Featuring Sonic the Hedgehog, Tetsuji Hayashi and more.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
in the heat of the summer night the time has come for another game/pop music comparison featuring the original Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) featuring the music of the final level, the appropriately named Final Zone:
It is common knowledge in the Sonic community, that most if not everything in the original Sonic games soundtrack has been composed by Masato Nakamura, composer and founder of the japanese band "Dreams Come True". They provided music for several movies, tv shows and commercials of international success and are mostly known for their swingy, contemporary jazz/funk sound.
Thus it is not surprising, that the most promising candidate for a comparison at the moment is a song by japanese funk/disco artist Tetsuji Hayashi with his song 夜のおわり (End of the Night) from his 1977 album "Back Mirror":
A honorable mention goes to melodic hard rock band "Omega" and their song "The Prophet" from 1985:
as well as metal band "Cloven Hoof" and their 1986 song "Laying Down the Law":
The funny thing with Dreams Come True is that they are are reverse case in that they use samples from the games in their own album songs ( "Sweet Sweet Sweet" vs. Sonic 2 ending anyone? ). I wonder if I should write an article about such cases in the future?