This September, Sega finally released their HD remaster of the Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio on Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and Steam, under the slightly pretentious “Sega Heritage” label. Most reviewers – even those with the same nostalgia-tinted glasses that I have – were less than enthusiastic about it, citing issues of age and the evolution of mechanics far beyond what JSR was flirting with in 1999.
Regardless of how you feel about how well Jet Set Radio has held up over the years, very few people would dream of disputing the timeless quality of its soundtrack, which is our focus here today.
The following three DJ sets, or “medleys” I suppose, were taken straight from the original Dreamcast disc. Unfortunately, the new HD remaster doesn’t appear to mix tracks together in the same way, or at all, which I consider to be the biggest strike against it.
This first collection begins with Deavid Soul’s “Up-Set Attack”, segues into Hideki Naganuma’s “That’s Enough”, and finishes with “Everybody Jump Around” by Richard Jacques.
Our next tracklist features Deavid Soul’s “Miller Ball Breakers”, “Funky Radio” by B.B. Rights, and Toronto’s “Electric Tooth Brush”.
Finally, here’s a big compilation of five real oddballs: Hideki Naganuma’s epic “Sweet Soul Brother” and “Rock It On”, Guitar Vader’s hilarious “Super Brothers”, a quick break with Castle Logical and “Mischievous Boy”, and then one more descent into Guitar Vader’s madness with “Magical Girl”.
Not enough for you? Check out BearGamesTV’s YouTube channel for the rest. Huge props to him for compiling all these; short of securing a Dreamcast copy and ripping these mixes yourself, this is probably the only means available to hear these songs as they were originally intended to be heard.
As pointed out on this week’s Merch Table, you can purchase the soundtrack digitally via iTunes or physically through Amazon, albeit with a few tracks missing thanks to licensing issues. See also: any DVD release of old MTV animated series, such as Daria or Mission Hill. Don’t you just hate that?
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