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YouTube channel Video Game Tracks has unearthed an uncompressed version of the soundtrack for Rare's classic Nintendo 64 shooter Goldeneye 007, allowing fans to listen to the game's famous music in perfect clarity.

Given the N64's technical limitations the soundtrack had to compressed back in 1998 so it would work on the machine's Reality Coprocessor. The result was a soundtrack people loved, but which few had heard in its purest form until now.

You can listen to Grant Kirkhope's uncompressed soundtrack below. Each of the game's seven tracks can be heard, from the Frigate level to Statue Park and the Archives.

If you wish to compare it to the music as it sounded through the N64, the Severnaya Bunker music can be heard here.

The soundtrack was Kirkhope's first for Rare. On his website he writes: "It was immense fun to write that video game's music, I don't know how many times I listened to all the past theme tunes from the movies, probably hundreds."

Kirkhope went on to compose the soundtracks for classic Rare games Banjo-Kazooie, its sequel Banjo-Tooie, Perfect Dark, and Viva Piñata. He is currently working on Yooka Laylee, a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie being developed by Playtonic, a group of former Rare developers.

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