Soundtrack Central The best of VGM and other great soundtracks

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Daniel K Feb 16, 2008

Although I mostly download music nowadays and don't really care what is officially released or not, the recent news on the Phantasy Star 1 - 4 soundtrack collection reminded me that I still have an obsessed VGM collector trapped somewhere deep inside, struggling to get to the surface. Just the fact that Phantasy Star IV's phenomenal soundtrack finally gets an official release 15 years after the game's release is enough to create a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. I always wondered why such a successful and popular game never got a soundtrack release, especially considered the fact that the first three games in the series did (well, sort of... ).

So, this got me thinking, what other great game soundtracks are still out there, unreleased? Obviously an easy question for the seasoned VGM fan: far too many to mention. But if we're still to try to answer it, we can ask which are the *very best* unreleased soundtracks. The point of the poll is to think of the top 3/5/whatever unreleased soundtracks you'd like to see released officially.

Personally, the first that comes to mind is Legacy of Kain - Soul Reaver. Soul Reaver was one of the best classic 3D adventure games from the PS1 era, and had a soundtrack by Kurt Harland (from the US synthpop-band Information Society). The soundtrack was an awesome mix of atmospheric ambient and bombastic orchestral that fit the game like a glove and truly created a unique atmosphere: dark and decaying, and epic and grand at the same time (reminded me a lot of dark ambient/industrial act In Slaughter Natives, actually). Especially the main theme "Ozar Midrashim" is noteworthy, surely one of the best tracks ever featured in a game. There were three tracks released on the rare Soul Reaver 2 Promotional Soundtrack, but that's hardly more than a little taste. The rest of the Kain series had good music too, especially the first Blood Omen soundtrack (which was done by Steve Henifin of Eternal Darkness fame, and very much has the same feel as the ED OST), but, except for the SR2 Promo CD, none of it is officially released. A shame, that is!

My next pick would have to be Sota Fujimori's soundtrack to Neo Contra for the PS2. When one ponders the fact that most Konami soundtracks get releases, one has to wonder what the f--- was wrong with the confused individual who decided that Neo Contra was one of the few games that somehow didn't deserve this honour. It isn't as powerfully awesome as the Shin Contra OST (due to the absence of Akira Yamaoka's guitar), but for me it's a close second in the series. IMO the best trance VGM soundtrack ever - as good as Wangan Midnight 2 & 3 and ESPGaluda 1 & 2 are, this totally levels them in both hardcore intensity and melodic power. Both this soundtrack and Mr. Fujimori needs more respect.

Another series sadly neglected is Natsume's KikiKaiKai (known as "Pocky And Rocky" in the West). These super-cute shoot-em-ups based on Japanese mythology were great, not least in the audio department. The music mixed traditional Japanese instruments/harmonies with infectiously catchy old-school VGM melodies. The SNES games were the best, and really should have had their soundtracks released. My favourite is the first one for the SNES (composed by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki), and the second is great as well (composed by Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Kinuyo Yamashita, Haruo Ohashi & A. Yamao). That these beauties remain unreleased is a crime, but thankfully the SPC soundtracks can be downloaded here and here. Do yourself a huge favour and check out the first one. It's better than Okami, I swear. tongue

Other than these obvious ones, it'd be really cool to see some sort of compilation of Sunsoft's classical NES soundtracks (Journey To Silius, Batman, Gimmick, etc.), and the Mega Drive/Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog soundtracks.

So, how about yours?

the_miker Feb 16, 2008 (edited Feb 16, 2008)

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 1-3 / & KNUCKLES / 3D BLAST BOX SET

^ That needs a release above anything else that gets listed in this thread.  Sure there are VGMs, GYMs, and console recordings floating around but I want a true release, damn it!

