Episode 8 brought us LMH’s second composer focus, this time on Mari Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi was equally talented at crafting tight, catchy tunes for the NES as she was at composing sweeping symphonic pieces for the SNES. If you don’t already find yourself wishing that more orchestras in the world would perform video game music, this mixtape will change that.
NOTE TO THE DETAIL-ORIENTED: Mari Yamaguchi only arranged the track The Minks from U.N. Squadron (Manami Matsumae composed) for the SNES, and it’s also possible that Yamaguchi did not compose Introduction from U.N. Squadron and that the composer of that track is unknown. Also, with Final Fight 2’s Flower Shower, Yamaguchi might not have composed that track, but it’s just a guess (a bunch of composers worked on that soundtrack). Also also, Yasuaki Fujita confirmed somewhat recently that he composed Distant View and Expedition from Breath of Fire, but authorities at the Legacy Music Hour believe that Yasuaki is actually remembering things incorrectly. It was 20 years ago, after all. “Distant View” sounds so much like Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts that it seems impossible to not be Yamaguchi. Also, Expedition really sounds like her too, and is very similar to Magical Quest in certain parts. So all these tracks have been left included in this mix, even though it’s up for debate whether or not they should be there.
KEYGLYPH’S AWARDS & COMMENDATIONS, JUST BECAUSE:
Instant new favorite: Mega Man 5 – Napalm Man
New brewed favorite: Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – Ice Forest
This song needs lyrics: Final Fight 2 – Flower Shower
Needs to be performed by an orchestra: Breath of Fire – End of Journey
Picardy Third Alert: Mickey to Donald Magical Adventure 3 – The Sea with Shells
Track listing and original episode: