24 December 2014

LMH Mixtape #14: Sports

Brent and Rob consider their sports focuses to be among the podcast's most underrated episodes -- but who doesn't love a chance to root for the underdog?  Whether it's for football, volleyball, skateboarding, or slalom, settle into the bleachers for this one and see if you become a bigger fan of the music the second time around.


Instant new favorite:  Coach K College Basketball - Title Theme
Other instant new favorite:  Skate or Die! - Intro
Brewed new favorite:  John Madden Football - Title Theme
Other brewed new favorite:  Shigesato Itoi's No. 1 Bass Fishing - Rest House

Somebody please expand these lyrics*:  Title Screen - NBA Jam

*Brent's freestyling begins at the 00:30:30 mark of the original episode.  Finish it up!

Track listing and original episode:


10 December 2014

LMH Mixtape #13: Jazz Music

For the jazz episode (also known as the "Side Pocket side focus" episode), the boizz uncovered some serious grooves -- sometimes in some seriously unexpected places.  Needless to say, coffee shop and pool hall owners everywhere should add this mix to their in-house playlists immediately, then let everyone know how that goes in the comments below.


Instant new favorite:  DoReMi Fantasy - Dessert Paradise
Other instant new favorite:  DoReMi Fantasy - Toying Around
Brewed new favorite:  Side Pocket - The Lounge
Other brewed new favorite:  Super Castlevania IV - The Submerged City

MVP Award:  the Side Pocket percussionist

Track listing and original episode:


03 December 2014

Episode 159: Free Play 17

On this month's episode, Rob is out sick, but not to worry - Brent is joined by special guest co-host Jake Kaufman aka virt.  Jake Kaufman is a prolific video game music composer, responsible for the soundtracks to games such as Shovel Knight, Contra 4, DuckTales: Remastered, and Double Dragon Neon.  Also, the Legacy Music Hour Christmas Carolers perform some VGM Karaoke with lyrics written by LMH user pendaflux.  NOTE: The gang had forgotten to take a photo with Jake, so they just used last month's photo with a bit of alteration.  Full track listing below.

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

Aerobiz - unknown (Taku Iwasaki?) - Pacific - Koei - SNES - 1993

Streets of Rage - Yuzo Koshiro - Keep the Groovin' - Sega - Genesis - 1991

Otoboke Ninja Colosseum - Tsukushi Sasaki, KK.Mint - Stage 4-3 and 4-4 - Mint/Intec - Super Famicom - 1995

Lord of the Sword - unknown - Ending - Sega - Sega Master System - 1989

Doomsday Warrior - Junta - P-Lumb/Fatty Bomber - Laser Soft/Renovation - SNES - 1993

Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord - unknown - Overhead - Sega - Sega Master System - 1988

Might and Magic: Book II - Atsuhiro Motoyama, Akikaz - Town - Starcraft/LOSC G. Amusements - Super Famicom - 1993

Ihatovo Monogatari - Tsukasa Tawada - Ihatovo City - Hect - Super Famicom - 1993

Lord Monarch - Falcom Sound Team J.D.K. - Demon's World - Epoch/AIM - Super Famicom - 1992

Honkaku Shogi: Fuuunji Ryuou - unknown - Ending - Aisystem Tokyo/Virgin Interactive - Super Famicom - 1994

Psycho Dream - Michiko Naruke - Sky Scraper - Riot - Super Famicom - 1992

Arkista's Ring - Sizlla Okamura - Title Screen - NMK/American Sammy - NES - 1990

Tuff E Nuff - Yashuhiko Takashiba, Suguru Ishida - Zazi - Jaleco - SNES - 1993

Dangerous Seed - Yoshinori Nagumo (NAUN), Yoshiki Nishimura (Yosiquin) (arr.), Akihito Hayashi (Neumann A. H) (arr.), Yoko Shimokawa (Shimokyaaa) (arr.), Totsukurzwell (arr.) - Ending Theme - TOSE/Namco - Mega Drive - 1990

Momotarou Dentetsu Jr.: Zenkoku Ramen Meguri no Maki - Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Kazuaki Miyaji - Peach Airline - Hudson Soft/Make - Game Boy (Japan) - 1998

Relevant Links:

Jake "virt" Kaufman's website...


Shovel Knight original soundtrack...


26 November 2014

LMH Mixtape #12: Mega Man

The Mega Man compilation needs no introduction.  Get equipped with mixtape twelve and enjoy!


Instant new favorite:  Mega Man 3 - Shadow Man
Brewed new favorite:  Mega Man 7 - Shade Man

This song needs lyrics:  Mega Man X3 - Credits
This song HAS lyrics:  Mega Man 3 - Magnet Man*

Blatant Favoritism Award:  Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wiley Stage 1

*For an extra dose of this week's theme, skip to the 1:04:00 mark of Episode 155 for a special VGM karaoke by user Graeme!

