F-ZERO X ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK

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F-ZERO X ORIGINAL SOUND TRACK
Booklet Front
Covers release: AcidBeast
Composed by Hajime Wakai / Naoto Ishida / Taro Bando / Yumiko Kameya
Arranged by Taro Bando
Published by Pony Canyon
Catalog number PCCG-00459
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 29 tracks
Release date September 18, 1998
Duration 00:53:04
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Overview

Easily one of the most rockin' soundtracks you'll ever hear from the guys over on the East side. Not only is this an excellent soundtrack, but one I doubt you'll ever find it outside of MP3 format. This CD is very rare, given that it is a Nintendo soundtrack. The company had a habit at one point of releasing very limited amounts of their CDs, including this very rare gem.

Body

The band featured here is one of the best instrumental bands I've ever heard, next to Konami's own Kukeiha Club. The band consists of a keyboarding mostly synthing an organic sound, lead and rhythm guitarists, a bassist, and a drummer. While I'm no drummer (though I ascribe to one day be), I can honestly say that this is the best drumming work I've heard since Incubus. If he can squeeze a roll in there, you can bet that it'll show up.

"Decide in the Eyes" is the best example of this drummer at work. The semi-solo the drummer has at the beginning of the arrangement is nothing short of amazing, with him rapidly hitting the bass drum with a double peddle, as he makes his rounds across the toms and back to the snare. He doesn't miss a beat the whole time. It's a shame more drummers don't strive to be as technical, while at the same time entertaining as this gentleman.

Of course, the guitar work isn't anything short either. "Crazy Call at Cry" is a great example of this. The music rips open with the guitar slides up and down the fret board and right into the music very easily. The rhythm guitarist work on this song is stupendous, as he power chords the whole lot of it, until the bridge comes around and he easily sides into the main riff. The lead guitarist also does a fabulous job at displaying lead guitarist skills as he continues to rip it up all the way home. The solo he has near the end reminds me of what it must have been like to go to the old 70's concerts and hear solo's (good ones, mind you). A time when they were still all the rage.

"Staff Roll" is a great arrangement that showcases the great bass work that is hidden pretty much in all the other pieces, what with the loud wails of the guitars. The poppin' qualities that a lot of bassists seem to forget makes a return here and it's a welcome addition. They also enlist a sax player and a guy playing the conga. It's one of the more slower arrangements, though not by much. It also shows the great range this band possesses.

"Climb Up! And Get the Last Chance!" is the piece that showcases the talent of the keyboardist. Before hearing these guys, I never thought that a keyboardist could make rock music even better. All the other times I've heard it in the past (Aerosmith, Train), I wasn't impressed at all, but these guys proved me wrong once again.

Summary

I wish I could tell you something horrible — some minor flaw in one arrangement or another, but then I would be lying. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this album and, after listening to this over the course of the years, I still haven't grown tired of it. A must-own album (if you['re fortunate enough to find it) or at least a worthy addition to your MP3 collection. You should own this fine set whether or not you like Rock music or the F-Zero themes.



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Ersatz

8th album in the Nintendo 64 Sound Series. Comes with an F-ZERO X sticker sheet.

All tracks composed by Taro Bando (2, 3, 5~9, 11~19) and Hajime Wakai (10, 20), except:
01: Composed by Yumiko Kameya for the original F-Zero, arranged by Taro Bando
04: Composed by Naoto Ishida for the original F-Zero, arranged by Taro Bando

Guitar: Sou Kimura (木村創): 11, 12, 16


Tracks 21~29: 'Staff Ghost' tracks contain audio recordings of players breaking the staff ghost times.

Game Players:
Chikara Kaneshige: 21
Taro Bando: 22
Daisuke Tsujimura: 23
Keizo Ohta: 24, 25, 27, 28, 29
Takaya Imamura: 26
Album was composed by Hajime Wakai / Naoto Ishida / Taro Bando / Yumiko Kameya and was released on September 18, 1998. Soundtrack consists of 29 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by Pony Canyon.

CD 1

1
Endless Challenge
02:45
2
Dream Chaser
03:38
3
Fall Down to the Scream
02:26
4
Decide in the Eyes
03:34
5
Devil's Call in Your Heart
02:20
6
The Long Distance of Murder
02:33
7
Crazy Call at Cry
03:13
8
Drivin' Through on Max
02:42
9
Climb Up! And Get the Last Chance!
02:50
10
All Need is 30 Deaths
01:53
11
Title BGM
02:53
12
Car Select
01:19
13
Option
01:03
14
Start Demo
00:10
15
Goal Fanfare
00:11
16
Goal BGM
01:18
17
Retire
00:13
18
Game Over
00:18
19
Grandprix Ending
01:26
20
Staff Roll
02:46
21
Win! The Staff Ghost 1 Mute City
01:29
22
Win! The Staff Ghost 2 Silence
01:21
23
Win! The Staff Ghost 3 Devils Forest
01:28
24
Win! The Staff Ghost 4 Port Town 1
01:39
25
Win! The Staff Ghost 5 Red Canyon
01:24
26
Win! The Staff Ghost 6 Big Blue 2
01:14
27
Win! The Staff Ghost 7 White Land
01:44
28
Win! The Staff Ghost 8 Fire Field
01:29
29
Win! The Staff Ghost 9 Sector-ß
01:45
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