ToeJam & Earl: Back to the Groove vinyl pre-orders go live

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The ToeJam & Earl: Back to the Groove vinyl has opened its pre-orders via the official Funkotron Shop! The vinyl set will set you back a cool $44.95 plus shipping. It seems like a ton of money but the vinyl set comes with a ton of things! The ToeJam & Earl: Back to the Groove vinyl set comes with:

  • 2xLP (ToeJam Red and Earl Orange)
  • Soundtrack on CD
  • Digital Soundtrack code
  • 24 page comic-style art book

While its cool that the package comes with the digital code and CD, it would have been cool to get a cheaper package with only the art book and vinyl. You can check more details about the ToeJam & Earl: Back to the Groove vinyl set over here. All orders are mean’t to ship this fall, keep that in mind. If you didn’t know, ToeJam & Earl: Back tot he Groove is a new entry to the ToeJam & Earl franchise being headed by creator Greg Johnson, the game was funded by Kickstarter on March 25, 2015. The game is set to come out sometime in 2017 on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is being published by Adult Swim (the channel, yeah).

SEGA News Bits: Sonic Mania Vinyl Pre-Orders Announced

What better way to celebrate a retro inspired game like Sonic Mania than get its soundtrack on a retro format? Data Discs has announced that they will be taking pre-orders for the Sonic Mania vinyl this weekend! On this episode of the SEGA News Bits we discuss all the information you need to pre-order the Sonic Mania vinyl, our thoughts on the design and a quick discussion of other Data Discs SEGA vinyl releases. What are your guys thoughts on SEGA teaming up with Data Discs for this Sonic Mania vinyl? Are you picking up a copy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Yasunori Mitsuda discusses Valkyria Revolution Soundtrack, plus digital pre-order bonuses

SEGA has released a new video with legendary composer, Yasunori Mitsuda, known for his work on Chrono Trigger and Stella Glow, discussing how he composed the music on Valkyria Revolution that reflects the classic feel of the European industrial revolution era that focuses on a war of liberation between two vastly different nations with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducting a live concert-hall recording for the soundtrack and his collaborator Sarah Àlainn, a multilingual Australian-Japanese singer with a voice spanning over 3 octaves, lends her hauntingly beautiful voice to a couple tracks.

With an added bonus, if you pre-order Vakyria Revolution digitally on PS4 and Xbox One, the player will be treated with the following DLC:

  • The Formation of Vanargand DLC Scenario
  • The Ring of Contract DLC Scenario
  • 30 ragnite shards
  • Special Ragnite: Time Flux+
  • Special Ragnite: Heat Field+
  • Special Ragnite: Fall Earth+
  • (Americas only) Special Ragnite: Shine Calibur+

For PS4 owners, they will earn an exclusive “The Princess and the Valkyria” theme featuring Brunhilde and Princess Ophelia. Valkyria Revolution is set for release on June 27th for PS4 & Xbox One with the Vanguard Edition is available for pre-order. Hit the jump to see the exclusive “The Princess and the Valkyria” theme.

Persona 5 soundtrack getting vinyl release by iam8bit

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Atlus has teamed up with iam8bit to offer two versions of its Persona 5 soundtrack. Before today, Persona 5 soundtrack fans could pick up the 110 track album on iTunes for a cool $29.99. That’s cool, but some of us prefer physical stuff and now iam8bit promises to release the Persona 5 soundtrack on vinyl, set to ship on the fourth quarter of 2017.

The Persona 5 soundtrack is set to come in two flavors:

  • The Essential Edition: Featuring the most popular music from the Persona 5 soundtrack and shipping on 4 LPs. Price: $100
  • Deluxe Edition: The complete Persona 5 soundtrack featuring all 110 songs. Limited to 1,000. Ships on 6 LPs. Price: $175

You can pre-order the Persona 5 soundtrack now, via iam8bit’s website. iam8bit promises that each version will come in ‘premium packaging’. No cover art has been revealed yet. What are your thoughts on this western pressing of Persona 5’s soundtrack on vinyl? Let us know in the comments below.

SEGA Talk: Does Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 have a good soundtrack?

On this video episode of SEGA Talk, we are joined by SEGA Retro’s David the Lurker and Bartman3010 as we discuss the soundtrack for Sonic the Hedgehog 2006. While we all have our own mixed opinion’s about Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 as a game, it seems that most of the internet enjoys the game’s soundtrack. Now its time for us to talk about what the Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 soundtrack did right, what it did wrong and how it fits with the overall game. Join us and let us know in the comments below what you thought of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006’s soundtrack.

