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 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 25 – NBA Jams

It’s time for Forever Sound Version’s first ever sports games focus – and it’s on the NBA! There are no airballs on this episode as we charge through some great tracks from franchises such as Midway’s frenetic arcade-oriented NBA Jam and the EA basketball sims of the ‘Live’ series. Boomshakalaka!

It’s time for Forever Sound Version’s first ever sports games focus – and it’s on the NBA! There are no airballs on this episode as we charge through some great tracks from franchises such as Midway’s frenetic arcade-oriented NBA Jam and the EA basketball sims of the ‘Live’ series. Boomshakalaka!

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NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Main Theme’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995, SNES) ‘End of Game’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam (1994, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘Main Theme’ by Jon Hey

NBA Jam (1994, Nintendo Game Boy) ‘Team Select’ by Jon Hey

NBA Live 95 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Traz Damji and Brian Shaw

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

NBA Live 96 (1995, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Traz Damji, Steve Royea and Vince Mai

NBA Live 97 (1996, SNES) ‘Title Screen’ by Brian Schmidt

NBA Live 98 (1997, SNES) ‘Crowd’ by Mark Oritz

NBA Live 98 (1997, SNES) ‘Defense!’ by Mark Oritz

NBA 3 on 3 Featuring Kobe Bryant (1999, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘BGM2’ by Chris Lamb

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘02’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘03’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘11’, composer unknown

NBA in the Zone 2000 (2000, Nintendo Game Boy Color) ‘13’, composer unknown

NBA Showdown (1993, SNES) ‘Title’ by Traz Damji

 

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Episode 23 – Sonic the Hedgehog in the 1990s

I’m joined by Chris Machell to cover some top drawer jammers from the Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s! With the enduring popularity of the original 2D Sonic titles in the world of retro gaming, it’s easy to take their soundtracks for granted, so we’ve picked out some superlative individual tracks – including classics and deeper cuts – to demonstrate the scope of what is among Sega’s most important contributions to the world of VGM!

I’m joined by Chris Machell to cover some top drawer jammers from the Sonic the Hedgehog games of the 1990s! With the enduring popularity of the original 2D Sonic titles in the world of retro gaming, it’s easy to take their soundtracks for granted, so we’ve picked out some superlative individual tracks – including classics and deeper cuts – to demonstrate the scope of what is among Sega’s most important contributions to the world of VGM!

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Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Theme’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Green Hill Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Spring Yard Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Scrap Brain Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Chemical Plant Zone’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Emerald Hill Zone (2P)’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Final Boss’ by Masato Nakamura

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Master System) ‘Bridge Zone’ by Yuzo Koshiro

Sonic the Hedgehog (1991, Sega Master System) ‘Scrap Brain Zone’ by Yuzo Koshiro

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Master System) ‘Gimmick Mountain Zone’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992, Sega Master System) ‘Invincible’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Hydrocity Zone Act 1’ by Michael Jackson and Brad Buxer

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘IceCap Zone Act 1’ by Brad Buxer

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Final Boss (Big Arms)’ by Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada, Sachio Ogawa, Masayuki Nagao, and Masanori Hikichi

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Screen’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Flying Battery Zone Act 2’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Miniboss’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic & Knuckles (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Lava Reef Zone Act 1’ by Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Jun Senoue, and Howard Drossin

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [Japanese / European OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Tidal Tempest (Present)’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [Japanese / European OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Wacky Workbench (Bad Future)’ by Naofumi Hataya and Masafumi Ogata

Sonic the Hedgehog CD [North American OST] (1993, Sega Mega CD) ‘Ending’ by Spencer Nilsen, David Young, and Mark Crew

 

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Episode 14 – Snow and Ice

For the last episode of 2016, here’s a bunch of wintry VGM tracks for you to enjoy. Whatever you’re up to, be it driving home for Christmas like Chris Rea or lamenting lost love by the fire like George Michael, these tunes are bound to get you ready for the holidays!

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For the last episode of 2016, here’s a bunch of wintry VGM tracks for you to enjoy. Whatever you’re up to, be it driving home for Christmas like Chris Rea or lamenting lost love by the fire like George Michael, these tunes are bound to get you ready for the holidays!

