25th Anniversary Arrange Albums Tracks and Samples

Next week on the 10th, a new piece of the Mega Man 25th anniversary merchandise collective will release in Japan: The 25th Anniversary Rockman Rock and Techno Arrange Ver soundtracks by Team Entertainment. At long last, we now know what tracks to expect. What's more, we have samples of every single one! Check out the list below and have a listen.

25th Anniversary Rockman Rock Arrange Ver.

01.Elecman~Crashman~Magnetman Medley from ROCKMAN1-3 / Livestrow Basiscape Band [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock01.mp3] 02.Select~Bubbleman~Heatman~Woodman~Airman Medley from ROCKMAN2Yoshimi Kudo [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock02.mp3] 03.Metalman from ROCKMAN2Hitoshi Sakimoto [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock03.mp3] 04.Dr.Wily Stage1 from ROCKMAN2Kenji Ito [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock04.mp3] 05.Darkman Stage from ROCKMAN5Hiroshi Tanabe [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock05.mp3]

Check out the rest of the tracks, and the techno arrange tracks, after the break!

06.Dr.Cossack Stage2~Dr.Wily Stage2 Medley from ROCKMAN4Tetsuro Sato (WASi303) [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock06.mp3] 07.Dr.Wily Stage1 from ROCKMAN8Mitsuhiro Kaneda [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock07.mp3] 08.Galaxyman from ROCKMAN9Azusa Chiba [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock08.mp3] 09.Splash Woman from ROCKMAN9Azusa Chiba [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock09.mp3] 10.Solarman from ROCKMAN10Yoshitaka Hirota [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock10.mp3] 11.Wilyboss Medley from ROCKMAN3,4,6Yoshimi Kudo [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock11.mp3] 12.Ending from ROCKMAN3Mizuhiro Ohta [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/rock12.mp3]

25th Anniversary Rockman Techno Arrange Ver.

01.Stage Select Medley from ROCKMAN1-10Azusa Chiba [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno01.mp3] 02.Title~Opening & Ending Medley from ROCKMAN1,2Denji Sano [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno02.mp3] 03.Quickman~Flashman~Heatman Medley from ROCKMAN2Takeshi Hama [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno03.mp3] 04.Hardman~Snakeman Medley from ROCKMAN3Masahiro Iwata [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno04.mp3] 05.Dr.Wily Stage 3&4 from ROCKMAN7Yoshimi Kudo [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno05.mp3] 06.Pharaohman~Skullman Medley from ROCKMAN4Hitoshi Sakimoto [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno06.mp3] 07.Darkman~Dr.Wily Medley from ROCKMAN5Yuto Takei [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno07.mp3] 08.Mr.X Stage from ROCKMAN6Shinji Hosoe [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno08.mp3] 09.Dr.Wily Stage2 from ROCKMAN9 / Far East Recording [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno09.mp3] 10.Opening Stage1 & Frostman from ROCKMAN8Azusa Chiba [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno10.mp3] 11.Dr.Wily Stage1 from ROCKMAN2Yoshimi Kudo [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno11.mp3] 12.Dr.Wily Stage2 from ROCKMAN8Mitsuhiro Kaneda [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/techno12.mp3]

Samples of another sun and Your Wind Is Blowing Arrangements

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/anothersun.mp3|titles=another sun 2012 (sample)]another sun 2012
[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/kaze.mp3|titles=あなたの風が吹くから~Your wind is blowing~ (sample)] あなたの風が吹くから~Your wind is blowing~

Hot off the heels of yesterday's announcement that Reika Morishita's Mega Man Legends theme arrangements would get a worldwide release via iTunes, we now have thirty second samples of the songs as well, set to release on the 12th next week. These samples come from Amazon JP, which will also be carrying digital downloads of the tunes for sale.

Just in case you wanted to compare, here check out the original "another sun" and "Your Wind Is Blowing". As long as we've been covering the developments of these remixes, I'm sure most of you have just been waiting to hear the real deal. So, what do you think?

News via CAP Kobun

We are ROCK-MEN! Available on iTunes, but...