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Data Discs releasing Gunstar Heroes soundtrack on vinyl

Gunstar_Heroes_Art_01While not much information has been revealed, Data Discs posted this morning on their social media channels that their next release was going to be the Gunstar Heroes soundtrack. If you didn’t know we are huge fans of the Gunstar Heroes soundtrack (game too) and will be the perfect addition to Data Discs’ outstanding collection of SEGA records.

The Gunstar Heroes soundtrack isn’t the only one being planned. If you go on their site it has two ‘coming soon’ windows for two new releases. That second release could be the Panzer Dragoon soundtrack that was talked about by Data Discs all the way back in April of this year. The weird part is they said it was going to be part of their 2016 line-up, but now they are teasing Gunstar Heroes. No idea what went on there. Data Discs said that you can expect more information very soon, but if its like their other releases I assume it will come in three variant colors; with one being limited edition. That was a given.

What do you think about the Gunstar Heroes soundtrack? Do you think its about time it got a re-release on vinyl? Let us know in the comments below.

SEGA Tunes: How Thunder Force III’s OST made the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive shine

SEGATunesTHUNDERFORCEIIIOn this entry of our ongoing SEGA Tunes series, we will be looking at how Thunder Force III‘s fantastic soundtrack cemented the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive as a musical powerhouse. The SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive’s sound usually gets negative responses from gamers due to some big games having bad sound, thus they assume its the system’s fault. If you know some gamers that have that opinion about the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, pop in Thunder Force III. If they don’t change their minds, find new friends. Of course, there are many other SEGA games that had fantastic sound on the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive, but today we will be looking at Thunder Force III.

Let’s look at some of my favorite Thunder Force III tracks:

Data Discs announces OutRun 30th Anniversary record

OutRunVinylLimitedEditionData Discs has announced that it will be pressing the iconic OutRun soundtrack on 180g vinyl. The release will include the orginal 1986 classic soudntrack stright from the arcade machine, three bonus tracks from the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive port and even the new exclusive tracks from 3D OutRun on the 3DS.

If you pre-order early, there will be an EXTRA special edition (limited to 50 copies) that will be signed by the composer, Hiro himself. It will be assigned to people who pre-order the limited edition version (pictured above).

Pre-orders go up on June 25th at 11:00 AM PST (or 7:00PM UK time).

OutRun vinyl will come in three flavors: 

• 180g mint green, clear and pink (limited edition, exclusive to the Data Discs site)
• 180g mint green
• 180g classic black

The vinyl is set to ship out in July, so these are only pre-orders. Going to be honest, can’t praise Data Discs enough on these releases. Just beautiful.

Streets of Rage 2 vinyl coming to a record player near you

SOR2_Full_OfferWe have had four SEGA soundtracks published by Data Discs, a awesome independent vinyl publisher of video game soundtracks and their fifth release has been confirmed as Streets of Rage 2 vinyl. This double LP will include four bonus tracks of demos and alternative versions of unused compositions.

Like always the Streets of Rage 2 vinyl will come in three versions:

  • 2 x 180g transparent vinyl with black smoke effect and blood splatter (limited edition, available exclusively from the Data Discs website) – £24.99 (about $35 USD)
  • 2 x 180g transparent vinyl with black smoke effect – £24.99 (about $35 USD)
  • 2 x 180g classic black vinyl – £22.99 (about $35 USD)

Pre-orders for the Streets of Rage 2 vinyl go live on Saturday, February 27th at the Data-Disc website, vinyls will ship sometime in April.

Shinobi III and Super Hang-On’s soundtracks coming to vinyl thanks to Data Discs

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If you haven’t heard of the London based video game record label Data Discs, they have released both the Streets of Rage and Shenmue vinyls last month. Now they have announced their next SEGA related records, they will do a pressing of the Shinobi III: The Return of the Ninja Master and Super Hang-On soundtracks. Big props for not using the Western cover art, which is inferior to its Japanese counterpart. Also cut out design for the Super Hang-On record is very cool.

The record will cost £19.99 (About $30.45 USD) and come in three flavors (click read more to see those).

Since I have picked up their last two SEGA records, I will obviously be pre-ordering these as well. I’m just a little disappointed that they didn’t do one for The Revenge of Shinobi, which had an amazing soundtrack. Some might even say a better soundtrack than Shinobi III. But what are your thoughts? Excited? Press release after the break.

