Category Archives: Bleeps On Wax

Bleeps On Wax – Arcade Classics Volume 1 – SIDE B – Zuntata/Taito

 

Tonight, we are back with SIDE B of this fantastic Zuntata Record. The stand out track for me here is “Colors of Nights”, which takes all the melodic elements of “Blow Up” from SIDE A and goes even further with them. The Elevator Action Returns soundtrack was really something else and its a shame that the game didn’t get more exposure in the U.S. The rest of the tracks on the album are also fantastic but nothing really matches the movement and excitement that “Colors of the Nights” has. Combined with SIDE A on this album, you have no excuse not to pick up this album up! Do it before its gone.

Buy here: https://www.shiptoshoremedia.com/store/albums/arcade-classics-volume-one

Legendary Japanese video game developer Taito has always had one constant throughout most of its existence: incredible soundtracks by in-house band ZUNTATA.

Ship to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to present the first volume in a series of compilations showcasing the incredible work that ZUNTATA did on Taito’s arcade titles. Volume one contains selections from Night Striker, Metal Black and Elevator Action Returns, three classics from the early 90s.

Remastered for vinyl using source files from the Taito archive and housed in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by USgamer’s Jeremy Parish and ZUNTATA member Katsuhisa Ishikawa, this is a release not to be missed by classic VGM fans.

SIDE B

1. Red & Yellow (Metal Black)

2. ma-gu-ri-vu (Night Striker)

3. Born to Be Free (Metal Black)

4. Burning Road (Night Striker)

5. Colors of Nights (Elevator Action Returns)

6. Si-Mail (Night Striker)

7. Commune (Night Striker)

Bleeps On Wax – Arcade Classics Volume 1 – SIDE A – Zuntata/Taito

Arcade Classics Volume One was my second purchase when I was getting into video game soundtracks on vinyl and I was not disappointed. Side A has two stand out tracks for me: “Urban Trail” from Night Striker and “Blow Up” from Elevator Action Returns.

The first time I heard “Urban Trail” was on a deluxe sit down cabinet of Night Striker. The cabinet featured extra visual effects and a very crisp speaker system that made both the sound effects and the soundtrack stand out from other games in a very loud arcade. The drop of the track matches your first look at the neon lit city in the game as you ride out of a tunnel into it. Hearing the track the first time gave me goose bumps and still does to this day. Little did I know at the time, that being able to play that game (and in a deluxe cabinet to boot) was a rare privilege as the game was not officially released in North America. The arcade must have had it imported from Japan! Sadly, “Urban Trail” skips on my copy and I have yet to get it replaced.

“Blow Up” is a nice jazzy track with a killer sax line in it. It definitely fits the spy persona of a game like Elevator Action Returns, but almost fits better in a game like Snatcher.

Enjoy this listed to side A of this album! I’ll have Side B up soon.

Buy here: https://www.shiptoshoremedia.com/store/albums/arcade-classics-volume-one

Legendary Japanese video game developer Taito has always had one constant throughout most of its existence: incredible soundtracks by in-house band ZUNTATA.

Ship to Shore PhonoCo. is proud to present the first volume in a series of compilations showcasing the incredible work that ZUNTATA did on Taito’s arcade titles. Volume one contains selections from Night Striker, Metal Black and Elevator Action Returns, three classics from the early 90s.

Remastered for vinyl using source files from the Taito archive and housed in a gatefold jacket with liner notes by USgamer’s Jeremy Parish and ZUNTATA member Katsuhisa Ishikawa, this is a release not to be missed by classic VGM fans.

SIDE A

1. Urban Trail (Night Striker)

2. System Down (Elevator Action Returns)

3. Dual Moon (Metal Black)

4. Blow Up (Elevator Action Returns)

5. A Mirage of Mine (Metal Black)

6. Phantasm (Metal Black)

7. Elevator Action ’95 (Elevator Action Returns)

Sonic Mania Soundtrack is coming on a record near you!

Just in time for Sonic’s 26th Anniversary and to celebrate the launch of his newest adventure, SEGA and Data Discs are proud to announce the official Sonic Mania vinyl album.

Featuring select tracks by composer Tee Lopes, as well as new gatefold art featuring Sonic, Tails, & Knuckles exploring the lush vistas of Green Hill Zone Act 2, the vinyl album is a must-have for any fan or Sonic music aficionado, and a gorgeous addition to any Sonic collection.

The Sonic Mania LP is packaged in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve with UV spot varnish, featuring new artwork exclusive to this release, along with a printed inner sleeve featuring an array of characters from the game. The release also includes a download code of the album in both lossy and lossless formats.

Sonic Mania will be available in the following editions:

– 180g Limited Edition (TBA), available exclusively from our site.

– 180g Translucent Blue

– 180g Classic Black

Please sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media for updates on when this product will be available to order! In the meantime, please enjoy the album’s opening track, “Lights, Camera, Action! (Studiopolis Act 1)”.

Note: The images featured here are mock ups and may be subject to change.

Night Trap 7 Inch Single Soundtrack

Take a listen to the complete 7 inch vinyl record single of Night Trap! This was available in extremely limited quantities, but we were able to grab one!