Only in Japan. The album is available on iTunes for download for ¥1,800, or ¥150 per track. But unless you have a Japanese account, you won't even be able to find it. Of course, you can go ahead and change your iTunes account's region to Japan, and then find it by searching "We are ROCK-MEN." However, unless you have a credit card registered in Japan, you still won't be able to buy the music. But in the above link you can at least listen to samples, which range from 30 seconds to 1:30.

Way to go, Apple. Really not seeing what's so great about this system of yours.

News via Rockman Unity

"We are ROCK-MEN!!" Track List and Delicious Samples

Got some good fodder today for you music lovers. The album's full 17 tracks have been made known in an update on Rockman Unity, and I must admit they're rather interesting. The tracks are: 1. We are ROCK-MEN! 2. GAME START (Rockman) 3. DARKMAN STAGE (SIDE-R) (Rockman 5) 4. CUTMAN STAGE (Rockman) 5. OPENING STAGE (Rockman X) 6. OPENING STAGE (Rockman X2) 7. ZERO (Rockman X3) 8. ARMOR ARMARGE STAGE (Rockman X) 9. ENDING (Rockman 3) 10. DARKMAN STAGE (PIANO Ver.) (Rockman 5) 11. BOSS (Rockman 6) 12. STAGE SELECT (Rockman 3) 13. DARKMAN STAGE (SIDE-D) (Rockman 5) 14. FLASHMAN STAGE (Rockman 2) 15. ENDING (Rockman 5) 16. TITLE (Rockman 2) 17. FLUTTER VS. GAZEL SHAFT (Rockman DASH)

Kind of eclectic, but not in the way I'd have imagined. And dang, someone sure is a big fan of the Dark Man stage theme, it seems. The addition of the track from Rockman DASH seems like a nice, sentimental touch though. Furthermore, we also have a handful of samples from the e-Capcom page:

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/A10003126_1.mp3|titles=08. ARMOR ARMARGE STAGE (Rockman X)]

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/A10003126_2.mp3|titles=09. ENDING (Rockman 3)]

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/A10003126_3.mp3|titles=13. DARKMAN STAGE (SIDE-D) (Rockman 5)]

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/A10003126_4.mp3|titles=14. FLASHMAN STAGE (Rockman 2)]

Additionally, the Rockman Unity report has a video preview with the Rockman 3 stage select track. Again the album is releasing on September 21st, for ¥2,100 (roughly $28 US). Check our previous story for more details. I'll sure be picking up a copy!

Resonnant Vie Initial Track Samples

Here's a nice treat for you all. Although Inti Create's own soundtrack page does not yet have audio samples from the upcoming Rockman Zero Collection Soundtrack Kyoumei -resonnant vie-, we still have some samples for you to test out! These were recorded from the Spiceman Stream, a live podcast of sorts from the Spiceman crew (Ippo Yamada, Hitoshi Ariga and Yoshihiro Iwamoto). Because of how these were recorded, the quality isn't the best, and one of the guys occasionally raps his fingers during play. But I've done the best I can to increase their quality. This should give you a good taste of what the soundtrack will be like as a whole. [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rv_holyland.mp3|titles=Resonnant Vie - Holy Land Sample] Holy Land in Resonance (Zero 4)

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rv_icebrain.mp3|titles=Resonnant Vie - Ice Brain Sample] Ice Brain in Resonance (Zero 2)

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rv_fallingdown.mp3|titles=Resonnant Vie - Falling Down Sample] Falling Down in Resonance (Zero 4)

Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack Samples

Following their update of the site a few days ago, Inti Creates has added some samples from the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack, which releases the 30th of this April. You can go to the site to have a listen, or for your convenience, just take a listen below. Compared to the Rockman 9 Arranged Soundtrack, these samples seem to inicate the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack going in more of a rock direction. [audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/NitroRider_demo.mp3|titles=Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack: Nitro Rider] Nitro Rider

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SolarInferno_demo.mp3|titles=Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack: Solar Inferno] Solar Inferno

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/AgainstThePressure_demo.mp3|titles=Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack: Against The Pressure] Against The Pressure

[audio:http://www.themmnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/LastExit_demo.mp3|titles=Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack: Last Exit] Last Exit

What do you guys think of the samples?

