Best of PC Engine / Sega CD Music - Page 4
Nowadays Motoi Sakuraba is known for his works on Tri-Ace games like Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile, as well as dabbling with the Tales of... games, but before Wolfteam was gobbled up by the Namco behemoth he was providing soundtracks to many of their titles. While many were for the X68000 and Mega Drive, Annet Futatabi is one of his handful CD soundtracks. These earlier works are distinct from his later titles, because he hadn't settled down in using the same type of samples as he does now, but his preference for progressive rock and high powered synth still show through on this soundtrack.
Tommy Tallarico has a bit of a bad reputation amongst video game music fans due to his overwhelming sense of self-importance regarding the medium, seeing how he credits solely himself for elevating the art "beyond bleeps and bloops" in his Video Game Music Live! PR material. Even though it's not nearly as influential as he'd like to believe, he still had some excellent soundtrack during the 16-bit era. While most widely known for Earthworm Jim, his best is The Terminator for the Sega CD, which was a completely different game from the Genesis version. It was enough to make a fairly mediocre game worth playing, at least.
The bizarre muscle-bound shoot-em-up Choaniki received an equally bizarre soundtrack courtesy of Koji Hayama. What sounds out most are the instrument samples, especially the sampled voices and assorted cartoonish sound effects. The first level song, Sure Imagination, has a one segment which very clearly calls back to The Village People's "In the Navy", as part of the gay kitsch theme the game has going on, while the third level song, raten, is a laid back Gregorian chant dance piece.