Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MIDI Week Singles: Lockjaw's Saga - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)

Today's musical selection comes to us from the SNES of 1995.  That year we saw the release of Chrono Trigger, Earthbound and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.  1995 also saw the second installment in the Donkey Kong Country franchise headed by Rare and Nintendo.

So now, down to the tune.

"Lockjaw's Saga*" from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (1995).
Game Developer: Rare
Music Composed by: David Wise

From the first time I heard this music in the "Lockjaw's Locker" (Level 1-4), I fell in love with the song, and for me personally, it is one of the highlights on the entire soundtrack.  The epicness of the music is on a much higher scale that what is actually going on in the level, even with the sounds of water sloshing against the side of wherever this song was recorded. (Yes, I know it's digital music created in computer and not really recorded on a pirate ship overrun by a crew of anamorphic crocodiles).  I do imagine the drums in the song being someone pounding on hollow wooden crates in the bilge of massive schooner in order to create that reverberating sound.

Another thing I love about this track, is that it is named after a minor minion named Lockjaw.  Lockjaw is an orange fish somewhat reminiscent of an Angler Fish and it is not even a single one-off fish, but a type of enemy that appears frequently in underwater stages.  Lockjaw is not even a boss nor is there a larger boss version.  But damn it, Lockjaw has its own saga* apparently and this is the music to said saga*.  Very appropriate I think.

Actually, I love this soundtrack as a whole and will probably do a much needed Game Scores article about it on either Friday or Monday.  God damn this is great music!

I'll Say These Final Words My Friend.

*Since this game, song and soundtrack came out 17 years before Candy Crush Saga was a twinkle in the pot, King can take their saga-sueing due to saga-copyright infringe-saga-ment and shove it.

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