Sonic CD port drops vocals from music

Above is footage of the Sonic CD intro, with the missing vocals. Not only is the vocal track going to be missing from the game, but it will also be missing in the digital soundtrack download for the game. Why? According to Christian Whitehead, its probably do to legal issues.

“I know it’s a bit of a bummer that the vocals had to be left out. It’s definitely not something due to laziness or something silly. I couldn’t tell you the circumstances, but at least from my understanding there are some rights associated with the lyrics themselves.

My guess is that since Casey Rankin is no longer alive, there might be problems negotiating the use of the lyrics outside of Japan. Please, don’t take this as gospel though since I don’t work in legal” – Christian “The Taxman” Whitehead

Is this a big deal for all fans out there? It might suck we don’t get vocals on the soundtrack, but in my opinion it doesn’t ruin the game.

[Via: TSS]

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7 responses to “Sonic CD port drops vocals from music

  1. Echoes says:

    Isn’t that just a shame.

    Well, I suppose there might still be time to replace the BGM with the US soundtrack…

  2. CrazyTails says:

    The lyrics sucked anyway

  3. Mengels7 says:

    Man up and spend the cash on the license Sega. I didn’t buy Crazy Taxi for that reason and it looks like I won’t get this either now.

  4. Aki-at says:

    “Man up and spend the cash on the license Sega. I didn’t buy Crazy Taxi for that reason and it looks like I won’t get this either now”

    You are not going to get the game because there is no lyrics to two songs that only play at the beginning and at the end of the game in which otherwise it is a perfect port and include new features such as playable Tails?

    I could understand for Crazy Taxi but for this?

  5. Mengels7 says:

    *shrug* It’s my fav beginning/ending of any Sonic game. I’ll go play the Sega CD one instead. Never been a fan of playing as Tails.

  6. Aki-at says:

    “*shrug* It’s my fav beginning/ending of any Sonic game. I’ll go play the Sega CD one instead. Never been a fan of playing as Tails”

    Widescreen support, filter support that can be changed ingame, 60 frames per second, fixed spindash etc

    Its hard to get licenses from deceased muscians as it is. To ditch a game when otherwise is the superior to the original itself makes no sense to me.

  7. STORM! says:

    Why they just don’t change the singer?

    I got surprised to see that the female vocal parts are from a Japanese singer (o.o)

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