Chip Tuned Rockman: A Review, Samples and... Pontification

ctrWhen Chip Tuned Rockman was first announced by Inti Creates, I was pretty amazed. It's by far the most unique Rockman album that Inti Creates has come up with yet, and being a lover of 80s and early 90s video game music, I was excited about the style it was going for. Having been able to sample the album now myself, I must say it lives up to the excitement I held. But it might put off those who aren't as interested in the old NES music sound. Chip Tuned Rockman, if you need reminding, is a collection of 20 tracks by 20 artists from various classic Mega Man titles past and present; original Mega Man to Mega Man 9, and a lot in between, which are arranged using the same chip sets used to originally produce music on the NES. It even gets to some of the less appreciated Mega Man music on the series' Game Boy, Sega Genesis and PlayStation Portable outings. While I'm sure a lot of peoples' favorite tracks don't show up amongst what's available, the album has a very strong feeling of completeness.

What's most impressive is how much variety there is in each of the songs. No one song keeps doing the same thing throughout - it's always mixing things up, going into different styles and beats, and building up the embellishments and other stylistic nuances. A lot of songs use actual Mega Man sound effects in the melodies or beat, and it works out quite well. In the samples I present below, I try to capture a portion of the song's main melody, but it really doesn't capture just how much the artists lovingly play around with the songs.

If there's one thing I can fault the album for, it's that a few songs seem to focus more on being technically impressive. When you consider how the artists are using vintage sound equipment with only so many channels and wave forms to work with, you can appreciate how much detail and effort each song has. But this might go above the average game music fan, who just wants to hear the main melody and not so much of the embellishments. Also, I know Mega Man's demise sound effect is one of the most well known sounds from the series, but maybe the artists should have worked on an agreement of who gets to use it. I feel like it's in at least a third of the songs.

All in all though it's a fantastic soundtrack, especially if you love vintage sounding game music. Having been able to sample the CD myself I will definitely be picking up a copy when it goes on sale October 15th, and if you're interested in it I encourage you to do the same. Hopefully Play-Asia or the like will pick it up. In the meantime, please enjoy these samples.

02. Tornadoman Stage (Integer Spin mix) from Rockman 9 - by Virt 06. Groundman Stage (Unlimited Overdub mix) from Rockman & Forte - by Hiroki Isogai 08. Slashman Stage (Dot Matrix Dinosaur mix) from Rockman 7 - by K-> 13. Brightman Stage (Portable mix) from Rockman 4 - by Saskrotch 15. Shadowman Stage (Big Boot mix) from Rockman 3 - by Shioda Nobuyuki 18. Woodman Stage, Wily Stage 1 (Respect2dabeat Mix) from Rockman 2 - by USK

Now, while you're enjoying these samples, maybe you'd help me consider a related issue. As you know, we at The Mega Man Network enjoy serving your musical needs, among other content, and wish to continue to do so. However, I also can't help but recognize the continued effort and uniqueness Inti Creates has been putting into their Rockman albums. Some people have likened downloading music from these albums without buying them to stealing. However, these albums typically do not go on sale outside of Japan, and I feel like people downloading outside of Japan can't be considered lost profits when there was no effort made to market the product to them. But as we are not affiliated with Capcom officially, we are on an honor system with our music hosting, and we will willingly remove any material they don't want us to provide.

Because of this, and because of the guilt I'm starting to feel about it, we will probably not be providing a direct download of Chip Tuned Rockman in the near future. We may consider other routes, such as YouTube, but no sooner than the album has officially released on October 15th. And honestly, it's a good likelihood someone else will have it up by then. I still want to provide you all with the content you desire, that's why I do this everyday. But I also want to be respectful to Capcom's rights, as well as the rights to all the artists who work on these albums. For the first time, I've made some efforts to contact people connected to the album to see how they feel about it. But I realize that the feelings of you, the viewers, are important as well. That's why I bring this up to you.

Ultimately I'd love to create some kind of infrastructure where new Mega Man music can be delivered to a fans via means that Capcom can feel comfortable with, even if it's not a part of The Mega Man Network. Maybe iTunes or a similar service, I'm not sure what all the options are at this point. But I think there is a strong market for Mega Man and other game music worldwide, and I'd like to help serve this market by any means possible. So please share your thoughts with us. Maybe we can get something done.