Ahh… I think it’s time for some more Gradius love! This one is one of my favorite pieces from the album Perfect Selection Gradius (which had a Daily a couple months back). Actually, the entire album is completely fantastic, with excellent early 90s synths that feel like NES chiptunes on steroids. Couple this with live guitar, strings, and sax, and you’ve got a great lineup.
“Cosmo Plant” is the plant stage of Gradius III (1991; Stage 8 in the arcade, 6 on the SNES). As such, it has a nice organic feel to it, brought through by the strong cello (Hajime Mizoguchi) with the “Cosmo” part provided by the synths. When the two get together, it’s a real tasty combination, particularly with the positive major scale – it’s a nice sense of wonder as you fly past. At about 1:25, there is a nice break with a guitar solo from Nazo^2. The layering of instruments is simply enjoyable and there’s a great beat. Just another fun day flying through outer space!
Gradius III was composed by a bunch of guys: Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko & Yukie Morimoto. In those days, Konami didn’t list who composed what (not even on the album soundtracks), Read the rest of this entry ?