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David Wise Composer, Arranger, Producer
Composer of all tracks except 2, 9, 13, 15, 16, 18, and 19
Eveline Fischer Composer
Composer of tracks 2, 9, 13, 15, 18, and 19
Robin Beanland Composer
Composer of Track 16
DK Jamz: The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack  box cover
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DK Jamz: The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack

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DK Jamz: The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack summary

One of the first game soundtracks to ever achieve commercial release in America, DK Jamz remains one of the finest examples of 16-bit composition that America has ever had on offer. Anyone who's played any of the Super Smash Bros. games will be instantly familiar with DK Island Swing, and many of the other tracks will bring back memories for anyone who remembers ever thinking this game was in 3D. David Wise's compositions are so incredibly evocative that they really deserve to be heard without the various distractions of playing the game while listening.

Unlike most mid-90s OSTs that weren't by a big-name artist, DK Jamz doesn't have any of the tracks that made other similar albums suffer. You know, that one or two tracks that's just terrible, in contrast with everything else on the disc? But even more than the startling lack of crap found here, the whole album flows as a whole, unlike almost any other OST I own. Wise quotes himself constantly, without ever really reusing anything, to give the album a unified feel. When the trumpet solo in DK Island Swing comes back in Mine Cart Madness as a slow, mournful English Horn/Sine duet, you hardly even notice anything but how well the music creates a specific mood.

I definitely give this my highest recommendation if you can find a copy, but, being a mid-90s Nintendo release, you may have a bit of trouble. Definitely worth the hunt, though.

DK Jamz: The Original Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack Track List

All track list translations were done by staff and contributors unless otherwise stated here.

Disc 1

track number  Name extended information  Artist Time
1 Theme David Wise 1:27
2 Simian Segue Evaline Fischer 1:59
3 DK Island Swing David Wise 3:03
4 Cranky's Theme David Wise 1:19
5 Jungle Groove David Wise 2:26
6 Cave Dweller Concert David Wise 3:10
7 Bonus Room Blitz David Wise 1:02
8 Aquatic Ambiance David Wise 3:30
9 Candy's Love Song Evaline Fischer 1:19
10 Bad Boss Boogie David Wise 2:01
11 Mine Cart Madness David Wise 2:27
12 Life in the Mines David Wise 2:13
13 Voices of the Temple Evaline Fischer 2:14
14 Forest Frenzy David Wise 2:03
15 Treetop Rock Evaline Fischer 2:00
16 Funky's Fugue Robin Beanland 2:18
17 Misty Menace David Wise 2:30
18 Northern Hemispheres Evaline Fischer 2:30
19 Ice Cave Chant Evaline Fischer 2:06
20 Fear Factory David Wise 2:11
21 Gang-Plank Galleon David Wise 1:53
22 K. Rool's Cacophony David Wise 0:24
23 The Credits Concerto David Wise 2:16
24 Silent   0:04
25 Silent   0:04
26 Silent   0:04
27 Silent   0:04
28 Silent   0:04
29 Silent   0:04
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45 Silent   0:04
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48 Silent   0:04
49 End of Turn David Wise 0:20
50 End of Stage David Wise 0:06

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