Store link: https://www.shiptoshoremedia.com/store/albums/night-trap

SIDE A

Night Trap Theme

SIDE B

Auger Attack/Bathroom Scene

Ship to Shore PhonoCo., in conjuction with Limited Run Games and Screaming Villains, is proud to present the theme song to the cult classic video game NIGHT TRAP for the first time on vinyl. Infamous for its place in the 1993 United States Senate hearings on video game violence, NIGHT TRAP has remained a part of gaming culture. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of the original release, fans can finally enjoy the deliciously 80s theme song on a 7” vinyl record!

Backed with two pieces from the games score, NIGHT TRAP is a release that should not be missed! Put it in your hi-fi setup, grab your tennis rackets and get ready to face down some Augers!

Super Castlevania IV Vinyl Soundtrack is on its way.

The soundtrack to Super Castlevania 4 is finally getting released on vinyl by Mondo Tees this week! I’ve been excited for this release for quite sometime, but its a shame the front artwork reminds me of a bad crossover of Simon Belmont from Captain N and Super Castlevania IV.

Direct link: https://mondotees.com/blogs/news/music-weekly-super-castlevania-iv

Hi all – this week, in anticipation of the newly announced Netflix Original Series, we will be releasing the next chapter in our ongoing CASTLEVANIA soundtrack series! It’s one of our favorites of the series, and quite possibly one of our favorite video game soundtrack of all time: the Super Nintendo classic SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV. We will also have a re-stock of our previous release CASLTEVANIA III: DRACULA’S CURSE back on the site.

As usual, new releases and re-stocks go on sale Wednesdays at NOON (CST).

MONDO
Super Castlevania IV – Original Video Game Soundtrack 2XLP. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Artwork by Jenolab. Pressed on 2x 180 Gram Bronze and Gold Split Vinyl (Limited to 1,000 Copies) – or – 2x 180 Gram Silver with Red Splatter. $30

Mondo is proud to present the premiere vinyl soundtrack to Simon Belmont’s first 16-Bit adventure, the 1991 SNES classic SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV.

SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV, technically a remake of the first CASTLEVANIA game, puts you back into boots of vampire hunter Simon Belmont. But if the first CASTLEVANIA soundtrack was like a band’s debut garage album, SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV is where they finally got into a major recording studio and fully fleshed out their sonic ambitions.

The Super Nintendo’s sound chip brought the franchise into the world of synth for the first time. It allowed Konami’s composers to use audio samples to achieve an instrumentation previously unattainable on earlier systems. From the moment SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV begins you can hear the difference, with synthesized samples of organs and chiming bells, that set a more cinematic tone for Simon’s quest to fell the devil’s castle.

But it’s not all graveyards and fog; by the time you arrive at the fourth track on the album, “Simon Belmont’s Theme,” you reach the new gold standard for the music of CASTLEVANIA. And when you get to Track 8, “Mechanical Trick Castle,” you are hearing Konami Kukeiha Club at its absolute finest, producing epic, bombastic score with prog rock elements that would remain the backbone of the franchise for years to come.

Remastered for vinyl and cut at 45RPM across two heavyweight LPs with beautiful original artwork by Jenolab, the soundtrack to SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV is essential video game music.

Mother/Earthbound Origins 2X LP Soundtrack Review

Do yourself a favor and play the below video I produced that contains the entire soundtrack of this record while you read this review, it will certainly add to the flavor.

If you would have told me that the vinyl release of the Mother Soundtrack would be my favorite out of my collection back when I started picking up game music on vinyl, I would have told you that you were crazy; but after multiple listens of this incredible record, that seems to be the case.

I had always known that fully studio produced tracks for the release of Mother/Earthbound Origins existed, but I had only heard small bits and pieces of some of the tracks. When I picked up this record, I expected just a high-quality recording of the music from the Famicom classic; but instead I got so much more. Let me be honest, these lyrical, fully produced music tracks are pretty damn cheesy; but somehow hit me right in the heart with almost every track. For a game that was made to capture the essence of the mid to late 80’s in the United States, these arranged tracks do the same thing. I could have easily heard music like this when I turned my radio on in the 80’s and not thought it was out of place. The arranged tracks range from genre to genre; sometimes you get a little pop music and other times you get something that seems straight out of a Peter Gabriel album, but it’s all very well done and sounds fantastic on the format. Side D on the second record gives you the original music from the Famicom game and its sounds excellent in its constant mix presentation.

This two record LP set from Ship to Shore Phono Company is beautifully produced and comes on two gorgeous red vinyl discs, along with a great gatefold cover. The version I was given included a booklet which gives a nice history of the production of the music from this album and a thank you page devoted to the fans who backed the Kickstarter set up for this project.

Regrettably, the double LP version of this soundtrack is out of print, but you can still pick up the CD version of this directly from Ship to Shore as of the publishing time of this article. If you are a fan of Mother or Earthbound and don’t have some version of this music in your library yet, I suggest you pick it up! Just listen to the video I put up if you don’t believe me!

Mother Soundtrack CD: https://www.shiptoshoremedia.com/store/albums/mother