If you asked me to name one of the best original soundtracks in the history of gaming, I’m sure it wouldn’t take me long to wind up on the tunes behind the original Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64. Nuts & Bolts wouldn’t lag too far behind, but the first is genuinely fantastic.
Grant Kirkhope, composer for the music there, has taken the entire soundtrack and put it up on Bandcamp for free download. He even included small sound effects, so the total tracks checks in at a whopping 164. Why not, right?
Here’s the album itself.
My personal favorites are easily Freezeezy Peak and Click Clock Wood.
Kirkhope really nailed the theme and variation style for this soundtrack, and I think that’s what I love about it so much. Once you know the core tune, it applies to every single level and style of play. Want it to sound like a marsh? Sure, Kirkhope does it. Now it sounds like a snowy mountain, an underwater level and a tropical island. The theme and variation works, and it’s actually really cool.
What are some of your favorite original gaming soundtracks?