum) ‘Title’ by Lyndon Sharp

Pac-Mania (1988, Commodore Amiga) ‘Level 2 BGM’ by Ben Daglish

Zynaps (1987, Atari ST) ‘Title’ by Dave Rogers

The Vice Squad (2013, Commodore 64) ‘Title Tune’ by Linus (Sascha Zeidler)

The Great Giana Sisters (1987, Commodore 64) ‘Loader’ by Chris Hülsbeck

Hammerfist (1990, Commodore 64) ‘Track 3’ by Wally Beben

Gunhead (1994, Atari 8-bit family) ‘Title’ by Radek “Raster” Sterba

Lemmings (1994, Commodore 64) ‘Smile if You Love Lemmings’ by Jeroen Tel

The Duel: Test Drive II (1989, Commodore Amiga) ‘Intro’ by Kris Hatfield

Switchblade II (1991, Commodore Amiga) ‘Title’ by Barry Leitch

 

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Episode 27 – VGM Battle! 2

It’s back!! The Forever Sound Version Battle Series returns, and this time, there’s an actual real trophy to be won! I’m joined by John, Michael T, and super special last-minute guest Ross to slug it out to see who will be the supreme champion. Warning: extra long episode!!

It’s back!! The Forever Sound Version Battle Series returns, and this time, there’s an actual real trophy to be won! I’m joined by John, Michael T, and super special last-minute guest Ross to slug it out to see who will be the supreme champion. Warning: extra long episode!!

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Rocky (2002, Nintendo Game Boy Advance) ‘Gonna Fly Now’

Mega Man 3 (1990, Nintendo Entertainment System) ‘Snake Man’ by Yasuaki Fujita

Goldeneye 007 (1997, Nintendo 64) ‘Facility’ by Grant Kirkhope

Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005, Nintendo DS) ‘Main Theme’ by Kazumi Totaka

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Superheroes (1998, CP System II) ‘Theme of Morrigan’ by Masato Kouda and Yuko Takehara

Ikaruga (2002, Sega Dreamcast) ‘Boss 01 – Butsutekkai’ by Hiroshi Iuchi

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000, PC) ‘Hell March 2’ by Frank Klepacki

The Sims (2000, PC) ‘Buy Mode 1’ by Jerry Martin and Marc Russo

R-Type (1989, Commodore Amiga) ‘Main Theme’ by Chris Hülsbeck

Persona 5 (2016, Sony Playstation 4) ‘Last Surprise’ by Shoji Meguro

Cannon Fodder (1993, Commodore Amiga) ‘War Has Never Been So Much Fun’ by Jon Hare

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Crystal Teardrops’ by Michiru Yamane

Road Rash 3 (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘United Kingdom’ by Don Veca

Civilization IV (2005, PC) ‘Baba Yetu’ by Christopher Tin

AM2R (2016, PC) ‘Hydro Station’ composed by Milton Guasti

Final Fantasy VII (1997, Sony Playstation) ‘Fanfare’ by Nobuo Uematsu

 

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