Friday, June 13, 2014

I’ve been listening to a lot of music from Amiga games again recently and this particular track came to mind.
I haven’t been able to find it on youtube or any other streaming site, so I decided to record it myself from a game music rip and upload it.

It’s an awesome orchestral piece that could only be heard in the demo version of the Amiga shoot ‘em up “Banshee”. Sadly, it was scrapped from the final version of the game.

Here is some footage from the game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKEyYR4QSm4

Enjoy!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Title music from "Shufflepuck Cafe". Composed by Lauren Elliott.

I just rediscovered this track yesterday. It’s from a 1989 Amiga game that I used to play a lot as a kid.

You could call this track a guilty pleasure of mine. It manages to sound both terrible and wonderful, and I kind of like it.

The game was originally developed for the Macintosh and then ported to multiple platforms, including a unique version for the Famicom / NES.
Here’s a gameplay video from the Amiga version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8LEDtLLNa8

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Naoko Kawai - “Say It’s Over” (1985). Written by Tom Keane, Michael Landau, Mike Himelstein and Humberto Gatica. 

Listened to a couple of more songs from Naoko Kawai’s album “9 1/2 NINE HALF” online and this lovely track is now another one of my favourites.
I really like the classical modulations in the chorus, and also when it goes into the bridge around 03:24.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Megumi Odaka -「早春の駅」(“Soushun no Eki”) (1988). Lyrics by Eiko Kyo. Music by Takashi Tsushimi. Arranged by Satoshi Nakamura.

Since Megumi Odaka turned 42 yesterday, I decided to post another one of her songs, this time her very first single released in 1988.

It’s very nice for a debut song and I still enjoy it a lot. It was also the only song (besides the single’s B-side) to be composed by someone other than Tsugutoshi Goto until the release of her last single in 1991.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Square (T-Square) - “Merylu” (1985). Composed by Hirotaka Izumi.

This track came to my mind today, so I decided to post it.

It’s a nice easy-going ballad composed by the band’s keyboarder.

Here’s a live perfomance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5UjVGvt3zY

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yumiko Takahashi - “Yell” (1993). Lyrics by Miyu Yuzuki. Music by Kazuya Motojima. Arranged by Masaki Iwamoto.

Great song by Yumiko Takahashi, a former singer and actress I discovered recently on youtube. 

This was also used for some TV drama series called “Mou hitotsu no J-League”.

Unfortunately the video ends rather abruptly, so here are some other performances of this song:

A live TV performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx8qarSDHT8

And a live concert performance, with Yumiko wearing some crazy outfit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrDVMJcr5tk

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Atropos" from "Columns". Composed by Tokuhiko Uwabo.

My favourite track from possibly Sega’s most popular puzzle game “Columns” for the Mega Drive. The game was also released in arcades in 1990, which was in turn based on a computer game originally created by Jay Geertsen.

Like the two other tracks found in this game (“Clotho” and “Lathesis”), this track is named after a Greek goddess of fate (“Moirai”). It is very classical / baroque in style.

There are also variations on this track, depending on what level reach or when you are in a “danger” situation.

Danger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76it8tRp3g

"Bells":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYuOXxGD8y4

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Naoko Kawai & Steve Lukather - “Finding Each Other” (1985).

Written by David Foster and Randy Goodrum.

Here’s a nice ballad I discovered recently.
This song is one of a number of songs singer Naoko Kawai recorded with well-known American/L.A. musicians/songwriters.
Steve Lukather was/is well-known as a member of the band Toto, session guitarist and songwriter.

I really like the modulation around 0:37, right before the chorus.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Labyrinth Castle" from "Socket". Composed by Yasuyuki Hamada, Shigenori Masuko, Youko Suzuki and Fumito Tamayama.*

Here’s a track from “Socket” (aka “Time Dominator” in Japan) a game I came across recently in a video on youtube about failed video game mascots.

This particular track is my favourite so far and its melody reminds me of some Konami games from the early 90s.

The game itself is rather obscure, and seems like it was heavily inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog games, even though it really only is Sonic-esque on the surface, as they introduced some other game mechanics not found in Sonic games.

*FYI, they probably didn’t work on this single piece together. I couldn’t find out which of them composed this track in particular

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jacky Cheung - 「總有一天等到你」(“I’ll wait till you come”) (1993).

Music by Vehnee Saturno.

Sweet ballad performed by Hong Kong actor / singer Jacky Cheung I rediscovered recently. I first heard it in the Hong Kong film “Future Cops”, in which he also starred.It was originally a song popularized by Filipino singer Ariel Rivera called “Sana Kahit Minsan”.

Here’s the scene from the film where Jacky Cheung lip-syncs to the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWAYHdsMTS8

A live performance:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUcq57xByG4

And an official music video, which doesn’t seem to work on youtube as of now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3fakrpGdsU