People still talk about how much they liked the game music history episode of Retronauts we did many many years ago under the 1UP aegis and have asked many times for us to do another… and, as it happens, James Eldred of Lost Turntable put some Kickstarter backer money on the table to co-host an episode of the show. Since James specializes in music preservation with a strong interest in video games (check out some of the cool rarities on his site), it seemed natural for us to revisit the game music topic. This episode is much lengthier than the old one, exploring the evolution of music in games… and I made a conspicuous effort to avoid covering too much of the same ground as in the old show.
Retronauts backer James Eldred of LostTurntable.com joins Jeremy, Bob, and Ray to talk about the highs and lows of the history of video game music in this nearly two-hour ramblefest.
This episode’s musical inclusions:
- 0:05 – Retronauts Vol. III Main Theme
- 15:01 – Snafu (MIDI arrangement)
- 17:34 – Rally-X
- 21:04 – Gentle Giant “Time to Kill”
- 20:18 – Silver Surfer “Level 1”
- 31:52 – Bionic Commando “Tune 5” (C64 version)
- 37:54 – Psycho Solder “Main Theme” (cassette version)
- 45:12 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance “Successor of Fate”
- 50:27 – Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin “Invitation of a Crazed Moon”
- 54:27 – Techno Cop “Title Theme”
- 1:14:48 – Symphony of the Night “Unused Track”
- 1:16:28 – Vib-ribbon “Universal Dance”
- 1:20:45 – Spyro the Dragon “Alpine Ridge”
- 1:34:26 – Tempest 2000 “Constructive Demolition”
- 1:38:23 – Streets of Rage 2 “Back to the Industry”
- 1:40:27 – Chrono Trigger: The Brink of Time “Chrono Trigger”
- 1:42:24 – Sexy Parodius “Pastoral March”
- 1:44:53 – Evergrace “Castle of Regression”
- 1:47:45 – Chase H.Q. “Main Theme Flexidisc Remix”
- 1:51:20 – Castlevania: Dracula Perfect Battle Selection “Beginning”
You’ll have to excuse the sound quality of the Snafu sound embed — I wasn’t able to get original game audio, so I had to convert a MIDI recreation, which doesn’t sound authentic. The Athena song isn’t the one ripped from the game but rather the version that appeared on a cassette tape pack-in with the Japanese Famicom release of the game. And as for Gentle Giant… well, that prog rock episode happened for a reason, you know?