Team Fortress 2 soundtrack being released on vinyl in April

This is probably old news to some as a listing for “Fight Songs: The Music of Team Fortress 2” appeared on Amazon around a month ago. But that listing did not include any details on the release other than its title, the label releasing it (Ipecac Recordings) and later also its artwork.

So what’s new? Well, there’s finally an official listing for the release with more details. It will be a 2LP on blue and red vinyl, it will come in a gatefold jacket and will include a poster, a download card for the digital soundtrack, and a game code.
Orders placed through the official merchandise store will get the option to choose between 5 different posters. It’s unclear if orders purchased elsewhere will also come with a poster.

The soundtrack is composed by Mike Morasky and performed by the Valve Studio Orchestra.

The album is scheduled to release on April 21, 2017 and is priced at $35. It can be preordered via the official merch store, Revolt., here. It is also available to preorder from several regional Amazon stores as well as from many independent record stores.

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Data Discs to release Galaxy Force II and Thunder Blade soundtracks on vinyl

Data Discs have announced the release of the Galaxy Force II and Thunder Blade soundtracks on vinyl. Both soundtracks will be included on a single LP with a side dedicated to each.

The release will be a 180g LP housed in a 425gsm jacket with Data Discs’ trademark OBI and a lithographic Galaxy Force II print from Sega’s archives.

Data Discs will have three different color variants of this release available – a classic black variant, a yellow translucent variant, and a limited edition yellow translucent-in-frosted clear with white splatter variant.

The recordings will be from the games’ arcade soundtracks and have been sourced directly from original arcade hardware and then mastered for vinyl.

Preorders for this title will open on Saturday March 4, 2017 via Data Discs website and it is expected to ship late March, 2017.

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The Yetee is putting out a #Breakforcist 7″

The Yetee have announced that they will be releasing a 7″ with four tracks from Pete Ellison’s #Breakforicst soundtrack.

The 7″ comes on white vinyl in a regular 7″ jacket with artwork in the style of the game. Also included is a digital download code for the music.

Pre-orders for this title open via The Yetee on March 1, 2017 – the same date that the game will lauch on iOS.

Samples from the soundtrack + a preview of the vinyl release can be found on YouTube here.

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

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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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