Track listing and original episode:


12 November 2014

LMH Mixtape #11: Fighting Games

Known alternatively as the "Lost Level," episode eleven had initially disappeared into the tides of time due to technical difficulties.  When it was restored from the archives a few months later, however, the users were treated to some important firsts: the first Mame that Chune segment, and the first inklings of what can happen when Rob stays up too late.


Instant new favorite:  Shin Kidou Senshi Gundam Wing: Endless Duel - Airport
Brewed new favorite:  Mortal Kombat - The Pit
Other brewed new favorite:  Killer Instinct - Main Theme

Blatant Favoritism Award:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - April O'Neil

Track listing and original episode:


Original missing episode post:


05 November 2014

Episode 158: Free Play 16

The boizz are back after a year long hiatus!  Hosts Brent Weinbach and Rob F. Switch's long awaited return kicks off with a Free Play, and the tracks they pick, many of which are new game titles to the podcast, range from pretty bonk to very bonk.  Full track listing below.

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

Puss 'N Boots: Pero's Great Adventure - Tomohisa Mitsuyasu (J-Walk Mitsuyasu) - Stage 6: Liberty - Shouei/Electro Brain - NES - 1990

Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu - Masakatsu Maekawa (Sinkon Kiyoshi) - Stage Theme 3 - Now Production/Hudson Soft - NES - 1990

Gemfire - Masumi Nitta, Yoshiyuki Ito - Intro/Title Screen - Koei - Genesis - 1992

Holy Umbrella: Dondera no Mubou!! - Matsushita Hisashi - Luminous Caverns - Naxat Soft/Earthly Soft - Super Famicom - 1995

Battle Jockey - Hiroshi Ebihara, Kennosuke Suemura - Winners Circle Title Screen - Virgin Games/Nova Games - Super Famicom - 1994

Daisenryaku Expert WWII: War in Europe - Tamiya Terashima - Propaganda - ASCII Entertainment/SystemSoft - Super Famicom - 1996

The Flash - Jeroen Tel - Ending - Probe Entertainment - Sega Master System (Europe) - 1993

Super Bonk - Masaaki Nishizawa, Keiji Ueki, Kennosuke Suemura - Jump to the Sky! - Red/Hudson - SNES - 1994

Moto Roader - Goblin Sound - Dreamer (Title) - NCS - TurboGrafx-16 - 1989

Tetris Battle Gaiden - Tomoyuki Hamada - Spiritual Beauty - Bullet-Proof Software - Super Famicom - 1993

8 Eyes - Kenzou Kumei - Germany Boss - Taxan/Thinking Rabbit - NES - 1990

Dungeon Master - Hikoshi Hashimoto - Scorpions! - JVC/FTL Games - SNES - 1993

Ultimate Basketball - Dota Ando - gameplay - Aicom/American Sammy - NES - 1990

Lennus II: Fuuin no Shito - Kohei Tanaka - Field of Eltz (Ertse Field) - Asmik/Copya Systems - Super Famicom - 1996

Super Back to the Future II - Hitoshi Sakimoto - Round 4-2 - Toshiba EMI - Super Famicom - 1993

29 October 2014

Track Listing: F. Switch Dance Mix Tres

Here is the track list (game titles only) for the F. Switch Dance Mix Tres...

Metal Masters
Tetris Attack
U.N. Squadron
DJ Boy
Lightening Force
Tetris Attack
The Smurfs
Super Fantasy Zone
Itadaki Street: Watashi no Oten ni Yottette
Castlevania III
Yo! Noid
Pizza Pop!
Blue Lightning
Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
Valkyrie no Densetsu
Ys III: Wanderers from Ys
Time Lord

To listen to the dance mix, you can find the original post here:

F. Switch Dance Mix Tres


22 October 2014

LMH Mixtape #10: Free Play

With all the tracks the boizz were sifting through on a regular basis, it came as no surprise that they'd been building up a considerable list of B-sides that had never quite fit into any regular episodes. The solution to getting these tunes some airtime? Setting the podcast to free play: no selective focus, no restrictive theme -- just choice jams, period.


Instant new favorite:  Bad Dudes - Stage 2 and 5
Other instant new favorite:  Gradius III - Cosmo Plant
Brewed new favorite:  Magical Pop'n - Mountain Temple
Other brewed new favorite:  Metal Gear - Return of Fox Hounder (Ending)

Best texture:  Bad Dudes - Stage 2 and 5
Needs to be performed by an orchestra:  Contra III - Neo Kobe Steel Factory

Megazord Award:  Lightening Force - Lightning Strikes Again

Track listing and original episode:


15 October 2014

Coming Soon: New LMH Full Episodes!

