“I spent a lot of time between 1997 and 2001 playing the N64. I started with games like Turok and Super Mario 64, enjoyed the first 3D opuses of Zelda and F-Zero, played pretty much every Rare game I could find even though I was supposed to sleep or do homework, and I have fantastic memories of playing games with 3 friends during whole afternoons. Those were my N64 days. Joining this tribute compilation is my way to show my appreciation toward this gaming system. I hope everybody who hears it enjoys listening to our tracks, and be recalled of their own fondest memories of the N64.
With my obsession about shmups and Prime Legion having been created for the single purpose of performing ‘Prime Legacy’, a virtual shmup soundtrack, on stage together to begin with, Mike and Erich suggested that we try to find shmup soundtracks within the N64 catalogue for this tribute album. They quickly found Star Soldier 64, and with one of the songs from the game already arranged for rock, we could imagine what it would sound like. Max wanted us to try something different though, and took on himself to arrange it in a J-Fusion, T-Square-ish style.
So with Max coming up with the structure of the song, he then passed it to me so that I can write placeholder drums which would later be replaced by Erich's. Each of us added our own instrumental parts, bass, synths and guitars. It was really fun to hear the Prime Legion tone take shape over time. The mixing was very tedious though, as emulating the T-Square sound in this one song is not what you can usually hear in my own works, but I think it turned out great, and the song sounds really refreshing in the end!”
— Christophe Blondel (CarboHydroM)
from Tribute Album 64
released September 29, 2016
Performed by Prime Legion
◦ Christophe Blondel (CarboHydroM) – Guitars
◦ Max Noël (Wild_Cat) – Bass
◦ Mike Montemarano (Monte) – Keyboards
◦ Erich Beckmann (ErichWK) – Drums
Arrangement by Max Noël (Wild_Cat)
Mixing by Christophe Blondel (CarboHydroM)
Based on “Corrosion (Mission 2)” from Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth, Composed by Ichiro Shimakura