Anyway.. smile

I'll second Neo Contra.  Fujimori did a fine job with that one and there's definitely enough new music there to fill up a CD or two.  This is one of the games I actually did my own rip for.  VATLVA would be another choice for me.  For those who don't know, it's a Saturn game with music by Yuzo Koshiro (maybe you've heard of him?) and Motohiro Kawashima of Streets of Rage 2 and 3 fame.  Upbeat, funky, just fun music on this one.  If you're a fan or Koshiro at all I highly recommend you check out the redbook audio.  Light Crusader, quite possibly my favorite non-Sonic Genesis soundtrack, definitely deserves an official soundtrack release.  LC is pretty much the only VGM I like from composer Aki Hata but man do I like it a lot.  This is another game I did my own console recording for and the music would definitely fit snuggly on one disc, looped twice even!  Angelo Badalamenti tried his hand at game music for Quantic Dream's epic Indigo Prophecy (known as Fahrenheit in Japan and Europe).  Considering that this game is composed by a famous movie/TV composer and the music just plain owns in game, I'm really surprised this never got an official soundtrack.  I'd buy two copies.  I love cinematic music as it is but when it's part of an awesome movie-like game and it's composed by the same dude who did Twin Peaks, you really can't go wrong.

Good thread Daniel K!

-Mike

jb Feb 16, 2008

Illusion of Gaia would be on the top of my list, it's been a really long time since i've played games so i don't really remember which ones have soundtracks or not tongue

Ashley Winchester Feb 16, 2008

Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos

- I believe there is an arrange for this but no full-fledged original soundtrack.

Tomb Raider

- there is redbook audio on the game disc however.

Sonic the Hedgehog 1 & 2

- three has a soundtrack but make a freakin box for it already! Everybody's other favorite "blue boy" has gotten his dues!

RinoaDestiny Feb 16, 2008

Give me Ikaruga's soundtrack and all will be right with the world. I love the music in that game to death.

Idolores Feb 16, 2008

I second Soul Reaver. Also, Smash Bros. Melee, since we only got Smashing Live.

Hrmm . . . I really wanted a Septerra Core OST for the longest time, too. Apparently done by the same dude who did Halo series OST's. I loved that game. smile

Qui-Gon Joe Feb 16, 2008

There are a whole slew of Nintendo-published games that should have had CD releases but never did.  Starfox Adventures, the Mario & Luigi RPGs, any Zelda game since Wind Waker, and most importantly SMASH BROS. MELEE.  I can't wait to not get a soundtrack to Brawl thanks to Nintendo being uninterested in making money from us(?).

allyourbaseare Feb 16, 2008 (edited Feb 16, 2008)

Daniel K wrote:

it'd be really cool to see some sort of compilation of Sunsoft's classical NES soundtracks (Journey To Silius, Batman, Gimmick, etc.), and the Mega Drive/Genesis Sonic The Hedgehog soundtracks.

You sir, just won the thread.

I would kill for a proper CD release of the Sunsoft's NES collection.  Holy S*** would that rock my ipod.

The Sonic the Hedgehog collection just goes without saying.

I'd like to see the Capcom/Disney NES games released properly as well.  (This should come as a surprise to NO ONE).  Ducktales, Chip 'n Dale, Darkwing Duck, all of them.  'Course, they could just throw in Little Nemo the Dream Master and I'd be eternally happy. 

If Treasure put out a box collection of all their off-the-wall games, like Dynamite Headdy, Mischief Makers, Bangai-O, you know the likes, that would be most awesome as well.

jb wrote:

Illusion of Gaia would be on the top of my list, it's been a really long time since i've played games so i don't really remember which ones have soundtracks or not tongue

A Quintet anthology would probably get me more excited than I was for Chrono Cross.  Good choice jb.

Vaeran Feb 16, 2008

There's also the slight problem that any attempt at a complete Brawl soundtrack would have to be about 32 discs long and come packaged in a special commemorative filing cabinet.

Abrahm Feb 16, 2008

Lords of Thunder - I got it on the Wii VC this week.  After a few quick plays, I was reminded how much I love its soundtrack.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 - I never liked the game; I prefer keeping the fight closer to the ground without tons of crazy air combos.  But that jazzy soundtrack is still one of my favorites.  No, it doesn't really 'fit' most of the stages in the game.  But it stands very well on its own.

