Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Original Soundtrack
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest was released in November of 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System(re-released on Game Boy Advance; Wii, 3DS, Wii U eshops and the Nintendo Switch Online Service). The soundtrack should need no introduction but for those of you who unfortunately chose a SEGA Genesis over the SNES during your childhood(wrong decision kiddo! Kidding, both are great), It was scored by long time RARE composer David Wise and is often considered one of the best of the SNES era and the best soundtrack of the Donkey Kong Country titles. It shouldn't be any surprise to fans of the game that my absolute favorite track from the album is.. *drumroll*.. "STICKERBUSH SYMPHONY (BRAMBLE BLAST)" but there are plenty and I mean plenty of other catchy, stand-out tunes on here.
I'm not sure how this sits with other listeners but one style choice I've never particularly been a fan of when it comes to the editing process of game music is the inclusion of sound effects alongside the music—rainfall, ocean waves, wind, ect. It sounds fine and to be fair, it is true to the in-game version but using the Wario Land: Shake It! Soundtrack as an example, It's nice to have two version: one with sound effects and one without.
The CD contains 55-tracks with five blank tracks seven seconds long each(I omitted them) and the 11-tracks after DONKEY KONG RESCUED (CREDITS ROLL) consist of mostly failure tracks which I title: BAYOU BOOGIE FAILURE, DISCO TRAIN FAILURE, PRIMAL RAVE FAILURE, ect. I also slightly amplified a handful of the tracks to match the db levels of the others.