Episode #6: Game Music History ~1985~

1985 was arguably one of the most important years for video game music. Most major arcade developers made the switch from PSG to FM, composers like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway began to unlock the full potential of the SID, and soundtracks in general became more complex and varied in style and structure.

The playlist is in roughly chronological order, although there is some guesswork involved as exact release dates are unknown for many of these games.

Download Episode #6: Game Music History ~1985~ (108 MB, mp3) here
…or watch it on Youtube

Playlist:

01 “Demo (CAPTAIN NEO)” – Metal Soldier Isaac II (1985, Arcade) by H.Ogura, T.Kimijima
02 “Fantastic Powers” – Twinbee (1985, Arcade) by Shigeru Fukutake, Yoshinori Sasaki
03 “Main Theme” – ShadowFire (1985, Commodore 64) by Fred Gray
04 “Thexder (DEMO Version)” – Thexder (1985, PC-8801) by Hibiki Godai
05 “Amazing Paperboy Rides” – Paperboy (1985, Arcade) by Hal Canon
06 “Challenger 1985 (1st Stage)” – Gradius (1985, Arcade) by Miki Higashino
07 “Main Theme” – Roland’s Ratrace (1985, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
08 “BGM 1” – Commando (1985, Arcade) by Tamayo Kawamoto
09 “Sunny” – American Truck (1985, PC-8801) by Telenet
10 “Demo Mode” – The Way of the Exploding Fist (1985, Commodore 64) by Neil Brennan
11 “First Half BGM” – The Fairy Land Story (1985, Arcade) by Y. Tsuchida, Tadashi Kimijima
12 “Main Theme” – Hang-On (1985, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
13 “Main Theme” – Monty on the Run (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
14 “Game A BGM” – Gyromite (1985, NES) by Hirokazu Tanaka
15 “Main Theme” – Fourth Protocol (1985, Commodore 64) by David Dunn
16 “Running About” – Super Mario Bros. (1985, NES) by Koji Kondo
17 “Towns” – Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (1985, Apple II) by Kenneth W. Arnold
18 “Ground BGM (1, 2 Stage)” – Ghosts’n Goblins (1985, Arcade) by Ayako Mori
19 “Main Theme: Empty Hallways” – Wizardry (1985, Commodore 64) by Mike Alsop
20 “La Valse pour Xanadu” – Xanadu(1985, PC-8801) by Toshiya Takahashi
21 “Main Theme” – Crazy Comets (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
22 “Theme” – Space Harrier (1985, Arcade) by Hiroshi Kawaguchi
23 “Ranking 2-10” – RF2: Red Fighter (1985, Arcade) by Konami Kukeiha Club
24 “Main Theme” – The Last V8 (1985, Commodore 64) by Rob Hubbard
25 “Title BGM” – Onna Sansirou: Typhoon Gal (1985, Arcade) by Taito
26 “Sunset” – ASO – Armored Scrum Object (1985, Arcade) by Yoko Osaka
27 “Hard Galivan” – Galivan – Cosmo Police (1985, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida
28 “Name Entry” – Section Z (1985, Arcade) by Tamayo Kawamoto
29 “Demo” – Time Gal (1985, Arcade) by Yukio Fukushima
30 “Stage 3-1” – Scooter Shooter (1985, Arcade) by Konami
31 “Ocean Loader #2” – Ocean Loader (1985, Commodore 64) by Martin Galway
32 “Theme of Terra Cresta” – Terra Cresta (1985, Arcade) by Kenji Yoshida

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