F-ZERO

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F-ZERO
Booklet Front
Covers release: AcidBeast
Composed by Naoto Ishida / Yumiko Kanki
Arranged by Michiko Hill / PeeWee Hill
Published by Tokuma Japan Communications
Catalog number TKCA-30516
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 12 tracks
Release date March 25, 1992
Duration 00:51:49
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Overview

Almost every single arranged track I've heard from Nintendo is superb, and this album features no exceptions. I didn't even know Nintendo made an arranged CD for F-Zero until my friend, Hailey Megs, gave me the CD saying the F-Zero soundtrack was on here. "And it's Jazz," he added. I didn't know what to expect when going into this. I always identified F-Zero with rock music, and even on the synthesized SNES soundboard, I still thought it to be rock. So I was more than a little skeptical.

Body

My fears were placed to rest when I heard the first track, the "Opening Theme" to the game or title screen music if you will. The band is made up of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and keyboardist, as well as a saxophonist that leads many of the arrangements. The first arrangement is done pretty sweetly. A horn section — I believe they're called a No Sweat Horn section — plays the little quick section that is found in the original while the sax played the main melody. Not a bad job at all. The arrangement does have a slight echoing sound, as do most of the others, like it was played with the reverb effect or something.

"Fire Field" departs from the usual sax lead as an electric guitar with slight distortion plays lead with a happy head bop melody. It follows the original melody pretty nicely, and it's nice to be able to hear the keyboardist shine for once as well, as he plays throughout its duration. The bass line is quick and he moves around on the fret board, not playing the same notes over and over. This arrangement was a treat to my ears as well.

"Port Town" was already a sweet theme, so they really couldn't mess it up too much. They didn't, thankfully, but rather improved upon it. It starts out with a nice little keyboard and then swings into the poppin' sound "Port Town" always carried. There's nice work with the percussion is found on this track as well, and it really shines, making this arrangement somewhat different from the rest of the pack.

I could care less though how the other songs are if "Big Blue" wasn't done right. One of my all time favorite albums, my fears can be placed to rest as the arrangement was done very finely. The chorus is very, very catchy with the a horn section doing the background music very well. Percussion work also featured and is done excellently. At one point the keyboardist and sax play along together during the chorus and then fade out to let the keyboardist shine once more. A very moving track that was done so perfectly I couldn't ask for more. They exceeded my expectations and took me on new heights with this one.

Summary

Usually at this point of my review, I would spiel on all the negative things an album has, but I don't have to do that with this album! Every piece is a joy and carries along with it some kind of jazzy trait that's wide enough for anyone to enjoy. Each piece throws you for a nice loop and all the instruments gets it's chance to shine, even the bass. A must listen, even if you don't like jazz.



Album
9/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Ersatz

Produced by Yoshio Maki
Directed by George Ogane
Composed by Yumiko Kanki/Naoto Ishida (Nintendo)
All songs arranged by PeeWee and Michiko Hill
Recorded by PeeWee Hill/Steve Sykes/Jim Scheffler
Mixed by Steve Sykes Nov.,Dec.1991
Assistant Engineer: Judy Kirschner/Sarah Jarman
Recorded at Could Be Paintin' Studios, Sepulveda, Ca
Additional Tracks Recorded and Mixed at Studio 56 Los Angeles, Ca
Masterd by Brian K. Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering Hollywood, Ca
Photo-Karen Miller
Cover Design-Noboru Okano (Cipher)
A&R Coordination:Yoshihiro Oikawa
Project Coordinator:Koji Kondo/Isshin Shimizu (Nintendo)

Also:
Marc Russo (alto, tenor, soprano saxophone)
Robben Ford (guitar)


Individual track credits:

1.OPENING THEME
Alto Sax Marc Russo
Guitar Robben Ford
Bass PeeWee Hill
Drums/Percussion Iky Levy
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

2.BIG BLUE
Alto Sax Marc Russo
Electric Keybords/Piano solo Otmaro Ruiz
Acoustic Piano Michiko Hill
Bass Alphonso Johnson
Drums/Percussion Alex Acuna
Composed by Naoto Ishida(Nintendo)

3.RED CANYON
Alto Sax Marc Russo
Guitar Robben Ford
Electric Keybords Michiko Hill
Bass Alphonso Johnson
Drums Alex Acuna
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

4.FIRE FIELD
Guitar Robben Ford
Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords Michiko Hill
Bass Alphonso Johnson
Drums Alex Acuna
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

5.SILENCE
Alto Sax Marc Russo
Guitar Robben Ford
Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords Michiko Hill
Bass Alphonso Johnson
Drums Bob Wilson
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

6.WHITE LAND
Guitar Robben Ford
Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords Michiko Hill
Bass PeeWee Hill
Drums Bob Wilson
Percussion Alex Acuna
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

7.PORT TOWN
Marc Russo Soprano Sax
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords
PeeWee Hill Bass
Bob Wilson Drums
Alex Acuna Percussion
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

8.SELECT TIME THEME
Marc Russo Soprano Sax
Robben Ford Guitar
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Alex Acuna Drums
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

9.MUTE CITY
Marc Russo Alto Sax
Otmaro Ruiz Electric Keybords/Piano Solo
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Bob Wilson Drums
Iky Levy Percussion
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

10.SAND OCEAN
Marc Russo Alto Sax
Robben Ford Guitar
Otmaro Ruiz Electric Keybords
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano
PeeWee Hill Bass
Bob Wilson Drums
Alex Acuna Percussion
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

11.DEATH WIND
Marc Russo Tenor Sax
Robben Ford Guitar
Otmaro Ruiz Electric Keybords
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano
PeeWee Hill Bass
Iky Levy Drums/Percussion
Composed by Yumiko Kanki(Nintendo)

12.ENDING THEME
Marc Russo Alto Sax
Robben Ford Guitar
Michiko Hill Acoustic Piano/Electric Keybords
PeeWee Hill Bass
Bob Wilson Drums
Composed by Naoto Ishida(Nintendo)
Album was composed by Naoto Ishida / Yumiko Kanki and was released on March 25, 1992. Soundtrack consists of 12 tracks tracks with duration over about 55 minutes. Album was released by Tokuma Japan Communications.

CD 1

1
Opening Theme
04:21
2
Big Blue
04:03
3
Red Canyon
04:11
4
Fire Field
04:16
5
Silence
04:34
6
White Land
04:22
7
Port Town
04:40
8
Select Time Theme
03:42
9
Mute City
04:25
10
Sand Ocean
04:39
11
Death Wind
03:31
12
Ending Theme
05:05
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