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Mario Lemieux Hockey (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Title Screen’ composed by David Javelosa and Alex Rudis

Donkey Kong Country (1994, Super Nintendo Entertainment System) ‘Ice Cave Chant’ composed by David Wise, Eveline Novakovic, and Robin Beanland

Home Alone (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Outside’ composed by Rolf Weber and Clifford Falls

Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Nintendo GameCube) ‘Icicle Mountain’ composed by Shogo Sakai

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Ice Cap Zone’ composed by Brad Buxer, Bobby Brooks, Darryl Ross, Geoff Grace, Doug Grigsby III, C. Cirocco Jones (Scirocco), and Michael Jackson (uncredited)

Snow Bros. (Unreleased, Amiga) ‘Title Screen’ composed by Raphaël Gesqua and Jean Baudlot

Cool Boarders (1996, Sony Playstation) ‘Freshy’ composer unknown

 

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Episode 11 – Masaya Mega Drive Madness

We really were spoiled for scrolling shooters in the 16-bit era – I know that I had a pretty serious investment in the genre back in the day. Among the very best of them, for me, were three Mega Drive titles from Masaya: Target Earth, Gynoug, and Gley Lancer. These are vibrant, intense games with soundtracks to match! Hope you’re in the mood for some shooting and dodging…!

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We really were spoiled for scrolling shooters in the 16-bit era – I know that I had a pretty serious investment in the genre back in the day. Among the very best of them, for me, were three Mega Drive titles from Masaya: Target Earth, Gynoug, and Gley Lancer. These are vibrant, intense games with soundtracks to match! Hope you’re in the mood for some shooting and dodging…!

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Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Opening Theme’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Target Earth (1990, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Main Theme’ composed by Takashi Suzuki

Target Earth (1990, Sega Mega Drive) ‘In The Cave’ composed by Takashi Suzuki

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 1-1’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 3-1’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 4-2’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gynoug (1991, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Round 6’ composed by Noriyuki Iwadare and Akie Ōba

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Story Begin’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Stage 1 (Asteroid Field)’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

Gley Lancer (1992, Sega Mega Drive) ‘Story 3 & Stage 5’ composed by Cube, Yoshiaki Kubodera, Masanori Hikichi, Isao Mizoguchi, and Noriyuki Iwadare

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

 

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Episode 3 – Mighty Morphin Chiptunes

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the premier brightly-coloured roundhouse-kicking zord-summoning crusaders of the mid-nineties. They captured the hearts and minds of many a youngster (myself included, I have to admit) and probably made Saban and Bandai mind-boggling amounts of money with their official Power Rangers toys and games, including video games for the Game Boy, Mega Drive, and SNES. Are these games any good? Some of them are! The soundtracks of said games? Packed with burners – packed! So, lock in and jam on this barrage of thoroughly righteous heavy metal chiptunes until your brain changes shape. After all, as the famous catchphrase goes: it’s time to morph!
(That was the catchphrase, right?)

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the premier brightly-coloured roundhouse-kicking zord-summoning crusaders of the mid-nineties. They captured the hearts and minds of many a youngster (myself included, I have to admit) and probably made Saban and Bandai mind-boggling amounts of money with their official Power Rangers toys and games, including video games for the Game Boy, Mega Drive, and SNES. Are these games any good? Some of them are! The soundtracks of said games? Packed with burners – packed! So, lock in and jam on this barrage of thoroughly righteous heavy metal chiptunes until your brain changes shape. After all, as the famous catchphrase goes: it’s time to morph!

(That was the catchphrase, right?)

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Main Theme’ composed by Iku Mizutani and Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘City’ composed by Iku Mizutani and Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Depot’ composed by Iku Mizutani and Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Cave’ composed by Iku Mizutani and Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, Sega Mega Drive, Banpresto, Sega) ‘Minotaur Stage’ composed by Hiroshi Ebihara and Kennosuke Suemura

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, Sega Mega Drive, Banpresto, Sega) ‘Goldar Stage’ composed by Hiroshi Ebihara and Kennosuke Suemura

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, Nintendo Game Boy, Tom Create, Bandai) ‘Level 1’ composed by Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, Nintendo Game Boy, Tom Create, Bandai) ‘Level 2’ composed by Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994, Nintendo Game Boy, Tom Create, Bandai) ‘Level 5’ composed by Kinuyo Yamashita

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Shopping Center’ composed by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki and Haruo Ohashi

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Frozen Mountains’ composed by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki and Haruo Ohashi

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, SNES, Natsume, Bandai) ‘Boss Battle’ composed by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki and Haruo Ohashi

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, Sega Mega Drive, Banpresto, Sega) ‘Fight’ composed by Hikoshi Hashimoto

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995, Sega Mega Drive, Banpresto, Sega) ‘Combat’ composed by Hikoshi Hashimoto

 

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