24 May 2023

LMH Mixtape #173: Free Play 25

Morning, afternoon, evening, or night: it's always a good time for a free play mix tape.  User Slick Vic posed the question, who would you put on a Mount Rushmore style monument to VGM composers?  Check out the full episode to see who the boizz would pick.


An instant favorite: Aerobiz - Europe
A fun favorite: Itadaki Street: Watashi no Oten ni Yottette - Laughing Point (Doing Business)
A classic favorite: Dragon Warrior II - Travelling with Friends

Track listing and original episode:

17 May 2023

LMH Mixtape #172: Free Play 24

You know the drill at this point.  Free play = a fun variety of VGM tracks.  In the full episode, Brent was sick, but toughed it out, because the show must go on.  Additionally, Brent's brothers, Max and Nicky, joined as guests while visiting for the holidays.


NEO favorite: Breakers - Sho
A Champion track: GP-1 - Champion
A Grand track: F-1 Grand Prix Part III - Story Mode

Track listing and original episode:

10 May 2023

LMH Mixtape #171: Free Play 23

A quality mix of VGM tracks.  The full episode is also a ”must listen" if you haven't heard it.  You get 8-bit drum rolls, surgeries, and phone calls from Santa Claus.  Has Santa left Palmdale yet, or is he still chasing kids with a camera?  Last but not least, for the holiday season, you also get the gift of the VGM Karaoke Showcase!


Norio Hanzawa is a Treasure: Gunstar Heroes - The End of the Battle (To Out World)
Hard to believe this is NES: Silver Surfer - Hi Score
Best use of a sound effect in music: Alien Storm - Ulcer

Track listing and original episode:

03 May 2023

Episode 260: Skins

Seems like this episode is about skins in various respects.  Full track listing below.

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

Ace Attacker - Yasuhiro Kawakami (?) - Balanced BGM - Sega - arcade (Japan) - 1988

Youkai Buster: Ruka no Daibouken - Mitsuhito Tanaka - Stage 2 - Sting/Kadokawa - Super Famicom - 1995

Ninja Burai Densetsu - Hiroshi Kawaguchi (Hiro) - Uiko-chan of the Best Village - Sanritsu/Sega - Mega Drive - 1991

New Ghostbusters II - Jun Ishikawa - Stage 3: Apartment - HAL Laboratory - Famicom - 1990

Langrisser II - Noriyuki Iwadare - One's Side - NCS - Mega Drive - 1994

Snake's Revenge - Tsutomu Ogura - Jungle Infiltration - Konami/Ultra - NES - 1990

Multi Play Volleyball - Toshiyuki Takine (?) - Worldcup Volleyball Game - Mebio Software/Pack-In-Video - Super Famicom - 1994

Gunple: Gunman’s Proof - unknown - Scenario 2 - Lenar/ASCII Entertainment - Super Famicom - 1997

Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun - Paul S. Mudra, Frank Klepacki, Dwight Kenichi Okahara - Azcan Wander - Westwood Associates/Sega - Genesis - 1992

Brain Lord - Masanao Akahori - Five Adventurers - Produce/Enix - SNES - 1994

Ninja Spirit - Masahiko Ishida - Forest (Stage 2) - Irem - arcade - 1988

Heracles no Eikou II: Titan no Metsubou - Yusuke Takahama, Shogo Sakai - All Are in a Myth - Data East - Famicom - 1989

Thunderbirds - Junichi Saito, Masaki Iwamoto, Hitoshi Saito - Stage Theme 1 - Pack-In-Video/Activision - NES - 1990

26 April 2023

LMH Mixtape #170: Free Play 22

This is a free play, so you can expect a nice variety of classic VGM tunes.  Also, be sure to check out the full episode for discussion about the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, what it means to be "Tetris ready,” and classic "nexting" etiquette.


