Just a heads-up that OCR's latest arranged album kicks some serious - yeah I'll say it - shell. Neither of the original soundtracks - TMNT IV: Turtles in Time for SNES and TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist for Genesis - are that familiar to me (aside from the various references to the cartoon theme of course), but that's not stopping me from getting a slight Konami Battle / Ys Perfect Collection vibe from the arrangements! It's not as hard as the former or as synthy as the latter but there is definitely a similar early 90's VGM power-rock quality in places. Well worth downloading.
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Really enjoy'd Prince uf Darkness's track (disc 2). High quality rock fusion from a great tune
As someone who dug the everloving shit out of these games growing up, this is a full-on blast of nostalgic rapture.
I do have a greater affinity for the Turtles in Time selections than I do the Hyperstone Heist ones, but it's a solid arranged album all around. I'm also glad they managed to sneak in at least one song from the first TMNT arcade game; the oh-so-perfectly titled "Duh, Who Put the Lights Out?!" is an absolutely ballin' rendition of Scene 2's "Downtown," and may well be my favorite featured track.
.... My god, that's a seven minute arrangement of "Bury My Shell at Wounded Knee," isn't it? My life just became a little more complete.
"Duh, Who Put the Lights Out?!" made the strongest early impression with me as well, and with its horns and melodic, energetic guitars is one of those arrangements that reminds me of some of the great Konami Shooting Battle tracks.
And Stemage's "Rock the Plank" is raging.
My god, that's a seven minute arrangement of "Bury My Shell at Wounded Knee," isn't it? My life just became a little more complete.
Is it just me or does this theme bear a strong resemblance to Fei Long's theme from Super Street Fighter II? It's another great arrangement in any case.
I've posted a 30 minute sampler on YouTube. These tracks are better heard in their entirety but still, if you appreciate old-school VGM rock and haven't downloaded this album yet then click and enjoy.