This week being Thanksgiving here in the States, I feel the much overdue need to extend public thanks to my Soundtrack Central compatriots for all the various favors, stuff, and niceties you've provided me over the years. I try my best not to forget a gesture of kindness, no matter how small or insignificant it seems, so I sure hope I haven't left anyone out.
So, join me. Throw a shout-out of appreciation to your pallys, your homies, your peeps, your mangs..... here at STC.
To Crash, for that lot of CD-R trades that included Super Smash Bros. Melee and Bambee's Fairytales. I had a tough time finding Fairytales for the longest, and your CD-R tied me over till then.
To Brandon, for that copy of Shiratori's Cross My Heart and Shoko Minami's "Somebody Loves You" download from years back. Not to mention your unrivaled knowledge of J-pop artists; you've helped me track down Techie's albums, something I never thought I would ever do.
To Abrahm, for that upload of Alph Lyra/Boogie Ohyama vocal arranged version of the Street Fighter 2 Staff Roll theme, "Ready To Fight!" It's one of my most favorite VGM pieces ever. In fact, I'm listening to it right now in anticipation of SSFT2 HD's release. Likewise......
To GoldfishX, for that upload of the Complete File instrumental version of the SF2 Staff Roll. And for introducing me to the delight of Jikkyou Powerful Baseball music. ;)
To Crystal, for tipping me off about the Japanese CD release of Disney's Enchanted. Got it, love it. ^_^
To Carl, for that nifty Gyakuten Saiban Vanilla Sky Recorder CD, and other various GS-related uploads. Hey, no "objections" there. Also, I'm just a tad hazy here: that disc recording of Ikaruga, was that me to you, or you to me?
To the_miker, for that upload of Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon rendition of Just Over Those Hills -- and getting out those first few samples from FFIX way back when. Your pioneering spirit has had an infectious influence on me.
To SquareTex for composing/sequencing those Judy Crystal midis for me. Still make 'em part of my usual eurodance listening routine, I do. They're amazing. Hell, Seth, you're amazing.
To Virtual Boot, for providing that rare Pocket Fighter Remix / Capcom Sports Club album download. The track Toyhouse is an instant classic in my book, and yet another that's made it part of my regular playlist of faves.
To James O, for those PSOne copies of DDR 5th Mix and Extra Mix. But I'm still mad as a hornet for that awful screaming face internet prank you played on us. >_<;
To Wanderer, for the unreleased "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" promo CD; it is now an official holiday soundtrack staple in my collection. Also, for being the primary film music guy to converse with around here. :)
To Qui-Gon Joe, for providing that initial upload of the Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (MGS3 Version) back in 2004. You have no idea how powerful those urges to hear a brand new version of the MGS Main Theme are. You satiated that one particularly potent urge that time.
To Amazingu, for being a fellow cat fan - which makes you an A-List person. And for that initial rip of the Super Mario Galaxy OST earlier this year; it made those few days before my copy came in a lot less agonizing. ;)
To shdwrlm, for being my music rhythm gamer-in-arms; we are truly the devoted few. You've been too awesome with the Dancemania sharing, too.
To Jodo Kast, for that massive lot of VGM soundtracks you sold me from a while back; I *still* haven't gotten through to listening to all of them. Also, a big non-spidery hug for that upload of the Double Dragon II Arranged Album and Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 3 Arranged Album.
To jmj20320514, for past friendly rivalry (it was friendly, wasn't it?), introducing me to Deception, and those sweet PC-Engine/Dreamcast games.
To Shoe, for those various Resident Evil and Fatal Fury CDs. And for appreciating those laborious game rips I'd done of Ape Escape 2 and 3.
To longhairmike - though indirectly, you sold a Belinda Carlise CD lot on eBay at once, of which I'm now in possession of. It made a fantastic gift. ;)
To Stephen, for that great price on the Grandia III OST. :) And old-time friendship.
I think some thank-yous addressed to the VGM community as a whole are in order, too. First, a huge thanks to Adam Corn, for hosting such a great site like Soundtrack Central, and maintaining it with excellent regularity. Thanks, too, to folks like Chris, Ramza, Arcubalis, and Chudah for running their respective websites. To Datschge, for the awesomeness that is SPCs, and to Neil Corlett, oddigy/Amber, and Lawrence Lin for the equal awesomeness that are PSFs. You guys are true contributors to the digital preservation of video game music.
And finally, a big thanks to the rest of you here on these boards, for being generally fine folks to deal with. STC wouldn't be half the place it would be if not for you rad regulars.