Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly Soundtrack, Stewart Copeland, 2002
It’s one of Western game music’s great tragedies that Stewart Copeland‘s fantastically inventive Spyro scores never received a proper album release. The best score collectors got was a short promotional album of unused music accompanying Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly, but even within the confines of a 21-minute release, Copeland’s astonishing creativity shines through brightly. Using an extraordinary array of bright percussion instruments and constantly changing rhythms that highlight Copeland’s background as a rock drummer, the Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly soundtrack evokes a fantastical, whimsical atmosphere that never turns childish or cloying. Rock guitars provide additional thrust and electric organs add playful melodic textures. But what’s most impressive is how Copeland effortlessly manages to add laid-back country guitar strumming (“Dobrow”), a solo fiddle (“Fiddle”), acoustic guitar over scuttling electronic rhythms (“Songer”) and more to an already eclectic mélange of styles. The result is an album that’s unique among Western game score releases, almost impossible to classify genre-wise: its synth rock/pop with traces of prog rock and dance music is in a class of its own.
Not commercially available anymore – try music streaming services or second hand stores.