Posted 2010-10-15, evaluated by djpretzel
Did you know that Jon Hey, the composer for NBA Jam, was also the voice of Raiden in Mortal Kombat? Seems like back in the day Midway really let its staff, including composers, have a lot of fun including themselves into games in various ways. At any rate, this track from Jingle All The Way is our first NBA Jam mix, albeit of one of the game's shorter tunes, as per the theme of that album. Kunal writes:
"Figured I'd give this one a go as well. The tune features Mustin on bass and Steve Lella on guitar. HUGE thanks to them! Think they both did a phenomenal job with their tracks and the tune wouldn't be even half as good without 'em."
Nice timing, since the franchise was just revived and given a facelift, and is getting some pretty darn positive critical reception, too. This mix is straight up, old-school funk, precisely the type of treatment that stays true to the roots of the original inspiration. Wiki informs us that:
"The upbeat, funky music written by Jon Hey was inspired by sports music themes and has been compared to George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars. Funkadelic's 1979 (Not Just) Knee Deep shares the most similarity with the music of NBA Jam but was recorded more than a decade before NBA Jam's music was written. The likeness of George Clinton was used as the character "P. Funk" in the console versions of NBA Jam: Tournament Edition. The music of NBA Jam is well known and considered to be one of the most important aspects of the game."
Why thank you, Wikipedia...
Rhythm guitar is central, funky, and frothy, Mustin be slappin', and Kunal's arrangement stretches the scant source out into an extended jam that makes sense & feels natural, with synth & piano licks aplenty. In any funky piece, drums are key, and the breaks and fills here really make it happen, facilitating the minimal source's rebirth into a full-length track. I love the vintage, old school feel Kunal & co. went for here, in particular, and the 3'31" jam serves as another example of the success the Bad Dudes had with a highly conceptual album.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Electric Guitar, Piano, Synth
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