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13 new Konami Famicom music compilations now available to preorder

Universal Music Japan have announced no less than 13 new vinyl compilations consisting entirely of Famicom and Disk System music from Konami games. The series is titled “Music From Konami Antiques ~Family Computer~” and was also recently released as a CD box set.

Vol. 1 will include music from Gradius, Salamander, Gradius II, and Cosmic Wars.

Vol. 2 will include music from Ganbare Goemon! Karakuridouchuu, Ganbare Goemon 2, Dragon Scroll: Yomigaerishi Maryuu, and Risa No Yousei Densetsu.

Vol. 3 will include music from Konami Wai Wai World, Ai Senshi Nicol, and Wai Wai World 2: SOS!! Parsley Jou.

Vol. 4 will include music from Rush’n Attack (Green Beret), Contra, Jackal (Final Command: Akai Yousai), and Super Contra.

Vol. 5 will include music from TwinBee, Stinger (Moero TwinBee: Cinnamon-hakase Wo Sukue!), and TwinBee 3: Poko Poko Daimaou.

Vol. 6 will include music from Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Moai-kun, and Kid Dracula (Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-kun).

Vol. 7 will include music from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and Quarth (Block Hole).

Vol. 8 will include music from Lagrange Point, and Falsion.

Vol. 9 will include music from Esper Dream, and Esper Dream 2: Aratanaru Tatakai.

Vol. 10 will include music from Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru, and Ganbare Goemon Gaiden 2: Tenka no Zaihou.

Vol. 11 will include music from Meikyuu Jiin Dababa, Exciting Billiard, Getsu Fuma Den, and Arumana No Kiseki.

Vol. 12 will include music from Parodius! From Myth To Laughter (Parodius Da!), Yume Penguin Monogatari, and Crisis Force.

Vol. 13 will include music from Crackout (Nazo No Kabe: Block Kuzushi), Exciting Soccer: Konami Cup, The Adventures Of Bayou Billy (Mad City), Yie Ar Kung-Fu, Majou Densetsu II: Daimashikyou Galious, and Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa.

There are currently no cover artwork or details about the packaging announced, although it appears that orders placed through Amazon Japan will also include a 10″ print of the jacket art of the respective release.

They are priced at ¥4400 each and are all scheduled to release on March 27, 2024. They can be preordered via Universal Music Japan here (domestic shipping only) or CDJapan here.

Ship To Shore PhonoCo. brings back Taito and Konami goodies from Japan

As some may be aware, Ship To Shore PhonoCo. went to Japan a few weeks back and since they returned they’ve been dropping hints on what they’ve been up to.

To begin with they announced a partnership with Japanese game company Taito spanning several releases from Taito’s catalog of classics.

They haven’t officially announced any titles from these releases yet, but I’ve been in touch with them and have been allowed to let you guys know a bit more about these upcoming Taito releases.
First of all I can announce that they’re currently working on 3 releases and the plan is to continue the Taito partnership with more releases after those.
Secondly, I can say that they will do at least one compilation release and that you can expect music from Bubble Bobble, Night Striker, PuLiRuLa, and Gun Frontier. I know of one more title, but you’ll have to wait for an announcement from Ship To Shore themselves to learn more about that.
Finally, they have told me that all the music will be sourced from files that come directly from Taito’s archives. They let me listen to a few samples and I can safely say that you have every reason to be excited about these releases! It should also be noted that these first 3 releases will be arcade soundtracks and not arranged music.

But Ship To Shore have even more licensed Japanese titles lined up! Yesterday it turned out that they didn’t just meet up with Taito – they met with Konami as well and have shown images from two Konami releases that they will be giving the vinyl treatment along with the text “Coming soon”.

The first game they teased is the 1991 space RPG Lagrange Point, whose soundtrack was composed by Akio Dobashi, Noriyuki Takahashi, Katsuhiko Suzuki, and Atsushi Fujio. The game is the only one to ever release with Konami’s special VRC7 sound generator integrated circuit, which allowed for an impressive increase in sound and music quality. It was teased with an image of a lagrange point as well as these in-game screenshots:

Lagrange Point - Screenshots

The second game they teased is the 1988 cyberpunk adventure Snatcher (written and directed by the legendary Hideo Kojima) whose music was composed by the Konami Kukeiha Club. The game was teased with this game animation:

Snatcher - GIF

For the Konami releases Ship To Shore have tweeted that they will not be vinyl reissues of existing CD releases, but rather new releases in their own right, so it will be interesting to see the tracklists when more details are revealed.

So far no release dates or estimates have been mentioned, but if Ship To Shore’s Twitter-activity is anything to go by, then I think we can expect more news very soon. Stay tuned for more updates!