Game music of the day: Shadow of the Beast

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May 22, 2010

Game: Shadow of the Beast

Song: Welcome

Composer: David Whittaker, Chris Howlett and Ian Henderson

Above: Welcome from Shadow of the Beast

Shadow of the Beast was once something of a powerhouse franchise. Its original incarnations on the PC featured some noteworthy tech tricks, making it look, animate and sound sharper than just about every other 2D action game of the day. Obviously we're more interested in the music, which, unsurprisingly, is well worth a listen.

The "Welcome" track plays as you roam the overworld areas seen in the image above (taken from the sadly crappy Genesis version). It, along with the other songs, have a very new-age "Pure Moods" sound -  that's either highly irritating or delightfully soothing, depening on your tastes. Personally I love the PC Engine/Turbo Duo version embedded here, as it was one of the first cases where I was listening to videogame music and someone actually asked what it was and where it came from. Sounded too good for a random person to even consider that it could be from a game.

Above is another track from David Whittaker's score re-imagined on the Turbo Duo. Today these tracks may seem silly, almost cheesy, as the samples used were state of the art in 1989 but today... may require a bit of acceptance. Either way, outstanding work for a series that's essentially dead and gone.


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Two Star Wars-worthy songs from Hirasawa


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Purple Coins and Good Egg from Koji Kondo


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Green Garden by Akifumi tada


  • R_U_Guys_From_British - May 28, 2010 1:55 p.m.

    great stuff!! ReCaptcha: ocelots incentives
  • thecomputergameguru - May 27, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    Nothing beats great game music and the Amiga was the absolute goto back in the day. Before that, the commodore 64. This is a great feature thanks for doing this. Shadow of the Beast 3 is my favorite of the series.
  • richtaur - May 26, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    Good choice Brett. Gotta put Ys in this list someday!
  • camelfro - May 26, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    man its like i walked into a safari circle a good way..
  • philipshaw - May 26, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    This is some great music, love the Bass slaps
  • buckybantam - May 26, 2010 9:46 a.m.

    Beast 2: Skip to 1:35 and re-live the goodness. Especially that level music - great build.
  • buckybantam - May 26, 2010 9:43 a.m.

    The music for Shadow of the Beast 2 on the Amiga 500 is what turned me on to videogame music all those years ago. It was like a prog-rock concept album. But in a good way.
  • SonicofBoom - May 26, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    awesome slap base.
  • - May 26, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    I'd never heard of this series. Was it the usual great-on-PC-but-terrible-and-soon-forgotten-on-consoles story?
  • Memph - May 26, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    Amiga had the definitive version of this game. The title music and stage one tunes i reckon top those shown here by a country mile. Proof enclosed - :)
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 26, 2010 3:07 a.m.

    Wow, that's really impressive. Pretty groovy, too.
  • Gahmah - May 26, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    The songs make me think of adventure and introspection in the face of events beyond my basic understanding.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - May 26, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    was only playin this the other day, what are the odds huh?
  • goochbiscuit - May 26, 2010 1:33 a.m.

    Man for some reason I was expecting today's game music selections to be shit. But once again, Brett, you have proven me wrong. My favorite thing about the game music of the day is that it's almost always something new that I discover and really end up liking, despite the fact that I'm a huge vgm nerd. Keep up the great work man, I enjoy it daily.
  • Cleanser247 - May 26, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    Great song! Hey Brett, I just wanted to say how much I liked the song from Mega Man you played at the end of a podcast a while ago. The song was a remix called Blue Lightning, and whenever I listen to it, it just makes me happy. Love listening to the music of the day! Keep up the good work!
  • Angels-Get-High - May 26, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    I enjoy this feature daily, first time commenting, beastly though
  • DarkTone - May 26, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Oh god this game was epic in the day! Thank you Brett!
  • Setre - May 26, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    Good stuff there Brett. I enjoyed both of the songs.
  • shyfonzie - May 25, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    Love the pseudo-flute. Funky, yet calm.
  • MrTea - May 25, 2010 11 p.m.

    Am I hearing a bit of bass slapping?

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