Mondo releasing the Contra III: The Alien Wars soundtrack on vinyl

(Header scan credit: Matthew Henzel / videogameobsession.com)

It was teased on social media some time ago, but today Mondo announced the vinyl release of the Contra III: The Alien Wars soundtrack. The soundtrack is by Konami Kukeiha Club and this will be Mondo’s first Contra release (with more to follow later).

The release will be a single 180g LP and comes in a jacket with new artwork from Paul Mann. The release will be available in two color variants – clear with red splatter and blue/red split with white splatter. The former will be limited to 500 copies.

Orders will open on Wednesday (March 1, 2017) from Mondo’s store and are expected to ship shortly afterwards.

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Thrill Jockey is giving Thumper its second vinyl release

…and no, it’s not identical to the variant that iam8bit released late last year.

Thrill Jockey have put up a listing for a vinyl release of the Thumper soundtrack by Brian Gibson (of Lightning Bolt). This will be a single LP on red translucent vinyl featuring artwork identical to the digital release of the soundtrack. It will also include a digital download for the soundtrack. This red vinyl version will be limited to 1000 copies.

And to follow up on this post’s first sentence – the release itself isn’t identical to the iam8bit variant, but the tracklist is.

It is priced at $16 and scheduled for an April 22, 2017 release. Preorders are open now via Thrill Jockey’s webstore.

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Laced Records bringing the Yooka-Laylee soundtrack to vinyl

Today Laced Records announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming platformer Yooka-Laylee to vinyl. The soundtrack is composed by Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, and Steve Burke.

The soundtrack will be released as a 180g 2LP with one record on green and the other on purple vinyl. It will feature original art from Playtonic Games and includes the digital soundtrack as well.

The game itself is out on April 10, 2017, but the soundtrack will be out a few days before on April 7. You can preorder it now via Laced Records’ store (and you can listen to some of the tracks there as well).

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Heavy Metal Raiden preorders are now open internationally

It’s been possible to follow the progress of Heavy Metal Raiden self-titled debut album on Twitter for a while, but now it’s finally up for preorder.

Heavy Metal Raiden is not just a cover band, though, as its members include original Raiden composers Akira Sato and Go Sato.

As the band name implies, Heavy Metal Raiden plays heavy metal covers of music from the arcade shooter game series Raiden (and related games). This album will be a single LP featuring tracks from Raiden II-IV, Raiden Fighters, and Viper Phase 1.

The A side features live recordings from 2011 recorded at Club Goodman in Akihabara, Tokyo, while the B side features brand new studio recordings.

The album is scheduled to release on March 25, 2017 and is priced at 6264 Yen (~$55). It can be pre-ordered from bootleg! Records’ brand new international online store here.

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iam8bit to release the soundtrack to Runbow on vinyl

iam8bit have announced that they will be releasing Dan Rodigues’ and Dave Proctor’s soundtrack to the game Runbow on vinyl.

The release will be a 2LP in a single record jacket with new art by Mario Graciotti. The records themselves come on 180g “ColourMaster” marbled vinyl (which in this case means one record on blue and one on pink marbled vinyl). The album will include volumes 1 and 2 of the soundtrack and also include a digital download.

The record is scheduled to release Q2 2017 and is limited to 2000 copies.

Preorders will open February 16, 2017 via iam8bit’s US store here and their UK/EU store here.

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R23X’s Katamari Fantasy flexi can be ordered via The Yetee now

The Yetee have just begun taking orders for their release of R23X’s Katamari Fantasy, which features mashups of Katamari Damacy and Final Fantasy music. The release was first sold at this year’s MAGfest.

The release is a flexi disc that comes in a cover featuring artwork by Drew Wise. As something special this will be a timed release and will only be available between February 13 to 15 (ending at 11:23PM CST).

If you’re curious about the music – you can stream the whole thing on Soundbutt here.

It can be ordered via The Yetee here.

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Viper Phase 1 LP now available online – in Japan

This post is kind of an exception since I normally write about new releases before they release, but this one is already out. More about that in the bottom of this post.

On January 27, 2017 bootleg! Records released the soundtrack to the 1995 arcade shooter Viper Phase 1 on vinyl.  The following day this was celebrated with a signing session with the composer, Go Sato. However, it was only released in bootleg! Records’ store (bootleg! Store) in Tokyo, Japan.

The release is a single 12″ black vinyl LP house in a standard jacket with game art on the front cover. The back cover features the tracklist and credits. And to top it off only 100 copies have been pressed.

And just to clear any confusion – despite the label name bootleg! records, this release have been done in collaboration with the game’s composer, Go Sato, and the game’s studio, Seibu-Kahatsu.

How do you get a copy, then? Well, they recently opened an online store for their own merch (they are publishing books as well). They only ship to Japan at the moment, but have said on Twitter that they are working on a store for shipping overseas.

You can find the Viper Phase 1 release on their Japan-only webstore here.

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iam8bit will be releasing the Headlander soundtrack on vinyl

It was confirmed Summer last year that Headlander would get a vinyl release, and now there’s finally news about it! David Earl’s soundtrack will be released on vinyl by iam8bit.

