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            Fall is coming upon us soon folks. It will almost be time for watching Night of the Werehog and drinking Fall Starbucks drinks. Not to mention Halloween, when its socially acceptable to wear a Sonic costume of some sort without anyone trying to send you to the loony bin. So with only 66 days left till halloween, I thought it would be nice to kick back with some of Sonic's spooky tunes.

           Lets start with Knuckles short lived rapping career in SA2. Knuckles is anything but a discreet fighter. In SA2 he would rap his way through levels facing foes head on instead of trying to sneak past enemies. He thought that it would be a good idea to get the attention of all the Ghosts of pumpkin hill this way instead of running away from the baddies. Not exactly a smart thing to do, but thats what makes Knuckles so lovable. Anyway, Pumpkin hill in my opinion was one of Knuckles more successful rap songs. The echoing piano notes give this song a spooky feeling. Also the random instrument of a record scratching is a nice touch. So if Knuckles is ever fired from being guardian of the emerald, then at least he has his music career to fall back on. Sort of. Since I might be the only one who likes it when he sings.

          Another creepy song in Sonic history is Mystic Mansion from Sonic Heroes. When I was younger this song sent a shiver up my spine, but I grew to like it and see its value. For not only is it a good song to bring to a disco, but it's also perfect to scare trick or treaters that come to your home from taking all of your candy! It certainly was worth it for Sega to hire someone to give the bell sound effect, because it makes perfect ambiance for the spooky mystic mansion. This melody has a groovy feel to it. It is definitely my favorite creepy Sonic song.

           Enjoy the halloween season boys and ghouls. And remember that all of these songs are available on iTunes! Support the music of your favorite scary Werehog today!

Edited by Neon The Hedgehog

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Well since we are on the Rush Adventure train I might as well throw a few more in here:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sp9OX7ZLWQ

 

The training theme is an incredibly catchy and overlooked tune when it comes to level themes in this game. It has a really old school rock feel to it too which I love.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or26reZh9e4

 

And here's the Sailboat theme, which I find to be a great sail out on the open seas tune if I do say so myself.

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Let's keep this Rush Adventure train movin!

 

 

I also find the boss theme to be very enjoyable, especially the pinch mode. It gets you really pumped up. Seeing this remastered would be amazing.

 

I whole heartedly agree. In fact someone should do that for the 2013 Music Album! ...maybe.

 

You guys know one track that I'd love to see remastered though... the semi - final boss theme: the OST for Ghost Titan.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Mj5oxwW8E

 

It's so ominous and foreboding, and its quite catchy. I've actually had this stuck in my head for a few days.

 

All of the music from the Advance and Rush titles deserve to be remastered at some point though. So many great hits.

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Definitely the BGM for Marina Madness from Knuckles Chaotix. As much of a pain it is for me to play the game, I will go back to it plenty of times, just because of this amazing composition:

 

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Time to crash the SRA train!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufZEwIEfz4w

 

Limestone Cave from Sonic Adventure is the perfect rep of a winter wonderland gone wrong. The emptiness of the track mixed with the tubular bells really gives that feeling of 'this is a lethal, arctic region of absolute zero. Approach with caution'. Beautiful and underlooked track.

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Time to crash the SRA train!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufZEwIEfz4w

 

Limestone Cave from Sonic Adventure is the perfect rep of a winter wonderland gone wrong. The emptiness of the track mixed with the tubular bells really gives that feeling of 'this is a lethal, arctic region of absolute zero. Approach with caution'. Beautiful and underlooked track.

 

Honestly, hearing this track always creeps me out a little. I agree with you in the vein that it's beautiful, but it makes playing Ice Cap with Big a nerve - racking experience.

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Time to crash the SRA train!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufZEwIEfz4w

 

Limestone Cave from Sonic Adventure is the perfect rep of a winter wonderland gone wrong. The emptiness of the track mixed with the tubular bells really gives that feeling of 'this is a lethal, arctic region of absolute zero. Approach with caution'. Beautiful and underlooked track.

 

Sonic games could have more of those. I really liked that these tracks created some kind of an eerie atmosphere.

Like this one:

 

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Sonic games could have more of those. I really liked that these tracks created some kind of an eerie atmosphere.

Like this one:

 

This track is SO creepy! Nice pick, it's one of the creepiest Sonic songs I've ever heard, aside from the Sonic CD US boss and game over themes.

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Um... I hope at least one person can agree with me on this but...

 

 

I know, it's disruptive, takes away the awesome night stage themes, and it so loud and obnoxious... But really I think that if people take the chance to listen to it just by itself, without having to battle any of the enemies at the same time, a lot would really enjoy it as part of yet another amazing Sonic soundtrack. I seriously think it's underrated.

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Um... I hope at least one person can agree with me on this but...

 

 

I know, it's disruptive, takes away the awesome night stage themes, and it so loud and obnoxious... But really I think that if people take the chance to listen to it just by itself, without having to battle any of the enemies at the same time, a lot would really enjoy it as part of yet another amazing Sonic soundtrack. I seriously think it's underrated.

