26 January 2011

Episode 13: Jazz Music

Brent and Rob present jazz tracks from the 8-bit and 16-bit era.  These two cool cats play a variety of cool, groovy tunes, and Rob even does his own little "side focus."  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (the version we played was released)

Super Castlevania IV - Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudou - The Submerged City - Konami - SNES - 1991

Side Pocket - Emi Shimizu - The Lounge - Data East - Genesis - 1992

EarthBound - Keiichi Suzuki - The Metropolis of Fourside - HAL Laboratory/Nintendo - SNES - 1995

Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend - Seiji Momoi, Shogo Sakai, Arma - Muchas Gracias - Data East - Genesis - 1995

Breath of Fire - Yasuaki Fujita - Profit - Capcom/Squaresoft - SNES - 1994

Aladdin - Donald S. Griffin - Camel Jazz - Virgin Interactive - Genesis - 1993

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja - Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko - Keep an Adventure Log? - Konami - SNES - 1992

Side Pocket - Emi Shimizu - Midnight Kiss - Data East - Genesis - 1992

DoReMi Fantasy - Jun Chikuma - Dessert Paradise - Hudson Soft - Super Famicom - 1996

Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend - Seiji Momoi, Shogo Sakai, Arma - Solitude - Data East - Genesis - 1995

SimCity - Soyo Oka - Megalopolis - Nintendo - SNES - 1993

Side Pocket - Emi Shimizu - Lazy Afternoon - Data East - Genesis - 1992

Front Mission - Noriko Matsueda - Bar - Square - Super Famicom - 1995

Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend - Seiji Momoi, Shogo Sakai, Arma - The Lucky One - Data East - Genesis - 1995

Vegas Stakes - Kimitaka Matsumae - Golden Paradise - HAL Laboratory/Nintendo - SNES - 1993

Side Pocket - Emi Shimizu - Slow Down, Dude - Data East - Genesis - 1992

DoReMi Fantasy - Jun Chikuma - Toying Around - Hudson Soft - Super Famicom - 1996

Out Run - Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Shinichiro Sato (arr.) - Last Wave - Sega - Genesis - 1991


  1. hah, as soon as i saw the title for this episode my mind immediately went to the atlantis theme in scv4. probably my favorite soundtrack on the snes. also, not really 8-bit/16-bit, but if you guys haven't checked him out, i recommend yasuhisa watanabe, specifically his collaborations with people like ayako saso and/or shinji hosoe; he often integrates jazz-fusion elements into his material.

  2. Camel Jazz for Aladdin was not composed by Tommy Tallorico. It was by Donald S. Griffin.

  3. The beginning of Camel Jazz seems to borrow a lot from Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma.

  4. Heard a little bit of "My Favorite Things" in Desert Paradise.

  5. Glad to finally hear some EarthBound on the podcast, and holy shit Brent, you need to play it. I hope you've played it by now if you haven't. It's one of the best games I've ever played and it's my favorite game of all time. It's the kind of game that doesn't seem so special while you're playing it, but then the ending culminates in such a way that puts your whole adventure up to that point into a whole new light and hits you right in the heart. The moment the final note in the final credits song ended the first time I played the game, I instantly knew it had just become my favorite game of all time. So play it, but don't expect it to blow you away, and don't expect it to be a super thrilling RPG. It's not that kind of game. 90% of its charm is in its dialogue, so it's the kind of game where the more you put into it (talking to every NPC, taking your time, stopping to smell the roses), the more you get out of it. The best I can say to sum it up is that it has more heart than any other game I can think of that I've ever played, especially in the 8 and 16 bit eras. It's an incredible experience, but the whole is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation. Brent ends up getting EarthBound in Episode 54. And then talks about his experience playing it in the following episodes, particularly in Episode 57 and finishes the game by Episode 58.

    2. Thanks for the reply! I can't wait to get to that point in this series and hear his thoughts.