31 January 2024

LMH Mixtape #201: TurboGrafx-16 2

The TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine (and SuperGrafx) has so much great music that the boizz dedicated a second full episode to showcase what the system had to offer, and there is certainly a lot here to enjoy.  The deep synth bass on "In-Game 1" from Break In is so smooth and grooving, you can almost get lost in it.  In "Sphere 4" from Neutopia II, listen for the creative use of what you might describe as a "bloop" or bubble sound with reverb on it, which perfectly accents the track.  “Final Take Off” from After Burner II is the quintessential 80's movie power track to get you pumped up.  So, dive into this mixtape and see what the TG-16 is capable of.


Instant favorite: After Burner II - Final Take Off
Another favorite: Break In - In-Game 1
So many favorites it's hard to pick: Neutopia II - Sphere 4

Track listing and original episode:

24 January 2024

LMH Mixtape #200: Episode 200! (Live)

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the moment you've all been waiting for... The Legacy Music Hour, Episode 200 Live Special!  The boizz celebrated their 200th episode with a live audience of LMH users, special guests, and of course lots of hot VGM jams to share with everyone.  There's all the variety you've come to expect, including a catchy track from the late-release Famicom game: Navy Blue.  There were also some fantastic baseball tracks, proving once again that sports games can still hit those home runs.  So, don't sit on the bench for this mixtape, or you'll be sentenced to five lives of Time Lord penance!


Instant favorite: Touge Densetsu: Saisoku Battle - gameplay
Another favorite: Navy Blue - Board Theme
Classic sports game music: Nantettatte!! Baseball - gameplay

Track listing and original episode:

17 January 2024

LMH Mixtape #199: Mmm Poppin'

We've gone from shirt popping in the last episode to mmm poppin' in this one.  The track “Brawing Up” from Battle Mania: Daiginjou is a fully pumped jam that will get you absolutely energized, while conversely, “Luis” from Leading Company has a smooth, laid back jazz style, reminiscent of Bob James' music from Taxi.  That's just a couple of the totally mmm poppin' tracks you'll find in this mixtape.


Instant favorite: Dragon Spirit - Cave Road (Area 5)
Another instant favorite: Umihara Kawase - Umibe Theme
A town I want to visit: Kouryuu Densetsu Villgust Gaiden - Town

Track listing and original episode:

10 January 2024

LMH Mixtape #198: Shirt Popping

These tracks are so hot you'll need to pop your shirt just to cool off.  Olein Cavern from Socket has notes of Sonic the Hedgehog, while In-Game 2 from Aoi Blink has a bit of a sitcom feel with some fun little solos.  Impending Danger from Magic Sword has both a super cool and funky sound, while also conveying a sense of dread.  This mix is so full of great tracks (and variety), you might just wear out collar from popping too much!  New shirt alert!


The secret is in the Saus: The Great Battle IV - Water World Saus
Personal nostalgia award: Magic Sword - Impending Danger
Most relaxing: Aoi Blink - In-Game 2

Track listing and original episode:

03 January 2024

Episode 268: Secrets

Shh, don't tell anyone, but the boizz have some secrets to share on this episode of The Legacy Music Hour.  And some great tracks too, of course.  Full track listing below.

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

Panorama Cotton - Kenichi Hirata - Tea Time - Success/Sunsoft - Mega Drive - 1994

Mini-Yonku Let's & Go!! Power WGP 2 - Masaru Tajima - Final Race - Jupiter Multimedia/Nintendo - Super Famicom - 1998

Football Fury - Megumi Matsuura - United Football News - Sammy - SNES - 1993

Coryoon: Child of Dragon - Hisashi Matsushita, Daisuke Morishima - Stage 6: Purple Cave - Naxat Soft - PC Engine - 1991

Metal Morph - Martin Galway (comp., arr.), Alistair Hirst, Jeff van Dyck, Marc Schaefgen (arr.) - Journey Through the Other Side - Origin/FCI - SNES - 1994

F-1 Sensation - Tomoya Tomita - Menu - Konami - Famicom - 1993

Sadakichi Seven: Hideyoshi no Ougon - Daisuke Inoue, Toshiaki Takimoto (arr.) - Disco - Sofix/Hudson Soft - PC Engine - 1988

Kaizou Choujin Shubibinman Zero - Kenichi Koyano, Naoko Mikami - Storehouse and Running Train - NCS - Super Famicom Satellaview - 1994

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

Hana Taaka Daka!? - Kinuyo Yamashita - Chieko - Natsume/Taito - PC Engine - 1991

Psy-O-Blade - Shigeru Tomita, Kazuhiro Hasegawa, Hiroto Kanno (Raika no Papa) (arr.) - Game Start - T&E Soft/Graphic Research/Sigma Ent. Inc. - Mega Drive - 1990

SmartBall - Yasuhiko Fukuda (Hirohiko Fukuda), Manabu Saito, Akira Yamaoka - Waterworld - Game Freak/Sony Imagesoft - SNES - 1992

Genji Tsuushin Agedama - T’s Music - Protect Japan (Stage 1) - NEC - PC Engine - 1991