SEGA Tunes: Jamming out to the Gunstar Heroes OST

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So as most of you guys know we are celebrating ‘The Year of Developers‘, one of the focused developers this month is Treasure and since their cult classic Gunstar Heroes‘ just got a re-release on the Nintendo 3DS we decided to have a look at the games soundtrack. Honestly, most people will be quick to give you hundreds of reasons why you should play the game, but almost none of them will mention the fantastic soundtrack.

Let’s look at some of my favorite tracks and then you can tell me some of your favorite tracks (or tracks you hated) in the comment section.

Streets of Rage and Shenmue soundtracks are getting a vinyl release [update]

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I got to say I love records, I have quite the collection and I’m so excited that SEGA has teamed up with a new record label called ‘Data Discs’ to release both the Streets of Rage and Shenmue soundtracks.

Data Discs is calling itself the first record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks and its fitting that its first two releases would be two of the most iconic soundtracks of their time. The Streets of Rage soundtrack will be fully remastered with the help of Yuzo Koshiro . Both releases will be pressed on 180 gram vinyl and include a lithographic print with each title.

If you want to pre-order yourself a copy (like I do), you’ll have to wait until May 30th when Data Discs opens its website. The records won’t ship until September and there will be extras for early pre-orders.

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Found out that each release will come in three different colored vinyls, one of the colors will be exclusive to Data Disc website!

Streets of Rage: 

  • 180g translucent red vinyl with black splatter (exclusive to the Data Discs website)
  • 180g translucent red vinyl
  • 180g black virgin vinyl

The Streets of Rage soundtrack will come with traditional OBI strip and 2x lithographs featuring artwork from both the western and Japanese release. Early bird orders will come with five playing cards featuring original character art, and packed with hand-stamped envelope.

Shenmue: 

  • 180g translucent blue vinyl with ‘colour in colour’ effect (exclusive to the Data Discs website)
  • 180g translucent blue vinyl
  • 180g black virgin vinyl

The Shenmue soundtrack will feature one lithograph, spot varnished cover and a OBI strip. You can hear samples of the Shenmue remaster on Data Disc’s soundcloud. I’ve been told they will be priced at £20 (roughly $30 USD), but can’t 100% confirm that.

[Via: Polygon]

A look at Yakuza Zero’s 80’s hits! Collection

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The 80’s where a great time for Japan and it just happens that Yakuza Zero will celebrate this time in history and that means it has to have all the popular tunes released during that time period. It has to be, as they say, authentic. After the jump we have the cover for the Yakuza Zero album called ‘Yakuza Zero: 80’s Hits! Collection‘, which has twelve tracks various 80’s artist (two in-house exclusive tracks).

Now you are sitting there and wondering what popular music in Japan sounded like in the 80’s, well don’t worry we got you covered! Hit the jump and each track has a link to their respective music video. Turn up the volume and enjoy.

SEGA Tunes: Panzer Dragoon’s OST is a beautiful masterpiece

Panzer Dragoon is an artistic and beautiful game, sure it might be ‘ugly’ now since games can do better graphically. But there is just something about the art assets used that really strike me as beautiful. Like most SEGA games, the soundtrack matched the presented game and no other game delivered as well as Panzer Dragoon series. This week we will be looking through the first game’s soundtrack.

The above song attached is the main theme that really sets the game’s epic scoop. Its a beautiful piece that for some reason reminds me of the 1989 animated film ‘Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland‘. Fun fact: French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud was actually involved in both Panzer Dragoon (mostly influence and did the Japanese cover) and the Little Nemo movie.

New Sonic soundtrack revealed: “Passion & Pride: Anthems with Attitude from the Sonic Adventure Era”

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A listing has popped up on Amazon Japan, revealing a new Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack is to be released September 10th 2014.

According to the listing, “Passion & Pride: Anthems with Attitude from the Sonic Adventure Era,” is a commemorative release set to mark the 15th anniversary of Sonic Adventure for the SEGA Dreamcast.

As translated by Miles Wolf of Sonic Reikai, the album’s description reads:

In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of Sonic Adventure’s launch on North America, we have made an album with the character songs of this series. Because of all the request we received, it will include the instrumental versions of the themes. It’s a disc that any Sonic fan can’t miss.

This is pretty awesome news, as whilst Sonic Adventure 2’s character themes got instrumental releases as part of the Sonic Adventure 2: Cuts Unleashed soundtrack, Sonic Adventure’s vocal themes have never seen an official instrumental release.

The soundtrack comes on 2 discs, and costs ¥3,240, roughly $32 or £19. Currently, there is next to no other information, but we’ll be sure to update if any more information comes to light such as track listing. 

Are you going to pick up the soundtrack? Let us know!