F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition – “Title BGM” (arr. Ryuichi Katsumata)December 2, 2009
The guitar ninjas outdid themselves in this one. While F-Zero X (N64, 1999) had an awesome soundtrack, it was even better on the F-Zero X Guitar Arrange Edition album took those midi guitars and sequenced audio and breathed the God of Rock into it. This is one of my all-time favorite vgm albums, and the “Title BGM” is my favorite track off of it. I just they’d reprint it, as with most of the legendary albums, this one goes for over $100 on e-bay.
The “Title BGM” is almost a straight-up rock cover of the original title theme, only with a lot more flourishes and variation. It has an incredibly wide range of notes, nearly going off the guitar scale at one point, and it perfectly captures the feel of mach speed loops on the track, fast machines, dancing girls, and huge crowds. This is the carnival and spectacle behind the races, and it’s a sort of introduction to all the racers and their vehicles, just to let you know how badass they are. There’s all kind of energy and a whole can of cool pumped into this one from the very first guitar riff to the final fade, so make sure you don’t miss it!
“Title BGM” was originally composed by Taro Bando (Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Wii Sports) and is arranged by Ryuichi Katsumata (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Hyrule Symphony, Angelique). It features Nozomi Furukawa on guitar and Hideki Matsubara on bass. Overall, a rockin’ band.