The self-proclaimed “Purveyors of quality game soundtracks on glorious vinyl” (and for good reason), Data Discs, have announced their 10th video game soundtrack to high quality vinyl; a double-OST release in the form of the Sega OSTs to Galaxy Force II and Thunder Blade.
Composed by Koichi Namiki, Katsuhiro Hayashi and Tohru Nakabayashi, both soundtracks adopted an ambitious funk and fusion style, simulating an impressive range of real world instrumentation (think synthesizers, drums, slap bass and cowbells), which for its time and hardware limitations, is nothing short of astonishing. And yes, there’s even a coded slap bass solo.
Both soundtracks were short, so the plan to press them both into one release made sense. They include some unused Thunder Blade tracks, as well as a bonus arranged Galaxy Force II track produced by Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi (composer of OutRun, Space Harrier). The audio for both games was sourced from the original arcade machines and features the original Galaxy Force II artwork. The release comes in a black and translucent yellow LPs, as well as a frost clear with translucent yellow splatter special edition.
The album goes on sale March 4th at 7:00pm UK time for general public, and earlier for mailing list subscribers. You can read more on the release page on the Data Disc website.