Sunday Game Soundtrack: Pokemon – Red//Green/Blue/Yellow (1st Gen)

Hey folks.  It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for another Sunday Game Soundtrack!  While I spend a lot of time during the week looking for more obscure titles, its also great to find some time to post fan favorites!  Today, we’ll listen to the soundtrack to the first generation of Pokemon games for Gameboy- Pokemon – Red/Green/Blue/Yellow.

Luckily, I managed to find the complete OST in one YouTube video (always awesome) so special thanks to OnlineOST for posting this.  I’ll put the OST below so you can listen while you read along.

The composer for this game is Junichi Masuda.  He’s basically been the guy behind all the music in the Pokemon series.  He has a very interesting style, in terms of composition.  I really can’t put my finger on what it is.  His battle themes are very busy but still somehow light.  If you notice, there’s very little use of “drums” throughout the pieces but it’s still very rhythmic.

There’s a couple things to note here about the music:

  • The version of the music above has been enhanced, clearly.  There’s a lot more echo, etc.  The music we heard as kids was a lot more jarring.
  • Pokemon was original released in Japan as Pocket Monsters – Red/Green in 1996.  The original “Blue” edition was released later, and at first, only to people who were subscribers to CoroCoro Comic.  The Blue edition featured enhanced audio (it was just tweaked a bit, from what I understand) and some glitches were removed.  When the game was finally released here in the US in 1998, they decided to release the Japanese Blue version.  So, our Pokemon – Red/Blue is actually an updated version of the original, in terms of sound.
  • Okay, this is a serious warning.  I’ll provide a link to this but listen at your own risk.  Seriously.  My ears are ringing right now.  So Junichi Masuda wrote a different version of the Lavender Town theme for Pocket Monsters Beta game.  It is probably the most disturbing, jarring, and bizarre track I’ve ever heard in my life.  Like, seriously.  You can listen to it, if you want.  But this is my last warning.  It seriously messes with your head.  There are EXTREME high pitches that are inaudible to older folks but can REALLY hurt young kids ears.  Crazy right?  And yes, my ears actually hurt right now.  I’m not even kidding.  If you’re going to listen to it, listen to it softly at least and without headphones.  Okay.  Here’s the link.  What a bizarre track.
  • If you end up listening for a long time, you’ll notice there’s a lot of Japanese speaking at the end.  I BELIEVE this is the Game Boy cry of each Pokemon followed by the a reading from the PokeDex.  I could be wrong but that’s what it sounds like to me.

Okay folks, enjoy the OST and hopefully you didn’t listen to that Lavender Town track.  I need an Advil.  Wow.  Ouch.


About Classical Gaming

Steve Lakawicz holds an MM in Music Performance from Temple University as well as a BM in Tuba Performance from Rutgers University . His teachers include Paul Scott, Scott Mendoker, and Jay Krush. His love of video game music has lead him to form a blog, Classical Gaming, to promote discussion both casual and academic about the music of video games. He is the co-founder of the video game/nerd music chamber ensemble, Beta Test Music and regularly composes/performs chiptune music as Ap0c. He currently resides in Philadelphia where he teaches college statistics at Temple University. View all posts by Classical Gaming

One response to “Sunday Game Soundtrack: Pokemon – Red//Green/Blue/Yellow (1st Gen)

  • thecynicalking

    Lavender Town music, it burns! Jk, incredible soundtrack here. As much as I liked Platinum and the newer ones, Red and Blue and Firered and Leafgreen will always be number one in my books.

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