15 May 2019

LMH Mixtape #90: Free Play 9

By Episode 90, the Legacy Music Hour was starting to gear up for their first live anniversary recording.  They entered the home stretch with this excellent freeplay setlist, a guest appearance by Sister Weinbach, and even a cameo by The Gabe.  A fantastic star-studded start for their final lap to 100 episodes!


Instant new favorite:  The Hybrid Front - Earth~PETO Fight BGM 2
Other instant new favorite:  Vixen 357 - Army Phase (Stages 7, 11, 12, 13)~Enemy Phase (Stages 7, 14 (second half))
Other other instant new favorite:  Mouryou Senki Madara - Ma-Da-Ra
Brewed new favorite:  Seiken Densetsu 3 - Little Sweet Cafe

Track listing and original episode:


01 May 2019

Episode 212: Kindergarten Graduation

In Episode 212, the boizz talk a bit about kindergarten graduations, among other things.  Brent learns that Faxanadu is pronounced "Fazanadu," and Rob shows off his new hat as well as his fondness for thickness.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Battle Mania: Daiginjou - Fumito Tamayama, Yasuyuki Hamada, Yoko Suzuki, Shigenori Masuko - Twilight Express - Vic Tokai - Mega Drive - 1993

Mario no Super Picross - Toshiyuki Ueno - Mario Puzzle 4 - Jupiter Corporation/Nintendo - Super Famicom - 1995

Military Madness - Jun Chikuma (?) - Ending - Hudson Soft - TurboGrafx-16 - 1989

Legend of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse - Yayoi Fujimori, Kayoko Maeda, Shigenori Kamiya (Kamiya Studio) - Tree of Life - Aspect - Game Gear - 1995

Viewpoint - Sizlla Okamura - Un Caillou Ricochet (Area 2) - Nexus Interact/Sammy - Genesis - 1994

Burning Force - Yoshinori Kawamoto, Kaeru Taniguchi (Kwaeru) (arr.) - Graduation - Nova Games Ltd./Namco - Genesis - 1990

Eternal Champions - Joe Delia, John Hart, Jeff Marsh, Adrian Van Velssen, Andy Armer - Battle Room - Sega interActive - Genesis - 1993

Jaseiken Necromancer - Jun Chikuma (A. Chikuma) - Town - Hudson Soft - PC Engine - 1988

Second Samurai - Matt Furniss - Game Complete - Psygnosis/Vivid Image - Mega Drive (Europe) - 1994

Human Grand Prix IV: F1 Dream Battle - Yukie Sugawara - World Champion - Human Entertainment - Super Famicom - 1995

Gigandes - Takaro Nozaki - Factory of Dizziness (Episode 5 - Save the Colony Part 2) - East Technology - arcade - 1989

24 April 2019

LMH Mixtape #89: Pro Wrestling Games

The moment Hulk Hogan body slammed Andre the Giant.  The incredible trio of matches between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat.  The enigmatic debut of the Undertaker.  The marriage of Miss Elizabeth and "Macho Man" Randy Savage ("Ooh yeah!!").  We all have our favorite professional wrestling memories... so why not relive the glory days with a mixtape that's guaranteed to get the power of the Warrior floatin' through your veins?



Instant new favorite:  WWF Wrestlemania Challenge - Player 2
Other instant new favorite:  Tecmo World Wrestling - Ending
Brewed new favorite:  JWP Joshi Pro Wrestling: Pure Wrestle Queens - gameplay

Blatant Favoritism Award:  WCW World Championship Wrestling - 1 Player Tag Team Match

Track listing and original episode:


17 April 2019

LMH Mixtape #88: Konami 2

Konami, Round 2.  Yes, you're going to get your face melted off -- but there’s a lot of other Konami moods represented on this mixtape, too.  Whether it's quirky or mysterious, lovesick or homesick, this setlist may take you to some excellently unexpected places.


