Here at Culturally Significant we're all about the vinyl AND nostalgia. And I personally, perhaps more so than others, have a long love story with Sega. When I was growing up, I didn't go for the Nintendo stuff. It was a Master System I wanted, and a Mega Drive (Genesis in the USA) that I finally got. That made Nintendo the enemy (at least until Sega threw in the towel).
So it made me very, very happy to hear that Data Discs, a new record label specialised in game soundtracks, has teamed up with Sega to release some of their game soundtracks. On vinyl!
The first two will be the classic beat-'em-up Streets of Rage, aka The Game That Made Me Not Mind That Much That They Didn't Make Double Dragons For The Mega Drive, and Shenmue, aka The Game That Seemed To Be The Realisation Of Everything Kid Marc Wanted In A Game And Actually Came Pretty Damn Close To It. Those were the their unofficial titles.
If you're as excited as I am, you will head over to Data Discs' website on May 30th, the day they start taking pre-orders for the albums, especially since they will be offering some "exclusive editions" for early orders. Each album will be on 180 gram vinyl and include a lithographic print for £19.99 each. The records will ship in September, and will also be available through Mondo.
Data Discs has already confirmed that they will also release the soundtracks for Streets of Rage 2 and 3, and that they will be working with other companies as well.
Here's one of the tracks off of Shenmue's beautiful soundtrack, straight from Data Discs' Soundcloud page.