 

It is a pretty good track, and it's quite fitting. You're right: by itself the loud and obnoxious nature of the song is perfect! It has a rough around the edges feel to it that pumps you up. Though if it's repeated one too many times, it can really get on your nerves after a while.

 

It's why I constantly make the effort to mute the sound when I have to play Sonic 2's Special Stages.

 

Sonic games could have more of those. I really liked that these tracks created some kind of an eerie atmosphere.

Like this one:

 

 

OH GOD NO DON'T REMIND ME OF THE HORROR

 

It's still a fascinating track, but every time I hear it I think of the baby in the back and the song's following descent into madness afterwards. 

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      Let's talk about Eggman's gambling problem. In several games of Sonic Eggman builds a casino of some sort or sends his robots to a casino to attack our blue hero. In Sonic X he would use a gambling machine to decide what robot to send after Sonic next. He probably should go to some counseling for his little gambling addiction. But I'm getting off topic...

           The good thing that comes from Eggman's gambling problem is the amazing neon filled casino levels in Sonic games. These levels usually turn out to be my favorites, which was partly why I called myself Neon the Hedgehog. The only thing I love more than the bright and colorful lights used in these levels is the music for it. So Im going to dedicate this post to some of the best casino based songs in Sonic history.

            My all time favorite casino level and song would have to be Casino Park from Sonic Heroes. I loved how pretty much everything in Casino park was made out of neon lights, even the palm trees. Its my second favorite sonic level, the first being the classic Sonic rooftop run level in generations. To me its theme song is techno music perfection. It has a nice melody that has a good flow to it that I never tire of. Its one of those songs that just brings a smile to your face.

           

         My second favorite casino song is a bit of a forgotten gem. Its from the Casino Paradise level of Sonic Advanced 1. Not only was the level gorgeous and fun to play, but it also had a toe tappin' tune as well. I thought the computerized saxophone and piano sounds in the background was a nice touch as well. I instantly fell in love with this song when I first heard it. Its a darn good song. Nuff said.

Edited by Neon The Hedgehog

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I just remembered this song. And I just remembered how much I absolutely loved it. Seriously, I would flip through the section with all the Archie Sonic comic covers just so I could have this song playing. Because to be quite honest, it is awesome and listening to it right now is giving me a huge nostalagic flashback.

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I just remembered this song. And I just remembered how much I absolutely loved it. Seriously, I would flip through the section with all the Archie Sonic comic covers just so I could have this song playing. Because to be quite honest, it is awesome and listening to it right now is giving me a huge nostalagic flashback.

  I used to sit there and copy all the artwork into my sketchbook for hours! I love that game:)

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I'm not sure this counts as a 'forgotton gem' but I don't know where else to post this and after listening to it for the first time in full I needed to get this out.

 

Theme of E-102γ' from Sonic Adventure catchy as hell. The instrumentation and vibes this track gives off is amazing.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyWCpFFovw0 

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           Now usually I think of some sort of witty theme for my posts here, and I promise I will have a theme next time. However, I think the Sonic Colors album needs a little more lovin' on this topic. Its one of my top three favorite Sonic albums (behind generations and unleashed). Its one of those soundtracks that you could listen to a million times without tiring of it (I know because Ive listened to it countless of times). I love how like generations it embraces the modern sonic sound (orchestra) and the classic sonic sound (techno). All in all, this album has a lot of very catchy melodies that flow to perfection.Frankly if Sonic Music keeps going in this direction then I am sure that the Lost Worlds album will be amazing. So without further ado I shall post two of my personal favorites from this soundtrack. 

                My favorite zone in this game is the Aquarium park. Its a breathtaking zone, thats all there is to it. I especially enjoy the music for this zone. The instruments used for it makes you feel like your diving under the water. Theres something special about the sound of this song that cant be found anywhere else. 

                The best part of this soundtrack to me was the game land music. All of the songs that were techno versions of each level made me think of the classic sonic music. Its like Sega is saying, "Yeah we can still make music like the older sonic games had.". My favorite one was Game Land 4 for the planet wisp stage. I like how the sound ebbs and flows.

                 I hope its not out of line to ask this, but you guys are Sonic Music experts so I know you will know the answer. I was walking by an arcade in a mall nearby when I heard a sonic song being played inside. It was like a saxophone version of Green Hill zone. Have any of you guys heard anything like that before?  Its not the Generations modern Sonic version, but something else. Its been driving me crazy.

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I hope its not out of line to ask this, but you guys are Sonic Music experts so I know you will know the answer. I was walking by an arcade in a mall nearby when I heard a sonic song being played inside. It was like a saxophone version of Green Hill zone. Have any of you guys heard anything like that before?  Its not the Generations modern Sonic version, but something else. Its been driving me crazy.

 

I'm not quite sure... I don't remember such an official version. It might be a fan remix (a person running an arcade would know of such things, I assume), or it might merely be a different song that happens to have a similar melody and/or chord progression (such as Dreams of an Absolution - not that I'm implying that said track has a saxophone).

