Featuring Metal Gear 1, NES and jazz rock / fusion.
Greetings fellow game music lovers,
so it eventually had to come to this, another Metal Gear entry, this time about Metal Gear 1. But not the MSX version, rather the NES version, which was critized by series creator Hideo Kojima for several design flaws but nevertheless was the only version available in the west while retaining most of the charme of the original. It helped sparked the popularity of the franchise which later resulted in an unauthorized sequel (Snake's Revenge, 1990) that directly motivated Kojima producing his own, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake which would be the predecessor to the long and successful line of sequels in the Metal Gear Solid series.
A song that people tend to memorize mostly is ironically from one of the areas that was not in the original MSX release: The jungle area from the beginning. This is again a multi sampling piece and I can present something for two of them, starting with this one:
As we all know, Japan has a taste for jazz fusion, especially the more rock-oriented kind. In this genre a certain kind of spooky, caribbean flavored sample occasionally shows up that has an eerie similarity to this one. Let me show you what I mean:
Ippu Do - "Mysterious Night" (1980): (just hear the whole song it's crafted around this progression)
KEEP - "Rock'n Rocked Rock" (1982):
The Square - Lickin' It (1978):
Comparable sequences can also be found in the west mostly in the 70s and psychedelic rock:
Frijd Pink - "Eternal Dream" (1972):
The second sample is from a little later in the song, the rocking solo at 0:36. For that one I can present a sample by
Masaki Matsubara - "Moon Strayer - KAGUYAHIME" (1985):
Might have to say a little bit more about Metal Gear next week.