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New Songs Announced For Guitar Hero Games

Posted on June 1, 2007

IGN is reporting some new songs being added to the Guitar Hero III game. The new songs (both master recordings) are:

Evenflow: Pearl Jam
Lay Down: Priestess

Add those the already confirmed list of songs for the game:
Paint It Black: The Rolling Stones
Cherub Rock: Smashing Pumpkins
Sabotage: Beastie Boys
The Metal: Tenacious D
My Name is Jonas: Weezer
Knights of Cydonia : Muse
Rock And Roll All Nite: Kiss
School's Out: Alice Cooper
Slow Ride: Fog Hat
Cult of Personality: Living Colour
Barracuda: Heart

Unlike with previous versions, Guitar Hero III will feature master recordings for over half of the songs, as opposed to covers. IGN also delves into the reasoning for not using master recordings:

Why not all master tracks? There's actually a few interesting details that make such a feat virtually impossible. For some songs, the recordings happened so long ago that the master tracks can't even be found. Other times, a song that everybody wants in the game has a long patch in the tune without a guitar playing. For these, a master track just wouldn't work. Can't You Hear Me Knocking, a Rolling Stones song on Guitar Hero II, is an example of this. The original recording has an extended saxophone solo. That section was removed when the tune was covered for the game to make playing the song more fun.

The Living Colour song, Cult of Personality, is a track that people have been wanting in Guitar Hero for a long time. There was a slight hitch with it though. The master track was nowhere to be found. Instead of getting a cover, Living Colour came in and re-recorded the song just for the game. And they threw in a wicked solo that makes this song on expert just plain ridiculous.

In other Guitar Hero news, another track has also been revealed for the upcoming "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s", it being "We Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's. The game is tentatively planned for a July 17th release date on the Playstation 2 and will also feature tracks from the likes of Twisted Sister, The Police, Dio, Accept, Ratt and more.d

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