 

Also, Game Land's more chiptune than techno, by the way.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvnWewCLj50&hd=1

 

A lot of the act 2 remixes in Sonic Colors are quite under rated, IMO. Asteroid Coaster act 2 is my favorite version, it's a little slowed down, which makes it easier to get stuck in your head. One of the top comments in the video states it's got a Sonic Adventure feel to it, which I agree with, even though I can't place my finger on it.

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               Yes folks she is back with yet another crazy rant about sonic music! Today I want to dedicate this post to one of the most beloved vocal artists of Sonic History, CRUSH 40!!! Whoo Hoo! I love you Jun Senoue and Johnny Gioeli!!!! (Throws confetti in the air)

               *cough* Sorry, my fan girl moment is over.

                Now lets face it, Crush 40 has been there for Sonic through the good and the bad. They made amazing songs for the popular games (Open Your Heart SA) and the unpopular ones (His world from 06. A darn good song no matter what people say about the rest of 06). Their music defines what the blue blur is all about. Fun lovin', Fast, free and rockin'. So I would like to point out some not so forgotten gems they have created.

                The crush 40 version of Free from Sonic Free riders is superb (I used a fancy word there so you know I mean business). I'll be honest, I was not a big fan of the free rider games (this is my personal opinion, I am not trying to offend anyone who liked these games). However as usual with Sonic games I loved the soundtrack. Especially when Crush 40 made a version of Free. The melody they created had an effect where you felt like you were free falling through the sky on an air board. Jun's guitar and Johnny's voice Starting from a loud point and cascading to a lower point to get this effect. Its genius. To me it is one of their many songs that I enjoy a lot.

                One of my top favorite Crush 40 songs has to be Knight of the Wind from Sonic and the black knight. To me its melody perfection. It ebbs and flows at just the right moments to get your heart to skip a beat. Its one of those songs that really is able to move you. Along with Jun's master guitar playing they also used instruments from the game for the song which I thought was a nice homage to the game. Plus lets face it, Johnny's voice is amazing too. His voice is loud and strong and again his voice itself really captures Sonic's essence. In order to get that sort of sound, he must have to train his voice often in order not to harm it. That in it of itself is worth a standing ovation. The way he can belt out songs in true rock and roll fashion without tiring his voice. Anyway without further ado here is knight of the wind!

             By the way, for those who don't know. If you look up Crush 40 in iTunes you will find some of their songs they did other than the ones they created for sonic. My favorite non Sonic song they made has to be Song of Hope. You guys should check it out if you haven't already.

Edited by Neon The Hedgehog

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               Yes folks she is back with yet another crazy rant about sonic music! Today I want to dedicate this post to one of the most beloved vocal artists of Sonic History, CRUSH 40!!! Whoo Hoo! I love you Jun Senoue and Johnny Gioeli!!!! (Throws confetti in the air)

               *cough* Sorry, my fan girl moment is over.

                Now lets face it, Crush 40 has been there for Sonic through the good and the bad. They made amazing songs for the popular games (Open Your Heart SA) and the unpopular ones (His world from 06. A darn good song no matter what people say about the rest of 06). Their music defines what the blue blur is all about. Fun lovin', Fast, free and rockin'. So I would like to point out some not so forgotten gems they have created.

                The crush 40 version of Free from Sonic Free riders is superb (I used a fancy word there so you know I mean business). I'll be honest, I was not a big fan of the free rider games (this is my personal opinion, I am not trying to offend anyone who liked these games). However as usual with Sonic games I loved the soundtrack. Especially when Crush 40 made a version of Free. The melody they created had an effect where you felt like you were free falling through the sky on an air board. Jun's guitar and Johnny's voice Starting from a loud point and cascading to a lower point to get this effect. Its genius. To me it is one of their many songs that I enjoy a lot.

                One of my top favorite Crush 40 songs has to be Knight of the Wind from Sonic and the black knight. To me its melody perfection. It ebbs and flows at just the right moments to get your heart to skip a beat. Its one of those songs that really is able to move you. Along with Jun's master guitar playing they also used instruments from the game for the song which I thought was a nice homage to the game. Plus lets face it, Johnny's voice is amazing too. His voice is loud and strong and again his voice itself really captures Sonic's essence. In order to get that sort of sound, he must have to train his voice often in order not to harm it. That in it of itself is worth a standing ovation. The way he can belt out songs in true rock and roll fashion without tiring his voice. Anyway without further ado here is knight of the wind!

             By the way, for those who don't know. If you look up Crush 40 in iTunes you will find some of their songs they did other than the ones they created for sonic. My favorite non Sonic song they made has to be Song of Hope. You guys should check it out if you haven't already.

Finally I find someone that likes the Crush 40 version of Free! smile.png I can't stand the Chris M version, I just never liked the vocals in that.  Knight of the Wind is definitely a forgotten gem in the library of Crush 40, even though I can say it's no where near their best song in Black Knight( Fight the Knight, With Me, and Live Live unfortunately overshadow it). It's still great though, I love the "Woah oh oh oh" at the beginning tongue.png

Edited by Chaos Incarnate

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