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'Smashing… Live' Soundtrack Review

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Posted August 2, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

For those of you who’ve been spending your summer mornings getting up and watching G4 Rewind, G4 dug up something special for you. Some retro game music goodness in the form of a live concert featuring some great Nintendo music.

Set the Rewind machine for August 27th 2002. That was the day the New Japan Philharmonic gave a one-off performance entitled “Smashing… Live!” featuring the music of Nintendo’s then-killer app, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Soon after, music from this concert saw release as a CD giveaway when you subscribed to Nintendo Power Magazine and since then has become highly collectible and for good reason too, since this is a fantastic set of orchestrated game music.

The disc features 15 tracks with musical appearances from Nintendo’s classic franchises including Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Zelda and Mario Bros. along with the fantastic original score from SSBM. The center piece of the album though is the Smash Bros. Great Medley, which fuses numerous Nintendo themes into a 14 minute plus symphony of legendary game themes.

What this album does best is showing what great compositions these pieces were to begin with. Hearing what started out as 8-bit music transformed into an orchestral performance can be mind blowing the first time you hear it. It is also a unique document in that it is one of the earlier examples of performing game music in a live context, which is fast becoming a very big deal outside of Japan with tours like the recently reviewed Video Games Live. Being a six year old premium item though, it can fetch anywhere between $10 and $50 on eBay.

If you haven’t been watching G4 Rewind from 9am to noon weekdays, you are missing out on some classic G4 shows not seen for many a year! Join us in the Rewind chat room and make your voice heard!

--Rick “Kicks Butt as Pikachu” Damigella

Tags: Music, Videogames
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