A few favorites in no particular order:

Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar - Silvery Light of the Moon (Normal Ending)
Little Samson - Dragon’s Theme
Panorama Cotton - Scenario 1

Track listing and original episode:

19 April 2023

LMH Mixtape #169: Best Of Year In Review 4

This was the first "Year In Review" since the show came back from the hiatus.  Even though there were only eleven episodes to choose from (since the show switched to a monthly format), there were still more than plenty of fantastic tracks to fill out these top ten lists.  Brent starts things off this year with his number ten, and then alternating back and forth with Rob, the boizz count down to their number one.


No favorites this episode, because as Rob said, they're all "Top Ten.”

Partial track listing and original episode:

12 April 2023

LMH Mixtape #168: Nintendo Power

Now the boizz are playing with power, Nintendo Power!  Brent and Rob each picked two different issues of Nintendo Power magazine (kindly donated by LMH user Julian (Hoo-lee-ahn)) to draw music selections only from games featured within those issues.


Favorite: Casino Kid II - Ending
Another favorite: Contra Force - Level 1
Also a favorite: KickMaster - Final Boss Pt 1

Track listing and original episode:

05 April 2023

Episode 259: Pubescent Fangs

Rob falls asleep a couple times, but that’s pretty normal at this point, right?  Also, the gang talks about what a teenage Dracula might have been like, so that’s fun.  Full track listing below.

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

Falsion - Shinya Sakamoto, Shigehiro Takenouchi, Atsushi Fujio - Careful With the Walls!! (Stage 4) - Konami - Famicom Disk System - 1987

Metal Fangs - Hiroshi Kawaguchi (H. M) - Main Theme - Victor Entertainment Software - Mega Drive - 1993

AIII S.V.: A Ressha de Ikou 3 Super Version - unknown - Horse Racing ~ Place Your Bets! - Pack-In-Video/Artdink - Super Famicom - 1995

The Mafat Conspiracy: Golgo 13 - Michiharu Hasuya, Toshiko Tasaki (Seriinu) (arr.) - Title Screen - Aicom/Vic Tokai - NES - 1990

Game Boy Gallery 2 - Noriko Nishizaka, Saburo Sasaki, Yoko Mizuta - Game Select - TOSE/Nintendo - Game Boy (Japan) - 1997

1943 Kai - Hisashi Matsushita, Daisuke Morishima - Credits - Capcom/Naxat Soft - PC Engine - 1991

Knuckles' Chaotix - Junko Shiratsu, Mariko Nanba - Seascape - Sega - Sega 32X - 1995

Jikuu Senki Mu - Shinichi Sakamoto, Hiromitsu Watanabe - Title Screen - Hudson - Game Boy (Japan) - 1991

Pokonyan! Henpokorin Adventure - Masahiro Kusunoki, Takumi Kusatei - Whimsical Carnival - Vanguard Works/Toho - Super Famicom - 1994

Redline: F-1 Racer - Katsuhiro Hayashi - Title - Genki/Absolute Entertainment - SNES - 1993

Melfand Stories - Mitsuhito Tanaka - Lucky Chance - Sting/ASCII Entertainment - Super Famicom - 1994

Saint Sword - Toshiko Tasaki - Introduction - Cyclone System/Taito - Genesis - 1991

Aero Blasters - Seiichi Aizu, Tatsuya Watanabe (arr.), Tsutomu Ookuma (arr.) - Phase 1 (Seaside Front) - Kaneko/Inter State/Hudson- TurboGrafx-16 - 1990

29 March 2023

LMH Mixtape #167: Computer Game Music

In this special one time only episode the boizz dive into what would normally be an illegal set of tracks: computer game music!  They stick to the familiar 8 & 16 bit era (but allow CD-ROM games), so take this special opportunity to see how CGM is in some ways similar, but in many ways quite different from VGM.


Total toe tapper:  Quarth - BGM B-A
A relaxing day at the spa:  Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out! - The Health Spa (Char Donay) (Hard is Good, Right?)
One hot cup of Joe McAlby:  The Light Corridor - Alien (In-Game Theme Music 1)

Track listing and original episode:

22 March 2023

LMH Mixtape #166: Free Play 21

Rob was still in the process of his move during this episode, so he was unable to make it.  Don't worry though, because Brent came prepared with a full bag of fresh tracks ready to go.  Check out the full episode to catch returning LMH guest Jacob Sirof!


