02 July 2011

Episode 35: Covers

Brent and Rob deviate from the normal routine and present a fine selection of cover music from a variety of styles.  It ends up being more of a jazzy episode... with a special surprise treat!  Full track listing below.

Artist - Song - Game - Composer - Album/Context - Label - Year

Toshiyuki Mori, Shirou Satou (arr.)  - Troian Beauty - Final Fantasy IV - Nobuo Uematsu - Final Fantasy IV: Piano Collections - Square Brand - 1992

S.S.T. Band - Last Wave - Out Run - Hiroshi Kawaguchi - live video recording - none - 1990

The Advantage - Jungle - Metal Gear - Kazuki Muraoka - demo CD - none - 2002

Joe Pleiman (lyr., arr.) - Zelda - The Legend of Zelda - Koji Kondo - The Rabbit Joint - none - 1998

Tokyo Memorial Orchestra, Katsuhisa Hattori (arr., cond.) - Final Fantasy V Main Theme - Final Fantasy V - Nobuo Uematsu - Orchestral Game Concert 2/Game Music Concert 2 ~Live Best Selections~ - Warner Music Japan - 1992

Brent Weinbach (arr., per.) - Area 5 - Blaster Master - Naoki Kodaka - live on The Legacy Music Hour Episode 35 - none - 2011

Brent Weinbach (arr., per.) - Marble Zone - Sonic the Hedgehog - Masato Nakamura - live on The Legacy Music Hour Episode 35 - none - 2011

Playing With Power! - Blades of Steel intro - Blades of Steel - Shinya Sakamoto, Kazuki Muraoka, Atsushi Fujio, Kiyohiro Sada - none - none - 2010

The OneUps - Rainbow Road - Super Mario Kart - Soyo Oka - Super Mario Kart Album - OneUp Studios - 2010

Kiminori Atsuta (arr.) - Main Theme (from Space Harrier) - Space Harrier - Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Sega Piano Nocturne - Wave Master - 2005

Ken Matsuzawa - BMG 1 - Bomber King - Takeaki Kunimoto - demonstration of Prophet-5 with TX802 - none - 2009

Eric James - Act 4-2 Metal Version - Ninja Gaiden - Keiji Yamagishi - none - none - 2011

DTH MTN (Gabe Castro) - target vs ken - Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Junko Tamiya - none - none - 2011


  1. great episode, good variation. thanks for playing my stuff!

  2. I really enjoyed this change of pace.

    It would have been nice if you could have played a sample of the original music to see what the different artists added/ interpreted from it.

  3. Now that I think about it, K2them suggestion of a sample of the original music is something to think about, when you (hopefully!) do another Covers episode.

    This piano cover of Chrono Trigger's Secret of the Forest is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard:


    Brent, you should download that guy's sheet music and come to Finland and play it live. I'll give you hug!

  4. Thanks Nikolas! Maybe someday we'll be on tour in that part of the world!

  5. I believe the Joe Pleiman song was originally posted on OC ReMix here: http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00022/

    I was surprised you didn't play other songs from OC ReMix - it has been one of the most active sources of high-quality covers and remixes of video game music for the last 11+ years.

    I was amazed at your piano skills Brent - you're great! You should consider submitting something to OCR yourself!

  6. I love Last Wave. It reminds me so much of a Japanese musician named Toshiki Kadomatsu who did Jazzy pop songs that were alright but put out some great Fusion records which Outrun's music borrowed from heavily. His music was always about women, cars, and the sea and Outrun seems to have been influenced by him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUu4p-Jg4Yc is a good example. Reminds me of Splash Wave.

  7. Loved the Marble Zone cover! ...but was it really you playing Brent, the whole time?

  8. I kept forgetting to come back and comment on this, but hearing Brent play was absolutely the highlight of this episode. It was SO GOOD. Thanks for thinking of it and treating us.