Rockman & Forte - Tengu Man!  More Capcom jazz greatness, please.

Nick G Feb 17, 2008

True that on Neo Contra. At least they made the game easy enough to unlock the music box. If it had Shattered Soldier's difficulty level I'd be a lot more bitter.

Rockman EXE Transmission is right up there with Neo Contra on my list. Although I don't listen to the MP3 rip I downloaded as much as I used to I'd buy an official OST in a heartbeat.

A couple of T's Music soundtracks I can only dream of are GunGriffon Blaze and Super Magnetic Neo. Hey, GoldfishX, did you ever check out GGB? What did you think of it?


Others of equal desire to me:

R: Racing Evolution
Ridge Racer 6
Thunderforce 2
Otogi 1 & 2
U: Underwater Unit (Sub Rebellion)
Evergrace 2 (Forever Kingdom)
Tekki (Steel Battalion)

XLord007 Feb 17, 2008 (edited Feb 17, 2008)

-Mario & Luigi GBA/DS titles
-Zelda GB/GBC/GBA/DS/NGC/Wii titles
-GB/GBC Rockman games plus Rockman EXE Transmission, Tron ni Kobun, and Rockman Dash 2
-Paper Mario 2 and Super Paper Mario
-F-Zero GBA games
-Children of Mana (itunes doesn't count)
-Super Smash Bros. Cube/Wii
-Ouendan titles
-Rhythm Tengoku
-Super Mario Sunshine
-Castlevania GB #3
-Chibi Robo
-Ikaruga
-Mario Party titles (only #3 had an OST)
-GoldenEye 007
-Tetrisphere
-Tetris Attack
-Mario Kart titles
-Uniracers


...all I can think of right now, but I'm sure there's plenty more

PerfectZer0 Feb 17, 2008

Unreleased soundtracks I love (Some do contain redbook audio, thank goodness)


Sparkster (SNES)
Alien Trilogy (Sega Saturn/PSX)<----AWESOME! AWESOME! YAY, for redbook!  I have the Sega Saturn ver. btw...hehe
Jet Moto (PSX)
Jet Moto 2 (PSX)
Twisted Metal 2 (PSX)
Critical Depth (PSX)
Disruptor (PSX)<----Badass, no red book sad


ALL of these deserve releases, imo!!! With remastered tracks and maybe some arranges!! Love'em all none the less.

Daniel K Feb 17, 2008

XLord007 wrote:

Castlevania GB #3

If you're referring to Castlevania Legends, please tell me you're joking. The poll was about great unreleased soundtracks, not picks that are bottom-of-the-barrel for their respective series. If anything, an official CL OST release would only serve to make the series look bad.

Amazingu Feb 17, 2008

Most of what I'd like to see has already been mentioned here, but I would like to share my love for the Megadrive Sonic the Hedgehog music as well.
And Tomb Raider 1 and 2.

And:

Abrahm wrote:

Marvel vs. Capcom 2that jazzy soundtrack is still one of my favorites.  No, it doesn't really 'fit' most of the stages in the game.  But it stands very well on its own.

You f*cking rule

Also these SNES games NEED an OST release NOW:
- Demon's Crest
- PLOK! (you all get -10 points for not having mentioned this one so far)
- Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt
- Sparkster
- Super Adventure Island
- Turtles in Time
- Turtles Tournament Fighters

TerraEpon Feb 17, 2008

Daniel K wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

Castlevania GB #3

If you're referring to Castlevania Legends, please tell me you're joking. The poll was about great unreleased soundtracks, not picks that are bottom-of-the-barrel for their respective series. If anything, an official CL OST release would only serve to make the series look bad.

CV Legends isn't the best, but it's not horrid. It has a nice little waltz in level 2 or 3 at least.


-Joshua

Kirin Lemon Feb 17, 2008

Aside from what's already been listed, I'd kill for a complete Mother 2 soundtrack.  Kirby's Dream Course would be nice, too!

