26 October 2022

LMH Mixtape #150: Free Play 15 (Live)

For the 150th anniversary, The Legacy Music Hour took the show live!  Free Play 15 is full of great tracks as you've come to expect, which you can enjoy right now in this mixtape.  If you haven't heard the full episode though, you should absolutely check it out for the live and in person VGM karaoke from none other than Sentimental in San Gabriel!

Instant favorite: Wagyan Paradise - Cape
Other favorite: Chuugoku Janshi Story: Tonpuu - Main BGM
Other other favorite: Contra Force - Last Boss

Track listing and original episode:

19 October 2022

LMH Mixtape #149: Horse Racing and Fishing Games

Batman & Robin, peanut butter & jelly, Super Mario Bros. & Duck Hunt.  There are many iconic duos throughout history, and today we focus on none other than "Horse Racing & Fishing.”  Not a combo you might expect, but these two go together like bread and butter.  Many of these games never made it out of Japan, which is a shame because they contain some fantastic soundtracks.  Luckily, you can hear some of those tracks right now!

Instant favorite: GI King! Sanbiki no Yosouya - Hear Prediction
Other favorite: Gamble Hourouki - Horse Racing
Other other favorite: The Blue Marlin - Fish Got Away

Track listing and original episode:

12 October 2022

LMH Mixtape #148: Experimental Music 2

Experimental music can be many things. Sometimes it's weird or unconventional like in Earthbound.  Sometimes it's intriguing and leaves you with many unanswered questions like "Wolverine" from Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge.  Much like Lydia in Beetlejuice, these tracks are strange and unusual, but that's what makes them so interesting.

New favorite: The Mahjong Touhaiden - Dancing Princess
Other new favorite: Dark Law: Meaning of Death - Final Battle
Other other new favorite: Tsuri Tarou - Fishing for Seema
Track listing and original episode:

05 October 2022

Episode 253: Blues Progressions

The basic blues chord progression is the topic of Episode 253.  Used in a lot of pop, rock 'n' roll, jazz, and of course, blues, this episode is not about music that sounds blues-y or that uses a blues scale (though some of the tracks do sound blues-y and/or use a blues scale).  It's about music that uses the traditional and generic blues progression you've heard countless times in music and seeing how these different video game pieces express that structure in their own way.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Nangoku Shounen Papuwa-kun - Yoshiyuki Mori - Boss Theme 1 - Daft/Enix - Super Famicom - 1994

Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend - Masaaki Iwasaki (Koremasa), Taihei, Seiji Momoi, Arma, Shogo Sakai - Give It Time - Data East - Genesis - 1995

King of Casino - Hiroshi Suzuki - Title Screen - NEC - TurboGrafx-16 - 1990

Road Rash II - Rob Hubbard - Arizona - Electronic Arts - Genesis - 1993

Game & Watch Gallery - Yoko Mizuta, Jun Sugita - Oil Panic - Nintendo - Game Boy - 1997

DX Bakenou Z - Hiroto Kanno (Raika no Papa), Yasuyuki Hamada (Hyakumangoku) - Income and Expenses - Graphic Research/Asmik Ace Entertainment - 1992

Code Name: Viper - Harumi Fujita (?), Yoko Shimomura (?) - Briefing - Capcom - NES - 1990

Cool Spot - Tommy Tallarico - Play da Blues - Virgin Interactive - Genesis - 1993

RockMan: Mega World - Kinuyo Yamashita - Wily Tower: Wily Tower 3 - Capcom - Mega Drive - 1994

Side Pocket - Masaaki Iwasaki (Koremasa), Emi Shimizu - Cue Ball Boogie - Data East - Genesis - 1992

Popful Mail - Mieko Ishikawa (comp., arr.), Atsushi Shirakawa (comp., arr.), Hirofumi Matsuoka (arr.), Takahiro Tsunashima (arr.), Masaru Nakajima (arr.), Naoki Kaneda (arr.) - Boss - Falcom - Super Famicom - 1994

Championship Bowling - Nakamiti - Change Lane - Soft Machine/Mentrix Software - Genesis - 1993

EarthBound - Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu, Toshiyuki Ueno - Franky - HAL Laboratory/Nintendo - SNES - 1995