Most mmm poppin track: Super Mahjong 2: Honkaku 4 Nin Uchi! - Title Screen
Completely Bonk track: Super Bonk - In the Clouds
Totally chillaxin' track: Lupin III: Densetsu no Hihou o Oe! - Broadcast

Track listing and original episode:

15 March 2023

LMH Mixtape #165: Free Play 20

This was Rob's last in-person episode before moving to Port Town in the land of F-Zero, where he will continue the show remotely.  As a good send-off, Free Play 20 is stacked with killer hits.  Be sure to also check out the full episode to hear Sentimental in San Gabriel's latest (at the time) VGM Karaoke hit, "Legacy Music Hour.”


Best music for fightin' battles: Shura no Mon - Battle Theme 1
Best music for fightin' space prisoners: Cosmic Carnage - Zena-Lan's Stage
Best music for fightin' monsters: Castlevania Legends - Highest Castle Floor (Stage 4)
Best music for fightin' robots: Mega Man 2 - Wood Man
Best music for fightin' no-good dirty scoundrels: Lucky Luke - Jail

Track listing and original episode:

08 March 2023

LMH MIxtape #164: Sports 4

Veteran users already know by now that sports games were sporting some real hidden gem tracks.  You can hear a selection of those right now in this very mixtape! Of course, in addition to those great tracks, the full episode contains some of the most hilariously funny LMH moments that you don't want to miss. So take a deep breath (or four), and leap for that ally-OOOP!


Perfect for studying Applied Math (for students): Ashita no Joe - Hose Mendoze (Jose Mendoza) 
That classic Konami sound: Konami Hyper Soccer - Setup
Contains multiple "favorite parts": J.League Pro Striker 2 - Opening Theme

Track listing and original episode:

01 March 2023

Episode 258: The Price Is Right

Brent and Rob talk about the weather and aviation and Rob really shows off his The Price Is Right announcer abilities, even in Rodeo Mode.  Full track listing below.

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

Insector X - unknown - Grooving Diver (Round 3: City Area) - Hot-B (dev.)/Sage Creations (pub.)/Taito (licensed by) - Genesis - 1990

Phantasy Star IV - Izuho Numata (Izuho Takeuchi) - Dezolis Parmanian Town (Dezolis Town 1) - Sega - Genesis - 1995

Hurricanes - Andi McGinty - Game Over/Credits - Arc Developments/U.S. Gold - Mega Drive (Europe) - 1994

Gamble Hourouki - unknown - Let’s Play! - Vap - Super Famicom - 1996

Operation Europe: Path to Victory 1939-45 - Yuji Ohno - North African Front - Koei - Genesis - 1994

Super Wagyan Land 2 - Ebisu, Kennosuke Suemura - Dr. Devil's Theme - Namco - Super Famicom - 1993

Panel Action Bingo - unknown - Round BGM 2 - Locus/FCI - Game Boy - 1993

McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure - Katsuhiko Suzuki - Stage 2: Train Ride - Treasure/Sega - Genesis - 1993

G-LOC: Air Battle - Hiroshi Kawaguchi - Name Entry - Sega - arcade - 1990

Super Trump Collection - unknown - Concentration - Bottom Up - Super Famicom - 1995

Golvellius: Valley of Doom - Masatomo Miyamoto (Myam), Takeshi Santo (Shant), Shin Kun, Pazu - Overworld 5 - Compile/Sega - Sega Master System - 1988

22 February 2023

LMH Mixtape #163: Free Play 19

It's not a surprise that this Free Play mixtape brings the hits!  Speaking of things that aren't surprises: in the full episode, Brent and "Ron" discussed trying to plan a surprise party for yourself.  Is that possible?