It will be a gatefold 2LP release on 180g “R.O.O.D. Nebula” colored vinyl. One record is red and black merge and the other is orange and black merge. It will feature brand new psychedelic cover art by Lee Petty and will be limited to 2000 copies.

The release is priced at $40 and is scheduled to be released in Q2 2017.

Preorders will open Thursday (January 19, 2017) via iam8bit’s US store here and their UK store here.

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Mondo ready with their Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest release

Mondo released the first Castlevania OST on a 10″ last year as the first Konami video game release of many. Today they announced the release of their next Konami title and it will be Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

Like the first one, this will be a 10″ release. This time on blue vinyl with green splatter and brand new artwork by Eric Powell (see below). Side A will contain the NES version of the soundtrack while Side B will contain the Famicom version of the soundtrack.

This will be the second in their Castlevania series where Castlevania III, Super Castlevania IV, and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night have also been confirmed.

It will be priced at $20 and will be available from Mondo’s store this Wednesday noon CST (January 11, 2017).

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2016 – The Year In VGM Vinyl Releases

2016 and 2017 in Numbers

I’ve been plotting this post for a while, because 2016 has been an insane year for VGM vinyl fans and collectors. And what better way than starting a new year by taking a look back at the old one?

Before getting started I can reveal that 2016 has been (by far) the year with most VGM vinyl releases ever. A rough count says that we’ve had around 90 new titles (including both retail and promo only releases). For reference, previous record years 2015 and 1987 had just over 50 and just under 40 respectively.

It’s been speculated that the VGM vinyl market would be over-saturated if things are to continue this way. However, there’s 60 new titles announced for 2017 so things don’t appear to be slowing down just yet. It seems that the new year will be even more crazy and filled with releases than 2016.

The Labels

So who’s putting out all of these? Well, anyone who’s been following the scene will know that the big player right now is iam8bit. With 34 releases out (and another 12 announced for 2017) they are now the most productive VGM vinyl label of all time. A record previously held by Japanese G.M.O. Records who put out 29 records during the late 80s.

However, they are not at all the only label doing VGM vinyl out there;

Black Screen Records had a great year with 4 indie game soundtrack releases and 2 announcements for the new year so far.

Data Discs continued with great SEGA releases and added 5 new ones – including the highly anticipated Streets Of Rage 2 soundtrack – to their discography. And there’s already 2 announced releases coming out in 2017.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. also put out 4 new titles – 2 of which are the first in a series of releases featuring music from Taito and Konami games. And they have 8 new titles planned for the new year – starting with the anticipated Snatcher soundtrack.

Mondo only had one new release – the Castlevania soundtrack. They did however announce a big Konami partnership, so while no dates have been confirmed, 2017 looks to be an exciting year from them.

Spacelab9 added 3 new titles to their discography and I have it on good authority that we’ll be seeing more VGM releases in the new year. There are no concrete announcements, but there have been some hints about what’s to come.

Then we have Ghost Ramp who put out their first 3 VGM vinyl releases in 2016 and have 4 upcoming titles announced.

Another 2016 debutant is Laced Records who stormed onto the VGM vinyl world with their succesful Hotline Miami Kickstarter. They also had a good year with 6 releases. No announcements for 2017 so far, but I think we’ll hear news soon enough.

Want to read more about VGM vinyl labels? I have a small page listing them all with links for their sites right here.

These are of course not the only labels, but they are the most active ones. Not to mention that several releases have been self-released by composers and developers as well.

Blip Blop in 2016 (also in numbers)

Well, it’s been an active year in VGM vinyl, which means it’s been an active year for me. Blip Blop celebrated its first anniversary back in July (meaning we’ve been rocking this thing for almost 1½ year now!).

I ran my first ever contest with Spacelab9 where two lucky participants won copies of the Fallout 4 picture disc, which was great fun.

I also wrote my 100th post for Blip Blop recently, and announced that I had added the 700th release to the directory. Well, right now we’re sitting at 788 releases so we’ll see an announcement for 800 available releases soon enough.

The site is covering releases with music from 918 games from 66 different gaming platforms.

How about visitors? Well, since launching the site on the new domain back in February there’s been 13,308 different visitors to the site. More than half of all visitors are from the United States (with the United Kingdom and Germany having the second and third most visitors with just under 10% each). Each month half of all visitors are people who have previously visited this site – so you guys keep coming back! Most of you are coming from Google, but after that most of you seem to be visiting from social media sites (Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in particular).

So what’s planned for 2017? I have some ideas to implement a few requested features and pages, but I’m not a great programmer so it might take a little while. There are some secret projects planned, that I can’t talk about yet – but they will be cool! Other than that Blip Blop will keep on rolling like it’s done for the past year and a half. And as usual, please send me any good ideas and suggestions for the site and I’ll see what I can do.

So this was 2016! The first full year of Blip Blop. I hope you’ve had as much fun with VGM vinyl as I’ve had so far and that 2017 turns out to be just as fantastic.