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

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