Totally Bonk: Super Bonk - Twilight Space
Kills it: Accele Brid - G. Bowman Circuit
Classic 80's style: Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge - Menu 2

Track listing and original episode:

15 February 2023

LMH Mixtape #162: Elevator Music 4

Let's take a trip on one of the smoothest elevators you'll ever ride, making stops at all the best jams.  Afterwards, be sure to revisit the full episode to experience Super Uno with lyrics!


Hit: Super Uno - Ending
Jam: PGA Tour 96 - Title Screen
Bonk : Top Player's Golf - Cool Wind (Main 3)

This song has (partial) lyrics: Super Uno - Ending*

*VGM Karaoke freestyle begins at 1:19:16 in the original episode

Track listing and original episode:

08 February 2023

LMH Mixtape #161: Free Play 18

This episode introduced Sega 32X into the family of legal tracks.  As always, check out the full episode for discussion about that decision as well as "rockstar" style track intros, some classic track breakdowns, and a story about "gross toes.”


Favorite: Dragon Slayer: Eiyuu Densetsu II - Grostos Castle
Another favorite: Cosmic Carnage - Cylic's Stage (Fully Armored)
Also a favorite: Radical Dreamers - Frozen Flame

Track listing and original episode:

01 February 2023

Episode 257: Ending Music 4

It's been a while but here's another Legacy Music Hour focus on ending music.  That's music in video games that plays during the ending or the staff roll.  Except for this one part when Rob falls asleep.  You'll see (hear).  Full track listing below.

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

Code Name: Viper - Junko Tamiya - Ending - Capcom - NES - 1990

Blackthorne - Glenn Stafford, Michael Bartlow (arr.), Brian Schmidt (arr.) - Story/Ending - Paradox/Blizzard Entertainment/Interplay - Sega 32X - 1995

Obocchama-kun - Junya Kozakai (Junya 'Shakoire' Kozakai), Atsuko Iwanaga (Ako Matsudaira) - Ending - Pack-In-Video/Namco - PC Engine - 1991

Operation Thunderbolt - Yojiro, Katsuhisa Ishikawa (Babi), Naoto Yagishita (Yagi), Kazuyuki Ohnui (Pochi), Hisayoshi Ogura (O. G. R.) - Ending - Aisystem Tokyo/Taito - SNES - 1994

Soldam - Yasuyuki Suzuki, Atsuyoshi Isemura - Ending - Jaleco - arcade (Japan) - 1992

Nazo no Kabe: Block Kuzushi - Hidenori Maezawa, Jun Funahashi, Hiroshi Takeyasu - Ending - Konami - Famicom Disk System - 1986

Sweet Home - Junko Tamiya - Ending - Capcom - Famicom - 1989

Shadow Squadron - Teruhiko Nakagawa - Mission 4 - Sega - Sega 32X - 1995

Kingyo Chuuihou! Tobidase! Game Gakuen - Yasuyuki Suzuki - Staff Roll - Jaleco - Super Famicom - 1994

Princess Minerva - Hiroaki Iwatani - Staff Roll - Atelier Double/Vic Tokai - Super Famicom - 1995

King of Casino - Hiroshi Suzuki - Staff Roll - NEC - TurboGrafx-16 - 1990

Syvalion - Hayato Matsuo, Koichi Sugiyama (advisor) - Ending - Toshiba/Taito - Super Famicom - 1992

Contra - Kazuki Muraoka, Hidenori Maezawa (arr.) - Congratulations!/Staff - Konami - NES - 1988

25 January 2023

LMH Mixtape #160: Adapted Music

Tracks adapted from previously existing music would not normally be “legal” for an LMH episode, but as a rare exception just for this specific installment, these sorts of tracks were given an opportunity to shine.  Also, be sure to check out the full episode for the debut of KeyGlyph's fantastic VGM Karaoke track: Pluto Baby!


Favorite: The Goonies II - Good Enough/Main Theme (The Goonies 'R' Good Enough) - Basement
Another favorite: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers - Title Screen
Yet another favorite: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game - Fire!! (Scene 1)

Track listing and original episode:

18 January 2023

LMH Mixtape #159: Free Play 17

Although Rob was out sick for this episode, he was there in spirit with his track picks.  This free play is absolutely loaded with many great tracks for your listening pleasure.  Be sure to check out the full episode though, for a very special guest host and prolific game composer of Shovel Knight fame, Jake Kaufman (virt)!