Instant new favorite: Laser Invasion - Equipment Select
Other instant new favorite:  Ganbare Goemon 3: Shishijyuurokubei no Karakuri Manji Katame - Stage 5 Part Two
Brewed new favorite: Mouryou Senki Madara - Symphony of Destruction

Face Melter Award:  Crisis Force - Stage 4: World of Fire

Track listing and original episode:


02 April 2019

Episode 211: Breaking Up

In Episode 211, Rob breaks up.  He’s just in that sort of place.  Brent plays a couple tracks that sound like St. Vincent.  The boys also talk about Edmund Honda versus Piston Honda, and men, and men doing different activities, and gay stuff, and so forth.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Rambo: First Blood Part II - Katsuhiro Hayashi (Wooper Katsu) - We Fight For Friends - Sega - Sega Master System - 1986

Championship Bowling - Nakamiti - Special Lane - Soft Machine/Mentrix Software - Genesis - 1993

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure - Katsuhiko Suzuki - Stage 4: Spaceship - Treasure/Sega - Genesis - 1993

Aa Harimanada - Hirofumi Murasaki (Shinnosuke Murasaki), Morihiko Akiyama (Ker Akiyama), Masayuki Nagao (Nagao (N·Gee)) - Young Noble's Slap - Megasoft/Sega - Mega Drive - 1993

Game no Tatsujin: The Shanghai - Manami Matsumae - Shikinjou Mode - Sunsoft - Super Famicom - 1995

Cho Aniki: Bakuretsu Rantou Hen - Sanae Kasahara, Taku Iwasaki, Don McCow - Blue Sea of Changing Daytime - Masaya - Super Famicom - 1995

Adventure Island II - Okkun Medaka, Miyoshi Okuyama - Cloud Island - Now Production/Hudson - NES - 1991

Herzog Zwei - Naosuke Arai, Tomomi Ohtani - A Breach of Contract - Technosoft - Genesis - 1990

Mr. Heli no Daibouken - Masahiko Ishida - Seven O’ Clock (Stage 4) - Irem - PC Engine - 1989

Championship Bowling - Nakamiti - Game Over - Soft Machine/Mentrix Software - Genesis - 1993

Slap Fight MD - Yuzo Koshiro - Hishou (Flight) - M.N.M Software/Tengen - Mega Drive - 1993

27 March 2019

LMH Mixtape #87: Norio Hanzawa

Adequately describing Norio Hanzawa's complicated compositional style is a challenge.  Intricate and futuristic, sometimes frenetic, occasionally high-octane, yet always memorable, these tunes have sweeping narratives that convey much more than generalized emotions or simple environments.  Not sure what that means?  Listen to the mixtape and find out.  NOTE: In the intro to the episode, Brent refers to the composer as Kazuo Hanzawa, because at the time, the composer was known as such, but now, it has been confirmed that his name is actually Norio.


Instant new favorite:  Alien Soldier - Oblivious Past
Other instant new favorite:  Alien Soldier - Runner/AD2025
Other other instant new favorite:  Gunstar Heroes - Last Party on the Moon
Brewed new favorite:  Quarth - BGM 1

Track listing and original episode:


20 March 2019

LMH Mixtape #86: Outer Space

Real-life outer space may be a silent vacuum, but in video games the void is filled with soaring melodies, funky jams, and gorgeous ambience.  Whether you beam down with this mixtape on your next away mission or blast it through your Arwing's souped-up sound system, this survey of space tunes will be the perfect compliment to your adventures.


Instant new favorite: Rocket Knight Adventures - Stage 6
Other instant new favorite: Axelay - Cosmos
Brewed new favorite: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echoes From the Past - Codis Nu VI (First Visit)

Now that I've found it, I can't live without it:  Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warship - Cyber Zone 2

Track listing and original episode:


06 March 2019

Episode 210: Beyond 16-Bit 4

Brent and Rob AND Gabe focus on music from the fifth generation and beyond, something that the Legacy Music Hour does every now and then.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Sonic the Hedgehog CD - Naofumi Hataya, Masafumi Ogata - Tidal Tempest Present - Sonic Team/Sega - Mega-CD - 1993

Celeste - Lena Raine - First Steps - Matt Makes Games - Nintendo Switch - 2018

Snatcher - Keizou Nakamura, Masanori Adachi, Kazuhito Imai, Masanori Ouchi, Akira Yamaoka - Tear Stained Eyes - Konami - Sega CD - 1994

Neon Drive - Gustav Eriksson (Pengus) - Valkyrie (Level 6) - Fraoula - PlayStation 4 - 2017

Tengai Makyou: Ziria - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tomotsune Maeno - Sad Past - Red Company/Hudson - PC Engine CD-ROM² - 1989

Cave Story - Daisuke Amaya (Pixel) - Geothermal - Pixel Studios/Nicalis - Wii - 2010

Jaguar XJ220 - Martin Iveson - Podium - Core Design Ltd./JVC Digital Studios - Sega CD - 1993

