Soundtrack Sunday

Soundtrack Sunday is a weekly segment that highlights a soundtrack from a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I think soundtrack music is some of the best music out there and it encapsulates all genres of music.  The rule for this is pretty simple; it must have been part of a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I am going to focus mainly on original scores, but I will occasionally dip into songs used in the aforementioned aspect.  In this post will also be a link that will take you to the song (more than likely from YouTube) for your listening pleasure. And the Soundtrack of the Week is…

From the PlayStation (1) classic game, the soundtrack to Spyro the Dragon.  In honor of its 18th birthday that was a little over a week ago, this soundtrack was composed by Stewart Copeland for the game that came out on September 10th, 1998.  While the Spyro the Dragon soundtrack is his best know movie/video game work, Copeland did a lot more than just compose this kind of music as he was part of the band known as The Police, as a drummer, and was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Spyro the Dragon was a well received game for its play and for the music, which is has a progressive rock theme to it.  Spyro was one of my first video games and was the first PlayStation game I played and the rock-themed music was very catchy and pleasing to me.  It was a great addition to the game, being soft but memorable background music that did not interfere or distract from the game-play.  To me, that marks a very successful gaming soundtrack.  Something that, when you listen to it alone, is catchy and really enjoyable, but something that does not take away from the game itself.  Another great thing about the Spyro soundtrack is that it fits each level well, from artisan to exploring, winter-themed to dark to mysterious.  My favorite tracks are the ones that play in the levels “Wizard Peak” and “Town Square”.

The link to the soundtrack is here, starting with the “Title Screen” track, and having 47 total tracks.  Usually, a full soundtrack is not something that will be done on Soundtrack Sunday, as the point is to highlight one specific track, but because Spyro had its birthday recently, this was worth an exception.  Spyro the Dragon is a game I would be very glad to see get a HD-Remix, the way Sony and other companies have done with older games.  The soundtrack holds a lot of nostalgia for me as I remember the hours I spent as a child playing the Spyro games.  While it never won any awards and it is not one mentioned often, the Spryo the Dragon soundtrack is not only one of the reasons that the game was vastly successful, but it also helped to guide soundtracks to be true background music that is enjoyable but not distracting, yet able to hold attention and have value in listing to it alone.

If you wish to make a request for the Soundtrack of the Week, please observe the following notes:
All requests need to be made in the comment section of the most recent Soundtrack of the Week post.
The deadline for requests is Saturday at noon (ET).
I will be alternating between movie/TV and video game each week and I will not do the same universe within two weeks of itself.

Soundtrack Sunday

Soundtrack Sunday is a weekly segment that highlights a soundtrack from a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I think soundtrack music is some of the best music out there and it encapsulates all genres of music.  The rule for this is pretty simple; it must have been part of a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I am going to focus mainly on original scores, but I will occasionally dip into songs used in the aforementioned aspect.  In this post will also be a link that will take you to the song (more than likely from YouTube) for your listening pleasure. And the Soundtrack of the Week is…

The Imperial March.  Written for Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and composed by John Williams, this piece became very synonyms with Darth Vader as it was given a second title as “Vader’s Theme”.  The song was heard three weeks before the premiere of the movie as John Williams had done a concert in Boston and chose to feature the song.

The Imperial March easily became one of the most recognizable tunes, not just for the character of Vader, but for evil in general.  Not being alive in 1980, I do not know for sure the relationship to the song and the people when it was first heard, but when I first heard it as a child, it became a staple to my love of soundtrack movies.  I could recognize it at sporting events or when it was played during commercials, as well as being able to pick out parts of the tune during the second Star Wars trilogy.  The Imperial March is also known as a leitmotif, which was a style of music that John Williams has excelled in creating through out his career.

I believe that The Imperial March is John Williams’ best individual work.  Williams is my favorite movie composer and he has done a plethora of grand work in his career, and still is doing so.  And while he has done other tunes that stick out very well and are recognizable at the drop of a hat, I still believe that The Imperial March takes the cake.  It is a dramatic song, one that you can visualize Darth Vader moving to, one that you connect with evil and yet is still love because of the connection that is made with Darth Vader due to the Star Wars films.  While all of that is not the byproduct of Williams’ work, he took in consideration everything he could of the character Darth Vader and made a theme song for him that has become one of the best movie soundtrack songs of all time.

If you wish to listen to this tune, and who would not want to, click here for the link.

If you wish to make a request for the Soundtrack of the Week, please observe the following notes:
All requests need to be made in the comment section of the most recent Soundtrack of the Week post.
The deadline for requests is Saturday at noon (ET).
I will be alternating between movie/TV and video game each week and I will not do the same universe within two weeks of itself.

Soundtrack Sunday

Aside from Pokémon Friday, another weekly aspect of this blog will be Soundtrack Sunday.  What is that, you ask?  It is a weekly segment that highlights a soundtrack from a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I think soundtrack music is some of the best music out there and it encapsulates all genres of music.  The rule for this is pretty simple; it must have been part of a movie, TV show, or a video game.  I am going to focus mainly on original scores, but I will occasionally dip into songs used in the aforementioned aspect.  In this post will also be a link that will take you to the song (more than likely from YouTube) for your listening pleasure. And the Soundtrack of the Week is…

Coming from the same game as this week’s Pokémon of the Week did, it’s the theme song from Pallet Town in Pokémon Blue and Red.  The composer is Junichi Masuda and it is very 8-bit sounding as this was made for the GameBoy.  Pallet Town is the first town you visit in Pokémon Blue and Red and it is a short and simple tune that easily gets stuck in your head.  I can remember playing Blue version when I was six and having my parents tell me to turn off the music because the tunes were so simple that they were sticking with them, too.

This tune was redone for Pokémon FireRed and Leaf Green and has been used in association with Pokémon many times, including being one of the main focuses of the Pokémon Symphonic Evolution Concert that I had the opportunity to see when it came to Pittsburgh.  This tune is one of the most memorable from the Kanto region and its peaceful, flowing tune is a great way to portray the town where you first start your Pokémon journey.  Most of the starting towns have peaceful and more easy-going music in the background to them, as most first towns or main-towns also have, but it was something that I truly noticed from Pokémon Blue in Pallet Town.

If you wish to listen to the tune, click here  for the short video of it.  I hope you get as much enjoyment out of this tune as I have!

If you wish to make a request for the Soundtrack of the Week, please observe the following notes:
All requests need to be made in the comment section of the most recent Soundtrack of the Week post.
The deadline for requests is Saturday at noon (ET).
I will be alternating between movie/TV and video game each week and I will not do the same universe within two weeks of itself.