Due to increasing demand, Brent and Rob have decided to start recording new Legacy Music Hour episodes, to be released once a month.  Possible bonus new episodes may be released every now and then as well.  So with the new episodes, along with the mixtapes put together by KeyGlyph every other week, LMH users will get at least three downloads a month!  That's almost one download every week.  The first of the new Legacy Music Hour episodes is planned to come out in early November, so stay posted.

08 October 2014

LMH Mixtape #9: Disney

Episode 9 was a survey of Disney's contributions to classic gaming, featuring tunes from titles that either starred the company's flagship characters or were based on their feature films and TV shows.  Many users most likely anticipated the set list's final track, which closed things out on a perfect note.


Instant new favorite:  Chip n' Dale Rescue Rangers - Zone J
New brewed favorite:  Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Daibouken - Space Mountain

Inspires the loudest sing-alongs:  DuckTales - The Moon

The Price is Right*:  Donald Duck Mahou No Boushi - Race a Go Go!
Blatant Favoritism Award:  DuckTales - The Moon

*Seriously, does this track remind anyone else of the "Come on Down" music from that show?

Track listing and original episode:


24 September 2014

LMH Mixtape #8: Mari Yamaguchi

Episode 8 brought us LMH's second composer focus, this time on Mari Yamaguchi.  Yamaguchi was equally talented at crafting tight, catchy tunes for the NES as she was at composing sweeping symphonic pieces for the SNES.  If you don't already find yourself wishing that more orchestras in the world would perform video game music, this mixtape will change that.

NOTE TO THE DETAIL-ORIENTED:  Mari Yamaguchi only arranged the track "The Minks" from U.N. Squadron (Manami Matsumae composed) for the SNES, and it's also possible that Yamaguchi did not compose "Introduction" from U.N. Squadron and that the composer of that track is unknown.  Also, with Final Fight 2's "Flower Shower", Yamaguchi might not have composed that track, but it's just a guess (a bunch of composers worked on that soundtrack).  Also also, Yasuaki Fujita confirmed somewhat recently that he composed "Distant View" and "Expedition" from Breath of Fire, but authorities at the Legacy Music Hour believe that Yasuaki is actually remembering things incorrectly.  It was 20 years ago, after all.  "Distant View" sounds so much like Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts that it seems impossible to not be Yamaguchi.  Also, "Expedition" really sounds like her too, and is very similar to Magical Quest in certain parts.  So all these tracks have been left included in this mix, even though it's up for debate whether or not they should be there.


Instant new favorite:  Mega Man 5 - Napalm Man
New brewed favorite:  Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts - Ice Forest

This song needs lyrics:  Final Fight 2 - Flower Shower
Needs to be performed by an orchestra:  Breath of Fire - End of Journey

Picardy Third Alert:  Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3 - The Sea with Shells

Track listing and original episode:


10 September 2014

LMH Mixtape #7: Elevator Music

From the LMH pocket dictionary:

el·e·va·tor mu·sic (n.):  1. Tunes with a certain synthy-sounding, jazzy aesthetic, described by some as "cheesy" or "bad." 2. The kind of music you'd hear if you were on hold for the doctor's office. 3. Anything that sounds like, or is, "The Girl from Ipanema." 4. The jam.

NOTE: If it wasn't addressed in any subsequent episodes, Rob made an error by playing two TurboGrafx-CD tracks, which are technically illegal plays. Those tracks were still included in this mixtape, however.


Instant new favorite:  Ys Book 1 - Tower of the Shadow of Death
New brewed favorite:  Phantasy Star II - Restoration
Other new brewed favorite:  Out Run - Passing Breeze

Gets me a little emotional:  Tetris Attack - Water Stage
I'd like some toast with that jam:  Star Fox - Macbeth

Blatant Favoritism Award*:  Toejam and Earl - Big Earl Bump

*an unnecessary but irresistible acknowledgement of longtime personal favorite

Track listing and original episode:


03 September 2014

Bonus: F. Switch Dance Mix Tres

The Legacy Music Hour presents Rob F. Switch's third installment of continuous dance party music comprised of only 8-bit and 16-bit era video game music.  No remixes, no covers, no adaptations of non-video game music -just pure, original, dancy music from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Sega Genesis!

27 August 2014

LMH Mixtape #6: Flying and Shooting

With musical styles that ranged from pop to march, metal to orchestral, the Flying and Shooting episode was a wonderful demonstration of retro VGM variety.  KeyGlyph's commendations list gets a little crazy for this installment, and she sincerely hopes yours does too!


