I've wanted to make this post for quite the while, but never actually bothered hunting down this thread... but now that I have, here we are.
Two soundtracks I'd like to give appreciation to today...
Nothing other than the Jet Set Radio duo.
Famous for Hideki Naganuma's contributions, the JSR series features music composed by others as well, in particular Richard Jacques, Reps, Castle Logical, F-Fields, Toronto, B.B.Rights, Cold, Deavid Soul, Guitar Vader, Idol Taxi, Jurassic 5, Mixmaster Mike, Professional Murder Music and Rob Zombie.
Whilst I completely understand all the credit Naganuma receives for his tracks, the other tracks in these two soundtracks are, in my opinion, ridiculously underlooked.
Let's listen to some Richard Jacques...
"JUMP AROUND, JUMP AROUND, JUMP AROUND NOW! JUMP UP, JUMP UP, N' GET DOWN!"
...and some Reps, too.
"OH I CAN SEE THEM RUNNIN' 'BOUT THE TOWN, I CAN HEAR THEM ALL SAY, BADABABADA
DOOWAP DOOWAP LISTEN TO THE MUSIC DOOWAP DOOWAP DOO"
These tracks are beautiful in my opinion, yet, since they're not composed by Naganuma, they're usually rather ignored, which is a shame.
However, I'm not gonna undermine the man here... let's give him credit too.
"HIGH N' A WINNER, PAY THE FRONT LINE, TAKE THE DON'TS!
HE'S COMIN' OUT FO' A NEW POINT, GET YER BETS DOWN LADIES N' GENTLEMEN!"
Funky Dealer is easily currently one of my all-time favourite video game tracks. The instrumentation, choices of samples, nearly everything is perfect.
Really, when it comes down to it, if a new Jet Set Radio was announced, I'd definitely be looking forward to the soundtrack the most. It's that great.