Instant favorite: Lord Monarch - Demon's World
Other favorite: Dangerous Seed - Ending Theme
Hey look, another favorite: Momotarou Dentetsu Jr.: Zenkoku Ramen Meguri no Maki - Peach Airline
Bonk jam: Streets of Rage - Keep the Groovin'

Track listing and original episode:

11 January 2023

LMH Mixtape #158: Free Play 16

The boizz are back in town!  After a short break, the Legacy Music Hour returned by user demand.  Switching to a monthly format and bringing engineer Gabe Castro into the crew made it easy to pick back up right where they left off and get back to business without missing a beat.


Instant favorite: Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu - Stage Theme 3
Other favorite: Dungeon Master - Scorpions!
Other other favorite: Lennus II: Fuuin no Shito - Field of Eltz (Ertse Field)

Track listing and original episode:

04 January 2023

Episode 256: Beyond 16-Bit 9

Well, it turned out to be a back-to-back beyond 16-bit situation after all.  For the second month in a row, Brent, Rob, and Gabe showcase video game music from the fifth generation and above.  Wow, they recorded this one super early in the morning.  In fact, this is the earliest they've ever recorded in the last twelve years, not including late-night post-midnight recordings.  Hey, ever wanted to meet people at a library?  No problem, the Legacy Music Hours gives you plenty of library pick-up lines you can draw from in Episode 256.  Also, Brent tests Rob's and Gabe's geography knowledge at one point, so with what you learn in that segment, you can use to impress your librarian date at dinner (or breakfast).  Full track listing below.

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

n/a - David Javelosa - Sega CD BIOS Version 1 - Sega - Sega CD - 1992

Demon Throttle - Scott Mitchell (ZBW) - Stage 2: Snowlands - Doinksoft/Devolver - Nintendo Switch - 2022

Akumajou Dracula X: Gekka no Yasoukyoku - Michiru Yamane, Youichi Iwata (arr.), Tetsuya Ousono (arr.), Junko Karashima (arr.), Kaoru Okada (arr.) - Master Librarian - Konami - Sega Saturn - 1998

Bass Masters Classic - Iku Mizutani, Kinuyo Yamashita (Kinuyo Ueda) - Lake Quack - Natsume/THQ - Game Boy Color - 1999

Wheel of Fortune - Mark Van Hecke, Jim Wallace, Steve Melillo - Jewelry - Imagineering Inc./Sony Imagesoft - Sega CD - 1994

Excitebike: World Rally - Daisuke Shiiba - Canada - Monster Games/Nintendo - WiiWare - 2009

Mario Kart Wii - Asuka Hayazaki, Ryo Nagamatsu - DK Summit - Nintendo - Wii - 2008

Kira Kira Star Night DX - Haruhisa Tanaka (hally) - Yuppy Samba - RIKI/Columbus Circle - Famicom - 2016

Silpheed - Mecano Associates, Fumihito Kasatani, Mariko Satou, Youko Sonoda, Mamoru Ishimoda, Takahiro Nishi, Ari Kamijo, Kenichi Kunishima, Tomoyuki Shimada, Kazuya Takahashi, Akio Matsuda, Hiromi Ohba, Hiroshi Kawai - Hyperspace (Stage 5) -  Game Arts/Sega - Sega CD - 1993

Kero Blaster - Daisuke Amaya - Prothallium (Stage 2 - Greenery Zone) - Studio Pixel/Playism - Nintendo Switch - 2018

Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo - Tomoko Sano (Sanoppi) - Requiem (Name Entry BGM) - Konami - PC Engine CD - 1993

Pokémon Diamond Version - Go Ichinose - Lake - Game Freak/Nintendo - Nintendo DS - 2007

Neo Drift Out: New Technology - unknown - Southern Hemisphere (Stage 4) - Visco/SNK - Neo Geo CD - 1996