Undertale - Toby Fox - Alphys - tobyfox - PlayStation 4 - 2017

Pilotwings Resort - Asuka Ito - Glider - Monster Games/Nintendo - Nintendo 3DS - 2011

The Messenger - Eric W. Brown (Rainbowdragoneyes) - Into The Depths (Catacombs) (Past) - Sabotage Studio/Devolver Digital - Nintendo Switch - 2018

Urusei Yatsura: My Dear Friends - Kenichi Okuma - School - Game Arts - Mega-CD - 1994

Jack Bros. - Hiroyuki Yanada (Yanda) - Temple of Nightmare (Level 3) - Atlus - Virtual Boy - 1995

Wolfchild - Martin Iveson - End Credits - Core Design Ltd./JVC Musical Industries - Sega CD - 1993

Galactic Pinball - Kenji Yamamoto, Masaru Tajima - Moon Man Fandango - Intelligent Systems/Nintendo - Virtual Boy - 1995

Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams - Naoshi Mizuta, Hiroaki Kondo (arr.), Ryoji Yamamoto (arr.) - Staff Roll 1 - Capcom - Sega Saturn - 1996

RayForce - Tamayo kawamoto - Vision (Round 3) - Taito - arcade (Japan) - 1993

Sonic 3D Blast - Richard Jacques - Rusty Ruin Zone Act 1 - Traveller's Tales/Sega - Sega Saturn - 1996

Shovel Knight - Jake Kaufman - The Fateful Return (Tower Approach) - Yacht Club Games - Wii U - 2014

Alundra - Kouhei Tanaka - The Wind that Crosses the Earth - Matrix Software/Working Designs - PlayStation - 1998

27 February 2019

LMH Mixtape #85: Ending Music 2

Ah, that feeling when you complete a game and get to enjoy the emotional catharsis of its ending music.  These tunes are often some of the most emotionally resonant in a soundtrack, and there are so many great ones out there that a single Legacy Music Hour focus just wasn't gonna cut it.  Get ready to feel those triumphant and/or bittersweet feelings all over again again with this second Ending Music mixtape.


Instant new favorite:  Earnest Evans - Ending Theme
Other instant new favorite:  Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Ending
Brewed new favorite:  Zombie Nation - Love & Peace

Track listing and original episode:


20 February 2019

LMH Mixtape #84: Capcom

The boizz took us on another company tour for Episode 84, and what a tour it was.  We already knew Capcom as the home of Mega Man, but what about their other titles, like Section-Z?  Knights of the Round?  Capcom Quiz: Hatena? no Daibouken?  The Legacy Music Hour made sure they all got their time to shine on this setlist, right alongside the Blue Bomber himself.


Instant new favorite:  Mega Man 5 - Charge Man
Brewed new favorite:  Knights of the Round - Expedition

Track listing and original episode:


06 February 2019

Episode 209: Creed II

In Episode 209, the boizz talk a little bit about France. Mary Poppins, and Seinfeld’s possible copy of SimCity for the NES, but Brent really talks a lot about Creed II, that is, his own version of it.  The boizz also spent a lot of time understanding the Sonic influence in a 1989 PC Engine track (Sonic came out in 1991).  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Sagaia - Hisayoshi Ogura, Iku Mizutani (arr.) - War Oh! (Boss Scene 1) - Natsume/Taito - Sega Master System (Europe) - 1992

Side Pocket - Masaaki Iwasaki (Koremasa), Emi Shimizu - Chillin’ - Data East - Genesis - 1992

The Cyber Shinobi - Sherike Nuki, Sheriko Dama - Outside The Base - Sega - Sega Master System (Europe) - 1990

Magician Lord - Hiroaki Shimizu - Dale of Evil Gods (Stage 1) - ADK/SNK - Neo Geo - 1991

Terra Cresta II: Mandler no Gyakushuu - Akihiro Akamatu, Sachiko Oita - Formation Design/Game Start/Hyperspace (Player Start) - Nichibutsu - PC Engine - 1992

Rampart - unknown - Ending Theme - Tengen - Genesis - 1991

Hani in the Sky - Atsuko Iwanaga - For the Gloomy Gods - Sankindo/Face - PC Engine - 1989

Alien 3 - Matt Furniss - Stage Two - Probe Entertainment/Arena - Genesis - 1992

The Great Battle V - Kennosuke Suemura, Norihiko Togashi - Hotel Dada - Sun L/Banpresto - Super Famicom - 1995