Instant new favorite:  Herzog Zwei - Sleight of Hand
Other instant new favorite:  Silver Surfer - BGM II
Other other instant new favorite:  Lightening Force - Fighting Back

New brewed favorite:  Pop'n Twinbee - Village Sky
Other new brewed favorite:  1943 - Air Battle
Other other new brewed favorite:  Lightening Force - Metal Squad

Infinite Loop Award*:  Top Gun - Missile Select
Megazord Award**:  Lightening Force - Evil Destroyer

* a shorty that never seems to get old, no matter how many times you loop it
** a song you could assemble a Megazord to

Track listing and original episode:


13 August 2014

LMH Mixtape #5: Square

On the heels of the first composer focus came the Legacy Music Hour's first "company focus," a full episode of tracks entirely from one developer/publisher.  KeyGlyph guarantees that this fantastic compilation of tunes will become an instant staple in your playlist rotation, whether or not you happen to be an RPG kind of guy.


Instant new favorite:  Secret of Mana - Angel's Fear & Seiken Densetsu 3 - Hightension Wire
Brewed new favorite:  Chrono Trigger - Robo's Theme

Now That I've Found It, I Can't Live Without It:  Secret of Mana - Spirit of the Night

Picardy Third Alert:  Secret of Mana - Spirit of the Night

Track listing and original episode:


30 July 2014

LMH Mixtape #4: Junko Tamiya

Episode four marked the first occurrence of the "composer focus", an entire installment dedicated to showcasing the works of one musician.  The tradition began with Junko Tamiya, and although a few selections by other composers sneaked into the original episode, the errors were excluded this time around to produce an all-Tamiya mixtape.

NOTE TO THE DETAIL-ORIENTED:  Bionic Commando's "Area 1" was composed by Harumi Fujita, but Junko Tamiya's involvement as its arranger for the NES port merited its inclusion on the setlist.


Instant new favorite:  Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Alleyway (Planet 1, Area 1)
Brewed new favorite:  Strider - Hiryu/Theme for Counterattack

Now That I've Found It, I Can't Live Without It:  Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Rooted (Planet 2, Area 2)

Picardy Third Alert:  Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight - Skimmer (Planet 1, Area 2)

Track listing (this has non-Tamiya tracks not included in this mix) and original episode:


16 July 2014

LMH Mixtape #3: Experimental Music

Brent and Rob proved their commitment to making the Legacy Music Hour more than a garden-variety greatest hits list by showcasing some exceptionally bizarre and fascinating tracks for their third episode. This installment convinced many users early on that they were in for something special, and perhaps marked the beginning of Rob F.'s fascination with the TurboGrafx-16.


Gets me a little emotional:  Cyber Knight - Town
Makes me want to play the game:  DoReMi Fantasy - Windy Cliffs
Needs to be performed by an orchestra:  Strider - Siberian Tunnel/Driving Wheel/Big Run

Pachelbel's Cameo Award:  Volfied - Name Entry

Track listing and original episode:


02 July 2014

LMH Mixtape #2: Racing Games

Whether you travel by rollerblades, motorcycle, or Blue Falcon, KeyGlyph has confirmed (through extensive on-road testing) that this mixtape will get you where you need to go in style. Once you've revisited these tracks, be sure to follow the link and revisit LMH user Brett's fantastic karaoke performance of F-Zero's Port Town at SF Sketchfest 2012, as archived on the Legacy Music Hour YouTube channel!


Instant new favorite:  Days of Thunder - Title Screen & Super Monaco GP - Exhaust Fumes
Brewed new favorite:  Road Rash - Pacific Coast & Rad Racer II - Coast to Coast

Most stuck in my head:  F-Zero - Port Town
Inspires the loudest sing-alongs:  F-Zero - Port Town
Most infectiously feel-good track:  Out Run - Splash Wave

Track listing and original episode:


18 June 2014

LMH Mixtape #1: Theme Song

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the moment you've all been waiting for! The Legacy Music Hour Mixtapes are finally here, courtesy of a user like you. Relive the tracks and episode themes as KeyGlyph compiles the jams and doles out awards for a few personal favorites. A second listen can make a big difference, so chime in with your own thoughts and superlatives as you tackle this fresh playthrough. Ready? Push button B to start your new quest!


Instant new favorite*: Pit-Fighter - Title Screen
Brewed new favorite**: Pilotwings - Hangglider

Most stuck in my head: Lightening Force - Stand Up Against Myself
Inspires the loudest sing-alongs: Mega Man 3 - Title Screen

* a new tune that became a favorite on the first listen
** a new tune that didn't stand out initially, but became a favorite the second time around

Track listing and original episode:


09 June 2014

Coming Soon: The LMH Mixtapes!

Legacy Music Hour user, KeyGlyph, has been kind enough to take on the duties of making the Legacy Music Hour Mixtapes.  She will be editing together music-only versions of every LMH episode (with a little bit of Brent/Rob banter at the top), posting them on the official LMH site, and including her own commentary and other notes.  Mixtape episodes will start appearing soon, so stay tuned.  And let's all give a big thank you KeyGlyph for taking on this arduous task!