The Kotaku Mixtape Vol 7: The Golden Age of Lucasarts

There was a time, years ago, when LucasArts could do no wrong. They were unstoppable. Every time I got their catalogue, The Adventurer, in the mail I would instantly pour over every page and start saving my allowance. It was a magical time to be a gamer.


On Today's Kotaku Mix Tape, we're listening to some of the classics of the golden age of LucasArts. This features the work of composers Clint Bajakian, Michael Land & Peter McConnell, who together scored an entire generation of amazing games.

This list isn't complete—Consider it a first course.

Afterlife - Unnamed Track
The Secret of Monkey Island (SE) - Ghost Ship Shuffle
The Dig - Underwater Cavern
Outlaws - The Ballad of Dr. Death
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - Lava Room (Arranged Ver.)
Full Throttle - Chitlins, Whisky and Skirt
Sam and Max Hit the Road - Pleasantly Understated Credit Sequence
Day of the Tentacle - Orchestral Version by FILMHarmonic Orchestra Prague

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I also believe a lot of the LucasArts era music, people tend to only look at the early days, with the exception of Grim Fandango, no one ever seems to mention post 1997 stuff, which I think is a bit insulting to Michael Land, he was tasked to score all of The Curse of Monkey Island on his own and was given a nice budget by LucasArts at the time, and we got some brilliant stuff in that game.

And, as much as I dislike the game myself, even Escape from Monkey Island didn't mess up when it came to the music, again, thanks to Michael Land, Clint Bajakian and Peter McConnell.

Those last three games deserve to be mentioned more when talking about the music, especially The Curse of Monkey Island!