64: Hard Rock Minus Guitars

Back in the day, video games could rock without featuring anything close to a real guitar. It’s actually a testament to those composers’ ingenuity that they could conjure something from those sound processors that sounded unmistakably like an electric guitar. This episode is an eclectic mix of some of those remarkably hard-rocking soundtracks. (Long live Barbara the Bat!)

Track listing:

0:17: Launch Octopus / Mega Man X / Setsuo Yamamoto
3:02: Overdrive Ostrich / Mega Man X2 / Yuki Iwai
4:56: Volt Catfish / Mega Man X3 / Kinuyo Yamashita
6:26: Operation Thunder Zone / Thunder Zone (Desert Assault) / Hiroaki Yoshida (a.k.a. Maro) and Akira Takemoto (a.k.a. Raika)
9:56: Burning Heart / Battle Mania Daiginjou / Junichi Masuda 
12:34: Ragnarok Canyon / Battletoads in Battlemaniacs (Super NES) / David Wise
17:38: Mission 2 / Carrier Air Wing / Manami Matsumae 
19:45: Corneria / Star Fox / Hajime Hirasawa
25:39: Russia / Aero Fighters / Naoki Itamura
28:57: Hurry Up (Ray’s Theme) / Fighter’s History / Gamedelic
31:43: Bluefin Tuna (Galford’s Theme) / Samurai Shodown 2 / SNK Sound Team
34:37: For Metro City / Final Fight 3 / Katsunari Kitajima
39:27: Flugelheim Museum / Batman (Genesis) / Naoki Kodaka 
42:03: Epilogue / Heavy Barrel / Azusa Hara and Hiroaki Yoshida
44:00: Bloodlines / Castlevania: Rondo of Blood / Akira Souji (a.k.a. Akiropito) 
47:43: The End of Raging Waves / Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City / Yuzo Koshiro
50:10: Dawn of Ys / Ys IV: Mask of the Sun / Naoki Kaneda
53:35: Ginza / Shin Megami Tensei / Tsukasa Masuko
57:19: Gorgeous Musical Castle Part Two (Goe Goe Spark) / Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon / Shigeru Araki, Yusuke Kato, Saiko Miki and Yasumasa Kitagawa 
60:39: Southern Island / Wave Race 64 / Kazumi Totaka
63:13: Break Point Champs / Windjammers / Tomoyoshi Sato and Seiichi Hamada 
65:32: Ending Theme / F-Zero / Yumiko Kanki and Naoto Ishida

 
 
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Drew Mackie