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NHL '99(PC)

The soundtrack for NHL '99 is composed by Jeff van Dyck, along with a trimmed down version of Noise Therapy's song "Down" for the Menu Track #5.  I obtain the tracks from a CD of the PC version of the game and there are seven tracks, five are Menu Themes and the other two are Qualify and Awards Themes. Out of curiosity, I downloaded the Nintendo 64 version of NHL '99 ROM to see if the music was the same and found it has a different Introduction Theme—the PC version has a David Bowie song, which I omitted—and an extra Menu Theme so I included both of those. There isn't much to the titles, I pretty much just left them as they were labeled "Menu Tracks 1-5."  From what I've read, a couple of the tracks were also used in later installments of the series(NHL '06 and NHL '09).  I was surprised that the music is actually pretty darn good(I mean, an old NHL game having good original music?). I'm really diggin' the Menu Track 4, it has some catchy riffs, and the Main Menu Track for the N64 version is also a really good song.

And there we have it, both FLAC and MP3 versions are uploaded so enjoy!

 

AFTER BURNER/SEGA S.S.T. Band

The After Burner/SEGA S.S.T Band album was made by Pony Canyon, published by Scitron and released back in June 21, 1990. It contains 6 original tracks from After Burner II for the Genesis that are slightly remastered, along with two arranged tracks that are written by the SEGA Sound Team(S.S.T.)—with Hiroshi Kawaguchi(the composer of After Burner II) playing the keyboard. It's been out-of-print for some time but you can still find used copies floating around ebay.

The remastered tracks are not too different from the original, I would describe them as being cleaner and the various sounds are more equalized. For instance, with original "FINAL TAKE OFF" from After Burner II the synthesizer is buried in the backround of the bass progression and you can just barely recognize it. With the remastered version of "FINAL TAKE OFF" the sound effects are leveled so the synth sound can easily be heard and the same goes for the other original tracks on the album. The two arranged tracks certainly have a late 80's/early 90's feel to them, with the guitars working power chords, synth rhythms and the orch punches. S.S.T.  put together some catchy remixes. The final track on the album is a collection of sound effects from After Burner II(SE COLLECTION) such as voice commands and the plane taking off and landing. I played this game so much back in the day and it's about time for SEGA to release an upscaled or remastered versions for PC or current gen systems.  The album's uploaded in both MP3 and FLAC.

Happy Fourth, Year 3!

Happy Fourth of July! The years are just flying by..

I wanted to post this yesterday but didn't have the chance to, since we were busy spending the day with our families. This is the third birthday of the website, it went live in July of 2014 and that was after putting over a year of work into designing the site, finding out which video game albums are available to purchase online and providing links to those various outlets, creating playlists and Video Game Music Awards on our Youtube and Soundcloud pages to aid others in discovering new video game music, and of course uploading albums that are currently out-of-print or have never received an official soundtrack release. It's great to hear from all of the people enjoying the hard work we put into extracting, editing and uploading these video game albums. From the people who don't even play many video games but love the music, to the people that want to bring video game music to their Guitar or Piano teacher so that they can learn how to play a song. We appreciate all of the kind words and support. Here's to another year of Video Game Scores.

Nintendo Switch Review

The Nintendo Switch is Nintendo's latest home/portable gaming console released on March 3, 2017. It's powered by NVIDIA's Custom Tegra processor(the same that powers NVIDIA's Shield), has a 6.2-inch 1280x720 LCD Multi-touch capacitive touch screen, 802.11 ac wireless card, Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio jack, 32GB of internal storage and weighs about .66lbs. This is not your typical video game console that just resides underneath your television(as was the case with its predecessor the Wii U), this is a truly portable console that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch for long gaming sessions or you can take it with you and continue your game session wherever you left off. The switch from home to on the go, is absolutely seamless..

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Knuckles' Chaotix Soundtrack

Knuckles' Chaotix was released in 1995 for the SEGA 32x(which is an add-on for the Mega Drive), It's a spin-off of the Sonic The Hedgehog series and the only one to feature the character Knuckles as the main protagonist.  I was unaware of this game before it was requested, so I was curious to try it out and the design of the game is pretty much the same as one of the main Sonic games—collecting rings, jumping on baddies, bonus rounds ect—but the gameplay mechanics are different, you have another character attached to you by a set of rings and you control both of them at the same time to solve puzzles and complete the levels. It a pretty fun game and I can't believe I've never heard of it before. And now to the music..

The volume of the tracks was a little on the low side, so I amplified them, equalized and looped them twice, with a fade-out on the third loop; for the very short tracks I looped them a couple of times to stretch out the length. I kept the titles that are shown in the sound test from the options menu within the game and added in parenthesis the location or event that occurs when the particular track is played, to make them easier to identify and I placed the tracks in the order that they're heard in-game, starting with the "Overture" and finishing with the "Good and Bad Endings".  It shouldn't be any surprise at this point but I didn't include the sound effects files, I did include the short fanfares such as "Got a Chaos Ring" and "Reach The Goal" and put them at the end of the soundtrack as we've been doing with most of our uploads.

The soundtrack's uploaded and you'll find it in the archive.