Warpstar Feb 17, 2008

Amazingu wrote:

Also these SNES games NEED an OST release NOW:
...
- Super Adventure Island

You mean this?


Anyway, there are way too many games for me to think of right now that deserve soundtrack releases.

Of course, I'll have to list the Kirby series in general as being pretty overlooked in this regard. There are only 3 entries that had actual official releases: Kirby's Adventure, Kirby's Star Stacker (which was more of an "enhanced" version, instead of the actual in-game audio), and Kirby 64 (which was missing several tracks). Then there were a few promotional items, like that 7-track Air Ride CD, the Very Best of Kirby compilation, and a Kirby & the Amazing Mirror CD (which does seem pretty complete).
Other than that, nothing. The Dream Land trilogy, Super Star, Dream Course, Block Ball, Air Ride, Canvas Curse, Squeak Squad, etc. Plenty of great music that never got a true soundtrack release.

Zorbfish Feb 17, 2008

Warpstar wrote:

Of course, I'll have to list the Kirby series in general as being pretty overlooked in this regard.

QFT.

If any of these got proper releases I'd be all over them.

Zane Feb 17, 2008 (edited Feb 17, 2008)

Daniel K wrote:
XLord007 wrote:

Castlevania GB #3

If you're referring to Castlevania Legends, please tell me you're joking. The poll was about great unreleased soundtracks, not picks that are bottom-of-the-barrel for their respective series. If anything, an official CL OST release would only serve to make the series look bad.

Ouch. Just because you started the poll that doesn't mean you should nit-pick someone's response if you don't agree with it. CV Legends wasn't that bad, and I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of official release, especially since it's the only CV (that I can think of at least) that didn't make it to disc.

My list:

- Goldeneye 007
- Metroid Prime 2
- Metroid Prime 3
- Metroid Zero Mission
- Neo Contra
- R: Racing Evolution
- Ratchet & Clank
- Sly Cooper (series)
- Spyro the Dragon, Ripto's Rage & Year of the Dragon
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Speed Racing

Ashley Winchester Feb 17, 2008 (edited Feb 17, 2008)

Zane wrote:

since it's the only CV (that I can think of at least) that didn't make it to disc.

I don't think Castlvenia: Dracula X/Vampire's Kiss from the SFC made it to disc - at most is the small medley made up of two tracks on the Dracula Music Collection/Symphony of the Night Music Sampler. I'm not sure but is the music far removed from Rondo of Blood on the PC engline/PSP as far the tracks used in the game?

As for GB Castlevania music the soundtrack for Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge is great even if the sharp synth can be somwhat annoying.

Daniel K Feb 17, 2008

Zane wrote:

Ouch. Just because you started the poll that doesn't mean you should nit-pick someone's response if you don't agree with it.

Well, I did write "But if we're still to try to answer it, we can ask which are the *very best* unreleased soundtracks. The point of the poll is to think of the top 3/5/whatever unreleased soundtracks you'd like to see released officially" in the poll description. I'm not necessarily saying Castlevania Legends had a 100% bad soundtrack, but I wonder if there's even one person out there that would call it one of the "very best" unreleased soundtracks, or put it in the top 3 or 5 or even 10 most wanted list. I suspect XLord007 included it mostly for completist reasons. VGM is a drug after all, and this is Junkie Central.

However, if it so happens that he does enjoy the CVL score and would listen to an officially released CD of it often, my apologies!

Zane wrote:

I wouldn't mind seeing some sort of official release

Honestly, have you heard it? I can imagine it possibly being included as a bonus at the end of 2-disc compilation after other more prominent CV soundtracks, but as a stand-alone release...? The series' standard of quality would have to have gotten pretty pissy if that were to happen.


Zane wrote:

especially since it's the only CV (that I can think of at least) that didn't make it to disc.

Legacy of Darkness is missing as well. As well as Vampire Killer, the NES versions of CV 2 & 3, the SNES Dracula X, etc..

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