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The Legacy Music Hour #87: Kazuo Hanzawa

The work of composer Kazuo Hanzawa, aka Norio Hanzawa, is the focus of Episode 87.  Originally a Konami employee, Kazuo moved on to work for the company Treasure.  With an extremely progressive and unique approach, Hanzawa took video game music to a whole other level with games like Gunstar Heroes and Alien Soldier.  Check out this incredible music from a very overlooked composer.  Full track listing below.

Game – Composer – Song – Company – Console – Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Quarth – Kazuo Hanzawa – BGM 1 – Konami – Famicom – 1990

The Simpsons – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Stage 2: Krustyland (Panic!) – Konami – arcade – 1991

Bucky O’Hare – Kazuo Hanzawa (Star Hanzawa) – Stage 8 – Konami – arcade – 1992

Gunstar Heroes – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Choose a Path – Treasure – Genesis – 1993

Alien Soldier – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Oblivious Past – Treasure – Mega Drive – 1995

Castlevania: The Adventure – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa), Shigeru Fukutake, Hidehiro Funauchi – Evil Devil (Final Boss Part 2) – Konami – Game Boy – 1989

Rollergames – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa), Katsuhiko Suzuki, Atsushi Fujio, Shigemasa Matsuo – Final Showdown (Last Boss) – Ultra Games – NES – 1990

Dynamite Headdy – Kazuo Hanzawa (NON), Katsuhiko Suzuki, Yasuko, Koji Yamada, Aki Hata – Schumacher Fly – Treasure – Genesis – 1994

Yu Yu Hakusho: Makyou Touitsusen – T.K.O. (Kazuo Hanzawa, Katsuhiko Suzuki, Satoshi Murata) – Devilish Forest BGM – Treasure – Mega Drive – 1994

Alien Soldier – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Runner/AD2025 – Treasure – Mega Drive – 1995

Alien Soldier – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Slap-Up – Treasure – Mega Drive – 1995

Gunstar Heroes – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Last Party on the Moon – Treasure – Genesis – 1993

Alien Soldier – Kazuo Hanzawa (N. Hanzawa) – Flashback – Treasure – Mega Drive – 1995

Bucky O’Hare – Kazuo Hanzawa (Star Hanzawa) – High Score Name Entry – Konami – arcade – 1992

Comments

  1. Kazuo Hanzawa really is way overlooked! His sense of rhythm, his unique harmonies, and his very rapid transitions put him near the top of my list. Thanks for this.