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!