06 March 2013

Episode 123: Role-Playing Games 2 (Part 1)

RPGs is the topic of Episode 123 (as it was in Episode 46), and this time, Brent and Rob pick only tracks from games that have never before been featured on The Legacy Music Hour.  So, lots of less obvious choices in this episode, but still really good ones.  And that's just part one.  That's right, Episode 124 will be an additional role-playing games episode with all the tracks being from games that have already appeared on the podcast.  Anyway, really great music all around in this episode, and even more great music coming up in the next one!  Full track listing below.

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

Lagrange Point - unknown - Departure and Arrival - Konami - Famicom - 1991

Albert Odyssey - Naoki Kodaka - In a Strange New World - Sunsoft - Super Famicom - 1993

The 7th Saga - Norihiko Yamanuki - Wilme Pelin - Enix/Produce - SNES - 1993

Traysia - Minoru Yuasa - Field (Chapter 1) - Renovation/Riot - Genesis - 1992

Solid Runner - Mitsuhito Tanaka, Toshiaki Sakoda, Pure Sound - Meeting with Ion - Sting/ASCII - Super Famicom - 1997

Paladin's Quest - Kohei Tanaka - Momentary Peace - Enix/Copya Systems - SNES - 1993

Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis - Misaki Okibe - Karen - Atlus - Super Famicom - 1995

Sorcerian - Hiroshi Kubota - Beautiful Day - Sega/Falcom - Mega Drive - 1990

Ys V: Ushinawareta Sunano Miyako Kefin - Mieko Ishikawa, Naoki Kaneda, Satoshi Arai, Atsushi Shirakawa, Masaru Nakajima - Residence - Falcom - Super Famicom - 1995

Warsong - Noriyuki Iwadare, Isao Mizoguchi - Friendly Fight (Player Phase 1) - NCS/Treco - Genesis - 1991

Monster Maker III: Hikari no Majutsushi - T's Music - Title Screen/Opening - Sofel - Super Famicom - 1993

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord - Kentaro Haneda - Adventurer's Inn - Nexoft/Game Studio - NES - 1990

Langrisser II - Noriyuki Iwadare - The Last Battle - NCS - Mega Drive - 1994

Little Ninja Brothers - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Evil Queen Defeated - Culture Brain - NES - 1990

Ys IV: Mask of the Sun - Tomohiro Endo, Masanori Hikichi, Yoshiaki Kubotera, I. Naoyuki, Miyoko Takaoka, Masumi Takimoto (Hiroo Tengenji) - Escape With Lilia - Falcom/Tonkin House - 1993

Albert Odyssey 2: Jashin no Taidou - Naoki Kodaka - Dirge of Grief - Sunsoft - Super Famicom - 1994

Hiouden: Mamonotachi to no Chikai - Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Ryota Furuya, Hiroya Hatsushiba - Galaxy - Wolf Team - Super Famicom - 1994


  1. That Albert Odyssey 2 track sounded so familiar, even though I'm pretty sure I've never heard it before. It may just be that it has the SNES JRPG sound, but I could swear it was influenced strongly by some Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger track, both in its melody and use of instrumentation.

    1. I hear some similarities to a few tracks, but the one that stands out the most to me is "Forever Rachel" from Final Fantasy VI (3 US). It is possible that Naoki Kodaka was influenced by the track because Albert Odyssey 2 came out about 8 months after FFVI.

  2. Great podcast guys, lots of great tunes.

    I didn't know about Sorcerian and I liked that Beautiful Day tune very much.

    Also loved the songs by Noriyuki Iwadare. Thanks for pointing out his name, I recognized the style immediately from his Zero Wing soundtrack but didn't know about his other works.


  3. Supposedly LaGrange Point didn't sell very well because the VRC7 chip made it quite a bit more expensive than other famicom games at the time. It's too bad it never got a US release. The whole soundtrack is great and, judging from the youtube footage, the game looks great. I go back to a request I made a long time ago for a LaGrange Point focus episode.

    Blech. Wizardry. Good song, crappy game. And already antique by the time of its 8 bit release.

    Holy hell. Langrisser II is totally bitchin.

  4. Really enjoyed Sorcerian Beautiful day. Have you guys heard this like....Michael Bolton remix of it? Smoooooooth ftw


  5. FYI, the Little Ninja Brothers music is the theme from the opening of the 3rd movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, he should probably be listed as the composer.

  6. Hi Brent & Rob, discovered the show a few months ago, and have been going through your back episodes. I'm currently up to episode 103, and will be caught up to the latest shows soon. Absolutely fantastic work on the show. I'm holding a small but appropriate "Thank you" gift, in thanks for your efforts making the show, that I'd like to mail to you guys (16-bit music related! no it's not a CD!); what mailing address can I send it to, so you guys will receive it? (I will be mailing it internationally, so it will take a few weeks for you to receive it.)

    1. Hi! Send us an email at legacymusichour@gmail.com and we'll send you the headquarters address!