Monday, September 8, 2008

SuperPhillip's Favorite VGMs - Early Bird Gets the Worm Edition

Welcome to this early Monday morning edition of my favorite VGMs. Coming off the 150th VGM event, we're kicking off the next 150 videos on our way to 300! I hope you'll be along for the ride and enjoy the majority of the tracks.


The next 150 starts off with the music of my favorite composer in any media period, the great, the unmatched, the best, Yoko Kanno. She's more of an anime composer, but she's done work on the Romance of the Kingdoms series as well as the soundtrack that this piece is from, Cowboy Bebop: Tsuioku no Yakyoku (カウボーイビバップ 追憶の夜曲, Kaubōi Bibappu Tsuioku no Yakyoku, Cowboy Bebop: Nocturne of Reminiscence) for the Playstation 2. Unfortunately, the game never made it anywhere outside of Japan.

Regardless, Diamonds is one of the three new tracks Yoko Kanno composed for the video game. It's a very smooth and romantic jazz piece sung by Ilaria Graziano who has worked with Kanno on several soundtracks. Please enjoy.

What better way to ring in the last weeks of summer than with a song that reminds one of perpetual summer? "Dance in the Sunshine" is the theme of the tourist town of Altamira in Tales of Symphonia for the Gamecube and Playstation 2 (JPN-only).

This track comes from the Playstation One RPG, Chrono Cross. It's the another world version of Galdorb. It's a soothing and peaceful melody. I very much like it.

I'm going to be clear here. I do not like Dragonball Z at all. I hate GT, and I can tolerate the original Dragon Ball. I played this game when the Saiyan Saga of DBZ first aired with the old (better) voice acting team from Ocean Group. This was before the show dragged on 200 more episodes and the fanboys ate it up.

I, at the tender age of 11, played Dragon Ball: Final Bout for the PS1. I didn't know any better. I thought it was fun. Now? Uh...... eh...... ah.....

"Decide in the Eyes" is the F-Zero X theme of Big Blue, a course that has appeared in almost every F-Zero game to date. I personally dig the F-Zero X Guitar Arrange album over the original soundtrack musically, but for nostalgic purposes, the original N64 soundtrack can't be beat.

Direct Linkage:

Direct Link - Diamonds
Direct Link - Dance in the Sunshine
Direct Link - Galdorb ~ Another
Direct Link - Mon Hikaru Potara!
Direct Link - Decide in the Eyes

You know the drill. Next week, five more VGMs. If you want to skip ahead and see future editions, feel free to check out my Youtube channel seen here.

1 comment:

Val said...

As ashamed as I am to say it, I've never heard of Yoko Kanno before this VGM edition. Only Koji Kondo.. I'll have to watch these videos sometime, I've always been a big fan of video game music, so if I like your choice of music I'll probably add some of the pieces to my iTunes.