I still find myself humming the tunes of Rare's past, the work that composer Grant Kirkhope put into each game may be one of the most memorable parts of each entry. As much as I hate to say it, video game music just isn't what it used to be. Yes, nostalgia definitely plays a large role, but there's something about early video game composers and their ability to push the boundaries with what little budget and technology they had to work with, especially during Rare's glory days.
While Rare is merely a shell of what it once was, their past still lives on in the minds of many, especially the twangy yet addicting soundtrack of Banjo-Kazooie. Releasing May 31st, Blake Robinson will be releasing a fantastic orchestrated arrangement for Banjo-Kazooie. The samples released thus far are pure bliss and I'm already in love with what I've heard. Check out the songs below (via) and try to convince yourself not to purchase the album.