24 September 2014

LMH Mixtape #8: Mari Yamaguchi

Episode 8 brought us LMH's second composer focus, this time on Mari Yamaguchi.  Yamaguchi was equally talented at crafting tight, catchy tunes for the NES as she was at composing sweeping symphonic pieces for the SNES.  If you don't already find yourself wishing that more orchestras in the world would perform video game music, this mixtape will change that.

NOTE TO THE DETAIL-ORIENTED:  Mari Yamaguchi only arranged the track "The Minks" from U.N. Squadron (Manami Matsumae composed) for the SNES, and it's also possible that Yamaguchi did not compose "Introduction" from U.N. Squadron and that the composer of that track is unknown.  Also, with Final Fight 2's "Flower Shower", Yamaguchi might not have composed that track, but it's just a guess (a bunch of composers worked on that soundtrack).  Also also, Yasuaki Fujita confirmed somewhat recently that he composed "Distant View" and "Expedition" from Breath of Fire, but authorities at the Legacy Music Hour believe that Yasuaki is actually remembering things incorrectly.  It was 20 years ago, after all.  "Distant View" sounds so much like Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts that it seems impossible to not be Yamaguchi.  Also, "Expedition" really sounds like her too, and is very similar to Magical Quest in certain parts.  So all these tracks have been left included in this mix, even though it's up for debate whether or not they should be there.


Instant new favorite:  Mega Man 5 - Napalm Man
New brewed favorite:  Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - Ice Forest

This song needs lyrics:  Final Fight 2 - Flower Shower
Needs to be performed by an orchestra:  Breath of Fire - End of Journey

Picardy Third Alert:  Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3 - The Sea with Shells

Track listing and original episode:


10 September 2014

LMH Mixtape #7: Elevator Music

From the LMH pocket dictionary:

el·e·va·tor mu·sic (n.):  1. Tunes with a certain synthy-sounding, jazzy aesthetic, described by some as "cheesy" or "bad." 2. The kind of music you'd hear if you were on hold for the doctor's office. 3. Anything that sounds like, or is, "The Girl from Ipanema." 4. The jam.

NOTE: If it wasn't addressed in any subsequent episodes, Rob made an error by playing two TurboGrafx-CD tracks, which are technically illegal plays. Those tracks were still included in this mixtape, however.


Instant new favorite:  Ys Book 1 - Tower of the Shadow of Death
New brewed favorite:  Phantasy Star II - Restoration
Other new brewed favorite:  Out Run - Passing Breeze

Gets me a little emotional:  Tetris Attack - Water Stage
I'd like some toast with that jam:  Star Fox - Macbeth

Blatant Favoritism Award*:  Toejam and Earl - Big Earl Bump

*an unnecessary but irresistible acknowledgement of longtime personal favorite

Track listing and original episode:


03 September 2014

Bonus: F. Switch Dance Mix Tres

The Legacy Music Hour presents Rob F. Switch's third installment of continuous dance party music comprised of only 8-bit and 16-bit era video game music.  No remixes, no covers, no adaptations of non-video game music -just pure, original, dancy music from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis!