Go Go Power Rangers

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"Go Go Power Rangers"
Go Go Power Rangers.jpg
Single by Ron Wasserman
from the album Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Album: A Rock Adventure
ReleasedUS: December 2, 1994
UK: December 14, 1994
FormatCassette tape
GenreHeavy metal, power metal
Length4:43
LabelSaban Records[1]
Songwriter(s)Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Producer(s)Ron Wasserman

"Go Go Power Rangers" is a single by Ron Wasserman who recorded the song as "Aaron Waters - The Mighty RAW." It was released by Saban Records, later renamed Saban Music Group of Saban Capital Group,[1] on CD and cassette formats in the US on December 2, 1994, and in the UK December 14, 1994. The song serves as the opening theme for the first three seasons of the original Power Rangers series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The song, with minor alterations of its lyrics, was also used for the mini-series Alien Rangers. The titular refrain, "Go Go Power Rangers!", has become a popular catchphrase associated with the show, and it has been used in several other themes for the series.

The instrumental track was originally written for use in X-Men but never used, then chosen among available tracks for Power Rangers.[citation needed] The lyrics and melody were then added. A long version was also produced for the album.

A cover of the song, performed by Noam Kaniel, has been used as the show's intro theme since 2011, starting with the 18th season of the franchise, Power Rangers Samurai. A rearrangement of Kaniel's version was used for 2013's Power Rangers Megaforce, revising some lyrics to reflect that season. The lyrics "Go Go Power Rangers" were incorporated into otherwise-new theme songs for Power Rangers Dino Charge, Power Rangers Ninja Steel, and Power Rangers Beast Morphers.

Track list[edit]

Cassette tape
  1. Go Go Power Rangers (Euro Mix)
  2. Go Go Power Rangers (Original LP Long Version)

1995 film version[edit]

"Go Go Power Rangers"
Go Go Power Rangers Movie Version Single.jpg
Single by The Power Rangers Orchestra
from the album Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie: Original Soundtrack Album
ReleasedMay 30, 1995
FormatCassette tape
RecordedRumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, Los Angeles
GenreHeavy metal, power metal
Length5:03
Songwriter(s)Ron Westerman
Ron Kenan
Producer(s)Ron Neverlaid

For the 1995 film adaptation Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie a new arrangement of "Go Go Power Rangers" was recorded for the film's soundtrack. The song was performed by "The Power Rangers Orchestra:" a collaboration that featured credits of Mr. Big front man Eric Martin, Guitarist Tim Pierce, Although it has been confirmed by an Apprentice sound engineer for Rumbo Recorders that the Guitarist Buckethead indeed played lead in the track[2], former Pablo Cruise bass player John Pierce, singer-pianist Kim Bullard, and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum. This version of the song is also featured in 2017's Power Rangers.

2012 Re-Recording[edit]

In 2012, Wasserman re-recorded "Go Go Power Rangers," along with "the best known songs"[3] from the first four seasons of Power Rangers, and released a digital album titled Power Rangers Redux to both his personal Bandcamp and iTunes. Of the album, Wasserman said, "The original recordings were done quickly to keep up with the production schedule...I wanted to use today’s technology, and my additional 20+ years of experience as a producer, to 'punch up' the performances and energy to match today's sound.” [3]

Cover versions[edit]

As part of his cover album Enson released in 2008, Masaaki Endoh of JAM Project recorded a cover of "Go Go Power Rangers."[4] The song was also covered by power metal band Powerglove for their 2005 album Total Pwnage.

Newer versions[edit]

The song, when used as the main theme for Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai, was performed by Noam Kaniel. Different arrangements, with some of the lyrics altered for each, were used for the subsequent series, including Power Rangers Megaforce and Power Rangers Super Megaforce; Power Rangers Dino Charge and Power Rangers Dino Super Charge; and Power Rangers Ninja Steel, all of which were also performed by Kaniel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Saban Music Group". Saban. Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-20.
  2. ^ Buckethead - Power Rangers Theme, retrieved 2019-12-08
  3. ^ a b http://ronwasserman.bandcamp.com/album/power-rangers-redux
  4. ^ Wasserman, Ron (2008). "Go Go Power Rangers" (CD) (in Japanese). Endoh, Masaaki. Japan: Lantis.