Gley Lancer - Masanori Hikichi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera, Isao Mizoguchi - Normal Ending - NCS - Mega Drive - 1992

SimCity - Soyo Oka - Megalopolis - Nintendo - NES - 1991 (unreleased)

30 January 2019

LMH Mixtape #83: Product Placement

We probably didn't notice it as much when we were kids, but there was a whole lot of product placement going on in our video games.  Whether it was comparatively subtle background nods to Pizza Hut or entire titles dedicated to playing as Ronald McDonald, encouragement to nag our parents for stuff we didn't need was everywhere... and yet there was also a lot of great music, too.  So, have it your way and munch on through these tracks all over again, but do bear in mind that the Legacy Music Hour is not responsible for any sudden cravings for Cheetos, Snickers, hamburgers, Chupa Chups, raisins, or Panasonic electronics.


Instant new favorite:  M.C. Kids - Level Music 2
Brewed new favorite:  The California Raisins: The Grape Escape - Maize Maze

Impossible not to dance to:  M.C. Kids - Level Music 2
Unexpected smoothness:  Biker Mice From Mars - Staff Roll

Track listing and original episode:


23 January 2019

LMH Mixtape #82: Puzzle Games 2

If you'd been Tetris ready for another LMH puzzle games focus ever since falling in love with the first one, sixty-five episodes later the boizz finally delivered the piece you needed!  Now along comes the mixtape version of that very same Puzzle Games 2, plummeting perfectly into your day for a guaranteed musical high score.


Instant new favorite:  Puyo Puyo Tsuu - Last Area
Other instant new favorite:  Columns III: Revenge of Columns - Industrial District

Somebody please expand these lyrics:  Catrap - Ending/Staff Roll*
This song HAS lyrics:  Wario's Woods - Go!**

*Freestyle begins at 00:42:58 in the original episode
**KeyGlyph's "Pretty Please (The Pleading Song)" karaoke can be found on the LMH Facebook page

Track listing and original episode:


16 January 2019

LMH Mixtape #81: Secret of Mana

After eighty-one episodes, Brent and Rob decided to do their first focus on one individual game's soundtrack: Secret of Mana.  Although opinions were mixed as to whether the game itself was one of the greatest titles of all time or just a super effective sedative, the boizz have absolutely no disagreements over the quality of the music.  Get right into the thick of it and take a journey through these selections from the dynamic fantasy soundscapes of Hiroki Kikuta.


Instant new favorite:  Secret of Mana - Into the Thick of It
Other instant new favorite:  Secret of Mana - Rose and Ghost

Brewed new favorite:  Secret of Mana - Star of Darkness
Other brewed new favorite:  Secret of Mana - One of Them is Hope

Track listing and original episode:


02 January 2019

Episode 208: Ending Music 3

To start the year off, Brent and Rob do another “ending music” focus, the last one having been done in 2012.  Brent’s brothers also join in on the action.  Plus, The Legacy Music Hour has a new sponsor, at least for the time being, Double Cobra Milling.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Viewpoint - Sizlla Okamura - Mes Volutes Bleues (Ending) - Nexus Interact/Sammy - Genesis - 1994

Exciting Soccer: Konami Cup - Kiyohiro Sada (Kyohei Sada), Atsushi Fujio (Sukemaro Fujio)) - Ending - Konami - Famicom Disk System - 1988

Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III - Yasuko Yamada - True Ending - Taito/Working Designs - TurboGrafx-16 - 1991

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master - Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama - Ground Zero - Sega - Genesis - 1993

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou - unknown - Ending Theme - Sega - Mega Drive - 1988

Ordyne - Shinji Hosoe - Ending - Namco/NEC - TurboGrafx-16 - 1990

Forgotten Worlds - Tamayo Kawamoto, Ippo Yamada (arr.) - Staff Roll - Capcom/Sega - Genesis - 1989

Darkwing Duck - Yasuaki Fujita - Ending - Capcom - NES - 1992

Gley Lancer - Masanori Hikichi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera, Isao Mizoguchi - Story End & Credits (Easy Mode) - NCS - Mega Drive - 1992

Time Cruise - Hiroto Saitō, Nozomu Takahashi - Credits - Sankindo/NEC - TurboGrafx-16 -1992

Bells & Whistles - Hidenori Maezawa, Michiru Yamane, Masae Nakashima - The Day Peace Returns to Planet Mel (Ending) - Konami - arcade - 1991