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Old Mar 30, 2021, 11:56 AM
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Default [Youtube] Jazzbot Analysis Of "Soloistic" Moments Found In Video Game OST's

Hey there, just discovered this forum and I dig the wide array of discussion

I recently started a video game soundtrack analysis series called "Middy's School for Jazzbots." The video I'm linking here is the 3rd entry, and I focused in on some ridiculous guitar/synth solos that I found buried in 90's/2000's games:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXf6G23Fz5M


If anybody knows of any other cool solos or "improv" sections in video game soundtracks (of any era) please feel free to suggest some! ^_^



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Tsukasa Masuko was a master of this.

Megami Tensei II (1:00): https://youtu.be/LklpEhJkQXY
Blazeon (0:48): https://youtu.be/6ViBDlIOg-M
Dungeon Explorer (1:21): https://youtu.be/sF2dRAmYdzQ
Shin Megami Tensei [soundtrack version] (0:57): https://youtu.be/Ber6uqEeTjE
Shin Megami Tensei If... (1:01): https://youtu.be/PHzQ8FOUq20

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One of the first series I thought of was those T&E Soft golf games from the Genesis era.

ex. https://youtu.be/NkjjnXqg8co (0:45)
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The Ninjawarriors - Daddy Mulk (not really guitar but too classic to not mention)
CLICK HERE and then CLICK HERE

Thunder Cross II - Heavy Metal Bomber
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RoboWarrior for NES (short but cool and not released it seems)
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Some others:

Xak (1:23): https://youtu.be/U1ta_WcVKag
Cosmic Psycho (1:53): https://youtu.be/0Ezr55eTXOA
Genocide 2 (1:32): https://youtu.be/YdB1jys556c
Bionic Commando [Commodore 64] (0:28) https://youtu.be/Sy_cdVZCdHY
Pictionary [NES] (0:48) https://youtu.be/SJwh3erQlyE
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest (0:39) https://youtu.be/XZOQ8sLO-vU
Yoshi's Island (pretty much start to finish) https://youtu.be/vbFQh32xlh0

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Thunder Dragon 2 was notable for having variations of the same tune with different solo sections. Compare the sections from 1:05 between these two:

Fly to Live I: https://youtu.be/UZJGOf-Wjmg
Fly to Live II: https://youtu.be/nm9pVeyBDMA

and 1:16 between these two:
Live to Fly I: https://youtu.be/pDu-kApNHJ8
Live to Fly II: https://youtu.be/w1zklyhYtVI
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Tsukasa Masuko was a master of this.

Megami Tensei II (1:00): https://youtu.be/LklpEhJkQXY
Blazeon (0:48): https://youtu.be/6ViBDlIOg-M
Dungeon Explorer (1:21): https://youtu.be/sF2dRAmYdzQ
Shin Megami Tensei [soundtrack version] (0:57): https://youtu.be/Ber6uqEeTjE
Shin Megami Tensei If... (1:01): https://youtu.be/PHzQ8FOUq20


Whoah this is my first time diving into their music. This stuff is super deep! That Blazeon solo goes way longer than I would've expected and the "intensity arc" is crafted really well. OOOOF that bass in Shin Megami Tensei grooves super heavy. I was considering doing an episode focused on basslines that this could be perfect for.
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The Ninjawarriors - Daddy Mulk (not really guitar but too classic to not mention)
CLICK HERE and then CLICK HERE

Thunder Cross II - Heavy Metal Bomber
CLICK HERE

Edit:

RoboWarrior for NES (short but cool and not released it seems)
CLICK HERE

These tunes both go so hard...Super metal-inspired! Honestly it's the drumming in these that gets me the most 0_o
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One of the first series I thought of was those T&E Soft golf games from the Genesis era.

ex. https://youtu.be/NkjjnXqg8co (0:45)
That solo is very well steeped in actual jazz vocabulary (in non-pandemic life I'm a gigging keyboardist), this is a super cool example.
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