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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

James Newton Howard & Friends - “Gone Buttlefishin’” (1983).
Composed by James Newton Howard and David Paich.

Came across this album “James Newton Howard & Friends” on youtube recently.
It’s a live direct-to-disc recording, and the above mentioned friends are members of the band Toto:
Jeff Porcaro (drums), David Paich (synthesizers), Joe Porcaro (percussion) and Steve Porcaro (synthesizers)

Mostly recorded with the then new Yamaha synthesizer, including the legendary (or infamous) Yamaha DX7, which would become the most used synth for the rest of the 80s.

Anyway, I really dig this rough FM sound, and this track makes me think it could be a fitting level music in an early 90s video game by Capcom or something.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Al Jarreau - “After All” (1984).

Written by Al Jarreau, David Foster and Jay Graydon. Arranged by Al Jarreau, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Jeremy Lubbock, Robbie Buchanan.

Came across this nice ballad recently while searching for David Foster stuff. 

Al Jarreau, who is also well known as a jazz singer, had also worked with Graydon and Foster before on another song called “Mornin’” (which I also may have to share at some point).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Trade Love -「真夏のSymphony」(“Manatsu no Symphony” = “Midsummer Symphony”) (1995).

Lyrics by Erika Shimakage.  Music by Shinya Naitou. Arranged by Akihito Tokunaga.

Another nice song from Trade Love’s only album that I found on youtube recently.

It’s very nice to see these show up, since the CD album itself is kind of hard to come across, even on Japanese sites.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Kim Ha-neul - 「12월」(“December”) (2012).

Composed and arranged by Lucite Tokki.

I think this might be my first Korean music post on this blog.

Here’s a very nice and soft R&B-ish K-Pop song, performed live by actress Kim Ha-neul in Japan.
Recently I’ve become interested in her after seeing her in a couple of Korean films and stumbled on this video on youtube.
This is one of the few songs she has performed or recorded so far. It was originally recorded by the Korean indie pop duo “Lucite Tokki” in 2007.

Here’s the Lucite Tokki original (along with translated lyrics):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cGU40_-uNc

I really like Kim’s performance. She has a pleasant voice and her guitar playing is not too bad either.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Move Me" from "Ridge Racer Type 4" (1998).
Composed by Kohta Takahashi.

One of my favourite tracks from this PS1 racing game by Namco, which is also one of my favourite racing games in general.

Here’s a replay from the game featuring this track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOD6qwQGP_A

It was also included in “Ridge Racer 3D”, which I got for the 3DS recently.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Eri Fukatsu - 「森をぬけて~Born to love you」(“Mori wo nukete ~Born to love you”) (1991).

Lyrics by Hiroshi Yamada. Music by Kenji Mase. Arranged by Yuuji Toriyama. 

Here’s a very mesmerizing and smooth R&B esque ballad by Eri Fukatsu I’ve come across recently. It was also the ending theme for a Japanese OVA (Original Video Animation) called “Ningyo no Mori” (“Mermaid Forest”).